Victory Releases Boardwalk; Ends The Kingpin

The widest handlebars of any Victory cruiser and a new two piece seat distinguish the Boardwalk from the other bikes in the Victory lineup.  Seat height is a low 25.9 inches, slightly over 1/2 of an inch lower than the Kingpin and lower than the Vision and the Crossroads and Cross Country.    Fuel capacity has increased slightly to 4.7 gallons, the same as the Judge.  Front fender features a chrome accent at the strut and the long sweeping lines compliment the wide whitewall tires enhancing the “laid back”  lazy Sunday afternoon persona of the bike.  The 150mm rear and 130mm front Metzler’s are mounted on 16″ 60 spoke laced chrome  wheels.

The headlight, gauge housing, handlebars, exhaust, belt guard, engine and ignition covers, turn signal housing and fender struts are all chrome and the rear brake and turn signals are LED lamps.

If you need / want to do some light touring, Victory has the Boardwalk saddlebags (not shown) a tall windshield and passenger backrest with optional 2-Up luggage rack attachment.  Cruise control is also an option on the Boardwalk.

There wasn’t any “official” pronouncement that Victory is abandoing the Kinpin model, but without a new 2013 model the line is dead.  For 2013, Victory goes with 3 “baggers” and two full touring models not counting the Ness models.

 

Polaris Enters Indian Market with Eicher Motors Limited

MINNEAPOLIS (July 24, 2012) — Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today announced a joint venture with Eicher Motors Limited, a leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles and motorcycles in India. The joint venture will develop and market new products to meet the diverse vehicle needs in India and other emerging markets. The agreement creates a new operation, wherein Polaris and Eicher each control 50 percent. The overall investment is expected to be approximately $50 million, shared equally between the partners over a three-year period.

 

Polaris Industries Inc. CEO Scott Wine (right) and Eicher Motors Limited CEO and Managing Director Siddhartha Lal (left) happily shake hands after signing an agreement for their companies to enter into a joint venture. Both men expressed great excitement about the potential of this new joint venture, in which the companies will cooperatively develop new products for India and other emerging markets. (Photo: Polaris Industries Inc.)

“This agreement instantly expands and enhances Polaris’ presence in India and supplying access to additional emerging markets around the globe and leverages Polaris’ strength in product innovation and vehicle development” said Scott Wine, Polaris CEO. “Eicher’s financial strength and rich history as a leader in the Indian market makes them the perfect partner for Polaris in India. This joint venture represents an incredible opportunity to develop new vehicles and realize global growth.”

Eicher is a well-established, powerful brand in India. The company today is comprised of Royal Enfield, an iconic motorcycle brand, and VE Commercial Vehicles Limited (VECV), a 50/50 venture with Volvo. VECV, established in 2008, manufactures and markets medium-to-heavy-duty trucks and buses, engineering components and provides engineering design solutions. Between its two business divisions, Eicher has a dealer network with more than 400 locations in India.

“At Eicher Motors Limited, we are committed to long term growth and value creation for our stakeholders through both organic and inorganic expansion,” said Siddhartha Lal, managing director and CEO, Eicher Motors Limited. “This joint venture strongly supports our strategic direction. Currently, we are active in the commercial vehicle and motorcycle categories. Collaborating with Polaris allows us to enter new profitable vehicle segments.”

The joint venture will benefit from the complementary and shared strengths each partner provides, utilizing these collective talents to co-develop new products for emerging markets. Polaris’ unmatched innovation in engineering and design, paired with Eicher’s powertrain expertise, economical engineering and knowledge of local markets create a powerful combination. The companies’ shared dedication to manufacturing excellence and responsible management further strengthens this partnership.

While strategies are still under discussion, Eicher and Polaris plan to cooperatively build a new manufacturing facility to support this joint venture, with production projected to start in 2015.

Victory Motorcycles Puts the Nation’s Defenders First with New Military Priority Demo Program

MEDINA, MN (March 5, 2012) – Victory Motorcycles is introducing the Victory Military Priority Demo Program to invite active members of U.S. military branches and the U.S. Coast Guard to move to the front of Victory demo lines at major summer 2012 events. Active U.S. military and Coast Guard personnel who present their current military IDs at Victory demo registration will receive special wrist bands giving them priority access to the Victory demo fleet.

