Originally Posted by Chattanooga Mark
My first thought when I read this thread title was: "because they now realize the 10's of 1,000's of Victory owners they rear ended won't run into a Polaris Indian dealer happy to trade in their orphan for a future Polaris orphan?"
Exactly. Screw me once and I'm done. I won't darken the doorway of anyone selling Polaris with the intention of spending money there and most Victory owners I talk to say the same thing.
Scott Wine is a liar and a cheatin' dog. They kept us on the hook with the promise of performance cruisers... yeah, right.
Here's what these suits don't get... the nostalgia market is dying. If you wanna attract the new riders you need something attractive to new riders. If you wanna attract the motorcycle enthusiast you need to have performance and features that the enthusiast is looking for at a price he will be comfortable with.
I'm the enthusiast type, but I'm not about to cough up $25,000 for a motorcycle. That's car pricing.
The only manufacturer that's leaning toward a bike I would buy is HD, but man they are getting expensive... plus they need a couple of years to get this new stuff sorted out. HOWEVER... a new mono-shock bike with a factory 4-valve 114? Yeah, starting to speak my language...
How about the capabilities, performance, and utility features of a sport-tourer... combined with styling that sets new standards of "COOL" by mixing nostalgic and modern? Sell it naked but with the docking hardware to slip on a touring fairing, cafť fairing, or a few different shield styles.... at the rear slip on some side cases, various passenger accommodations, and even tour packs. Of course, the accessories need to be reasonably priced... not like an Indian tour pack at $2500.
A bike that can be many different bikes... buy it naked/solo/cheap and make it into your vision of what it should be... or leave it naked.
Never mind, no one would want that.
2006 Victory Kingpin
Lloydz 116" Stroker/Big Bore, .495 Cams, Torque Tubes Airbox,
RPW Thor Pipe, Lloydz ECU Flash, PC-III, PTS (-2), Rivera
Primo Clutch Spring, 31 Tooth Pulley w/Buell Belt.