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Kevinx just can't make any money like Rylan at The Vic Shop is selling his building and moving to a smaller place. He has one of the best laid out vic shops you could find. Yup polaris shove it up every ones ass with out a kiss :cry::cry:
 

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The sad truth of it is Victory wasn't officially making bikes very long. From 1999-2017; only 18 years and they didn't sell but a small fraction of the bikes Harley sold in that same time frame. Every week there are fewer Vic's due to accidents or breaking down with the owners unwilling to spend the money to fix them so they get parted out or just stuck somewhere and forgotten.

Shops like The Vic Shop and Southern Motorworx have to diversify like Lloydz and The Witchdoctors did although the latter is more of an accessory parts outlet. They still started selling parts for other makes to stay viable.

Just a sad reality but like lots of folks said; ride 'em till the wheels fall off which could take a lot of years.

I wonder if Las Vegas is taking bets on when Polaris shuts down Indian. Freakin' sad because Victory was shut down to give Indian a better chance to survive. Polaris miscalculated how their reputation would suffer from shutting down Victory; their own creation. SMH.
 

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One of the most interesting motorcycles that I rode recently was a 1928 'Scott Squirrel'. A 500cc water cooled 2 stroke. This motorcycle has stood the test of time, simply because there are many clever engineers/mechanics who know how to keep things running long after the factory/parts availability run out. Victory motorcycles are the most underrated motorcycles ever produced in my opinion. They too, will stand the test of time! don't despair, buy your favorite model, hold onto it. Never be concerned about modifications to keep it going! The Scott Squirrel has a Suzuki T350 carburetor installed to replace the tired out original. Who cares? It's better to keep it going than park it up in a garage somewhere.

Attached are pics of my custom (reflects Polaris history) 'Victory Kingpin 2008'....with a lot of life left in it.

Polaris has given us the choice to do whatever we want with our 'Victory'......they made their choice.....
 

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One of the most interesting motorcycles that I rode recently was a 1928 'Scott Squirrel'. A 500cc water cooled 2 stroke. This motorcycle has stood the test of time, simply because there are many clever engineers/mechanics who know how to keep things running long after the factory/parts availability run out. Victory motorcycles are the most underrated motorcycles ever produced in my opinion. They too, will stand the test of time! don't despair, buy your favorite model, hold onto it. Never be concerned about modifications to keep it going! The Scott Squirrel has a Suzuki T350 carburetor installed to replace the tired out original. Who cares? It's better to keep it going than park it up in a garage somewhere.

Attached are pics of my custom (reflects Polaris history) 'Victory Kingpin 2008'....with a lot of life left in it.

Polaris has given us the choice to do whatever we want with our 'Victory'......they made their choice.....

well sad to see Kevin not makin it with Victory , however with his talent he will survive,
lets face it if those ass wipes at Polaris realized just how great the Victory was they never would have bought the Indian name & started down that
path find me another brand that will go as far or long with out needing major repairs [ other than the Japanese bikes ] I say Fug em all at Polaris. I will keep my 09 vegas till the wheels fall off & then put new wheels on it, & or buy a parts bike then they can bury it with me .
 

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Old post but one of great history for one of the top if not the top Victory specialist and tuner.
I feel honored that my 2016 Magnum X1 was the last bike to receive 505 cams Maximus tune and the last Dyno session at Kevin’s shop.
it was the first time we ever met and a bitter sweet moment saying good bye knowing that was it. They are leaving us for good reason. The ones that are left like Rylan and Scott at Conquest customs, Lloyd Greer and my friend Noe Martinez NOEMTZ desinz in Texas are who we have left. Witchdoctors for parts and the locals who still will work on these great motorcycles. Support them and give them your business. What will you do if we loose them ? I hate to think about it. Ive learned so much about my bike because of them but I’m not them and they are who we need to be able to keep these great motorcycles on the road. Just a thought and a shout out to those who are hanging in there.
 

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Thanks for the mention. So far it has been tough in the service aspect of it due to rising costs of everything. I have been able to stay afloat with the Maximus remote tuning services accross the globe. And i am slowly transitioning into the Indian market with parts and services locally. My current plan is to stay with it as long as possible.
I totally understood his position and the decision he made to shut down. It is very difficult to feed a family with a non sustainable business with employees. It is much different if you have no employees and little to no overhead. I do believe that Polaris should have made a decision to reach out to the independent shops to continue with their support for the brand. I believe with at least one good shop in every state, the brand could still continue to thrive even though production has stopped.
 

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He tuned my bike with his mobile dyno in Sturgis Michigan.

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Thanks for the mention. So far it has been tough in the service aspect of it due to rising costs of everything. I have been able to stay afloat with the Maximus remote tuning services accross the globe. And i am slowly transitioning into the Indian market with parts and services locally. My current plan is to stay with it as long as possible.
I totally understood his position and the decision he made to shut down. It is very difficult to feed a family with a non sustainable business with employees. It is much different if you have no employees and little to no overhead. I do believe that Polaris should have made a decision to reach out to the independent shops to continue with their support for the brand. I believe with at least one good shop in every state, the brand could still continue to thrive even though production has stopped.
what makes you think Polaris wants Victory to thrive?
I reckon they'd be happier if we all dissapeared
 

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I met and road with hundreds of Victory riders over the years, from several different countries. I rode with them in several different states also. I went to the Texas Victory Riders meet 11 times at the Johnson City Pig Roast. Those days are gone. Kevinx is no longer here to advise us on or motorcycle repairs. The heydays of Victory Motorcycle's are gone, over. I have been riding Victory's from 2004 until 2022, 18 years. Polaris SUCKS.
 

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I met and road with hundreds of Victory riders over the years, from several different countries. I rode with them in several different states also. I went to the Texas Victory Riders meet 11 times at the Johnson City Pig Roast. Those days are gone. Kevinx is no longer here to advise us on or motorcycle repairs. The heydays of Victory Motorcycle's are gone, over. I have been riding Victory's from 2004 until 2022, 18 years. Polaris SUCKS.
True ..but I'm not gonna change..
 

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True ..but I'm not gonna change..
Admittedly I don't ride as much as I used to so I downsized to one bike, the 11 XC I bought brand new. It only has around 30K on the clock. I know these engines are good for 150k easily if maintained properly which I try to do.

I see no need at all to get another bike; especially for the amount I ride these days. Mostly just local day rides of under 200 miles or less.

I'm glad Rylan from the Vic Shop is still working on Vic's and doing okay. I'd rather ship my engine to him for a rebuild than find a good used one and transfer the performance parts.
 

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Thanks for the mention. So far it has been tough in the service aspect of it due to rising costs of everything. I have been able to stay afloat with the Maximus remote tuning services accross the globe. And i am slowly transitioning into the Indian market with parts and services locally. My current plan is to stay with it as long as possible.
I totally understood his position and the decision he made to shut down. It is very difficult to feed a family with a non sustainable business with employees. It is much different if you have no employees and little to no overhead. I do believe that Polaris should have made a decision to reach out to the independent shops to continue with their support for the brand. I believe with at least one good shop in every state, the brand could still continue to thrive even though production has stopped.
They definitely DON'T want us to thrive, they want all our bikes to break or wear out in hopes we will buy one of their (fake) Indians (buying a name does not make them Indians).
Pukelaris can get bent as far as I am concerned, they GAURANTEED I will never buy anything they manufacture ever again based upon their treatment of the whole Victory community.
 
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