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    What took so long. Never liked them - too radical....especially the Vision.

    I think the dealer network or lack of contributed to the end.

    Indian should be OK if they keep Arlen Ness away from it. Hopefully Indian will last longer then Victory.
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    Agreed. Their dealer network was close to nil.

    On a positive note I bet you could find some awesome deals on a Victory right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GARYD View Post
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    What took so long. Never liked them - too radical....especially the Vision.

    I think the dealer network or lack of contributed to the end.

    Indian should be OK if they keep Arlen Ness away from it. Hopefully Indian will last longer then Victory.
    Gary I agree.

    To date I have never really liked the looks of the Victory line. I really can't recall one model I liked the looks of.(Of course looks are subjective to each person). Yes by all means keep Arlan Ness away from the Indian motorcycles. I think he played a big part into Victorys failure long term as a motorcycle company.

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    I for one liked the one that looked like a Street Glide,but just couldnt switch brands.I guy I work with has a Victory and as of today they are offering 80% off on accessories.If you thought HD accessories were high Victorys were a lot higher.

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    I for one am not gloating about the demise of Victory. If you look at the trade press, the overall market for large displacement bikes is really suffering. Apparently, 2015 was an anomalously good year but 2016 was crap for the motorcycle industry as a whole. The predictions are for flat to declining sales across the board for all large displacement motorcycles for the next few years.

    There is currently a glut of low mileage large displacement bikes and it is thwarting production of new bikes. It is going to mean loss of jobs and likely, eventually loss of shareholder values. Polaris supposedly has deep pockets but sales of Indians and Slingshots have been reportedly lackluster this past year from the limited information I have been looking and hearing about. I have known people that really liked their Victory bikes and it is a sign of the times that Polaris decided to discontinue the brand. The overhang of a bunch of unsold Victorys will likely depress a glutted market even further for the foreseeable future. Sad news whether you liked their styling and offerings or not.

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    Its sad there will be workers out of work, From the factory all the way down the line to suppliers ..And in a short time the 3 Victory Forums will soon dry up.. The motorcycle market is over saturated, And not with just cruisers, All classes of bikes..
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    Constant recalls and non existent parts is the big reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GARYD View Post
    Constant recalls and non existent parts is the big reason.
    I have the Gunner. One while you wait recall, My Ram truck 4 leave it there recalls. And a 5th one 3 months waiting [still] for parts, Recalls wore'nt the problems , Styling on the touring bikes AKA The George Jetson look..The Gunner 'Judge' Hammer 8 ball could have competed in a Japanese bike dealership.. The weird styling of the tourers stopped people from looking further!.. I was one, and if my Harley dealer didn't also sell Victory i would have never thought to look at them...
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    Agree with the George Jetson look. I like the Indians but again dearer network and availability to indies may kill Indian. You ccan go into any town and find someone to work on a Harley and stocks some parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve on 3 View Post
    Agree with the George Jetson look. I like the Indians but again dearer network and availability to indies may kill Indian. You ccan go into any town and find someone to work on a Harley and stocks some parts.
    And just what you're saying is what will keep Harley alive. The fact that a major competitor bit the dust won't hurt matters. I just hope that they don't get more complacent than they already are, and start treating customers badly.
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