When the Scout first came out, I thought something was a little 'off' with the look of the bike to begin with. The engine looks completely different than the 111 Thunderstroke engine. I understand that it's a different displacement, and water-cooled... but the styling of that engine just seemed a little different... a little too modern looking for a line of bikes that were supposed to be so 'classic'.
Anyway, the day before the Octane was finally released, I was in one of the biggest Victory/Indian dealerships in Maine, and was speaking to the owner. He said that the thought among the dealers was that the water-cooled Victory was in the works in around 2013, but the Corporate folks felt that slapping an Indian badge on it and releasing it as an Indian would fetch a little more money, as well as build on their newly acquired Indian line. They felt that they would get a hell of a lot more bang for their buck by doing this, as opposed to releasing it as a Victory.
I'm not sure if that is true or not... but honestly, that does make sense. In my opinion, that engine looks a hell of a lot more at home in the Octane than it does in the Scout. Don't get me wrong... I love the Scout. I just think that it ties in nicer to the look of the Octane.
I personally wouldn't mind driving the hell out of either of the bikes. I was all set to get a Scout this year as my second bike to go with my XC 8 Ball. But I'm wondering if the Octane may show up in my garage instead...