“We have long supported members of the military in numerous ways, and we view this as an opportunity for our customers and staff to thank military personnel for their service,” said Steve Menneto, Polaris VP, Motorcycles. “We have always respected and participated in the riding community’s support for the military, and we know our riders will gladly step aside to let our nation’s defenders move to the front of the demo line.”

The Victory Military Priority Demo Program, he said, is a simple “thank you” from the Victory Motorcycles demo team, Victory Riders and the riding community at large.

The Victory corporate demo ride team will provide demo rides and offer the Victory Military Priority Demo Program at the following 2012 events:

 

Daytona Bike Week Mar 9-17 Daytona Beach FL www.officialbikeweek.com
Myrtle Beach Bike Week May 11-20 Myrtle Beach, NC www.myrtlebeachbikeweek.com
Americade Jun 5-9 Lake George, NY www.americade.com
Laconia Motorcycle Week Jun 9-17 Laconia, NH www.laconiamcweek.com
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Aug 6-12 Sturgis, SD www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com
American Victory Rally Aug 17-19 Spirit lake, IA www.victorymotorcycles.com
Delmarva Bike Week Sept 13-16 Ocean City, MD www.delmarvabikeweek.com
Bikes Blues and BBQ Sept 26-29 Fayetteville, AR www.bikesbluesandbbq.org
Biketoberfest Oct 18-12 Daytona  Beach, FL www.officialbikeweek.com

For a listing of all Victory Motorcycle demo events including local dealer events, log on to:www.victorymotorcycles.com and click the “test ride” tab.

Victory’s New Hard-Ball

The custom bagger movement has gained enough traction over the past few years that manufacturers are sitting up and taking notice.  While Harley-Davidson has yet to fully embrace the trend, Victory showed it’s nimble enough to come out with a mid-season offering that has is sure to create a buzz on the street when the bike hits the dealerships in early 2012.

The Hard-Ball takes the Victory High Ball concept a step further by blacking out almost every part on the bike, with the exception of the primary cover,  clutch and brake levers and a sliver of chrome on the engine fins and lower fork legs.  Both “Balls” share the same 65.7 wheelbase, low platform frame.  (26.5″)  Both cradle the same 4-stroke 106″(1731 cc) / 6-speed 50˚ EFI V-Twin with dual 45 mm throttle bodies.  Both have the same height-adjustable ape hangers.  What makes the Hardball a  bad ass custom bagger are the flat black paint, red pinstripes and two large hard bags which appear to be the same ones used in on the Cross Country line.  Specs are posted below the video.

Victory Cross Country Tour

A mischievous grin split my face as I approached the empty intersection a mile from my house.  Poor planning years ago had turned what should’ve been a mundane 3 way city intersection, into a quarter mile twisty motorcycle launch pad.

I slowed slightly, shifting my weight to the left, and pushed the bike over into the left hand turn into a tight arch. Grinning wide, my right hand twisted the grip as I snatched the Cross Country Tour upright and I shifted my weight over to opposite side.   In one fluid motion (and with the mental fantasy of blasting around the track at Barber Motorsports)  I threw the big Vic with it’s all aluminum frame over to the right and tried hard to scrape the boards as I challenged its rated 32 degree lean angle before reversing my weight again to the left side.

Accelerating, the big Vic responded with the agility of a much smaller machine as I rode her into a left hander for another short turn before the pavement straightened, and the crest of the approaching hill and common sense demanded I ease off the throttle.  As the speedo slid below 70, I returned to my senses.  I was just a mortal magazine editor, instead of the super human professional racer I was pretending to be.

I had lost count how many times I’d pushed this Victory Cross Country Tour in this manner.   And, every time I marveled at how far it would lean before hard parts touch.  Approaching 2500 miles on this long term test, I had reached a comfort level with this bike that usually only comes with ownership.  I knew our relationship would end soon, but that was in the future, pushed to the dim recesses of my mind.

What was turning into a love fest with the CCT, began much differently.

As cliche as it sounds, this review almost ended before it started.

I should start at the beginning, in White Plains Maryland at Victory of Southern Maryland where I picked up the bike.  My arrival coincided with appearance of the remnants of Hurricane Earl.   A system that ultimately dumped record setting amounts of rain on the Mid-Atlantic States in a short 8 hour window.

I’d been watching the Weather Channel and knew I’d get wet.  I wasn’t too concerned.  I had the best gear that Victory, Aerostich, and Nolan manufactured.    My only real concern was fatigue.

