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« on: May 21, 2014, 10:42:33 AM »
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Motiv Octane Ball Specs:

- Color: Black/Purple Pearl (NeoMark Color: Silver Pearl/Orange Pearl)
- Weight Block: Quadfire
- Coverstock: Agility SFX Reactive
- Finish: 5000-grit LSP
- RG: 2.55 (15# ball)
- Diff: 0.043 (15# ball)
- Reaction: Skid/Flip
- Recommended Lane Conditions: Medium Oil



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Re: Octane
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2014, 12:06:05 PM »
The Octane is one special ball! A new hybrid cover wrapped around the tried and true Quadfire core (previously featured in the Q & Thrash series balls). The Octane has the fastest response to friction of any ball that I’ve thrown. What does this mean? I can move deeper with more confidence than ever before. It is designed for Medium oil, but for my game I use it most often when I need to chase the oil line on longer sport patterns at the end of the block. When there is friction out on the lane, this ball has some of the best hook potential of any ball I’ve got, all on the back end.

Here is the video I’ve made demonstrating the Octane. In the video, I graphically compare the ball motion with 6 other MOTIV balls… The Ascent Pearl, Ascent Apex, Venom Shock, Tribal, Primal Rage & Cruel Intent.

If you are looking for a ball on short oil patterns, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this piece. It will see that friction and jump… after all – that’s what it’s designed to do! You’d want to look for a ball that is smoother off the spot.  But, when the conditions are right – the Octane is the difference maker… the ball that makes it look like I have the whole lane, when everyone else is struggling.  In essence, think of it this way – when the Octane sees oil, it skids – a lot. When it sees friction, it hooks – a lot. There are times when any competitive bowler needs an Octane.  Or if you just bowl league and you like to see that skid/flip shape, this ball is just what you’re looking for.

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Re: Octane
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2014, 08:18:24 PM »
The Octane, wow is the first thing I said when I threw this ball. If you are looking for a ball that is long and strong, the Octane is the one. The Quadfire core (2.55RG) and the all new hybrid Agility Skid Flip Xtreme cover (.043 diff) provide length and a smooth but strong transition to the backend.

My Octane is drilled 65X5X65 which put the pin below my ring finger and I have a low weight hole. The Octane is super clean through the front due to 5000 grit laser scan polished cover but provides plenty of traction when the ball sees the dry part of the lane. I have thrown the Octane mainly on THS and the pin down layout for me has allowed me to play down and in with amazing carry through the pins. I will be drilling another. I believe this ball will give me the recovery I need when I play deeper angles to the pocket in regionals.

In summary, the Octane is by far the strongest/fastest reacting MOTIV ball I have ever thrown. The Primal Rage will handle more oil but when it is too much, the Octane will fit nicely right behind it. The black and purple color combo is sharp looking also.

Rev up your game with the Octane!!!

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Re: Octane
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2014, 03:59:24 PM »
   50 x 5 x 35

If you want some premium grade performance to fuel your scores, look no further than the Motiv Octane.  Wrapping the reliable Quadfire core (2.55 RG, .043 Diff) in the brand new Agility SFX reactive hybrid cover (finished at the new 5000-grit LSP) brings a new dynamic not previously seen in the Motiv line up.  While it is technically listed as a hybrid, I believe you will find that it reacts much more like a pearl once it gets to the breakpoint; to say this ball gives easy length and an explosive backend reaction would be a tame way to describe it.  On a fresh house shot the Octane glided down the lane and released an astonishing backend motion which continued all the way through to the pit; I was frequently taking out the 8-pin with the ball.  It was strong enough to throw on the fresh but clean enough for me to continue to get left with it as the lanes were breaking down.  When I threw this ball in Reno during my singles event it was turning heads with its corner-turning ability.  At one point I was laying the ball down on 38 and could hit as far right as 6 at the breakpoint and this ball still came back with an attitude.   I believe that the ball motion the Octane provides will not only look good on the lanes as a skid-flip reaction but will also help many bowlers create angles that are more advantageous for carry.  Inject your game with some #PremiumGrade Octane!

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Re: Octane
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2014, 10:42:04 AM »

Octane - 40 X 4.5 X 45

Description: The Octane uses the same Quadfire core as the previous Thrash series and older QZ series, but with the brand new Agility SFX coverstock. The addition of the Octane has filled MOTIV’s slot for an angular, medium oil ball. Since the release of the Primal Rage MOTIV has released several pieces that have angular motions…Well the Octane provides plenty of length, continuation, and significantly more backend than previously releases.

