Take the ‘Victory Across America Mileage Challenge’ If You Ride the Most Miles, Victory Will Pay for Your Bik

IMG_0639Riders Have from June 1-July 31, 2014, to Log Miles on a New Victory
MEDINA, Minn. (May 31, 2014) – Victory Motorcycle riders live for the ride, and Victory is supporting their high-mileage passion with the Victory Across America Mileage Challenge. Victory will reward the rider who puts the highest mileage on their new Victory this summer by paying for their bike.

The Victory Across America Mileage Challenge works like this: Purchase a new Victory Motorcycle between June 1, 2014, and July 31, 2014, and have the Victory dealer record the odometer reading at the time of purchase. Stop back at the dealership on or before July 31, 2014, and have the dealer record and submit the mileage you have rolled up. Victory will pay for the motorcycle ridden by the Victory rider who rolls up the highest mileage during the Victory Across America Mileage Challenge.

“Victory riders love to ride, it’s what they live for, and we’re supporting their love of the open road with the new Victory Across America Mileage Challenge,” said Steve Menneto, Polaris VP Motorcycles, who has logged an Iron Butt ride on a Victory Cross Country. “We know our riders will love the challenge of riding as much as possible on a new Victory Motorcycle with the opportunity to have us pay for their new bike. We expect to see some very impressive mileage.”

Along with getting to enjoy riding a new Victory this summer – and being eligible to win the Victory Across America Mileage Challenge – a rider can take advantage of outstanding offers including rebates, low-interest rate financing, and a 2-year extended service contract (ESC) by purchasing a new Victory now. (Limited-time offers vary by location. Details about specific current offers are available at www.VictoryMotorcycles.com.)

Buy Your New Bike Now to Receive Bonus Mileage
Riders have two opportunities to earn bonus mileage toward their Victory Across America Mileage Challenge total:

• A rider will receive a 1,000-mile bonus for purchasing their new Victory Motorcycle after riding at a Victory demo event.

Complete details about the Victory Across America Mileage Challenge are available from Victory Motorcycles dealers and at www.VictoryMotorcycles.com. Here are answers to Victory Across America Mileage Challenge FAQ:

• Any new – not currently registered – Victory Motorcycle is eligible.
• The rider must revisit their Victory dealer on or before July 31, 2014, to have the dealer record the final odometer mileage.
• The qualifying mileage will be the difference between the initial odometer reading at the time of purchase and the final reading.
• Victory Motorcycles will pay the rider what the rider paid for the motorcycle, excluding tax, title, registration, etc.

About Victory Motorcycles
Victory Motorcycles designs, engineers, manufactures and markets a full line of cruisers, baggers and touring motorcycles. Every Victory model delivers industry-leading performance, comfort, style, storage and reliability. The first Victory was produced on the Fourth of July, 1998, in Spirit Lake, Iowa, where every Victory motorcycle continues to be produced today. Information about Victory motorcycles, apparel and accessories is available at www.VictoryMotorcycles.com.

Victory Recalls 872 2014 models for crankcase Issue

Polaris Industries, Inc. (Polaris) is recalling certain model year 2014 Victory Cross Country, Cross Country Eight Ball, Hammer Eight Ball, High Ball, Jackpot, Judge, Ness Cross Country, Vegas Eight Ball, Vision, Boardwalk, and 2015 Victory Gunner motorcycles manufactured January 22, 2014, through April 25, 2014. The crankcase may have been machined incorrectly causing insufficient clearance between the crankshaft and crankcase, causing the engine to unexpectedly seize.

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The Highball is one model recalled.

Engine seizure may cause the operator to lose control of the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Polaris will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and correct the crankcase clearance, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on May 1, 2014. Owners may contact Polaris customer service at 1-888-704-5290.

Dealers will stop sales and Owners are advised not to ride their motorcycle until the recall remedy has been performed.

