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post #11 of 21 Old 01-09-2017, 05:43 PM
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I have never owned a Victory but I think it is sad


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I actually quite liked some of the Harley clones.
Perhaps they will port that over to the Indian brand......

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I think Indians are built in USA as well. At least according to Wikipedia.
Assembled in Iowa with many foreign parts(some low grade).I owned a '14 Chief Vintage, had many issues and just received another recall notice.Main issue for me was a very noisy engine,three year and 13,000 miles I had enough.Traded it in for my '15 GT in September.I have sworn off Polaris products for life.

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I think Indians are built in USA as well. At least according to Wikipedia.
Assembled in Iowa with many foreign parts(some low grade).I owned a '14 Chief Vintage, had many issues and just received another recall notice.Main issue for me was a very noisy engine,three year and 13,000 miles I had enough.Traded it in for my '15 GT in September.I have sworn off Polaris products for life.
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I have always thought they were butt ugly, ugly enough you had to sneak up on the gas pump to put gas in it. But I have to say that they may just be built well. True story, 2 years ago I rode from SF to Coos Bay Oregon. One night I was standing in the hotel lobby and there was this guy about 70 years old standing next to me, I recognized him because he was the only Victory at the sold out hotel.
Started a conversation and noticed he had blood on his shirt sleeve. When asked he said he and his wife went down an embankment, he got the bike towed out of the ditch back to the local Harley dealer, and that he was here to ask where to go and buy band aids and some OTC pain medicine.
BTW wife was ok, no injuries, he just had road rash. Funny part of the whole thing was I will never forget, when they towed it to Harley, all the techs came out and couldnt believe it was still in one piece. Harley would have had probably 5 figure damage easily. Bike sustained 1 or 2 ripped off saddlebags (mounts still perfect) dents in the tank, broken mirror mount and cracked wind screen.
Next morning came out he duct taped all the cracked plastic, continued the ride back to Sacramento Ca.
Anyway I thought that was funny.
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They are the only company that I think was truly a formidable competitor to Harley in terms of the functionality and style of the bikes, and as a U.S. company.
Indian is taking the lead on that front. There are many HD guys moving to Indian for various reasons. From what I have seen Indian was far outselling Victory and the disparity is growing. It was pretty easy for Polaris to identify where their futures lies.
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I have never owned a Victory, know a few people who do and they like them. Just sorry to see a brand go away.
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I have sworn off Polaris products for life.
+1 on that. I've had several Polaris RMK snowmobiles, 2 of which were 800s built 4 years apart. The first one broke two crankshafts; the newer one broke one crankshaft. That has a way of ruining your day, especially when in the middle of nowhere in 10' of powder. Of course, it ruined the balance of the seasons as well.

I have been told that this was a problem inherent in the engine design and known to Polaris. How couldn't it have been? Nevertheless, Polaris continued with the production for years. WTF? Unacceptable, IMHO. No more Polaris anything for me.

Got out of sledding last year and turned to SXSing. Didn't even consider the Polaris; am very happy with my Honda. Not racey but very capable.
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Oh wow!

I had a Victory Cross Country Tour and my K1600, even with a number of comfort farkles, still isn't as comfortable as the stock CCT. I went the K route because quite frankly, and as mentally off as this may seem, I was toooooo comfy on the Vic CCT. I became toooooo relaxed and now, without question, I know and am fully aware that I am on a four door Porsche as I call it.

My own safety and awareness mentality swayed me to move along, but if I were stuck on comfortable, relaxed riding...to the point of almost falling asleep on my long rides....I would have never sold my Vic CCT.

Anyhow, I'm loving the K...and am close to the same comfort level with the mods I have completed. Regardless, unfortunate for sure!
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Oh wow!

I went the K route because quite frankly, and as mentally off as this may seem, I was toooooo comfy on the Vic CCT. I became toooooo relaxed and now, without question, I know and am fully aware that I am on a four door Porsche as I call it.

I felt about the same with my Gold Wings. No wind, no sound, no bumps, just perfect ride for sleeping.

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