Victory Motorcycles at International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, CalifMEDINA, Minn.--Dec. 1, 20052, 2005--In a dramatic live unveiling before the motorcycle and mainstream media, Victory Motorcycles, a division of Polaris Industries Inc. , revealed its Vision 800 concept motorcycle at this weekend's International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, California. A fully automatic motorcycle that pushes beyond the current reality of American style and design, it provides a glimpse into one possible future segment of American motorcycles.
With its Victory Motorcycle division continuing to outpace industry growth, an ongoing strategic partnership with leading European motorcycle manufacturer KTM and a recent organizational expansion of its motorcycle and international businesses, Polaris' commitment to its motorcycle business has gone global - and has never been greater.
Driven by zealot-like passion to deliver on Victory's positioning as "The New American Motorcycle", the award-winning Polaris / Victory Industrial Design Team never pauses in its exploration of both form and function. "We constantly study global design trends, as well as today's motorcycle consumers to better understand, and deliver on, their expectations of the future," said Greg Brew, director of Polaris Industrial Design. "Polaris has assembled a best-of-the-best team from around the world, and our mandate for Victory is to drive the future of custom-inspired American motorcycle design." He added, "The Vision 800 is but one example of the type of exploration our team pursues in order to continue to deliver the type of innovative design that fuels people's passion for motorcycles."
Victory Vision(TM) 800 Concept - Key Features and Specifications
-- Automatic Constant Variable Transmission (CVT) without foot controls or clutch which lowers the learning curve of riding a full-size motorcycle.
-- Easily accessible tank storage - large enough to accommodate 2 full face helmets.
-- Radical new styling and proportion driven by redesigned component package.
-- Comfortable cruiser riding position with a low seat height.
-- 800cc 4-stroke liquid-cooled parallel twin
-- Dual under-seat side exit exhaust
-- Automatic CVT
-- Maintenance-free exposed shaft final drive with cast aluminum single sided swingarm
Chassis and Suspension:
-- Cast aluminum alloy frame
-- Bladder fuel tank behind front wheel
-- Fully adjustable single rear gas shock
-- 43mm inverted telescopic front forks
Tires and Brakes:
-- Front tire 120/60-R17 with 6 spoke cast aluminum rim 3.75"X17"
-- Rear tire 250/40-R18 with 6 spoke cast aluminum rim 9"X18"
-- Front brake - 300 mm rotors with 2 piston calipers
-- Rear brake - 250 mm rotor with 1 piston caliper
-- Wheelbase 61"
-- Seat height 28.5"
-- Ground clearance 5.8"
With annual 2004 sales of $1.8 billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), Victory motorcycles and the Polaris RANGER for recreational and utility use.
Polaris is a recognized leader in the snowmobile industry; and one of the largest manufacturers of ATVs in the world. Victory motorcycles, established in 1998 and representing the first all-new American-made motorcycle from a major company in nearly 60 years, are rapidly making impressive in-roads into the motorcycle cruiser marketplace. Polaris also enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.
Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange and Pacific Stock Exchange under the symbol "PII," and the Company is included in the S&P Small-Cap 600 stock price index.
Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories is available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime from the Polaris homepage at www.polarisindustries.com.