Okay, this might be confusing, but I'll do my best to translate some info I found online.
The confusion is that in my area, there are two Victory Dealerships. One is Victory of South Florida and the other is Best Buy Vehicles. Evidently the Best Buy Polaris Dealer has been around for more years than the other Best Buy...the electronics retail chain. But that's just a guess on my part.
Here's a photo of Best Buy Polaris:
And here's a photo of a typical Best Buy electronics store.
I don't think anyone would confuse the two...except the tow truck driver who hauled my bike in for service one day and when I told him to take it to Best Buy Vehicles, he thought he was taking it to the electronics chain!
With that said, it's being reported that Best Buy (the electronics chain) will soon be testing selling the Brammo Enertia Electric Motorcycle (if you want to call this thing a Motorcycle) in a few select locations around May 2009. Here's the story from the AutoBlogGreen:
Last September, when Brammo Motorsports got a big chunk of investment money from Best Buy Capital, eyebrows arched with the possibility that the biggest of all Big Box electronics retailers might actually sell the electric motorcycle from their own retail locations. Now that it's been confirmed, the initial disbelief has turned into excited anticipation that the long-awaited fully electric Brammo Enertia will finally be available in May, and at 5 selected West Coast Best Buy locations to boot.
Perhaps most interesting are comments that CEO Craig Bramscher made about the future of the bike. "What we're selling is a lot closer to consumer electronics than to transportation," he said, suggesting that on-board cameras that can link up to the internet would be one likely add-on. Basic repairs and maintenance will be carried out by the Geek Squad crew while more intensive work would be performed at various service centers around the country. If this initial rollout proves successful, Bramscher envisions a time when the Enertia and its future siblings would be available at every Best Buy locations around the world.
I'm sorry, but this story struck a chord with me...and not a good chord. That's because anyone who has shopped at a Best Buy (I'm not picking on them, this just my observation) most likely have dealt with some less than knowledgeable sales people. If you've ever attempted to buy a cell phone from one of the big box retailers, you may have noticed that it can take nearly half a day performing the credit checks, activating the phone and doing all the necessary paperwork.
Buying a Motorcycle is much different than buying an HDTV or a computer. While we all have had various experiences with our bike dealers, I cannot imagine what it would be like to buy a bike from an electronics chain store. There's a lot of paperwork involved in buying a bike for street usage. I can't imagine having a teenager who was selling computers one moment, selling a motor vehicle the next. Maybe I'm jumping to conclusions, but if this test is for real and it is successful, could it become the business model for the future of selling motorcycles?(Do I hear the words "ATTENTION KMART SHOPPERS - Blue Light Special on Aisle 3" pertaining to motorcycles in the near future?).
When I first read that The Geek Squad will be providing service, I thought: That's just crazy! But after I digested that thought, I felt that might not be a bad idea. After all, these guys drive around in their Volkswagon Beetles and maybe they will provide at home service. I guess we'll find out about this later.
So, what's next, will Walmart be selling Ducati's? In this economic climate, I can only guess that anything is possible.
From what I'm to understand, the price of this bike is $12,000. Bargain, huh? In case you're interested, here's the specs:
P.S. Sorry about the intended sarcasm in this post, but I just find this to be a very strange proposition. So, what do you think? Maybe I'm missing something here. Comments welcomed.