Victory Motorcycles are no more
Banjo
Posted 2017-01-09 8:38 AM (#191274)
Subject: Victory Motorcycles are no more


Tourer

Posts: 319
Victory announced on their website they are discontinuing the Brand.
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cw1115
Posted 2017-01-09 8:55 AM (#191275 - in reply to #191274)
Subject: Re: Victory Motorcycles are no more


Visionary

Posts: 1290
Ruskin, Fl
I just saw the Polaris press release on Facebook. Was hoping it was not true. Sad.
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adirondacks
Posted 2017-01-09 9:23 AM (#191276 - in reply to #191274)
Subject: Re: Victory Motorcycles are no more


Tourer

Posts: 321
Troy, NY
This sucks!!! They are keeping the Indian motorcycles though. I thought they made too many of the smaller bikes that looked too much alike! They didn't learn what the auto companies realized in having too many different models. They could have had four with on being the Vision of course!!!
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jimtom
Posted 2017-01-09 9:59 AM (#191277 - in reply to #191274)
Subject: RE: Victory Motorcycles are no more


Visionary

Posts: 1301
Sand Rock, AL United States
I'm pretty devastated and angry.
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rdbudd
Posted 2017-01-09 10:11 AM (#191278 - in reply to #191277)
Subject: RE: Victory Motorcycles are no more


Visionary

Posts: 1595
Jasper, MO
Truly sad day.

Looks like I have two collectable motorcycles.

They both run fine and have always been reliable. I've never needed a dealer to keep them going anyway. I'll just keep riding them.

Ronnie
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Arkainzeye
Posted 2017-01-09 10:20 AM (#191279 - in reply to #191274)
Subject: Re: Victory Motorcycles are no more


Visionary

Posts: 3772
Pittsburgh, PA
I almost bought another Victory Motorcycle thank God I didn't last thing I need is to have a dealership that is already crappy, become more crappy by not wanting to invest in anything.
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lennyb
Posted 2017-01-09 11:06 AM (#191284 - in reply to #191274)
Subject: Re: Victory Motorcycles are no more


Iron Butt

Posts: 767
Bel Air, MD
Decisions to be made for those of us riding them.
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ljurgens
Posted 2017-01-09 11:37 AM (#191285 - in reply to #191274)
Subject: Re: Victory Motorcycles are no more


Tourer

Posts: 341
West Salem, WI United States
Considering how reliable these bikes are, shouldn't really be an issue for most riders. I wonder more how it will affect builders and mechanics like Rylan Voss at the VicShop.
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tscheel
Posted 2017-01-09 1:28 PM (#191286 - in reply to #191274)
Subject: Re: Victory Motorcycles are no more


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Posts: 4
Fremont, CA
I saw this coming. These losers jump on the Indian bandwagon, and they think they hit a home run. All they managed to do was recreate a legend that died decades ago, and they now think they can take that forward. WRONG, if they ever change the look of that iconic motorcycle, they will fail. With victory, they had stepped out of the box and built a modern day American made motorcycle that was hands above the competition. This is exactly whats wrong today, and I just don't know if we can fix it.
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Man314
Posted 2017-01-09 1:30 PM (#191287 - in reply to #191274)
Subject: Re: Victory Motorcycles are no more


Tourer

Posts: 575
Spirit Lake IA "Birthplace of Victory Motorcycles"
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radioteacher
Posted 2017-01-09 1:39 PM (#191289 - in reply to #191274)
Subject: Re: Victory Motorcycles are no more


Visionary

Posts: 3006
San Antonio, TX
I just saw the news....so sad since my Vision carried me to work today!
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radioteacher
Posted 2017-01-09 1:42 PM (#191290 - in reply to #191274)
Subject: Re: Victory Motorcycles are no more


Visionary

Posts: 3006
San Antonio, TX
I have not logged in in over a year.....but had to commune with my friends on this very sad day.

Victory RIP 1998 - 2017
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Jedi Jeff
Posted 2017-01-09 2:03 PM (#191292 - in reply to #191274)
Subject: RE: Victory Motorcycles are no more


Rockland, MA United States
Jon Langston just penned a nice piece on Victory's demise for MotorCyclist magazine...

http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/polaris-ceases-production-victory...

