The parent company of Victory and Indian motorcycles unveiled its new 2014 product offerings at the Polaris Industries’ annual summer sales meeting.
Coming under the Victory moniker, 2014 will see two 8-Ball models and a strong collection of limited edition vehicles. But stealing most of the motorcycle spotlight is the much anticipated debut of the Chief coming from Indian Motorcycles, taking place at Sturgis, S.D. on August 3.
Polaris calls ‘Model Year 2014’ a watershed moment for Polaris and its growing Motorcycle division. The company’s original motorcycle brand, Victory Motorcycles, introduces three new models and a Factory Custom Paint Program. Polaris also will re-launch the first American motorcycle company, Indian Motorcycle. The 2014 model year will be the first in which consumers can purchase Indian Motorcycle models completely designed and manufactured by Polaris.
“In Model Year 2014, for the first time in our history, Polaris is debuting two distinct motorcycle lineups. We continue to grow our Victory brand and lineup as we re-launch the legendary Indian Motorcycle brand,” said Steve Menneto, vice president of Motorcycles for Polaris. “While the brands remain highly differentiated, they share high expectations to produce innovative, world-class products. At Polaris, we’ve always been all about the product. We are confident we’ll not only meet, but exceed those expectations with both our Victory and Indian Motorcycle product lines.”
For Model Year 2014, Victory is offering more variety and features for the money for North American riders with three new models and five model updates. Highlighting this lineup are three new baggers.
For those looking for the strong, blacked out look in 2014, the Vegas 8-Ball and Hammer 8-Ball return, joined by two great bagger options, the all-new Cross Country 8-Ball and Cross Roads 8-Ball, giving consumers a whole new class of rides from which to choose when looking for an 8-Ball bike.
The Cross Country 8-ball is loaded with blacked-out features from the exhaust to the engine including its weather-protecting sculpted fairing that includes a sound system driven by iPod connectivity. The Cross Roads 8-ball offers riders looking to step up to a bagger an outstanding value without sacrificing Victory’s attitude or performance.
New for 2014, all three generations of the Ness family come together in one bagger with the Ness Cross Country Limited Edition, featuring Ness Legacy Paint, diamond-cut cylinders and custom designed seat cover, all at a price that offers the highest level of custom without the custom price. Victory Motorcycles also unveiled its new Factory Custom Paint program offering riders four Limited Quantity Cross Country baggers that are fully featured and dripping in color.
In addition to new models, Victory has updated the Judge, Highball and Jackpot for 2014. The Judge has been enhanced with a variety of new features, including relaxed ergonomics for the most comfortable ride possible and updated styling. In addition to the classic black and white Highball, Victory showed off a new Highball with Havasu Red Flames over a black suede finish. The Jackpot has a new two-tone black over sunset red custom look, a color matched frame, color contrast wheels and a new lower price starting at $15,999.
As mentioned earlier, the eyes of the motorcycle world will be focused on Sturgis for the launch of the all-new 2014 Indian Chief.
‘It is the most-anticipated motorcycle launch in decades, signaling a new choice in American motorcycling and returning America’s first motorcycle company to prominence with innovative design and engineering backed by the global distribution network of Polaris,’ states a press release from Polaris.
The 2014 Indian Chief is the first Indian Motorcycle completely designed, engineered, tested and manufactured by Polaris since the company purchased Indian Motorcycle in April of 2011.
While the complete motorcycle will be revealed August 3, Indian Motorcycle has already shared details about the new Thunder Stroke 111 engine, which delivers both the raw power and iconic styling that are hallmarks of the legendary Indian Motorcycle brand. The new engine is the first clean-sheet Indian Motorcycle engine design since the 1940s.
Also revealed is a starting price of $18,999 and a comprehensive event and demo program kicking off at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, an event started by an Indian Motorcycle club, the Jackpine Gypsies.
"Polaris captured number one market share in powersports through innovation and it is our continued investment in research and development that positions us to continue building on our leadership position," said Bennett Morgan, president and chief operating officer of Polaris. “We’ve been the fastest growing original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for five consecutive years and we intend to do it again in 2014, with new innovations, new technologies and unprecedented products to drive growth around the globe.”