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Scrambler XP 1000 EPS and RANGER XP 900 Deluxe added to the line-up

Minneapolis, MN (December 3, 2013)- Polaris® Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), the leading manufacturer of off-road vehicles, today announced the company is adding two more vehicles to its ever-expanding off-road offering. The Scrambler® XP 1000 EPS and the RANGER®  XP 900 Deluxe continue the company’s aggressive approach to reinvent its product lines and provide innovative products to meet the demands off-road enthusiasts.

“In just the past four months, Polaris has introduced nine new vehicles to its off-road line-up,” said David Longren, vice president of Polaris’ Off-Road Division. “The Scrambler XP 1000 EPS and RANGER XP 900 Deluxe Editions provide off-road enthusiasts with more options for high-powered recreational vehicles.”

In 2013, Polaris introduced the Scrambler XP 850 H.O. which offered sport 4×4 performance complemented with a streamlined design and racks to carry necessities making it a great trail companion. The vehicle featured a proven, 77 horsepower, 850 twin, high output EFI engine with Polaris’ exclusive On-Demand, True All-Wheel Drive (AWD) with engine braking and a sport-tuned suspension for trail enthusiasts. The vehicle’s revolutionary rider ergonomics thanks to the narrow seat, Rolled Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) and high ground clearance made for an exhilarating and comfortable 4×4 trail experience. For the trail riding enthusiast who wants all the features found on the Scrambler XP 850 H.O., but desires even more high performance, Polaris is introducing the new Scrambler XP 1000 EPS, the ultimate sport performance machine.

The Scrambler XP 1000 EPS has the highest horsepower, fastest acceleration, highest ground clearance and longest suspension travel of any big bore ATV. The vehicle’s Polaris-built, single overhead cam 1000 twin engine is based upon the proven 850 twin. The fuel-injected big bore features a 270-degree offset crankshaft and dual balance shafts for in-your-face power that remains incredibly smooth and vibration free. From the instant the Scrambler XP 1000 EPS fires to life, the deep growling exhaust speaks extreme performance. An all-new dual exhaust system allows the engine to breath deep and produces maximum power and performance. For ultimate control on the trail, the unit features Electronic Power Steering (EPS) and Fox® Podium X 2.0 compression adjustable shocks, to tackle any trail obstacle in its way. The vehicle also features matte black cast aluminum wheels with 14 in/35.6 cm Carlisle tires, hand guards, a highly-visible digital gauge cluster, custom seat, dual LED headlights and White Lightning paint.

Also launched in 2013, the RANGER XP 900 defined an all-new class of Hardest Working, Smoothest Riding. Innovations such as the ProStar™ 900 engine, all-new chassis, restyled cockpit, more suspension, accessory integration, easier serviceability and a quieter ride catapulted it to one of Polaris’ best-selling RANGER vehicles. For off-road enthusiasts who want to work hard and play hard, Polaris is introducing the RANGER XP 900 Deluxe. The vehicle has many of the same hardest working, smoothest riding features found on the RANGER XP 900 EPS with the addition of some new key features providing the ultimate combination of sport and utility.

The RANGER XP 900 Deluxe in Nuclear Sunset Orange takes the power of the RANGER XP 900 EPS and couples it with a new cockpit to appeal to the recreational rider. The more-utilitarian bench seat was replaced with bolstered cut-and-sew bucket seats featuring an adjustable driver’s seat and center console with integrated storage for improved comfort and ergonomics. Color-matched half doors provide trail riders with more protection from branches and mud, while the factory-installed audio system in the dash provides endless tunes on the trail. When the operator is done having fun, the RANGER XP 900 Deluxe is still a formidable work partner due to RANGER’s hardest working features such as On-Demand True All-Wheel Drive, one-ton/907.2 kg towing, 1000 lb/453.6 kg box capacity and 1500 lb/680.4 kg total payload. For added convenience, the RANGER XP 900 Deluxe’s cab frame also readily accepts Polaris’ Pro-Fit™ Cab systems and the vehicle’s bed is Lock & Ride® capable making it quick and easy to turn the unit into a recreational vehicle or work partner.

The RANGER XP 900 Deluxe and Scrambler XP 1000 EPS will be available in dealerships in January.

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Join us for this years Ride to benefit the
Penrickton Center for Blind Children
Sunday, October 6th, 2013!

*Registration begins at 8:30am
*Ride will Depart from Dick Scott’s Classic Motorcycles
at 10am SHARP
*Arrive in Downtown Plymouth to enjoy the Great Lakes Regional Chili Cook-off and Bike Show around 11:15am!

We will have a Police Escort and
VIP Parking when we arrive at the event!