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Jedi Jeff
Posted 2017-01-09 2:13 PM (#191293 - in reply to #191290)
Subject: Re: Victory Motorcycles are no more


Rockland, MA United States
Hey Paul, glad to see you still ride the Vision. I had wondered what happened to you.

Sad day indeed. I feel sad for the Polaris workers who were dedicated to the brand (they were told today, just like us). Also for the support industry of 3rd party vendors and Vic-only dealers.
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Jedi Jeff
Posted 2017-01-09 2:18 PM (#191294 - in reply to #191274)
Subject: RE: Victory Motorcycles are no more


Rockland, MA United States
Robert Pandya, Victory's Public Relations guy up until 12/31/16 was also surprised by the announcement. He put it in a different perspective:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/victory-our-loss-robert-pandya
(you may have to log in to LinkedIn)


Update: He's also posted his article to Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/robert.pandya/posts/10154869829748560
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rdbudd
Posted 2017-01-09 11:04 PM (#191302 - in reply to #191292)
Subject: RE: Victory Motorcycles are no more


Visionary

Posts: 1595
Jasper, MO
Jedi Jeff - 2017-01-09 2:03 PM

Jon Langston just penned a nice piece on Victory's demise for MotorCyclist magazine...

http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/polaris-ceases-production-victory...



Pretty good piece except he stated that Victory introduced the innovative 106 and 6 speed with the Cross Country and Cross roads in 2008. We all know that was the Vision, and the Cross bikes came out later. He completely ignored the Vision, which is one of the most innovative bikes ever made.

Ronnie
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joeC
Posted 2017-01-09 11:45 PM (#191303 - in reply to #191274)
Subject: Re: Victory Motorcycles are no more


Cruiser

Posts: 132
New York
I haven't posted here in a long while myself.. and I still have my 2009 Tour Premium... yes.. it's a sad day..but like others have mentioned; it seemed that Polaris put Victory on the back burner when they purchased the Indian brand. I personally think Polaris knew back then they were going to pull the plug on Victory..I feel betrayed for being so loyal.. ;-(

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varyder
Posted 2017-01-10 6:51 AM (#191305 - in reply to #191274)
Subject: Re: Victory Motorcycles are no more


Visionary

Posts: 8144
New Bohemia, VA
There are a lot of things in this world to get made about; this is not one of them. If you really love Victory that much, continue to ride with pride. Business is business, and apparently Victory didn't have enough to keep it going. I have a bike that folks still say, "What is that, it's beautiful." I like being different, and I said 9 years ago, if they quit making the Vision today, I'm happy, because I have mine. I still have mine. I didn't buy it to support corporate, I bought it because it is a great product, still is, that hasn't changed.
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Arkainzeye
Posted 2017-01-10 9:05 AM (#191306 - in reply to #191274)
Subject: Re: Victory Motorcycles are no more


Visionary

Posts: 3772
Pittsburgh, PA
Well said ...but I'm still holding my breath and pounding my fists on the floor!! And .... guess how I am sitting?? Yes .... INDIAN style .. 8 (
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jamesrobert
Posted 2017-01-10 12:21 PM (#191307 - in reply to #191274)
Subject: Re: Victory Motorcycles are no more


Puddle Jumper

Posts: 19
Redwood Falls , MN United States
I am glad I did not buy a new one last year, I got a 2014 dealer demo still payed $14000 for it better than $20000
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raynchk
Posted 2017-01-10 2:52 PM (#191308 - in reply to #191274)
Subject: Re: Victory Motorcycles are no more


Puddle Jumper

Posts: 16
Punta Gorda, Florida
I am disappointed that Victory is leaving. I demo'd an Indian and didn't care much for it, felt the Vision was a better ride for me. I think Polaris is going after the low hanging fruit -- boomers with bucks -- with the Indian, then will eventually drop that brand too. After waiting 4 months for a part last year, I knew something was wrong, this recent news just confirms it. I toyed with the idea of buying another bike recently, but couldn't get much enthusiasm going. I wonder though, just read that Triumph's 2016 profits are way up... Maybe they know something Polaris doesn't
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ljurgens
Posted 2017-01-10 2:59 PM (#191309 - in reply to #191274)
Subject: Re: Victory Motorcycles are no more


