Victory were a breath of fresh air when they launched, deftly inserting a hunting knife
between the ribs of HarleyDavidson’s dominance by offering devotees of American V-twins a more engaging riding experience. Victory meant performance, build quality, sharp styling and a refreshing lack of emotional baggage.
While Victory paved the way for Polaris to relaunch Indian, they also pressured H-D to improve and modernise their range, meaning that in 2017 we have the foundations for a legendary American battle. Indian are set to redouble their aggressive growth, and Harley now boast a fantastically strong range. Both brands are dripping in the heritage Victory lacked, and nothing Polaris acquires in the future will encroach on Indian’s success.
We should mourn Victory’s passing, though. Their loss may be just a drop in the ocean of motorcycling, but their legacy is the rebirth of Indian, the forced reinvigoration of the American motorcycle market, and now a steroid injection for Indian’s future growth.
Richard Newland, Dep Editor
‘Victory meant a refreshing lack of emotional baggage’