*$10.00 Per Rider
(Includes Police Escort and VIP Parking)

Meet at Dick Scott’s Classic Motorcycles
36534 Plymouth Rd, Livonia, MI 48150 before 10am
RSVP by calling 877-388-9508

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2014 Polaris RZR XP 1000

One-upmanship is the name of the game in the side-by-side world, with each manufacturer trying to outdo the competition with more power and better suspension. Every model year the technology and engineering marches forward with new models that seem to render the last batch of high performance rippers obsolete. But how much further can the envelope be pushed before the prices and speeds are just too much for the average Joe. Polaris seems intent on taking it to the limit, and its latest RZR, the $19,999 2014 Polaris RZR XP 1000, might be the machine that is the first to bump up against that ceiling.

The 2014 RZR XP 1000 is a whole new machine from the ground up. It’s bigger, faster and better suspended than any RZR that has come before. Even the most extreme, race-modified side-by-sides from a few years ago couldn’t match the specs offered up by the XP1000. It’s clear this new RZR is the king of the hill even before getting behind the wheel. 107 horsepower, 18 inches of travel, 13.5 inches of ground clearance and a MSRP of $19,999. The numbers are impressive in every way.

We headed to Parker, Arizona to find out if the numbers don’t lie. Polaris set us loose for the day on sections of the Best in the Desert Parker 425 racecourse. That right there shows how much confidence the Minnesota manufacturer has in the XP 1000. Not much is harder on equipment than desert racing and that is effectively what we did for the day.

From the first stab at the gas pedal, it was clear that the power on tap from the XP 1000’s ProStar powerplant is on an entirely new level. The bottom-end grunt that is put to the dirt through the PVT transmission is eye opening. There is so much on tap right from the get-go that you either spin the tires in the loose dirt or get pressed deep into the seat when the traction is good. The power continues to build just as strongly through the mid-range and finally tapers off at the top-end. I’ve never driven a stock machine with so much speed and power on tap. For the first time in a side-by-side, I actually say that this is fast enough. I was never left wanting more.

Throttle response is snappy and along with the strength of the powerplant, breaking the rear end loose in both 2- and 4-wheel drive is easy at just about any speed. And when things go sideways, you’d better be ready. Due to its abundance of suspension travel the XP 1000 has more body roll than previous models, even with a new, larger sway bar. When the weight rolls to the outside of the corner, the rear suspension squats on the gas and lifts the front inside wheel. At first it can be unsettling for a novice driver, but after a few times you adjust your comfort level and driving style. Just don’t expect to jam it into a berm like you would with a slower and lower machine. Respect the power, speed and wheel-travel and all is good.

And, wow, does the RZR XP 1000 have wheel-travel. Up front the 2-inch Walker Evans piggyback shocks stroke through 16 inches, and at the rear massive 2.5-inch units give 18 inches of travel. Just for comparison, the RZR XP 900 has 13.5 and 14.5 inches front and back. Both ends are adjustable for preload and compression, but the stock settings are just about perfect. After slamming through some seriously deep whoops we stopped and added four clicks of compression damping to counter some bottoming of the chassis with two butts in the seats. No other changes were needed for the rest of the day. This RZR just eats up anything you point it at. It is complaint in the small stuff and can handle huge jumps with ease. Although there is no option for rebound damping adjustment, the rear end doesn’t kick up unless the suspension is slammed hard into a steep-faced obstacle. Most of the time it is well controlled and confidence inspiring.

Polaris’ Electronic Power Steering makes tight turns and rock trails a dream. Not once did we experience any kickback to the wheel, and the response is quick. One small criticism is that the front-end feel is slightly numb in comparison to non-EPS machines. The trade-off is quite worth it, however.

Braking performance from the four-wheel disc brakes featuring 248mm rotors and dual piston calipers is spot-on for the speed and weight of the XP. Pedal feel is very positive and the wheels do not lock prematurely. When they do lock, the rear does first allowing the front wheels to continue slowing the machine.

The new cockpit feels slightly larger than the XP 900 and the switchgear, gauges and layout is similar, yet is of higher quality. The glove box is significantly larger and the second center box features a handy smartphone holder. Honestly when I read about this feature I wrote it off as a gimmick, but it is my favorite user feature on the dash. The clear screen allows for you to use your phone as a navigation device.

The addition of half doors to the XP could be the most useful non-performance improvement. No longer do you have to fight with the silly netting and clips when getting in and out of the side-by-side. Opening and closing is easy and secure, thanks to its solid slam latch. I will say that a full door would have been better as roost off the front wheels can enter the opening below the door.

Driver and passenger comfort has also been improved with the new seats. Under-seat sliders allow for easy forward and back adjustment of both the deeply bolstered seats. In the corners they limit side-to-side movement, giving the driver more control. Not to mention they are some of the most comfortable OEM units out there.