Polaris cancels National Victory Rally – Other Victory Rallies Unaffected

reunion run baloonsPolaris Industries on Wednesday announced that it has called off the 2014 American Victory Rally due to an extensive expansion at the Spirit Lake Iowa location.

The company announced its $22.5 million expansion at the 565,000-square-foot Polaris manufacturing facility in 2012. Manufacturing lines will be transformed over the upcoming summer, according to American Victory Rally committee chair Marcy Bosch.

“All of us at Victory are disappointed that we are unable to host the rally this year as we know our riders are passionate about their bikes and the opportunity to connect with each other, the Spirit Lake community and Victory employees at the annual rally,” she said, in a company statement.

“We won’t be able to free up the facilities and dedicate the resources necessary to support a quality rally,” Bosch continued. “We are grateful to our riders and the Spirit Lake community for their continued support and passion for the Victory brand.”

Riders are encouraged to take part in other events across the country which celebrate the Victory brand.  In Helen Georgia, the Southeast Victory Rally, (May 29-June 1st)  is the largest gathering of Victory motorcycle enthusiasts in the USA and is held in conjunction with the USRiderNews Reunion Run.    The Reunion Run is non-brand specific.

Click here for more information on the Victory Rally or click here for information on the Reunion Run.  For registration and discounted hotel reservations, call Sylvia Cochran at 478-237-3761

Fairless and Allstate Display Custom Built Victory

fairlessAll day today March 7, Allstate Insurance Company and legendary motorcycle builder Rick Fairless will display at Daytona Bike Week his latest custom creation – a reimagined Victory Vegas 8-Ball.

The custom-built motorcycle is part of this year’s grand prize for the Allstate Motorcycle Sweepstakes and will feature signature Rick Fairless designs and customization never before seen by the public. This is the fifth year of the Allstate Motorcycle Sweepstakes and the first year that a Fairless custom is featured as the grand prize.

“When Allstate asked me to build this year’s bike, they asked for one that really fit the image of its riders. I knew I had to push the limits a little with this bike because they insure so many different kinds of folks,” Fairless said. “We ended up with a bike that is really going to turn some heads. This ain’t a bolt-on custom.”

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Fairless will be on hand to help debut the new custom machine at the Allstate Rider Protection Zone, which is located at Daytona Speedway. Riders in attendance will have the opportunity to see the bike in-person, learn more about how the Allstate Victory Vegas 8-Ball came to be from Fairless himself, enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win the motorcycle, as well as see some of the other custom bikes Allstate owns, including Arlen Ness and Dave Perewitz originals.

In addition to winning the motorcycle, Allstate will give the winner a trip for two to Rick Fairless’ Strokers Dallas for a free custom paint job consultation, personalized by Fairless himself.

“We’re confident that the winner of this year’s Allstate Motorcycle Sweepstakes is not only going to love their new ride,” said Pam Hollander, senior director of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company, “but they’re also going to love the whole Allstate experience.”

You Won’t Believe Which Brand Received The Worst “Reliability” Rating

12-BMW-K1600GTL-0151Consumer Reports surveyed 4680 subscribers who are motorcycle owners about the reliability of their motorcycles.  Out of those who responded to the survey, BMW touring and dual sport owners reported more problems with their motorcycles than owners of other brands.

One in every three BMW owners (33%)  said they’ve had an issue with their motorcycle in the past year.  One in every 4 Harley-Davidson owner (25%) reported an issue with their motorcycle.

Honda CBR, and Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R owners reported the least amount of problems.  The issues that were brought up the most by those who responded to the survey were problems with lights, switches, instrumentation, electrical or fuel systems.

Other brands such as  Kawasaki, Victory, Indian, Suzuki and Triumph were not ranked as the owners did not provide enough information as required by the survey.

