First, I just put down payment on new Jackpot last Thursday. Next day, I see that Polaris closed it's Osceola, WI plant in order to restructure, and eventually move it's ATV/UTV operations to Mexico. It sounds like Spirit Lake will get the motor assembly.
I just sold my Honda VTX 1800, which I was proud to be made in Ohio (no longer the case). I also came from one of the best forums/boards for the VTX, and I was surprised that this news of Polaris hasn't been discussed here.
I love the bike, but do not feel good about my purchase after seeing this news...I haven't even picked it up yet Anyone's thoughts/comments are appreciated...should I go through with the purchase?
Vics are not going to Mexico, parent company Polaris is shifting some manufacturing there for ATV/UTV's. The engines (as well as the rest of the bike) will now be assembled in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Just bad timing with the economy, and my serious consideration for a Vic.
While I am not a big fan of their moving some of the ATV production out of the US. They will still be making the Victory in the US, and unlike Honda that assembled a bike here from Jap sourced parts Vic is OWNED and manufactured by Americans. If you want to have a problem then take it up with a government that tax's corporations so high that they leave. Or the state of Wisconsin that hits companies with a huge double tap. Look at HD they are talking about pulling up all stakes there, and finding another state
When a company is public, you can't predict the future when it comes to this stuff. Next month Polaris could have a new CEO who moves everything to china so he pads his portfolio, and gives himself a huge bonus. Then moves onto another company to do the same. I work for a huge American corp. and the chit that goes on here is unbelievable. This company that I work for is a complete sell out to all that is American, yet it proudly proclaims itself as American. So if polaris does the same don't be suprised.