Leaving home at 3:30 am, I boarded my flight out of Augusta at 5:30.  A short hop to Charlotte NC and a connecting flight to DC, put me on the ground at 9:30am.  I arrived just about the time Earl and his outer rain bands came knocking on the Capitol doorsteps.  After an hour’s cab ride to the dealership,(and a very interesting cold war history discussion with the Ukraine cabbie) I was more or less on the self-imposed schedule I had set for myself on this trip.

I planned to fly up, get the bike and make the 614 mile trip back home in less than 24 hours.  Along the way I’d stop in Fayetteville North Carolina to see an old girlfriend.   That sounds more salacious than it is.  Kelly is a female friend of both my wife and I, and while technically she’s a “girlfriend” I doubt she’s ever referred to me as a “boyfriend.”

Wave after wave, tropical storm Earl was pounding the DC area

Woody Allen said, “if you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans” and I think God was chuckling that day because as soon as I walked in the dealership, the proverbial bottom fell out of the clouds  and what had been a moderately steady rain, suddenly became a good old fashioned frog strangler of biblical proportion, threatening to completely wash out my plans..

The pounding on the roof was so loud there was no use yelling at the employees on the other side of the parts counter, so I stood there a few minutes, smiling at Melinda Torreyson as we waited for a break in the storms fury.   When it eased, I identified myself and told her my mission.  I could feel her sizing me up as she eyed my blue jeans, tennis shoes and short sleeve shirt.  I guess she hadn’t noticed my bag that I’d dropped by the door.  Oddly I felt compelled to explain myself.  “I’ve got all my gear in that bag” I said, pointing to the entrance.  She laughed and said, “That’s good, because it looks like you’re going to need it.”

That was her first understatement of the day.

As if on cue, the storm intensified into a deluge that would’ve made Noah proud.  The television in the customer lounge was tuned to the Weather Channel.  Fast moving green bands with pockets of yellow and orange storm cells were streaming off the Atlantic heading north, one wave coming right after the other, forming a seemingly impenetrable barrier between me and the clear skies of Richmond Virginia, only 90 miles away.

As I cooled my heels and waited for a break that never came, Melinda gave me a tour of the facilities and checked me out on the new features of the Cross Country Tour.

Melinda was well into her spiel before I realized I was daydreaming about taking my bride on one last extended road trip before winter’s arrival.  I hadn’t been giving her my full attention.  That’s what forgetting to take your ADD medicine will do for you.

I’d tested a Cross Roads last year, and knew a little about this line of bikes.  Introduced in 2009, the Cross Country immediately became Victory’s top selling touring bike, and helped move the Minnesota company from 5th to 2nd in the battle for supremacy in the heavyweight cruiser market.

The (previously optional) tour pack was now standard, and included rear speakers and integrated passenger backrest.  Additionally highway bar mounted lowers with a glove box on each side and IPod / IPhone connectivity.  Integrated in the lowers is what Victory calls its “Comfort Control System” of vents and air scoops, designed to channel air flow into the lower cockpit area, or block it out entirely; more on this later.

The windshield is 8 inches taller this year, and is non-adjustable.  Victory engineers designed it that way and included a set of clear rounded hinged louvers below the fairing to reduce cockpit turbulence. For that, the system is flawless. Overall I liked the taller setup, but I’d have to cut the windscreen down if the CCT moved into my garage permanently.  The reason?   At 6 foot, I’m l looking through the windshield, instead of over it.  There is some room on the fairing for manual adjustment, but the mounting system would need to be modified.

Melinda showed me how and where to adjust the rear air shock to set the bike up for transporting a passenger or bags full of gear. With 4.7 inches of available travel, this bike can comfortably transport a companion and all the gear necessary for a week on the road.  With 41.1 gallons of storage,(most in it’s class with hard side bags, tour pack and glove boxes) the space is there, how you fill it is up to you.

Throw a leg over the saddle and you sink down onto the plush padded seat 26.25 inches from the ground.  On touring bikes, lower is better, and the CCT setup instills the confidence and stability you get from having both feet firmly on the ground.

When not on Terra Firma,, the driver rests his or her feet on generous floorboards. Victory wisely decided against putting a rear shifter on this model, leaving ample room to shift feet positions slightly on long distance hauls. The passenger floorboards are adjustable for different height riders.

