Clearly, Indian copied Harley design cues and lines with the new Limiteds and Challenger. They need Harley's customer base to be successful and the Classic design (which I prefer) was starting to stall their sales.I think Victory, Indian, and especially the Challenger has a lot of Harley influence in its design.
Any bike company with hardbags and a fairing should be liable to a lawsuit from Harley for copyright and patent issues. If it looks like a Harley and smells like a Harley it's a Harley
Hey now, I like my air-cooled twinkie. Knock on wood, my 16 RG has been rock solid.I think the Challenger has a lot of Victory influence in its design.
Reality is Polaris exists to make money...when they had both brands, Indian (right off the bat) generated more revenue vs Victory. I believe they were losing money in the Victory division, so they had to choose one.
Yes they shafted Victory dealers, all of them should’ve been Indian dealers automatically with how much they invested (instead of forcing them to pay an Indian franchise fee) and they could’ve supported Vic replacement parts better.
All companies make bad decisions..I think Polaris is all in with Indian..it has the brand recognition..and I think they figured out how to reintroduce Victory DNA into the Indians...and Harley fanboys win because without Indian, we probably still be riding air cooled Twin Cams
Hiya Ron....where ya been?I like it. More than a Road Glide? No. But I felt the same way about the Indians I have test rode. I like them, I like them a lot, but not more than my Harley. And that's a problem for Polaris. I do think they will attract the anything but a Harley crowd as well as a few that have had bad experiences with the MotorCo. Indian should be trying to attract young riders rather than attempting to pillage Harley's shrinking market IMO.