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Goodbye Victory Motorcycles — The Brand Now Enters American Motorcycle History

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Polaris Industries, the giant behind Victory Motorcycles and Indian Motorcycle has announced that it will immediately begin winding down its Victory Motorcycles brand and related operations. Polaris will assist dealers in liquidating existing inventories while continuing to supply parts for a period of 10 years, along with providing service and warranty coverage to Victory dealers and owners.

“This was an incredibly difficult decision for me, my team and the Polaris Board of Directors,” said Polaris Industries Chairman and CEO Scott Wine. “Over the past 18 years, we have invested not only resources, but our hearts and souls, into forging the Victory Motorcycles brand, and we are exceptionally proud of what our team has accomplished. Since inception, our teams have designed and produced nearly 60 Victory models that have been honored with 25 of the industry’s top awards. The experience, knowledge, infrastructure and capability we’ve built in those 18 years gave us the confidence to acquire and develop the Indian Motorcycle brand, so I would like to express my gratitude to everyone associated with Victory Motorcycles and celebrate your many contributions.”

Several factors influenced today’s announcement. Victory has struggled to establish the market share needed to succeed and be profitable. The competitive pressures of a challenging motorcycle market have increased the headwinds for the brand. Given the significant additional investments required for Victory to launch new global platforms that meet changing consumer preferences, and considering the strong performance and growth potential of Indian Motorcycle, the decision to more narrowly focus Polaris’ energy and investments became quite clear.

“This decision will improve the profitability of Polaris and our global motorcycle business, and will materially improve our competitive stance in the industry,” said Scott Wine. “Our focus is on profitable growth, and in an environment of finite resources, this move allows us to optimize and align our resources behind both our premium, high performing Indian Motorcycle brand and our innovative Slingshot brand, enhancing our focus on accelerating the success of those brands. Ultimately this decision will propel the industry-leading product innovation that is core to our strategy while fostering long-term growth and increased shareholder value.”

Polaris will reduce the appropriate operating cost based on this decision, while continuing to support the future growth of the ongoing motorcycle business. Polaris remains committed to maintaining its presence in the Spirit Lake, Iowa community with Indian Motorcycle production and in the Huntsville, Alabama community with its Slingshot production.

Any one-time costs associated with supporting Victory dealers in selling their remaining inventory, the disposal of factory inventory, tooling, and other physical assets, and the cancellation of various supplier arrangements will be recorded in the 2017 income statement in respective sales, gross profit and operation expense. These costs will be excluded from Polaris’ provided 2017 sales and earnings guidance on a non-GAAP basis.

Polaris will release its fourth quarter and full-year 2016 financial results and provide 2017 guidance on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. A webcast and conference call will be held at 9:00 a.m. Central Time on January 24, 2017 to discuss the results. A slide presentation and link to the webcast will be posted on the Polaris Investor Relations website at ir.polaris.com. To listen to the conference call by phone, dial 877-706-7543 in the U.S. and Canada, or 478-219-0273 Internationally. The Conference ID is #45015597.

Source: Polaris Industries Inc.

Victory Motorcycles And Slingshot At The International Motorcycle Show

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Victory Motorcycles and the PolarisSlingshot set to launch the 2016-2017 ProgressiveInternational Motorcycle Show(IMS) series by roaring into Long Beach, Calif., November 18-20, with the entire line of Victory motorcycles, Slingshot roadsters, a custom bike display, new parts & accessories, a bike give-away, demo rides and much more.

The entire line of 2017 Victory motorcycles, including the all-new Victory Octane and best-selling Victory Cross Countrymodels, will be on display at the show alongside the new 2017 Polaris Slingshot, Slingshot SL and Slingshot SLR.