Approaching noon,  it was time for me  to poop, or get off the pot, as my daddy liked to say.  With no break in sight on the radar, I decided my best course would be to trust the big front end of the CCT to keep the worst of Earl’s fury at bay.  I figure I’d ride gingerly south until I escaped the squalls coming in from the coast.  I gauged I’d be out of it in 50 miles, or just over an hour assuming I could average 40-45 mph.

You know what they say about assuming anything.  (Cue the jackass sound effect.)

At that moment, as if to highlight the folly of my decision, (or maybe it was a cosmic punch line) a bolt of lightening stuck close enough for the simultaneous thunder to dislodge a glass framed picture sending it crashing literally at my feet.   Staring at the shards of glass on the floor, I was reminded of a quote from Voltaire, “God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.”  I wasn’t laughing either.

But, it was either spend the night, or suck it up and ride. Underestimating nature’s fury, (or overestimating my abilities) I said my good byes and struck out south towards I-95 into the most nerve wracking hour of my professional motorcycle testing career.

Melinda had warned the first big sphincter tightening moment would come 15 miles from the dealership as US Hwy 301 crossed the Gov. Harry Nice Memorial bridge spanning the Potomac River.

That was her second understatement of the day.

I’ve made a few bad decisions in my time, but crossing a metal decked bridge on a touring bike with a fork mounted fairing and big rear tour pack in the midst of a tropical storm tops my list. Or at least my “I did this completely sober” list.

Cresting the top of the span and creeping along at 25 mph it happened.   A sudden gust from the west  whipped the handle bars so violently, my left hand came complexly off, and with the input from my right hand still on the bars, the bike leaned right, heading straight to the concrete guard rail.  Amazingly I had time to wonder if the impact would flip me over the barrier, plunging me and 860 pounds of aluminum, steel and fiberglass into the dark churning water, four stories below.  Thinking back, I’m still amazed at how calm I was when the grim reaper appeared.

But, just as quickly, the wind settled, the reaper vanished and I regained control of the bike well before impact.  Had the gust come from the opposite side, I could’ve been pushed into oncoming traffic.  Thankfully my mind was too occupied with the immediate task of survival to dwell on the painful outcome of that scenario.

Reaching the opposite shore, the recklessness of my decision was highlighted by the dozen or so cars pulled over on the shoulder on the opposite shore to wait for a break in the storm.  I can only imagine what idiotic labels they mentally pinned on me as I inched along, straining my neck to get my eyes above the top of the windshield for a better view of the road ahead.

Approaching the northern suburbs of Richmond Virginia, the rain slacked off and the wind evaporated.   With surprisingly light traffic, the worst was behind me, and I removed my gloves to test the stereo system on the CCT.

I’d brought an IPod and before leaving had plugged it into the Apple jack located in the left side glove box.  Once auxiliary input is selected, the Victory logo displays on the player and functionality is transferred to the convenient left side handlebar controls.  I never quite mastered the ability to change the play list, although I fiddled with it quite a bit.  The dock is fully powered and will keep your IPod or IPhone charged during use.  There’s also a separate accessory plug to charge other phones, although there isn’t a corresponding jack for stereo input. Bummer for anyone with their music on non-Apple devices.

With the tunes fired up, I entered Richmond Virginia just as Gregg Allman’s voice came through the speakers “Virgil Cain is my name and I served on the Danville train…til Stoneman’s calvary came and pulled up the tracks again…In the winter of ‘65, we were hungry, just barely alive….”  “how appropriate” I thought) a song about life in the last days of the Confederacy just as I’m entering its capitol.”

Settling back, I turned that Southern classic up louder than necessary and set the cruise on 80 mph, shifted deeper into the plush seat,  and spent the next few hours falling in love with this Cross Country Tour.

Soon after the September sun faded I stopped for supper. Pulling into the parking lot of a chain restaurant, the big round gauges illuminated the cockpit in a soft blue glow.  In the stressful beginning of the ride, I hadn’t been able to get acquainted with anything on the bike.  Before dismounting, I ran through the various functions of the controls.

A slight stretch of the LEFT index finger reaches a pull switch to cycle through the on board computer.  Overall odometer miles, miles per gallon on average, fuel remaining, average speed and current speed are displayed digitally, in addition to the large analog style circular gauges with RPM, speed and fuel.  An sensor relays the ambient temperature to the display, although over the course of the test I discovered it was consistently 2-5 degrees higher than those big display thermometers on the bank signs.

