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post #1 of 16 Old 01-09-2017, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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Seen that on the BMW site. Rather unexpected! I think the Slingshot and Spyder done them in. Not to worry, Polaris owns Indian and they were outselling the Victory motorcycles by a wide margin. They are probably more likely to rob the Harley Davidson market with Indian than they were with Victory.
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Darn shame.
A darn shame too they never made a bike even close to something I would like to own.
I wonder if these will have Collector status one day? Some patient owners could make out in the end?
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American branded bikes are always in an uphill battle. They either try and enter the sportbike market and get trounced by the long history of Japanese and European engineering and production, or they get into the saturated cruiser market and have to fight with the 100 plus year brand recognition of Harley Davidson. It's never going to be easy, especially with the cruiser crowd; after all, how do you design a cruiser that always seems to look like a clone of an HD, and sell people on the idea that yours is a lot better than either a Harley or the numerous cruisers being made by Kawasaki, Honda, etc?

From a personal standpoint I've never been a big fan of the Victory line; they were always a bit too "Arlen Ness-y" for my tastes. But it's sad to see another American bike maker stop production.
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From a personal standpoint I've never been a big fan of the Victory line; they were always a bit too "Arlen Ness-y" for my tastes. But it's sad to see another American bike maker stop production.

Too "Arlen Ness-y" for me too.
They've got Indian to concentrate on now.

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They were never a bike I'd consider. Too damn ugly.

"Arlen Ness-y" - I like that. I thought the Ness' had designed some of them. I can't say I like their designs, either.

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Yah, sure. If you don't make what people want, the production doesn't last long.
Now they are stuck with supplying parts for 10 years.
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It kind of makes sense. It would seem hard to maintain Victory and grow Indian at the same time. The Indians seem to be much nicer cruisers anyway, and they have the historic name. I wouldn't be surprised though if some Victory designs leaked their way into the Indian line. It seems the Scout already has some of that. Wish them luck.

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The Indians are bloody ugly, too!

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ive had the pleasure of owning a fantastic victory. its a year old now and has a bit over 10k miles on it. out of the box it did a 2000 mile trip and this july finished a 3000 mile trip through the desert with lovely temps around 112. It never gave me any issues. I have ridden a ton of bikes, this by far has been the best bike I have ridden and owned.

What i love about the closure of victory is that those folks are now working for indian. They are also moving over the electric impulse bikes and the development of their new engine. Polaris received a bunch of comments from their indian owners that they wanted not only a classic line of bikes but also something with more modern lines. So im sure you will see the longer tail sections of the vic in some indians in the next year.

I am sad that such a good bike wont be produced anymore. but glad that their teams will continue to work and develop the next series of solid american bikes.
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