I am a new owner of a 2011 Jackpot ( bought April 2011) I had been looking at the bike for 3 years and did buy it for it's unqiness and style.
But I disagree that Harley is going anywhere and that Victory will even come close to surpass them.
1. Victory's dealers are a joke, most all are foreign dealers adding the Victory line as they have Polaris products.
2 The LACK of accessories and the type of fit and finish will get boring fast and please don't tell me about those aftermarket guys whose products look terrible.
3.The lack of product on dealer floors, most dealers are holding 1-4 year bikes with the NEW sticker on them, AND NO current models on the floor except a few Visions and CR Get real guys
4. The Victory owners I have meet to date are indeed past foreign bike riders and DO hate Harleys. After meeting so many of these snobs, I now mostly ignore anybody who goes down this path. ( Case in point, yesterday I rode to Naplam Sports who had the Victory demo truck there, on my nicely finished Jackpot, people were not even friendly, even the store staff had a bad attitude, One guy was civil. I had expected to be amongst family, I was wrong.) HOG Members are not like this at all.
5.With Polaris now bringing Indian onto the market, if they don't fix this dealer, supply, accessories, ownership problerms they will have 1 deal customers.and all the while Harley will continue to have repeat customers.
I live in Vegas and am currently in Texas on a work assignment and see continuity amongst the Victory stores very unappealing. I also won stock in Polaris and will write the CEO of my concerns as I think they are real.
Polaris can and should do better, but will they? Some how I doubt it.
For the record, while I really like my Jackpot, I will not be buying another Victory as I prefer better options from my motorcycle brand supplier.