There’s a gear indicator in the middle of the digital readout, and while that’s handy, I noticed it disappeared when I pulled the clutch, which I almost always do when I approach intersections to stop, and while sitting at red lights. If that wasn’t a glitch limited to the test bike, I’d recommend Victory’s engineers redesign this so a quick glance will let you know if you’re in the gear you want to be in.

A toggle switch just below the instrument cluster activates the heating elements in the grips.   I came to appreciate this feature the deeper in fall and the first few weeks of winter.  There’s also heated seats, with those switches located on the left side under the passenger seat.  I’m not a fan of heated seats on any brand.  For me, if it’s cold enough to turn them on, I’ll be wearing something insulated, so all they do is make my rear end sweat, and a sweaty butt on long rides isn’t something I’m fond of.

Out front in the fairing sits a big slightly oval shaped High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamp Victory claims it’s four times brighter than halogen and lasts 10 times longer.  I agree that on “bright” it punches a sizable hole in the darkness, but I didn’t like the short range on dim. There’s probably an adjustment to raise it up so it throws the light a little farther down field.

On the left, dangling below the standard set of switches reside the stereo controls.  On the right, in the same position reside the controls for the cruise control.  Nothing out of the ordinary to report here, so let’s move along.

While ABS isn’t standard on most cruisers, it’s on the CCT from the factory.  The rest is common fare for cruisers, such as dual 300mm floating rotors and 4 piston calipers on the front over the 130/70R18 Dunlop Elite 3 tire.  The front brake lever has a 5 position adjustment. Whether you like your front brake pull hair trigger strong, soft as marshmallow, or like me, somewhere in the middle, there’s a notch that suits you.   Out back, a single 300mm rotor with 2 piston caliper rules over a 180/60 16 inch radial from Dunlop.  Front to back the wheel base measures 65.7 inches with 108.1 inches overall parking space needed.

The remaining 7 hour ride was blissfully uneventful, and thanks to the superb acoustics of the CCT stereo system, the highway tunes banished the boredom normally associated with such a long slog.  I pulled into my garage 23 hours after leaving, tired but thankful for having come in under my self-imposed deadline.

Two Up on a Week Long Cruise:

A few weeks later I had the opportunity to load up the CCT with gear and my bride and take an extended weekend trip to Panama City Beach Florida for the autumn Thunder Beach motorcycle rally.  She doesn’t normally have the opportunity to ride the test bikes.  Since the CCT was designed for just this type of trip, It would be a real world test and one that should highlight any flaws that I might miss riding solo.  .

Packing the CCT, in many ways, reminded me of a 7000 mile trip I took in 2008 on another big Victory Cruiser, the Vision.  With the voluminous hard saddle bags and the (easily removable) rear tour pack, my wife and I fit everything needed for the 5 day mini-vacation.  That included my IPad, camera gear, and laptop.  With a washer/dryer at the condo, I only carried 3 days’ worth of clothes.

The weather was unseasonably warm at the start of the trip and I removed my jacket a couple hours into he ride.  By rearranging the contents of the tour pack, I was able to stuff the bulky jacket in with space to spare.  Not much space, mind you, but the trunk closed and that’s what’s important.

And speaking of closing, the lids on the hard saddlebags are designed in such a way that they’ll close without the latch being fully engaged.  I had been warned that the bags, if not properly latched, had a tendency to fly open at highway speed.  If this happens, expect to see your dirty underwear or whatever else you carry, spew out on the highway behind you.  With the temperature reaching into the 90’s, I remembered why I didn’t like bikes with a lot of plastic up front.  The engine heat, combined with the ambient air temperature really started doing a number on my legs.

In fact I got so hot under my arse that I wondered if I’d accidentally flipped the seat warmers on.  Then  I remembered Robert Pandya from Victory telling me that I’d need to “adjust” the lower and upper vents for the best airflow.  Robert cautioned that wide open was not always the best setting to evacuate the heat.  After a bit of trial and error, I found that by cracking  the left side lower vent  about halfway and keeping the right side alt 25% open and doing the opposite with the uppers, the cockpit was more comfortable.