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Posts: 341
West Salem, WI United States
I road a Versys 1000 LT last year and boy was that nice... Triumph Trophy SE was nice too, but seemed cramped to me.
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IndyVision
Posted 2017-01-10 5:19 PM (#191310 - in reply to #191274)
Subject: Re: Victory Motorcycles are no more


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Posts: 398
Go to the VMC website a petition has been started to try and save Victory. It's a thread in the forums.
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IndyVision
Posted 2017-01-10 5:19 PM (#191311 - in reply to #191274)
Subject: Re: Victory Motorcycles are no more


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Posts: 398
Go to the VMC website a petition has been started to try and save Victory. It's a thread in the forums.
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SteveS
Posted 2017-01-10 6:53 PM (#191314 - in reply to #191274)
Subject: Re: Victory Motorcycles are no more


Cruiser

Posts: 154
Danbury, Connecticut
So what do you suppose happens to the remaining new inventory value? Does it plummet or stand firm. I'd still consider buying another Vision if they start liquidating cheap. I can't imagine any bike is going to satisfy me as much as the Vision I own-hell the one I have now will probably last as long as I'll be riding(hopefully 20 or so years)I would think dealers are going to want to move them quick now. For the right price I can make some more room in the garage. I wonder what Polaris is going to do for the dealers. Hard to imagine a division with such high satisfaction levels just folds up.
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pcvtx
Posted 2017-01-10 7:09 PM (#191315 - in reply to #191274)
Subject: Re: Victory Motorcycles are no more


Puddle Jumper

Posts: 25
Palm Coast Fl.
I feel we all got totally screwed! Feel sorry for the few dealers that are out there. (Maybe a stronger network would have made more sales) To Polaris, I will never buy any product again that you manufacture (unless you bring back an updated Vision) If I wanted a 1950's bike with 50's styling I would have bought a Harley a long time ago. I guess as my Vision ages I will have look overseas for a modern touring bike. I know Polaris is supplying our military with vehicles now. Wonder what the Donald thinks of a Canadian company instead of an US company vehicle transporting our troops?



Edited by pcvtx 2017-01-10 7:11 PM
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beemerdad2@yahoo.com
Posted 2017-01-10 9:37 PM (#191316 - in reply to #191292)
Subject: RE: Victory Motorcycles are no more


Cruiser

Posts: 190
Good read..thanks for posting it.
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SteveS
Posted 2017-01-11 6:27 AM (#191317 - in reply to #191315)
Subject: Re: Victory Motorcycles are no more


Cruiser

Posts: 154
Danbury, Connecticut
Pretty sure that Medina, Minnesota is still in the U.S.A(That's where the Polaris Headquarters is based). That was one of the reasons many of us purchased Victory bikes. Beyond that I share your frustration. The good news is the bikes are designed so well, they will be around for many years. Plus every five years you can paint the bike a different color scheme and say it's the latest Victory model-that's pretty much all Victory has done since the Vision came out, except for the transmission update and ABS.
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MaddMAx2u
Posted 2017-01-21 5:28 PM (#191384 - in reply to #191274)
Subject: Re: Victory Motorcycles are no more


Iron Butt

Posts: 876
Orlando, FL
I am saddened as is everyone. I do not know all the financials, but understand that sales fell in the last 3 years. But that doesn't mean the company was unprofitable. Does anyone know if they tried to sell Victory? Did anyone try? Or are they keeping it all to themselves even in death?
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jimtom
Posted 2017-01-21 7:22 PM (#191386 - in reply to #191384)
Subject: Re: Victory Motorcycles are no more


Visionary

Posts: 1301
Sand Rock, AL United States
They are planning to hold hostage all physical and intellectual properties.
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rdbudd
Posted 2017-01-24 11:14 AM (#191394 - in reply to #191386)
Subject: Re: Victory Motorcycles are no more


Visionary

Posts: 1595
Jasper, MO
jimtom - 2017-01-21 7:22 PM

They are planning to hold hostage all physical and intellectual properties.


Which will most likely show up as "new" Indian models.

Ronnie
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