Victory Releases 2014 Lineup; Adds A Pair of Blacked Out Baggers; Shaves $1000 off High Ball

CC_Ness_PR_0210Victory motorcycles rolled out it’s 2014 lineup today with a 15th anniversary Cross Country Tour model,  two new blacked out baggers and a new Arlen Ness designed limited edition Cross Country.  In addition to these new models, Victory shaved a $1,000 off it’s hot rod bobber, The High Ball and added two-tone paint and pin striping details on the 2014 Boardwalk.  For full specs on each model, click here  2014_Specs

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Victory Motorcycles & ‘The Gunny’ to Salute U.S. Military on Rolling Thunder Ride in Washington, D.C. on Memorial Day Weekend

GunnyDaytona (1)MEDINA, MN (May 16, 2013) – Victory Motorcycles and actor, avid Victory rider and retired U.S. Marine R. Lee Ermey – best known as “The Gunny” – are taking part in Rolling Thunder XXVI, the Memorial Day weekend motorcycle ride honoring U.S. military personnel who have sacrificed all for the sake of our freedom. The annual Rolling Thunder demonstration will take place Sunday, May 26, in Washington, D.C.

The Gunny – best known for his role as a Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant in the film, “Full Metal Jacket” – is deeply involved in advocating for the rights of active and retired or discharged members of the U.S. armed forces. He will attend Rolling Thunder XXVI as an official representative of Victory Motorcycles, saluting U.S. military personnel and their families on behalf of Victory employees and the community of Victory riders.

“We enjoy the freedom to ride because of the service and sacrifice of our nation’s military personnel, and we’re honored to have the Gunny represent our brand at this Memorial Day weekend event,” said Steve Menneto, VP of Victory Motorcycles.

On the Saturday of Rolling Thunder XXVI weekend, motorcyclists will have the opportunity to ride with Gunny to support the U.S. military. Gunny will make appearances on Saturday, May 25, at four Washington, D.C., area Victory Motorcycle dealerships and riders can join him as he rides between dealerships. Visit the Victory Motorcycles Facebook page for details on where and how to ride with Gunny.

 

Harley and BMW Owners Say Their Brands Are Less Reliable, but More Satisfying

moto mechanicConsumer Reports magazine has conducted their first ever motorcycle reliability survey and they say that a quarter of all Harley-Davidson owners reported experiencing a major problem with their motorcycle in the previous four years.  BMW owners reported their motorcycles are even less reliable, with 33% of owners reporting problems in the previous four years.  Japanese import owners reported fewer problems,.(10% or less)

The full report will be released tomorrow, March 28th.  In the advance release of the report, no mention was made of responses from Triumph, Ducati,  Victory or Indian owners.

Interestingly despite the higher percentage of owners reporting problems with their motorcycles,  BMW and HD owners reported being the most satisfied with their motorcycles.  An overwhelming number of Harley-Davidson owners, 75% told interviewers they would buy their bike again.   BMW and Honda owners also reaffirmed their purchase at 74 and 72 percent respectively.

“Reliability is one of many factors consumers might consider when purchasing a motorcycle. However, other factors like sculpted lines and rumbling engines also strike the right note among motorcyclists,” said Rik Paul, Auto Editor, Consumer Reports.

Among the bikes that needed repairs, survey respondents reporting having the most trouble with accessories, such as lights, instruments, switches, and radios (21%), brakes (20%), the electrical system (16%), and the fuel system (15%). Fortunately, most repairs were fairly inexpensive. Three quarters cost less than $200 out-of-pocket.

What about you?  Are you happy with your bike?  Take our poll below and tell us!

Own the Cover Bike

1-CaptureVictory motorcycles is going to auction off the 2013 Cross Country between March 21-28 on Ebay to benefit Operation Gratitude.   Unfortunately, a date with the beautiful Playboy model Raquel (shown in the photo) is not included.  Bummer.  But here’s a behind the scenes video to whet your appetite and get you revved up to bid!  More Info

 

 

 

 

Victory Motorcycles Celebrates Baggers During Busy Weekend at Long Beach Int’l. Motorcycle Show, Dec.7-9

MEDINA, Minn. (Dec. 4, 2012) – Victory Motorcycles has a busy weekend planned for the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show, Dec. 7-9, including: The introduction of a Factory Custom Painted Cross Country, the debut of a Buffalo Chip Custom Bagger styled by Cory Ness, Victory demo rides, autograph sessions featuring Playboy Playmates and “The Gunny” (actor R. Lee Ermey), a Toys for Tots gift collection – and more.