Reaction: The Octane’s core/box cover combination is ideal for moderate to lighter volumes. I feel like I can stay very aggressive with the Octane and still maintain the shape downlane. On the easier conditions I have thrown on so far the ball really helps me open up my launch angles, I am one that usually keeps them very tight on most patterns. This ball is going to work on a lot of different patterns, especially if you hear what I have to say about the surface adjustment I made and watch the difference for yourself in my video. I personally found the Octane even better with the cover adjusted to 3K Abralon. After adjusting the surface to 3K I found that it allowed me to get further in on the pattern (Obviously) but also just as continuous making the ball overall just stronger. You can see in my video that the 3K cover on the Octane allowed me to get in even deeper than I was with the Primal Rage. I haven’t tested it with more surface than 3K, but I can only imagine that this ball can be thrown on some heavier patterns with surface and still open it up downlane.

Comparisons: I compared the Octane to 3 balls in my video, but I didn’t compare it to the Sigma Sting due to time restraints in the video, so let’s start there.  The Octane provided me with more length than the Sigma Sting, but also provided more backend.  Because of the more aggressive motion off of the friction I was actually required to play deeper, but the overall amount of hook they provide is very similar. Comparing the Octane to the Primal Rage I noticed that the Primal Rage forces me deeper due to the earlier core, but I’d also have to say that the new cover on the Octane makes it more angular than the Primal Rage.  Next, the Tribal required me to square up compared to the Octane, making the Tribal similar in length and but less angular downlane. Last, the Venom Shock was noticeably different. The Venom Shock started up much sooner and is much stronger midlane, with a very subtle change in direction downlane compared to the Octane.

Summary: This is truly an improvement once again to an existing core. This is an important ball for me as a power tweener. I often find myself not being able to get in as deep as the power players, but the shape of this piece helps me get closer, with the necessary length and more backend than I have ever seen in a ball.

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« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2014, 05:17:34 PM »
Rev Rate:420             
Axis Tilt:20               
Axis Rotation: 45
Ball Speed:17                 
PAP Measurements: 4 1/8 

Layout: 40/14/19

Description:  Welcome back Quadfire core. What we have is a medium oil machine that  is fueled for an explosive backend motion known as the Octane. The hybrid black and purple pearl cover on the Octane is the new Agility SFX (Skid Flip Xtreme) Reactive formulation. This new technology provides outstanding length and an absolutely explosive backend reaction. Factory finish is 5000 Grit LSP (Laser Scan Polished)

 Out of box surface: 5000  Polished

Reaction: The Octane clears the heads better than any Motiv ball I have ever thrown and this is because of the 5000 grit laser scan polished cover, the cover provides a lot of power when it encounters the friction.  In the oil the Octane will skid nothing like you’ve ever seen and when it encounters the friction it will hook, with gusto and vigor.


THS (40 feet):  On THS I starting out playing far left standing ten from the left targeting ten to the right, it was a lot of fun watching this ball skid flip and roll the pins with authority.  In the later stages of the night the Octane showed me what it could do when the friction increased, standing five from the left targeting ten to the right there was no quit in this ball. This is a fun ball to throw. 


Nationals Singles Pattern (38 feet): With so much free hook on this pattern the Octane made this ball look like a house shot, the cover really got this ball to the promise land as it was clean through the heads and the midlane. On other patterns this ball will allow me to play deeper angles with confidence knowing the ball will corner and recover.

Summary:  The Octane is currently Motiv’s most responsive piece to friction to date, the cover/core combo is phenomenal the cornering is to be marveled.   In the event that my Primal Rage is too much and my Tribal is not enough, the Octane will definitely be in my hands as it should be in yours. If you enjoy the ball motion of skid flip, I promise this is the ball you’re looking for.
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Re: Octane
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2014, 04:40:03 PM »
Ball Specs:
Motiv Octane
Polished Reactive
5000 LSP 
Ball Specs: Symmetric Core
Layout 75 x 3 x 40

Bowler Specs:
Right Hand. PAP 5 Over 3/4 up
Rev Rate 275. Tilt 20. Rotation 50.
Speed off hand 18

