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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-27-2011, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Hello Victory, some of Victory owners have come over to our site
http://www.indianmotorcyclecommunity...p?showforum=99 so I decided to check you guys out. I am a second generation Indian rider and have a 2009 Indian Chief Roadmaster in the rare Red and Black. It is well known that Victory produces some very well engineered and assembled scoots and in the long run, Polaris, Victory and Indian will benefit. I do not know much about Victory outside of your reputation, so hopefully you can educate me. There are three generations of Indian Motorcycles; Springfield, Ma, Gilroy, Ca and Kings Mountain, NC (current) 1901 - 2011

Oh - We hate Harley too!

"You can't wear out an Indian Scout, or its brother the Indian Chief. Built like rocks to take hard knocks; it's the Harleys that cause grief."

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I can't think of a better company to acquire Indian. Even though Indian's DNA is closely related to Harley and Victory's DNA is more Japanese. Together with Victory's attention to customer satisfaction and rider input on it's products, Will make Indian a stronger brand. Now if they can get the prices down to better compete in this tough market, that will help or they will remain a boutique brand with a small market. Personally I would like to see some Victory engines morphed into a Chief frame, sort of like a Kingpin with the valenced fenders!

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I can't think of a better company to acquire Indian. Even though Indian's DNA is closely related to Harley and Victory's DNA is more Japanese. Together with Victory's attention to customer satisfaction and rider input on it's products, Will make Indian a stronger brand. Now if they can get the prices down to better compete in this tough market, that will help or they will remain a boutique brand with a small market. Personally I would like to see some Victory engines morphed into a Chief frame, sort of like a Kingpin with the valenced fenders!

Indian has a great V-twin engine, as it was completely re-engineered prior to the first 2009 Chief to be built. It is a 105 CI / 1720cc propriety engine. You will not find any major issues with the Indian Chief that was built in Kings Mountain after 2009, I own one and can attest that it indeed is a great bike. I suggest you review any and all evaluation that has been done on the scoot, all reviews I have come across have been positive and impressive. Indian never copied Harley, the opposite is true - Indian was founded in 1901!

"You can't wear out an Indian Scout, or its brother the Indian Chief. Built like rocks to take hard knocks; it's the Harleys that cause grief."

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...Victory's DNA is more Japanese.
Huh?!?

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Perhaps he is confused by the ole "metric" aspects of the Victorys and does not realize (yet) that Victory is as American made as are the Indian bikes.




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Indian has a great V-twin engine, as it was completely re-engineered prior to the first 2009 Chief to be built. It is a 105 CI / 1720cc propriety engine. You will not find any major issues with the Indian Chief that was built in Kings Mountain after 2009, I own one and can attest that it indeed is a great bike. I suggest you review any and all evaluation that has been done on the scoot, all reviews I have come across have been positive and impressive. Indian never copied Harley, the opposite is true - Indian was founded in 1901!
I bet this is why Polaris decided buying Indian in its present form and engineering was a winner for them. Even if they keep the exclusiveness of the Indian, and I hope they do, and also keep the prices high because the quality demands it and sell the same amount or more; they will keep the Indian brand going and in the USA.

I kinda wish they would have kept the plant in Kings Mountain but I understand they have a need to keep things closer together to both monitor the quality and to simply make a profit which is of course what any company is in business to do.

A lot of folks are hoping they bring back the Scout as a more affordable model under $18k. I guess we'll just have to wait and see. I also hope the current 25 employees are offered jobs at the new plant with moving costs included.

Oh, and Victory is not Japanese. Just Metric like everything else these days. I don't see anything wrong with the Japanese, German, or British bikes either.

Has Indian gone metric yet?
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great pics, love the style of these bikes, maybe add one in 3 years to my colection!!

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Welcome Victory Forums.

A couple of pointers. Please take the time to read the “Sticky” threads in the “Victory Forums Rules and New Members Introductions” forum. This will help you out a LOT with the Victory Forums.

The Search feature is your friend! You will find the answers to a lot of your questions by using it.

If you are asking questions that are of a technical/mechanical/electrical/performance nature, please place them in the “Victory Tech and Performance” forum. This will speed up a response. Placing them in the model specific forum can delay a response.

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Welcome to the Vic side! Hopefully this acquistion keeps you Indian folks around another 110 years!

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