But, in the middle of summer, when the temperatures approach triple digits, there isn’t much you can do on any motorcycle to escape the heat.   With its multiple power outlets, the CCT is the perfect bike to test the efficiency of those electric cooling vests.

The weather for the rest of the weekend turned out gorgeous.  After spending a couple of days in PCB for the rally, we headed west to Pensacola to visit a friend and eat at the Grand Marlin Restaurant we’d heard so much about.

Waiting on our friend to arrive, my bride and I compared notes and agreed we were sold on the Cross Country Tour.  For comfort, handling, and styling, no other bike, including the Vison, was as appealing to us as the Cross Country Tour.  And just like the saying goes, “When mama’s happy, every one’s happy.”  On this bike, mama stayed happy the whole weekend and that made the journey better than the destination.  There’s no doubt this would be our next purchase.

Our little mini vacation was ending the next day and it had turned out to be one our favorite trips.  So many highlights come to mind that it’s hard to know where to start first, or how much to include.

Watching the sun set on the horizon, hundreds of miles from home, while nibbling on lobster fingers and BBQ oysters is a treat in itself.  Add in a two piece band, a cold bottle of Michelob, and the warm ocean breeze and you have a magical evening spent with people you love the most.

Sometimes the end is the best place to begin.


Victory Storm Sturgis

Victory Motorcycles is making its presence
felt at the 71st Annual Sturgis Rally in
2011. In addition to their unique, downtown Sturgis
location, Victory will have its largest ever test fleet
available for demo rides. As an official Sponsor of
the Sturgis Legendary Buffalo Chip, Victory will be
participating in Chip activities all week and donating
a bike to be given away at the end of the rally. Here’s what
Victory owners and other rally goers can look forward to:
• Demo Rides on all Victory models, August 6-12 9:00 -5:00, I-90,
Exit 30
• A Victory Owners Ride and Reception at the Buffalo Chip August 11
- 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. self-guided ride
- 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. reception
• A Chance to win a Free Klock Werks customized Victory Kingpin
(register @ buffalochip.com)
• A Unique Display of Victory Products at 1100 Main Street,
August 6-12 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
• VIP visits from Victory partners Arlen, Cory and Zack Ness, Roland
Sands, The Klock Werks team and Survivor TV Series star Rupert
Boneham
The historic bank building that Victory occupies at First and Main in
downtown Sturgis will showcase their latest models including the
early release 2012 High-Ball that was introduced in January. Rally
apparel and complete information on the entire line of Victory
Motorcycles will also be available.
Three 18-wheelers from Victory’s six-truck national demo fleet will
provide more than 30 bikes for free demo rides. The demo site is
located less than a mile from downtown Sturgis at Exit 30 on I-90.
Victory manufacturers more than 16 models – all powered by the
Freedom 106 engine with 6-speed transmission. Most models from the
value priced, blacked-out 8-Ball series to the Victory Vision Tour
will be available to ride from Saturday August 6th to Friday August
12th from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. Downtown hours for the Victory Store will
be Saturday, August 6th until Saturday, August 13th from 9 a.m. until
9 p.m.
A Victory Kingpin, customized by the pros at Klock Werks Kustom Cycle,
is being provided this year for the Buffalo Chip Bike Give-Away. The
lucky winner will be chosen from a group of finalists and awarded the
tricked out custom live on-stage Friday of Rally Week. As always,
Victory will host a ride-in during the Rally for Victory owners. “The number of Victory’s
grows every year and with our corporate headquarters so close to Sturgis, we view the Rally as
an annual event for our employees and customers,” states Steve Menneto, Victory GM. Victory’s
offices are located in neighboring Minnesota and manufacturing is in Iowa.
The 2011 Victory Owners Ride and Reception for will take place Thursday August 11 from
3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. starting in Deadwood, and ending at the Buffalo Chip and will include
food and soft drinks. As an official sponsor of the legendary Buffalo Chip, Victory will provide
free Special Guest parking. Victory owners will also have access to the Buffalo Chip Events
Center with the 2011 Motorcycles as Art display and Chip Gardens on the evening of the Ride-
In. Victory is also a sponsor of the Buffalo Chip Legends Ride which will take place on August
8th. Celebrity’s may include Arlen, Cory and Zack Ness, Roland Sands and Rupert Boneham,
Survivor TV Series star as wel as many other motorcycling celebrities.
For more information, on Victory at Sturgis, including updated times and dates, go to
www.victoryatsturgis.com.
About Polaris
With annual 2010 sales of $1.99 billion, Polaris designs, engineers,
manufactures and markets off-road vehicles (ORVs), including
allterrain vehicles (ATVs), the Polaris RANGER(r) Side x Sides,
snowmobiles and Victory motorcycles for recreational and
utility use and has recently introduced a new on-road electric
powered neighborhood vehicle. Polaris is a recognized leader
in the snowmobile industry; and one of the largest manufacturers
of ORVs in the world. Victory motorcycles established in 1998 and
representing the first all-new American made motorcycle from a major
company in nearly 60 years, are rapidly making impressive in-roads
into the cruiser and touring motorcycle marketplace. Polaris also 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 MidCap 400 stock price index. Information about the complete line of Polaris
products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime from the Polaris
homepage at www.polarisindustries.com.

