Victory and Indian together---why not!!!
Not that I expect everybody to agree--- I don’t. Polaris is missing what I see as a golden chance to own and dominate the American motorcycle market. I have read all of “the sky is falling and Victory is going to evaporate” comments until my azz hurts. If they were not making money they would have quit building bikes years ago. Comparing the watercraft to bikes is apples to oranges. They could not make it work, so they quit. They are making Vic work. And now they are making Indian work, or so we think.
How they should have done it??????????????????????? The weak link in Indian and Vic is their dealer network. The closest Indian is south of Myrtle Beach SC and now Winston Salem--- 3 ½ hours any way you slice it for me. I have 2 Vic dealers close by, but drive 80 miles to Jacksonville, NC for service work. (The 2 closest dealers don’t know who Lloyd is or what an ATS is or does—nuff said) Indian wants dealers Exclusive for their brand and charge a lot for the franchise. Isn’t that what helped kill the previous Indian owners. They build Indian and Vic under the same roof, but do not want to sell them under the same roof! It seems they would want their dealers every where. Why not allow existing Vic/Polaris dealers to offer Indian bikes, but have requirements, such as a minimum pars inventory—and apply that to Victory, too. People may go into to look and Indian, but may decide to choose a Victory. BETTER YET-----WHY NOT DROP THE VICTORY NAME AND MAKE ALL THE BIKES INDIAN. Harley makes 4 different engines—the TC, TCB for softail models, the 883 & 1200 Evolution for Sporsters and the VRod engines. They also offer 2 different touring machines in the Ultra Classic and Road Glide--- Indian could offer the Road Master and Vision or change the name of the Vision to something else and they can offer different engines under one name. The Freedom 106 is proven top in it’s class.
Just because they are adding a successful line of bikes to an existing line of successful line of bikes does not mean one has to go. It does not make sense to have 2 different names in 2 different buildings, but they could rename the line of Victory’s and add to the existing Indian line up. Don’t give me the reasoning that the Heritage of Indian can’t be watered down with the modern look of the Cross Country/Magnum style or the fact that the engine doesn’t fit the Indian style. Frankly, if you were to switch fenders and tanks, the Gunner looks more like the Scout should look, than the actual Scout looks like the Scout. The Scouts engine should be on the Gunner and vice versa and the Gunner should be the high revving 100 HP screamer. The Scout should have the big lower RPM hi torque V Twin----NO???????
I get it that Greg Brew is stretched thin with Indian and Victory and they do not want to turn over the draftsman table over to a stranger while he devotes his time to Indian. The man has done a lot for the company and new Vics are slow coming while he gets all the new Indians up to speed. But Polaris is missing the chance to pool ALL of their resources to take over America with a variety of bikes and engines because they want to keep everything separate and distinct products.
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