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    Quote Originally Posted by Knute View Post
    ahhh.....the Prius of motorcycling.

    So, how would you comply with the "Loud Pipes Save Lives" mythconception on an electric?
    Loud radio?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rscottp View Post
    Loud radio?


    That would require wattage, drain the battery and cut the range to about 20 miles
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    I can understand this.

    I think this will be good for the "INDIAN" brand as Polaris R&D money is only going to be going one way not split.
    It's also a much stronger brand name with a history which "Victory" lacked.

    Many of Victory's offerings were also as ugly as a hatful of ars.... well, they were ugly.
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    Excelsior's were made in Minnesota also and they were more of a HD knock-off in appearance.
    Victory may have learned a lesson from that but went too far with the teardrop shape.
    I talked to one of the start-up owners of Excelsior standing in line at the post office in Saint Paul many years ago when they first opened and he was all fired up about talking up the Excelsiors.
    He had a big cowboy hat, very outgoing guy, hated to see it go sour.
    Do not think I would take a chance on owning an Excelsior, a Victory, a Buell, or any other without support.
    Like the Buells, but no way.
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    A mate here has just bought a Ducati. He had (well, still has) a Buell Lightning which is a beautiful sounding thing -goes OK too - but needed a new drive belt...

    Now keeping in mind this is a consumable you'd expect the HD (and foremely Buell) dealer would beable to supply one in short order.

    Nope. "If we can find one, it'll be around 3 months"
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    Ah.....the bane of belt drive.


    Special belt only made for HD. Limited production+consumable=not available+ high price.

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    There is a chain drive conversion kit for most Buells. Solves that problem forever.

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    The entire kit is likely less expensive than a replacement belt.

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    Victory had a limited choice of motorcycles. All their eggs in one basket so to speak. They all had a version of the same cookie cutter engine they put in all their bikes with a different wrap. No variety. They made only cruisers. I think this will be Harley's demise as well in the years to come. Overpriced same models year after year. Yeah Harley had the 500 and 750cc bikes last year aimed at the beginner/entry level riders, but the sales did not materialize here. The bikes did not get great reviews either compared to other manufacturers.

    Look at any other motorcycle manufacturer and they have VARIETY! Not just one v-twin cruiser style bike with different names and add ons. Sure they are beautiful looking bikes, but WAY overpriced for what they are. You are buying the image.

    Victory was a mere copy of Harley with their made in USA badge and v-twin design to look and sound like their competitor. They got a little wild with the futuristic Ness designs of some of their bikes and the prices were off the charts like that of Harley. Victory had problems with parts supplies and service as well.

    Hard to dominate a market with only one style of product. The same will probably happen to the Indian line up. Niche market overpriced bikes.

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