Attendees will be able to meet Swiss endurance rider Urs “Grizzly” Pedraita and check out the Victory Cross Country Tour he used this summer to set a new world endurance record by riding 62,000 miles over six continents in 72 days, see the gear that helped the Victory Project 156 and Empulse RR race bikes conquer the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, inspect a custom Slingshotcreated for Kid Rock, enter a sweepstakes to win a Victory Magnum, and receive a special coupon good for a one-year extended warranty on a motorcycle purchased at participating dealers.

Already the owner of a Victory motorcycle? Show your key and/or a picture of your ride to receive a special gift.

Outside, IMS attendees will have a chance to experience true modern American muscle by riding the entire line of 2017 Victory motorcycles, including the new VictoryOctanecruiser, Victory Magnumbagger, Victory Cross Country Tourand electric Victory EmpulseTT. Demo rides take place from 9am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday in the Long Beach Convention Center parking lot. All riders must present a valid motorcycle endorsement. Riders and passengers must be 18 or older and wear proper riding attire that includes a DOT approved helmet, closed-toe shoes, long pants and eye protection.

Off-site, Victory and Slingshot will be supporting the Beautiful Bikers Conference, a celebration of women who love the ride, which takes place at the Courtyard Marriott Long Beach concurrent to the motorcycle show. On Friday Nov. 18, registration runs 12pm – 4pm, followed by The Ground Pounders Block Party from 5pm – 8pm. On Saturday Nov. 19, attendees break out into sessions (Long Distance Riding, Adventure Riding, Beginning Riding & Accessorizing Your Ride) from 9am – 12pm, view a Ride the Runway fashion show from 3pm – 4pm, and enjoy the Beautiful Bikers Awards from 4pm – 7pm. Finally, from 9am – 1pm on Sunday Nov. 20, attendees may participate in the Beautiful Bikers Ride, picnic and photo shoot.

“Victory Motorcycles has earned its place in the motorcycle world with a commitment to performance and quality,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “For the first time we are combining our Victory display space with Polaris’ Slingshot brand, and I know we have something for enthusiasts looking for exhilaration.”

IMS Long Beach takes place Nov. 18-20 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Doors open 3pm Friday, 9:30am Saturday and 10am Sunday. Ticket prices are $16 for Adults and free for children ages 11 and under.

Küryakyn L.E.D. Saddlebag Extensions for Victory

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Küryakyn offers the industry’s first and only available saddlebag extensions with integrated L.E.D. functionality for Victory models.

Küryakyn’s L.E.D. Saddlebag Extensions provide a clean and affordable stretched saddlebag appearance with the benefit of additional full-time L.E.D. running lights. The red lenses with high-output L.E.D.’s provide greater rider visibility and are styled to match the factory rear lighting found on Victory baggers. The housings feature a wraparound design that offers a sleek custom appearance to complement OEM trim while maintaining ample ground and muffler clearance. Installation requires no drilling and features hassle-free plug-and-play wiring.

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Available in chrome or gloss black finishes, Küryakyn L.E.D. Saddlebag Extensions fit ’10-’16 Cross Country, Cross Country Tour and Magnum models, ’10-’14 Cross Roads models with hard saddlebags, and ’12-’13 Hard Ball models.

(NOTE: Will also install with Victory Hard Bag Saddlebag Bottom Rails, not recommended for use with aftermarket mufflers with larger diameter than stock.)

P/N 7170 – Chrome, P/N 7171 Gloss Black (coming soon) MSRP: $269.99

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Camping California: On Two Wheels – Solvang, CA

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We ride because we like to be outdoors, and camping fills that bill.  But like any respectable biker, I also enjoy a cold beer while soothing my tired muscles in a hot Jacuzzi after a long ride.  Writing/riding for a living, it suddenly dawned on me that there are hundreds of camping options in California that vary from a patch of sand on the beach to luxurious campsite living. Camping offers affordable accommodations and amazing locations. Whether travelling solo or with a group, we will scrutinize each destination and highlight several options, providing rider friendly tips and reviewing motorcycle friendly camping gear. READ MORE CLICK HERE