Originally Posted by antifreeze green
Cool bike they could of went this way in production maybe a limited run of these. Why were all these projects kept such a secret, this could of helped build the brand.
He finished this bike in 2009 and the video ended with the old Fuel It tag line from several years ago. I've seen this guy in other Victory videos but I have no idea if he's still at Polaris working on the Polaris Indian brand at this point.
Why did they keep cool projects like this secret and hidden away? Because Polaris Industries isn't a 'motorcycle' manufacturer. They never seemed to have, and still don't have, a clue how to build a brand in the motorcycle powersports segment. That's why they bought the Indian name and built a Polaris bike under that logo. It's the easy way out because they only have to build upon the work of previous engineers, designers, marketers and visionaries.
The current senior management team and the Board Of Directors at Polaris Industries only have eyes for things green lighted under their command. Victory Motorcycles was from a previous senior management team so they never gave a hoot about it. It's the old, "Not Invented Here" syndrome that prevents many otherwise talented people from living up to their potential.
Victory Motorcycles didn't fail due to anything related to the actual motorcycles. It was murdered through intentional bad money management and neglect. Everything Polaris Industries talks about and has plans for under the Polaris Indian brand they already had readily available under their own Victory Motorcycles brand. Modern styling, better performance etc etc etc. Victory could have gone in many directions, Polaris Indian, is really pigeon holed into a few design elements.
Everytime I ever hear or read anything from people like Steve Menneto, I try to listen to what he's actually saying. It's two-fold, much of what they say was said about the Victory brand. Great things coming etc etc etc.
Scott Wine and his senior management team at Polaris Industries spent untold millions buying, designing, engineering and marketing Polaris Indians when they already had an excellent foundation with Victory Motorcycles.
Back to the original and excellent question; why were Victory projects like this kept mostly secret? So Polaris Industries senior management could turn Victory into failure in an effort to pursue their own desires.
IMHO, Polaris Indian shouldn't even be a consideration until the brand is over 18 years old.
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