The New Motiv Octane has a great balance of length and flip. It fills the need for a ball that is longer than the Rage but can turn the corner harder. The Octane for me, hooks slightly less than the Rage but more than the Apex.  The ball has great shelf appeal and the blend of purple, black and grey get a lot of attention. The Octane gets easy length through the front even as it is revving up. The combination of core and cover does not seem to have any over/under problems. The backend motion of the Octane allows it to create angle when it sees friction. The entry angle allows for deeper lines with good carry. This ball digs the corner pins out nicely.  I let a few thumbless bowlers try my Octane and the reaction was amazing! These bowlers got easy length with a devastating hit. I think high rev bowlers or slower speeds with have a winner with the Octane. I tested the Octane on a pretty fresh flat pattern for the video, but it was more at home when the lanes started to break down. The ball played either pattern well and the carry was great. I have played with the surface and it tunes easily up or down.
Motiv has really been pushing the envelope of performance and the balls keep getting better and better and seem to hit harder and harder. Motiv has had some awesome success on T.V. and the Regional Tours. As I go to tournaments around the South East I am seeing more and more Motiv balls on the ball returns. If you have not tried Motiv yet I suggest you do so you won’t be left behind.  Quoting a good friend and center Manger, “If you didn’t bring a Motiv tonight, you better get one drilled so you can compete!”

The Octane gets easy length and hard backend
This is another sweet looking ball.
The higher entry angle creates great pin carry.
If you want an angular ball, you got it!

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Re: Octane
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2014, 08:48:26 AM »
My definition of Octane is now- Length, angularity and power. This ball is completely off the charts NASTY!!!  This ball shows an incredible ability to get through the front part of the lane and the most angular back end motion to date from Motiv. From the average league bowler to the top professional bowlers in the world this piece offers something for everyone. The ball is initially rated for Medium oil patterns but performs well on med-heavy and med-light oil patterns as well. This monster will allow even some of the rev challenged players to get in deeper with the big boys. What I liked most is what it provided me on the med-light oil patterns that I bowled on in the PBA Sr masters event on the burn and double burn. The Octanes length and smoothness through the front end of the pattern allowed me to continue to use it with only minimal adjustment. I was able to stay a bit more right away ( 20-18 at the arrows)  versus having to get in deeper with everyone else and deal with a major transition. The key was the room right this ball creates with its ability to come back hard and strong from the friction right!!!! An just like every release Motiv has put out over the past few years this ball is CONTINUOUS though the pins retaining its energy for the right place at the right time!!  Get this ball and your game will never be the same!!
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Re: Octane
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2014, 01:22:22 PM »

Length: 41 feet

Volume: medium

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS



The Motiv Octane is the latest release from Motiv bowling. The Octane combines a proven core and a brand new cover that gives a backend motion like you have never seen. The Octane features Motiv’s proven Ouadfire core that provides a 2.55 RG that gives the Octane easy length down the lane and pair that with the brand new hybrid Agility SFX (Skid Flip Xtreme) that gives that Octane incredible length and strong backend motion, the Octane backend striking machine.
INNER CORE –      Quadfire
COVERSTOCK –     Agility SFX
FINISH –                 5000 Grit Laser Scan Polished


To start on this piece is how amazing and strong this ball is on medium oil. I was huge fan of the Thrash Frenzy because I loved the length and the strong angular motion that it gave me and had many award scores on that piece. I was sadden when I was told that the Thrash Frenzy was discontinued but was promised had sadness would be short lived and boy were they right. The Octane is one of the biggest backend and angular pieces I have thrown to date. Like the Frenzy, the Octane gets my pout of trouble when I need a little more on the backend and the continuation is just insane like all the other Motiv bowling balls. Lower rev rate guys will love the length the Octane will get and will still get that strong angular motion at the backend and just destroy the pins. Medium to higher rev rate players the Octane will fill a definite need in their bag as the Octane’s agualr motion and steep angle to the pocket will have them play lines not a lot people are at.

Likes – length and it’s strong, angular backend motion
Dislikes – None

I recommend the Octane to all types of bowlers.

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Re: Octane
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2014, 12:51:56 PM »

Ball Weight: 16 lbs
RG: 2.54
DIFF: 0.040


50 X 5 X 30

50 X 4 X 30, extra hole 4" left, 1" down (7/8 bit, 2 1/2" deep)


Rev Rate: 400 RPM

Ball Speed: 19 MPH

PAP/Track: 4 3/8 left, 7/8 up


Grit: 1000 grit

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): polish


Likes: This is a different shape than we have seen from MOTIV. It's long and very angular. I couldn't believe it when it out hooked my Primal Rage and came back from an even steeper angle!

