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It's too tiny to be able to read it. Can you do a cut and paste to a forum post?
 

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Polaris Industries to restructure Indian Motorcycle
business in Australia and New Zealand
Melbourne, Australia (January 10, 2020)
Polaris Inc. today announced it is restructuring its Indian Motorcycle dealer operations in
the Australian and New Zealand markets and intends to move to an independent
network of dealers starting later this year.
Polaris has managed the retail operations of its motorcycle brands through a network of
corporate-owned and independent dealerships since it entered the Australian and New
Zealand motorcycle market in 2008.

The decision to move from corporate-owned
dealerships to solely independent network of dealers will be a new retail approach for
Indian Motorcycle in Australia and New Zealand, but brings these markets in-line with
how the Company operates globally.
Alan Collins, Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand: “Setting up corporate-
owned dealership has been the right model for the past decade as we worked to
introduce brands, like Indian Motorcycle, to the Australian and New Zealand markets.
However, the response to Indian Motorcycle has reached a point where our customers
now need and demand more – more locations and more support.
We have big and bold
goals as we look to grow the Indian Motorcycle brand in this market.

Moving to an independent franchised network of dealers is more sustainable for us and our partners
as we look to grow in order to meet demand, while also enabling a broader network of
support and options for our customers.”

By the end of 2020, Indian Motorcycle in Australia and New Zealand will operate solely
with an independent dealer network. Indian Motorcycle will communicate directly with
customers regarding our specific plans in each market.
Collins, continued, “We anticipate no interruption to sales or customer service during this
transition, which will ultimately result in a significant expansion of our dealer network –
we plan to double our network over the next two years – to provide far greater coverage,
support and accessibility to customers across Australia and New Zealand.
It will remain
business as usual at our company-owned stores in the interim while we bring new dealer partners onboard.”

As a result of this change, Polaris will close its four company-owned stores, which are located in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, over the course of the next year. The company is committed to working directly with each location and will provide support accordingly for affected staff.
 

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I remember when Polaris/Indian made what a lot of people believe were overbearing demands on Indian dealerships with minimum separated floor space for different models and accessory gear. It's no wonder so many have closed when those shops only sold 10 or 12 Indian bike per year. Not self supporting at all. I suspect Polaris has found those shops they own in AU and NZ are in the same boat.

Had Polaris been far more accommodating here in the USA they would have a much larger support base throughout the country. There was a shop within 3 miles of my place and another about 90 miles away. Both have shutdown. I don't even know where the next closest shop is. Probably Phoenix; 200 or miles away.
 

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I remember when Polaris/Indian made what a lot of people believe were overbearing demands on Indian dealerships with minimum separated floor space for different models and accessory gear. It's no wonder so many have closed when those shops only sold 10 or 12 Indian bike per year. Not self supporting at all. I suspect Polaris has found those shops they own in AU and NZ are in the same boat.

Had Polaris been far more accommodating here in the USA they would have a much larger support base throughout the country. There was a shop within 3 miles of my place and another about 90 miles away. Both have shutdown. I don't even know where the next closest shop is. Probably Phoenix; 200 or miles away.
I looks like Polaris would have learned that with the Victory dealerships. It got to the point that I had to go 400 plus miles to a Victory dealership a one time. Because the shop here and one a hundred miles away closed down. Plus many of the Indian dealerships also were obligated to work on Victory's. The one here now agreed to continue to service Victory's. I wished like hell the Triumph dealership would have not closed down here. They have some really great motorcycles these days.
 

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Interesting times continue. At least my local independent shop, Farrows Customs in Nambour are prepared to do whatever work I can't do. Perhaps the final word on Victory might be: Great bikes, shame about the company.
 

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Dealership in Brisbane are great, always have been with me, and I never bought my bike from them.
Be a real shame if they get shut down
Polaris sucks!
 

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Dealership in Brisbane are great, always have been with me, and I never bought my bike from them.
Be a real shame if they get shut down
Polaris sucks!
It would almost be better if Polaris had never invented Victory Motorcycles. At least then we wouldn't know what we're missing.
 

