Polaris had been positioning Victory as the high-performance brand in its motorcycle division, leaving Indian to pursue more traditional designs. Indian, of course, has a history that includes high-performance motorcycles, including success in racing that goes back many, many decades. With the Victory brand now gone, Polaris is free to manufacture higher performance Indian models, as confirmed by Polaris Motorcycle President Steve Menneto in an interesting interview published on the Cycle News website earlier this week.
You should read the full interview, but here is, perhaps, the most interesting quote from Menneto:
Well, as we look at it now we have the opportunity to take Indian drag racing, to do Pike’s Peak, to go to the Isle of Man and to continue to expand our competition activities with what is now our single brand. We shouldn’t forget just how central race success has always been to Indian’s appeal to the customer. As we start our flat-track campaign, you’ve seen the quality of the bike and the quality of the team, and as we move forward you’ll see us continue to evolve the competition side of our brand with great bikes, and great riders. Indian will be very competitive as we enter those different sporting arenas, but only with the highest level of equipment, and personnel.
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