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Things You Didn?t Know About Polaris Industries at Cyril Huze Post ? Custom Motorcycle News

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I got bored reading the article.... Sorry can't get myself being exited reading about Polaris..

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I absolutely agree with BBob. Once they find out Indian can never ever compete with Harley, Indian will finally go to its grave. I think Victory had more of a chance to compete with Harley than Indian ever had. Heck, I routinely had Harley Riders comment on my bike. The danger was when the Harley Riders wives/girlfriends liked my bike better.
HA!! Now does Polaris resurrect Victory after they bury Indian in a limited way, I can't say. I certainly would hope. Or maybe an import bike company picks up Victory to give it a domestic bike offering?
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Victory is dead.
LONG LIVE VICTORY!

Indian name and style appeals to dissilusioned, disgruntled HD riders and sunny day weekend warriors.
There's enough of them to keep buying Indians.
Indian will be around for a long long time.

I won't be buying one of course,
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Polaris bought the Indian name and hopes they can resurrect the romanticism of the brand enough to get ongoing sales.

Someone with more knowledge needs to buy the Victory name and engineering and show how it can be done properly.

Won't happen. Polaris won't help someone else show them up and beat them down.

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As much as myself and everyone else on this forum is pissed at Polaris for what they did to the Victory line they made a smart move with Indian IMO. In my neck of the woods I was usually the only Vic on the road but the within a few months of the new Indian dealership opening I would see a dozen or more Indians out on the weekend. Now a couple of years later there are Indians all over the place and almost all of them getting all gussied up in Indian garb. Indian buyers are either ex HD owners or new bike guys and gals who know nothing about motorcycles but want to be seen on a name brand. I've been to two bike nights now sponsored by the local Indian dealership and have had quite a few come up and ask me about my XR and funny thing is they ask who makes Victory! I tell them the same company that makes your Indian and they just stare, I really think some of them don't even know Polaris makes the Indian brand. Because Indian buyers are the same types that purchase HD then I think Polaris will be making money on the Indian brand for many years to come (but not from me).

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As much as myself and everyone else on this forum is pissed at Polaris for what they did to the Victory line they made a smart move with Indian IMO. In my neck of the woods I was usually the only Vic on the road but the within a few months of the new Indian dealership opening I would see a dozen or more Indians out on the weekend. Now a couple of years later there are Indians all over the place and almost all of them getting all gussied up in Indian garb. Indian buyers are either ex HD owners or new bike guys and gals who know nothing about motorcycles but want to be seen on a name brand. I've been to two bike nights now sponsored by the local Indian dealership and have had quite a few come up and ask me about my XR and funny thing is they ask who makes Victory! I tell them the same company that makes your Indian and they just stare, I really think some of them don't even know Polaris makes the Indian brand. Because Indian buyers are the same types that purchase HD then I think Polaris will be making money on the Indian brand for many years to come (but not from me).
HD sales have dropped and they have a ton of leftover bikes from 2016 still. The demographics are interesting...older riders prefer that styling, not younger ones.

I am sure Injuns will sell for a bit but that fad can't go on forever. If HD can't sell classic lines steadily how does Polaris think it will continue?

HD are way too expensive for a bike made of 43% USA parts. It was one of the things I really liked about Vic when I got mine. If I wanted a foreign bike I'd still be on my BMW.

And Indian is priced likewise, though more USA parts by a large margin... whereas Vics in steel frame ran a bit under the HD cruisers made it easier to buy a solid performer for less.

If Polaris were smart ( I know..like Government Intelligence ) thy would revive Vic as a working mans bike and sell Injuns as the 'premium' brand and capture 2 markets vs. 1.

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Very poor management at the top of Polaris. Bad marketing and bad management tanked Victory. Buying Indian was the knife in the back of Victory too.

I still don't understand why they won't sell the Victory brand to keep it alive. More stupid management from Polaris I guess. They built one of the best motorcycles ever built in the world then bought a fluff brand then canned their own near perfect baby. Just stupid.
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