Polaris Industries announced on their website the creation of a new division called the On-Road Vehicle Division. (Polaris web site.)
The site then goes on for about a page listing the shuffling of executives in an organizational restructuring. The site also says that Victory Motorcycles will be a strong component of the companies drive to “Establish a strong on-road presence.”
The thing is, as far as I know, Victory Motorcycle IS Polairs’ on-road presence. They make Snowmobiles, quads, off road utility vehicles, and even some military hardware. There is nothing else on their website that rolls out of the plant street legal. So if Victory is only going to be a part of their on-road presence, what is the other part? Are they going into the automobile business? If so, this is an interesting time to start a car company. Or maybe they’re just going to pick one up at fire sale prices.
From my personal stand point, the best thing they could do to improve their on-road presence, is bring a dealership back to Texarkana. There was one here when I bought my V92TC. (Victory Touring Cruiser. 92 cubic inches.) I wouldn’t have bought it if there hadn’t been a dealer in town at the time. I’m even considering selling it for that very reason. It’s been a good bike, but I don’t relish the thought of trailering it 120 miles to Hot Springs for something I can’t fix myself.
It will be interesting to see what Polaris has up it’s corporate sleeve. I just hope it gets me closer to a dealership.
— Guy Wheatley