**** Scott Wine!
Did not see a Hoyt Clagwell on that list. Guess Oliver Wendall Douglas owned the last one.He's got a lot of farm equipment competition in the world. But the brand missing in this gargantuan list is Massey Harris. Go figure.
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The Polaris dealer that sold the first Vic in Canada was Elk Island Sales. Early this year, the owner dropped Polaris completely and got into farm equipment. Even Google Maps shows the place as a tractor dealer. How disheartening. But they will continue to service Victory and Polaris snow machines as long as customers want to bring them in.
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Well said, sir!Yup, Scott Wine killed Victory, in part, due to the 'not invented here syndrome'. He did all he could to justify buying the Indian brand name and if that cost Polaris their own Victory brand, so be it. Victory didn't help Scott Wine in his mind, it was an obstacle that needed to be removed to help his Indian brand. Wine and his team saw Victory as a competitor, not as a partner so they killed it.
Victory Motorcycles was the idea and creativity of the regime previous to Scott Wine. No reason to believe the next new regime won't have similar ideas. After all, CEO's need to fill out their portfolio by saving their current company a lot of money. IF it's true that motorcycles haven't made money for Polaris Industries, there's no reason not to suspect that the Indian brand won't get killed off as well.
Though personally, I doubt the Indian brand will be killed off by the next regime but who knows until they get started and they figure out where and how they can make the biggest impact. Remember, most companies know or care a lot LESS about the products they make than their customers do. This is especially true of companies that make emotional and/or disposable income products. Do you think the Wall Street Kids who took over Remington cared a wit about any Remington product? No sir, all they cared about is cutting product quality by saving money on cheaper parts. Their decisions bankrupted Remington and it was just recently sold off to a few other companies. But the Wall Street Kids made their money anyway and have all moved on to repeat the process somewhere else.
At the CEO level, they could really care less about the products, all their focus is on next quarters stock value and their financial report. Because that's how CEO's make money. Sure, their salary is big but their real money is made in the options and/or stock price. And yes, their golden parachute is typically negotiated as part of the hiring process.
No offense intended. That commercial told me absolutely nothing. It left me wondering what in the hell they were getting on about. It was a big part of the problem with Victory IMHO. I knew almost nothing about Vic's until 2014 or so. I knew they existed... that was about it. Glossy ad's that don't convey a real genuine message aren't worth a whole lot.
Same for me, but like a kid that just found a stash of something I liked, I was all in. Just went into a 4 wheeler dealer and walked between the Boats and Jet-Skis to a small showroom with one Victory of each type on the floor and was amazed. I hadn't ridden a bike in ten years and they just gave me the key to one.No offense intended. That commercial told me absolutely nothing. It left me wondering what in the hell they were getting on about. It was a big part of the problem with Victory IMHO. I knew almost nothing about Vic's until 2014 or so. I knew they existed... that was about it. Glossy ad's that don't convey a real genuine message aren't worth a whole lot.
wow!!! lets see how fast he can run that company into the ground. i vote for4 years. any takers?https://www.startribune.com/polaris...PPPxFwpbsGKBGGgiCWUmRhmLTWUQqy1et3YFoOjj9zZug
"Scott Wine, chairman and chief executive of Polaris Inc., will leave the company at the end of the year to become the new CEO of CNH Industrial N.V., the maker of Case and New Holland agricultural equipment."
Maybe the commercial wasn't long enough. There were many commercials. Most were really good but one thing they had in common with one another was the theme. "American Muscle". This was what Polarass was trying to convey. That they don't build boring look alike bikes and they certainly don't build their bike to ride like those bikes. Thus the slogan ....When I saw the first television ad for the Honda Valkyrie in a power slide/drift, I knew exactly what the message was meant to convey. I went on to own two Honda Valkyrie Interstate models. The same with the CC in that power slide/drift ad. I knew exactly what message that ad was meant to convey.
In my very biased opinion, no one has come close to the uniqueness or the originality of the Victory Motorcycles Cross bikes. I've only owned my one CCT. If it's the last motorcycle I ever have, I'm perfectly fine with that. I know I 'get it'. I know Scott Wine and his Senior team at Polaris never did.