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  1. #1
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    Good-bye Victory

    I knew this would happen. I'm sure others thought the same. Polaris is shutting down Victory to focus solely on Indian and Slingshot. Victory has been losing money over the last few years. Warranties will be honored and parts available for 10 years.
    Seems odd though. If Victory couldn't compete with Harley, then how can they expect to compete as Indian, since it's really only the name they bought. Indian's heritage died years ago.
    As long as it's not them that has to pay, no one really minds the debt.

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    Its unfortunate, as Victory really did make a nice looking machine, even though we don't see many of them on the road around here. They were decently priced and from what I hear good quality.

    I think the problem here is that it really does not matter what is made or the price you put on it, if you set out to compete with Harley you will lose. I have nothing against, or no particular love for Harley, but they really are a life choice and a brand that stands out by itself. For those of us that live and breath motorcycles, we all know that bikes run deeper than the name on the tank, but there are many that are pulled by the name and have to by the cool jacket to go with it. It is the way of things. Again, Harley makes a good machine, but I think most people buy them for the name and the prestige, not the quality, as they don't have a first clue of what makes them different.

    To Polaris, good luck with Indian, but I suspect they will be going down a similar road and we will see a similar story in the news in a few years. It will take allot more than an Indian or a Victory to knock the King Harley off the top of the mountain.

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    Well the Indian brand is still profitable, possibly because they appeal to more as a "classic" looking bike. If you're going after the Harley demographic, then that's how you have to do it.
    I'm not sure Victory was going after the same demographic, the people looking at the Victory cruiser would be the same kind of people looking at the Wing, BMW or high end Harley cruisers like the Ultraglide. Victory was fighting a war on all fronts, that's gotta be tough. Indian doesn't have that issue so they may be ok.

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    Truly a shame. I kind of liked the Magnum X-1


 

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