What you should have asked is how Polaris and the stealers treat their customers. I have dealt with all types of dealers from Jap to the Harley s but it seems the worst is Victory. They will not deal. They sit on a bike that is new 4 years old and want full price for it. EBAY is full of what I am talking about. The bikes are marked up at least $2500 dollars, they sit on them get dust on them but rather sell a 4 wheeler than a motorcycle. I guess Polaris is one of they companies out that rather join them than beat them. Instead of selling a bike at lets say $1000 dollar profit. 100 bikes x $1000 = $100,000 They might sell 10 bikes at $2500= $25,000. If you do the math I just made 100 customers for parts and accessories compared to 10. And the ten will go somewhere else because they can not afford full price items. Next some will chime in and talk about overhead. Polaris does not have a standard for a store like Harley does. They sell anything in it to survive. Jap, BMW, used crap farm equipment, you name it anything. I have not seen any standards to Victory dealer. Most of the time I have to hunt to find the Victory logo . Could be a sticker on the window most of the time there is no sign none what so ever showing that it sells Victory s. So now they want to go into China. Trade and parts will change hands and before you know it, poof you have a bike that is World Wide constructed. No more American made and they reasoning is profit. The part about what I talked about before each country trade is different. So if you sell here, what do we sell there. Could be cheaper metal, parts, tires who knows until you break it down.. Looks like another would rather join them than beat em....
I disagree for these reasons.
Victory sees their product as having value. If the would-be buyers don't agree or what the product, that's fine, have a nice day.
If they can't afford the product, fine, one day they will and will be proud they have a bike that holds it's value due to not giving them away.
My Kawasaki dealer (I've bought plenty of them over the last four years) say's his door is worth $1,500.00. Everytime someone rides his bike out the door it costs his customer that much in lost depreciation instantly.
I know there are too many Harley's out there but they tend to hold their values.
You use Gibson as a name. Gibson guitar company is American product, they are proud of their work too. Until Obama raided their guitar factories effectively shutting them down and idling 1200 workers who were cranking out great product.
So, in my mind the bottom line is I don't want to buy a bike and then have the same one given away next year just because it has dust on it.
It' very important that we hold our values and even if the they take longer to sell (because American's have not bought American and lost their jobs and those of their friends so it's taking longer for them to save for a GOOD bike that is U.S. made and costs more) good for them.
I see your point of more bikes on the road more accessories but that's what the Jap's did and see what it got them. Cheap bikes that everyone wants a steal deal on.
Also, keep in mind Victory makes 7500 bikes a year.
Harley makes 250,000
Oh well, so much for my soapbox.
BTW I am an American manufacture myself and own a company that makes parts for Suzuki's.
I'm working to develop custom items for Vic's now.