Take Your Victory Ride To The Next Level With This Mobile App

Victory Rides Mobile App

 

Everyone dreams of long road trips to interesting destinations. This summer, thousands of motorcyclists head out on the highway to do that exact thing.  Most of them won’t know where they are going until they are sitting in that restaurant tucked into a corner of the mountains. Most of them won’t know anything about area attractions or where the best “biker friendly” restaurants are located.  Now, there’s a app for that.   Victory motorcycles just announced their new mobile application that can be downloaded on Android and Apple devices. The app features:

The app provides you almost everything you  need on your ride and will make sure you enjoy every single moment without any stress.
  • VIEW YOUR LOCATION, ROAD MAPS AND WEATHER CONDITIONS
  • SEARCH FOR FOOD, GAS, VICTORY DEALERS AND MORE
  • TRACK YOUR RIDES AND SHARE ON FACEBOOK
If you want to share the experience with those stuck back home, this app tracks you and your friends every mile of the way.  At the end of the day, you can share pictures and video with fellow motorcyclist, and show everyone on Facebook just how much fun the motorcycle lifestyle really is.

 

Polaris to Acquire Global Electric Motorcars LLC

MINNEAPOLIS (April 25, 2011) — Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:  PII) today announced an agreement to acquire Global Electric Motorcars LLC (GEM), a wholly owned Fargo, N.D. based subsidiary of Chrysler Group LLC and manufacturer of premium electric-powered vehicles.  GEM is the recognized leader within the low-speed vehicle market, with a well-respected brand and approximately $30 million in sales during the 2010 calendar year.  Since the company was established in 1998, they have placed over 45,000 electric-powered vehicles on the road worldwide.  GEM has developed business-to-business sales expertise within the fleet and government vehicle markets, and has created a competitive advantage with core competencies in make-to-order vehicle fulfillment and mobile service support.

 

“GEM provides Polaris with an established position in the low-emission small vehicle market and supports Polaris’ strategy of penetrating on-roadmarket segments poised for growth,” said Scott Wine, Polaris chief executive officer. “We are excited about the outlook for growth within this market space, and are looking forward to developing even stronger growth prospects for the GEM business.”

 

“Our vision is to accelerate profitable sales growth for GEM, by combining Polaris’ strength in new product innovation with the most-recognized brand in the low speed vehicle market space,” said Mike Jonikas, Vice President of the On-Road Vehicle Division.  “These new product efforts for GEM will be supported by an expanded distribution presence within select domestic and international markets.”

 

The agreement to acquire GEM will officially close within the next 60 days once Polaris secures the required state sales certifications to sell GEM products.  During this interim period, since Polaris will not yet have officially acquired GEM, operations will proceed as usual and Polaris will continue to learn and understand the GEM business through information exchange.  Following this interim period, Polaris will be in a position to outline specific plans for the GEM business.

 

Victory Releases a New Bobber – The High-Ball

Victory Motorcycles released a new bobber style bike tonight called the High-Ball.  Based on Vegas platform, Victory added spoked wheels, white walls, a short front fender and ape hangers to complete the cool retro look.  Although the bike looks like a vintage cruiser, the High-Ball still takes advantage of the Freedom 106 cu in engine.

Victory states that this bike is for the purist.  The rider who has a passion for old-school styling while also enjoying the reliability Victory has built into all of its models.  The Victory High-Ball will be available in April with an MSRP of $13,499.

Victory High-Ball