Exactly, a total disconnect between those with the passion to 'build' something unique and senior management who ultimately did a duck and run.I didn't see one burn-out in that whole video....
I am actually a little sad after watching, it hit home as to what could have been and what motorcycling has lost.
The people who own and work at my local dealer are great people. They opened Crockett Powersports with Indian, Victory and Slingshot. After just over a year in business, Polaris killed off one leg of their tripod business model. I hope everyone at Crockett Powersports does well, I really do. They're real motorcycle enthusiasts, wonderful people and they're my friends and neighbors.The dealer I bought my Vision from is hurting really bad, sales are down more than 50% at his 3 locations and he sells Indian, Polaris and sold Victory. Loosing Victory has taken a big chunk out of his pocketbook.
The big mistake Polaris made was buying the Indian name then putting all its motorcycle segment eggs into one basket shutting out future development of the Victory line.
They literally threw the baby out with the bathwater. Their own baby; their own beautiful creation that just kept getting better (mostly).
All those responsible for this extremely stupid and very poor decision should be replaced with people who actually have a brain. Then do the right thing and bring Victory back. Downsize Indian to a few models because America already has a nostalgic brand of bikes with HD.
Victory was the edgier more modern American bike to bring young people into the sport then Polaris just threw it away like it was nothing. How completely ignorant on so many levels. If they were going to be this stupid I wish they would be a little dumber and sell the brand to someone who is smart enough to build into what it was meant to be.
It's still possible. It can still happen. Likely? No; but it is possible.
That's not really true. Indian is its most direct competition now that Victory is gone.Man you hit the nail on the head. Could have kept a few Indian models for american nostilga (cause can't really expand on them). Then kept victory for the future of american motorcycle innovation (to keep the market fresh). And to keep HD on their toes. I hate that that HD can just keep going on the fact they don't really have any direct competition. Sad.
But now with the H-D 107 and 114, there isn't a single model that Polaris Indian has that betters its H-D counterpart. Add in the H-D network, aftermarket and resale and well...why buy a Polaris Indian?That's not really true. Indian is its most direct competition now that Victory is gone.
To me the saddest parts are it's very likely those in the video didn't lose any of their their original vision, passion and eagerness to build the Victory brand and to successfully take it in many directions. Their direction and their directive was likely dictated to them by senior management as follows: "Forget Victory and start working on Indian. We paid MILLIONS for the name and we need to turn a profit asap."Watching that video was a bittersweet experience. Those talking heads were so full of pride and optimism for Victory's future. But somewhere along the way they lost the vision - pun intended. There's nothing that can be added here that I and others have not said before...its like kicking that proverbial dead horse. So sad when you consider what could have been and should have been. Damn!
Not in my neck of the woods. Been on my XR since 2012 and I rarely see another Victory around here but as soon as the local Indian dealership opened up I started seeing Polaris Indians all over the place. They even have a club started up and their own bike night but usually more HD's there than any thing else.I went to the local Harley shop and people everywhere. Left and went to the Indian dealership and it looked like a ghost town. That's all I'm saying. I think victory was much more compition to Harley. That's just my thinking.