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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-09-2017, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Polaris Shuts Down Victory Motorcycles, Out of business.

Polaris shuts down production of Victory Motorcycles, liquidating the entire line.

No surprise to me ... but, lets hope they dont do it to Indian some day in the future. Motorcycles are only a tiny part of Polaris Industries, if they dont make money on a line, they shut it down.

Polaris Industries Inc. - Polaris Industries to Wind Down Victory Motorcycles Operations Strengthening its Position in the Powersports Industry


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Polaris shuts down production of Victory Motorcycles, liquidating the entire line.

No surprise to me ... but, lets hope they dont do it to Indian some day in the future. Motorcycles are only a tiny part of Polaris Industries, if they dont make money on a line, they shut it down.

Polaris Industries Inc. - Polaris Industries to Wind Down Victory Motorcycles Operations Strengthening its Position in the Powersports Industry


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It stinks for anybody who currently owns a Victory, but the company probably did the right thing for their bottom line by concentrating all their motorcycle building efforts on their Indian brand, which has way more potential to effectively compete with Harley Davidson.
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They should of shutdown the slingshot line and kept victory.... who buys those things anyway?

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They should of shutdown the slingshot line and kept victory.... who buys those things anyway?
I agree, it is not a motorcycle or a car! In addition, from what I understand, you have to wear a helmet to drive it in a State with motorcycle helmet laws.
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Too bad, they seemed to offer a pretty decent product. The people I know with Victory bikes have been very happy with them.

They are leaving very little competition in the v twin touring bike segment. I thought the Cross Country Tour looked like a pretty decent alternative to the HD and Indian offerings and $6,000-$8,000 less.

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It stinks for anybody who currently owns a Victory, but the company probably did the right thing for their bottom line by concentrating all their motorcycle building efforts on their Indian brand, which has way more potential to effectively compete with Harley Davidson.
Yes, without question Polaris did the right thing for its shareholders. After all, Victory has lost money for the last 2 almost decades. Never been profitable except for a year or 2 if even that.

I agree with "concentrating" their efforts but in reality its not, its not like they are going to double the staffing at Indian. They are going to save money by closing down Victory.

Remember, for Polaris motorcycles are a small part of their business. Not even 15% of their business and that included Victory, Indian and Slingshot.

Now, the real deal on closing down Victory besides its losing money for almost 20 years!

Polaris just bought a Auto Parts Business and this allows them to focus on that.
The cost for the Autoparts business was 650 MILLION DOLLARS so besides Polaris public relations statements, dumping the money losing Victory line frees up resources for their new autoparts business.

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I have never liked poolaris. They are the hardest 4 wheeler to work on, the bikes do not look any better. They throw too much fru fru crap on their stuff that is not needed. The reliability of the ones I saw was very poor as well.
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Yes, without question Polaris did the right thing for its shareholders. After all, Victory has lost money for the last 2 almost decades. Never been profitable except for a year or 2 if even that.

I agree with "concentrating" their efforts but in reality its not, its not like they are going to double the staffing at Indian. They are going to save money by closing down Victory.

Remember, for Polaris motorcycles are a small part of their business. Not even 15% of their business and that included Victory, Indian and Slingshot.

Now, the real deal on closing down Victory besides its losing money for almost 20 years!

Polaris just bought a Auto Parts Business and this allows them to focus on that.
The cost for the Autoparts business was 650 MILLION DOLLARS so besides Polaris public relations statements, dumping the money losing Victory line frees up resources for their new autoparts business.

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Very well said..... 4 wheel drive Jeep/Truck accessories fit right into their core business. If Indian doesn't perform well.....I can see that going the way Indian has always gone as well.
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They're also big in sleds. I had 3 Polarises (Polari?) and never had an issue with them.

Had to Google the Slingshot and I have to agree with Dave and klurejr - what the hell is that thing? I don't get the Spyder either, but at least they have handlebars!

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