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Old 03-04-2012, 10:39 AM   #1
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Petition for Polaris: Victory should come out with an Adventure Bike!

I think we need to petition Polaris to come out with an adventure bike to take the place of the Buell Uly. Maybe if we get enough guys on this forum to sign up for it, they will take notice and build one. They have the dirt experience. They have a suitable motor. Why not make a frame for it to meet the specifications below...

Freedom V-Twin Engine
New gear ratios with a lower first and second
Belt drive with a tensioner and adequate rock protection
Single sided swing arm (designed to allow side of the road belt swaps)
Tubular Trellis frame like a Ducati
Upgraded Alternator (700 watts would be awesome)
8+ inches of suspension travel at each end
30 inch seat height
6+ gallon fuel tank
Tucked in Turn Signals (or mounted on the bars)
Under the seat exhaust (so the panniers can be narrower)
heated grips and heated seat stock
Adjustable windscreen
twin headlights

Who is in?
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:52 AM   #2
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:06 AM   #3
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30'' seat height?
Otherwise sounds like a good plan
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Old 03-04-2012, 12:29 PM   #4
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As an owner of two Vic's i would be all over it.
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Old 03-04-2012, 12:59 PM   #5
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From a former Victory owner and a current Uly owner, HELL YES!!!
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:25 PM   #6
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I've been saying this for years, and bug the local dealers and Demo truck staff about it every chance I get. It just seems such a maddeningly obvious thing to do. The "Adventure" bike segment is growing as fast as any, Polaris more than has the technology and money, and Victory wants to stay in the premium bike price range ala BMW and KTM.
I can't recomend the Freedom motor in such an application, but didn't Polaris buy up a small company that makes lightweight V-twins a couple years back after the KTM deal fell through?
I really want back on a Victory, wish I hadn't traded in my '02 (actually tried to buy it back), but as long as my Rocket 3 stays reliable Victory currently isn't making anything that can justify the $$$.
I'd buy a Victory Adventure bike in a heartbeat though. Period, Done deal. Where do I sign?
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Old 03-04-2012, 03:40 PM   #7
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Victory High Ball?
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Old 03-04-2012, 03:56 PM   #8
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you might have better luck with them starting to produce a standard bike (vrs a cruiser) i would not hold my breath and how heavy is that motor?
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Old 03-04-2012, 04:16 PM   #9
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They make 700 cc [or larger] atv's, they have the tech to make a great adv bike, I would love it.
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Old 03-04-2012, 04:21 PM   #10
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I'm a big Polaris fan myself... I'd be all over this. Looking at the market share that BMW has (for the 1200GS) and now Triumph is competing too with the Tiger Explorer, it'd be great to have a good, domestic product to compete.

They must be thinking about this too. If they are, hopefully we'll hear about it soon.

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Old 03-04-2012, 04:31 PM   #11
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As someone who owned a Victory vegas for 5 years i'd love to see the brand bring out an Adventure bike! My next two wheeler will be more dirt friendly and if Victory made something more gravel road capeable it would probly be my next bike, Bring on the Victory Scrambler!
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Old 03-05-2012, 03:54 AM   #12
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Maybe they would call it the "big ball". Keep the votes coming.
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Old 03-05-2012, 05:45 AM   #13
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They could name it the "Dirt Ball". Definitely would be interested, would like to see a powerplant other than the freedom v-twin, that bugger is big and heavy!
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:23 AM   #14
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They could name it the "Dirt Ball". Definitely would be interested, would like to see a powerplant other than the freedom v-twin, that bugger is big and heavy!
I agree. The Freedom engine in too big and heavy. I'm sure they could design something more practical or use an existing motor that they use in their ATV's. I don't see it happening but I would be interested if they ever did.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:17 AM   #15
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8+ inches of suspension travel at each end
30 inch seat height
Under the seat exhaust (so the panniers can be narrower)

Those don't go together too well unless the wheels are really small...

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