So you are entertaining getting the first and second bike brands that top the warranty / repair claims lists. Oh my! Not a wise move Kurbs. It ain't the original cost, its the upkeep that's gonna hurt your bank account. I wish ya luck with that.
I am still enthralled with my 2010 XR and just to let all know there are still some happy Vic owners out there, I where the brand proudly on hats, shirts, jackets, etc.. Am I pleased with Polaris? F no! I even grind my teeth when I see an Indian go by. I'm Victory through and through!
This pretty much how I feel too. Polaris did something good and right with Victory. Unfortunately they were too stupid to understand it and market it correctly. The market is a tough one to break into without name recognition which I'm sure is why Polaris decided to drop their own creation and roll with an old name and another semi-new creation of theirs. It's just too bad they couldn't manage to keep the Victory brand alive somehow.
There are no perfect machines but some are much better than others. Victory qualifies as being better than most IMHO. To be honest; I was impressed with the Indian's I test rode but now there's no way Polaris can be trusted so no more of their products for me.
Never had issues with any BMW I owned. Not all my Harleys were bad.
I've seen new Vics with bad engines and gears.
Maybe the other numbers are higher because they both sold a crap ton more and more were simply reported.
All true Kurbs. I've seen older HD Evo's with 175k miles on them with only top end rebuilds and the usual worn part replacement here and there. Seems like HD's that were either left stock engine-wise or rebuilt to fix the weak points did best and performed most reliably.
If I remember right; the total number of Vic's produced was around 125k. Not sure if that's a good guess are a true number but it sounds about right. The vast majority of those were sold after 2002 with advent of the "new" Vegas class. It kind of skyrocketed from there compared to previous years with all the new models ranging from JP's, Hammer's, KP's then later the Boardwalk which I still say should be been called the Kingpin 2.0 or something, and of course all the other models like the Highball and Gunner.
The big name recognition hit with the Vision; the futuristic bike one either loved or hated. Didn't seem to be a lot in between.
The the really big jump in sales happened (slowly at first but grew) with the X-Bikes. They really put Victory on the map and still does.
Polaris is a really stupidly run company for dropping Victory altogether. I can understand downsizing it to just the X-Bikes and Vegas but to shut it down completely was just plain ignorant.
All water under the bridge now though... Grrrrrr.