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Indian launches test ride competition

Indian launches test ride competition

Indian Motorcycle Australia is offering test riders the opportunity to win a motorcycle with their 1 in 50 Competition.

If you book a “Weekend Escape” on any Indian motorcycle before the end of September 2017, and buy a bike from their Polaris-owned Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or Perth dealerships, you have a one-in-50 chance of winning back the cost of the bike.

A Weekend Escape is a two-day test ride with a free tank of fuel and accommodation thrown in for approved customers.

It’s very similar to previous Harley-Davidson demo ride promotions and the current competition where you could win a Street Rod if you test-ride one of their Dark Custom models.

It comes as Indian and Victory celebrate American Independence Day with a sale of motorcycles and gear, ending Friday July 7, 2017.

They include a 10% discount on Indian accessories and apparel plus the 2016 Scout has been slashed $2000 to $16,995 with a $1400 stage 1 exhaust thrown into the bargain.

Indian Scout
Indian Scout

Despite Polaris axing Victory Motorcycles earlier this year there are still a few motorcycles left at dealerships at dramatically reduced prices.

For example, the Brisbane store has a Gunner that’s $6000 under its retail price.

Victory Gunner Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Independence Day sale
Victory Gunner

The Independence Day sale also includes a 50% discount on all remaining Victory apparel.

Victory Magnum leather jacket
Victory jacket

Polaris financial results

Financial results for Polaris so far this year have been disappointing because of several recalls of their ATVs in the USA and the axing of Victory Motorcycles.

Obviously motorcycles are down in the short term. In fact, they were down $59.9 million to $125.4 million in the first quarter. Some $46 million of that is attributed to the elimination of Victory.

Polaris plans to focus long term on Indian which has been very successful since it was acquired in 2011 with shipments up in the first quarter.

And even though Victory has been axed, Polaris says motorcycle sales are expected to be up a few percent in 2017.