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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-08-2016, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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Default Interesting article in Yahoo news

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8 Reasons Indian Motorcycle Is Beating Harley-Davidson -- The Motley Fool

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Interesting. I'm sure Indian will continue to do well. We have seen a lot of Victory riders switch over as well as Harley riders.
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Indians are great bikes, but Victory is my ride. Love it that you can be 6'5" and ride in comfort and not feel cramped up.
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why didn't they have Victory or Indian bikes sold.
Have to wonder if Harley is concentrating on the foreign market and letting the american market just take care of itself.
We all know that anything new will get a good buyer's market.
Back before Victory Harley would always post how many models were sold. Now its all % and no figures

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why didn't they have Victory or Indian bikes sold.
Have to wonder if Harley is concentrating on the foreign market and letting the american market just take care of itself.
We all know that anything new will get a good buyer's market.
Back before Victory Harley would always post how many models were sold. Now its all % and no figures
It's not really that hard to find, Harley's sold that is. Look it up.
2014 - 267,999 sold. 2015 - 264,627 units sold.
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For some reason Victory, and now probably Indian too, doesn't post their numbers sold. I've always found this a bit odd since just about every other company does. There has been some pretty good educated guesses on some years.
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I realized something reading this article that pertains to the "majority" of motorcycle buyers; Buyers, buy for the name, image and loyalty. No matter how good/bad a bike might be, how well it fits a buyer, how the bike compares to others in its class. The dealership a buyer walks into is first based on the name hanging on the door...
I doubt sales would be going so well for Polaris if they was not able to get the Indian brand and had to sell these bike under a different name....think about it.

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I bought my cross country for the looks of it, not because of the name. Everything else about the bike was icing on the cake
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In the case of Indian, Pain, I think it was a combination of the name and how well built it is under new ownership. Polaris Indian did a great job of holding to the nostalgic design but with newer technology. Bringing the Scout online first as an Indian was a stroke of genius I think. Us Vic owner know Polaris owns both brands and forgive them because we understand they had to strike while the iron was hot.

It's almost like Indian was divinely inspired somehow. If you've ridden one you know they are really great bikes. Not perfect but still dang nice.
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IMO one of the reasons for Indian's latest success is due in part to the revival of the name. A revival that this time seems to be more solid.
The Gilroy & Rock Hill failures angered allot of folks .

Add to that the engine designs , now being their own gives them the independence of a brand. I have had two guys admire my Vic, but have a hangup about the connection to Polaris [snowmobiles] . I suppose Indian is separated enough from that ? that they don't carry that [stigma] ?

But.....so many people seem to be "my way or the highway" in their thinking that they just shun anything that's out of the box.
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