Dislikes: Any piece that offers this much change of direction will be conditional. It will tell you rather quickly when to put it back in the bag.

I have thrown my Octanes on a lot of THS in my area. I also tested it on WTBA Mexico City. On that 45' flat pattern I was able to keep the ball in front of me and get it to stand up in front of the pocket. Basically a fall back shot. It looked decent but with the right drilling it could've looked great. The 5" pin up complements my favorite Primal Rage. It is cleaner, more continuous, and offers more angle and total hook overall. I like this drilling for bumping a hook spot and getting through the burnt heads. I have another drilled stronger that plays well off of my Tribal (same drilling). I saw the core numbers were similar and felt that the cover variations could give me two distinct reactions that would play well off of one another. They appear to be both just as clean but the middle part of the lane is where these two separate. The Tribal arcs off the spot and seems to be best from the track and farther left. This Octane is the same shape in essence but it forces you a zone or two further right (left handed) because of the extra total hook and angle down lane. I mentioned in my Ascent Apex review that the Tribal was best for moving in and the Apex would be good for keeping your angles closed. Well, this Octane honestly gives a whole new meaning to being more right to left through the front part of the lane. It's great to have this shape in my bag. I think it's unprecedented in the MOTIV line up. Righties will especially love it because of the angles they are forced to play so often.

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Re: Octane
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2014, 09:15:43 PM »
We all know that Octane is highly flammable. The new piece from MOTIV is no different. Friction causes fire and when this ball gets to the friction is almost leaves burn out marks on the lane it changes direction so fiercely. This ball is extremely clean through the front and it allows players of all abilities to have the confidence to move left and loosen up their swing. There is no better feeling than opening up your angles and know that the friction will cause this ball to ignite off the spot. Trust that this ball will be more continuous than anything you have ever thrown. In the past, when I got left of 4th arrow, I would risk carrying because of continuation being not all there. This ball seems to never stop turning left. Once it goes, it GOES! The ball is so clean that I can stay behind it and play much straighter than normal thanks to its versatility. I drilled mine with the pin above my ring finger with a small weight hole. This is a ball that seems to find a place in anyone’s bag and will for a long time. Congrats to MOTIV for creating another gem.

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Re: Octane
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2014, 11:49:47 AM »
Get ready to start up and push those engines to the limit people! Once you add some #preimumgrade to your tank, or in this case… your bowling bag, there is no way the competition will be able to catch up with your scoring pace. Our friends from MOTIV Bowling have once again out did themselves when it comes to length with a nice snappy response from the backend with all the continuation you’ll ever need. Introducing the MOTIV Octane! For those lovers of the Trash series and those who remember the QZ line as well will be pleased to hear the re-introduction of the Quadfire core wrapped with a whole new cover stock. That’s right folk, the proven Quadfire core is wrapped with the new Agility SFX (Skid Flip Xtreme) coverstock that has already proven its length and powerful backend at the PBA Summer Swing in Ronnie Russell’s hands on his road to victory at the Bear Open.
For those who have read my reviews in the past, you may notice that given my power-over-rev-rate style, I tend to go slightly against the grain with drilling layouts. The Octane was not much different in that approach as I decided to lay out with my favorite, placing the pin right below the bridge and the CG slightly kicked out. Such a drilling does lead to an earlier roll, but what can I say, stick with what ya know right? Although I did experience some success with this layout in the Octane, the reaction would have a tendency of being temperamental from time to time. Despite the amount of down-lane reaction I received from the Octane, the ball will experience difficulty tipping up and finishing with a punch if the ball started in the oil on an angled projection. So the question, what must I do to give this ball some life and really begin tearing it up? Simple answer, drop the surface finish to 1000. Within 2 weeks of such a minor adjustment, I proceeded to put together a 824 series with 299, 246, 279 and then to top the night off, shot an additional 279 in the four-game league for 1103. This minor change made a drastic difference in the reaction of my Octane, allowing it to grab the lane a tad sooner and provide it with the energy needed to drive through the rack down lane. All in all, the Octane fills a gap that has been much needed in adding to MOTIV continued growth in dimension. If you favor the idea of skip\flip, the Octane will absolutely be able to fill that gap in your bag.

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