“The Long Beach IMS is always a high-energy show with a lot of Victory riders turning out,” said Victory Marketing Manager Josh Fulkerson. “Riders need to check out everything from the Victory demo rides outside the convention center to the incredible Victory Bagger Bar and accessory wall at our display inside.”

Victory Celebrates Baggers at Long Beach
Victory offers bagger riders the best selection of premium baggers, including the Cross Country®, Cross Roads® Classic, Hard-Ball™, and the Zach Ness Cross Country®. All of these models will be on display at the Long Beach IMS, where Victory will celebrate baggers with:

• The unveiling of two special baggers: A Factory Custom Painted Cross Country and a one-off Buffalo Chip Custom Bagger styled by Cory Ness.

The Factory Custom Painted Cross Country will be unveiled at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, at the Victory display. It will be on display – and available in the Victory demo ride fleet – the rest of the weekend.

The Buffalo Chip Custom Bagger will be unveiled at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, followed by a Cory Ness autograph session. Cory will also sign autographs at the Victory display on Saturday, Dec. 8, at noon and at 6 p.m.

• Riders will be able to take a seat at the Victory Bagger Bar and discuss Victory baggers and accessories with Victory engineers, product developers and accessories specialists.

Victory Demo Rides Saturday & Sunday
Demo rides on 2013 Victory models will start from the parking lot of the Long Beach Convention Center from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9.

All Victory models are represented in the demo fleet, including cruisers such as the Victory Judge and all-new Boardwalk, touring models like the Cross Country Tour, and baggers, including the Factory Custom Painted Cross Country that will be unveiled at the show.

Victory Salute to Military Personnel
The Long Beach IMS opens on Dec. 7, National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, and Victory is offering a weekend-long special salute to military personnel. Several U.S. Marines will be stationed at the Victory display to oversee collection of donations for Toys for Tots. Marines and Marine Reservists have collected and distributed holiday gifts for needy youngsters across America every year since 1947.

Also appearing at the Victory display will be Marine veteran, actor and Victory rider R. Lee Ermey, “The Gunny” in the film “Full Metal Jacket.” Gunny will sign autographs at the Victory display on Friday, Dec. 7, from 7-8 p.m., and three times on Saturday, Dec. 8: 10-11 a.m., 2-3 p.m. and 7-8 p.m.

The Victory Military Priority Program lets any demo rider who is currently serving in the military get a special wristband good for first choice of Victory demo bikes.

Playmates to Make Appearances
Two Playboy Playmates featured in the 2013 Victory Motorcycles product brochure – Raquel Pomplun, and Anna Sophia Berglund – will sign autographs at the Victory display on Friday, Dec. 7, from 6-7 p.m., and three times Saturday, Dec. 8: 11 a.m.-noon, 4-5 p.m. and 7-8 p.m.

Victory Offers IMS Ticket Discounts
Victory is making it easier than ever for riders to attend IMS events all winter. Riders can save $3 per ticket for any IMS event when they purchase tickets online in advance at www.motorcycleshows.com and enter the Victory discount code: Victory3.

At the Long Beach show, any rider who brings an unwrapped toy for the Victory Toys for Tots drive will receive $5 off a ticket purchased at the gate.

About Victory & Polaris
Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2011 sales of $2.7 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.

Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian motorcycle brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) and Goupil Industrie SA, and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicles accessories is available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.

PLAYBOY, Rabbit Head Design and PLAYMATE are trademarks of Playboy Enterprises International, Inc., and are used with permission by Polaris Industries Inc.