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It would almost be better if Polaris had never invented Victory Motorcycles. At least then we wouldn't know what we're missing.
What a load of crap Bbob, geeze youre a drama queen mate!
Im missing nothing, got both my Vics and keeping em.
Victorys the best bike and always will be.
 

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What a load of crap Bbob, geeze youre a drama queen mate!
Im missing nothing, got both my Vics and keeping em.
Victorys the best bike and always will be.
You're as dumb as a rock dude. You completely missed the point. You couldn't be any dumber if someone took the rest of your 2mm brain away. Idiot.

Remember, when you hit me, I hit you back twice as hard. It's the American way.

I'd explain the nuance in my statement but you're too daft to understand it. Sheesh!
 

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Children, children! Play nice or go home. Sheesh!
 

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So my take is, if they shift it over to "independent" dealerships, when they pull the plug they dont take it on the chin. The independent dealer will. When they came out they made dealerships, set aside "separate" space for Inian. The dealer in Lakeland remodeled an entire building they had for storage and service to display Indians. About a year later they jerked the plug on Victory.
 

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So my take is, if they shift it over to "independent" dealerships, when they pull the plug they dont take it on the chin. The independent dealer will. When they came out they made dealerships, set aside "separate" space for Inian. The dealer in Lakeland remodeled an entire building they had for storage and service to display Indians. About a year later they jerked the plug on Victory.
I bet they jerk the plug on Indian too.
 

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I bet they jerk the plug on Indian too.
Indians are selling well here, for now anyway.
Anythings possible with Foolaris though, theyre a money driven machine lacking integrity.
 

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Im missing nothing, got both my Vics and keeping em.
Exactly. Enjoy what you have now. Ride on. Not like all the Victory bikes just stopped running when Polaris dropped the brand.
 

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When my Vic wears out I'll toss it aside and buy another bike, it's rubber, metal and plastic nothing magical just a machine.
 

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Dealership in Brisbane are great, always have been with me, and I never bought my bike from them.
Be a real shame if they get shut down
Polaris sucks!
Damn right they are good. Best service I ever got from a bike shop in 50 years of riding. I went around to what was then the main Brisbane Harley dealer to buy a Road King, to keep my high miler Sportster company in the shed. I was aiming at a comfortable ride for my wife, who still refuses to get back on the Sporty. Now at that time they had pictures of the Sporty on their website, from a professional photoshoot they commissioned after hearing about some of it's history (then 380,000 kms, 3 days underwater in a flooded mountain creek after being washed off a flooded crossing at night and brought back to life 3 days after being hauled out), accompanied by a couple of thousand words I wrote about it, so they knew me.
Forget getting a test ride, I didn't need one, I've ridden Road Kings a few times, forget about the money and bank cheque in my pocket, they would not even let Linda sit on a second hand Road King in their yard to see if she would be comfortable.
Lost sale, then and there. 2 weeks later after discovering HardBalls through the YouTube promo video (rattle rattle rattle, sshhhh sssshhh) I called by the Brisbane Victory dealer, then about 3 months old, got some of the best customer service I've ever received. Your wife wants to try sitting on it? Of course! If you feel you might be more at ease trying that away from so many watching people (Saturday morning in a busy showroom) come out the back to the workshop, we have a just assembled Cross Road you can try getting on and off until you have the hang of it, take as long as you need, we want you to be comfortable. Test ride? Of course! Do you want to test ride it for a couple of days? Guess who got my money? I got the last HardBall in dealers hands in Australia, of the 50 that were imported. No regrets, 115,000 kms, it still puts a smile on my face every day.
 

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When my Vic wears out I'll toss it aside and buy another bike, it's rubber, metal and plastic nothing magical just a machine.
For a modest fee I'll save you the bother of tossing it out. Just let me know when to come and collect it.
 

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For a modest fee I'll save you the bother of tossing it out. Just let me know when to come and collect it.
I'll let you know.
 
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