Sure looks like a less fancy looking Scout engine to me. The question now is what kind of chassis is it going to be in. I guess it will be in a sport bike chassis from what the article said which makes sense. Victory has said it's heading that way. Sure hope they don't forget their roots and abandon the cruiser and touring lines in the process. In fact this same engine in a Gunner would be pretty cool I think. Probably too soon to put it into a Highball though. Maybe later.
Yes. It would appear as though Polaris decided, and I can't blame them, the Scout engine with some appearance mods and maybe some limited internal mods would do well in a new sport bike model called the "Octane".
The motor has proven itself now and I think most folks know how expensive it is to design an entirely new motor so using this one makes good sense in my opinion. I rode the Scout and it's a little rocket bone stock. I can imagine a few tweaks here and there would really make it fly.
I'm pretty sure Lloyd has had one in his shop for some time in order to design cams and an intake for it. Maybe an exhaust or two as well.
There really isn't a high production American made sport bike since Buell split up with HD and it had lots of problems. The goal is to make an American sport bike that's reliable and dependable.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the Octane is that bike even though I have no interest in owning one. It just makes the motorcycle world that much better IMHO.
Look for it to run at the Bonneville Salt Flats in the future.
the "scout" engine was a bit lazy down low but ran well at higher RPM. it would be great in a lighter bike with good suspension + braking thats sorely lacking in the scout. being water cooled it could be easily "tuned up as well!! we will see in Nov it says
Yes, this will be the Octane. It is based on the Scout but will be taller, slightly more powerful and with better suspension. The difference between Victory and Indian? With Indian, the designers win; with Victory, the engineers win.
I have nothing against the Indian Scout at all. It's a very nice motorcycle and my wife wants one. But remove the Indian name on thew tank and put Yamaha on it. IMHO, it would look more in tune with Yamaha's line up. The Scout could easily be a stablemate to the Yamaha Bolt. I just can't see much in it that says Indian except the name on the tank.
"That's a beautiful Victory!"
"Who makes it?"
Who turns Victory into defeat? Polaris Industries, that's who.
2012 Pearl White CCT. Lloyds DR cams, Timing Wheel (+4), Air Filter, 1/4 Turn Throttle Ring, PCV, Tri Oval mufflers, Dyno Tune from Rylan Vos - The Vic Shop: 112/113. Bad Ace Billet tank lifts and Raging Cajun Medium Low & Throaty mufflers added well after the Dyno run.