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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-19-2011, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today announced the acquisition of Indian Motorcycles. The business was acquired from Indian Motorcycle Limited (“IML”), a company advised by Stellican Limited and Novator Partners LLP, U.K. Private Equity firms. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.


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I live about 45+/- miles north of the old Indian plant in Gilroy, Ca.

I was saddened to see Indian’s recent demise but am equally happy to see Polaris pick it up.

I’m curious to see how much cross-pollination occurs from Victory to Indian?

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I live about 45+/- miles north of the old Indian plant in Gilroy, Ca.

I was saddened to see Indian’s recent demise but am equally happy to see Polaris pick it up.

I’m curious to see how much cross-pollination occurs from Victory to Indian?
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I'm betting they keep the Indian look and concentrate on making the engine/trans/suspension/performance/electrics on par with Victory.

If nothing else it says loudly that Polaris is in the road bike business to stay.
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Dunno I hope it doesn't dilute the Victory brand. I don't want to see cross models with just different names. Keep Indian unique to it's origins, improve the model line up and well honestly I just don't get it. They have a plan I guess.
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Cost of living just went up around here with the new millionaires in the area.. (only about 20 miles away from Kings Mountain).

Look like "high-end" Kingpins to me so they are beauties. Think exclusivity beyond Harley. Legacy of the Original American bike even before Harley. Victory is buying them only 3 years after production has re-started. Who knows, the Victory name could even be replaced entirely...




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That's what concerns me. If the name is replaced what do previous owners do about resale values?
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After reading some more articles this morning here is my hope. Ideally they use Indian as the nostalgic bikes with some more modern tech and Victory continues to build and design forward thinking modern day cruisers.
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Resale value,
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Buying anything for resale is a losing battle...
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I meant it more for those who want to upgrade to a newer Victory/Indian that yesterday was worth X dollars and is now worth X-20% due to brand dilution and confusion. Similar to when a car manufacturer kills an under performing brand. New vehicles are not investments but you can make a smarter purchase knowing a vehicle depreciates at a slower rate than a similar motorcycle from another brand.
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