The 2014 Polaris RZR XP 1000 has, without a doubt, raised the bar for performance side-by-sides. It is truly the first UTV that requires the driver to be aware of how much power, suspension and handling is on tap and to drive accordingly. It’s an intense experience that even the best drivers will find satisfying. We’ve entered a new era in side-by-sides, one that will take talent and willpower from the one behind the wheel. I can’t wait for what comes next, but for now the XP 1000 is more than enough.

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Polaris Factory Authorized Clearance Event!

Don’t miss the Polaris Factory Authorized Clearance Event going on NOW!! Whatever your passion, Polaris has the industry-leading products that will exceed all of your needs. There is no better time to get your hands on the machine of your dreams! Stop in Today or visit to see all that Polaris has to offer!

Stop by our Dealership to see the New 2014 Models as they arrive!
We have many 2014’s already here and the NEW 2014 Indian’s will be here early September so Watch our Facebook Page, Twitter and Blogs for their official arrival date!!


The Redesigned 2014 Indian Motorcycle

In the decades following its bankruptcy in 1953, Indian Motorcycle was the target of several companies that tried unsuccessfully to revive the storied brand, the leading motorcycle manufacturer of its time.

But now Indian has the financial muscle to make it happen. Polaris (PII), the maker of snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles and Victory motorcycles, bought Indian in 2011 and is moving at full throttle to bring it back to prominence.

Standing in the way is industry giant Harley-Davidson (HOG), a longtime Indian rival back in the day that has amassed a 57% share of the heavyweight cruiser market.
Victory was built 15 years ago as a potential alternative to Harley-Davidson but has amassed only a 5% market share, largely taking a piece out of Japanese competitors Honda (HMC), Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki. Now Indian is taking aim at the market leader, even running a television ad featuring a Harley-Davidson bike sporting a for-sale sign outside the owner’s garage.

Perhaps Indian can pick up where Victory fell short, boasting a brand new motorcycle set to debut early next month and a rich heritage that rivals the lore of Harley-Davidson.
Mike Wolfe, who co-stars alongside Frank Fritz on History Channel’s “American Pickers,” likes Indian’s chances for success in the renewed rivalry.
“Will Indian take Harley-Davidson down to its knees? No, at least not right away,” said Wolfe, a pitchman for Indian who often comes across vintage bikes on his travels across the country. “But now there’s a choice.”

Blending Heritage With Modern Engineering

Founded in 1901, Indian traces its roots to the first American motorcycle. It quickly became the top motorcycle brand, having developed the first-ever V-twin motorcycle and first electric starter. The company built a reputation among everyday bikers, racers and with the military, supplying the U.S. Army with bikes such as the Chief.
When I get one of these, I’m going to be as proud as the guy who bought one in 1948.
– Mike Wolfe, “American Pickers”

The resurrected Indian seeks to combine the styling of yesteryear with modern engineering, exemplified by the 111 cubic-inch Thunder Stroke engine that will power the all-new Chief.

“It’s a phenomenal American story with an entrepreneurial spirit,” said Steve Menneto, Vice President of Motorcycles at Polaris. “We wanted to bring that forward and blend it into what we’re doing with the brand. We want to show riders what we learned from Indian’s history.”

While its heritage is a central part of what Indian is doing, the new Chief isn’t exactly your grandfather’s motorcycle. “We’re going to build bikes into the future,” Menneto added.

Wolfe, whose Antique Archaeology stores are located in LeClaire, Iowa, and Nashville, Tenn., called what Indian is doing “a sort of a double-edged sword,” as the bike builder looks to celebrate its history while “helping people understand there’s an old Indian and a new Indian.”

Menneto compared Indian’s strategy to that of General Motors’ (GM) Chevrolet, which drew on the styling of the late-1960s Camaro when it brought the model back to showrooms for 2010.

The Thunder Stroke—bigger than Harley’s 110 cubic-inch engine—was the first piece of the 2014 Chief that Indian unveiled to kick off its full re-launch. Indian’s 2013 lineup was built around a 105 cubic-inch PowerPlus engine.

Wolfe said the folks at Indian rode the original bikes as much as possible, getting a feel for how the bikes handled, the seat position and other design elements. “They took all of that knowledge with them,” he added.

“We have six or seven styling cues from the 1940s Chief and a new powertrain with the Thunder Stroke,” Menneto said. “We wanted to blend our rich history with a high quality bike and engineering ingenuity.”

Indian’s latest creation will be revealed on Aug. 3 at the 73rd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. And two days later, the 2014 Indian Chief will be presented to a nationwide audience on “American Pickers.” Indian is also sponsoring Bike Week on the History Channel.

“I get approached by lots of brands, but this makes a lot of sense for me. I feel like I’m knowledgeable, and I’m proud to talk about Indian,” Wolfe said, noting how viewers of his show are familiar with his affection for Indian bikes. “To the average guy, he knows I’m an Indian guy.”

Gunning for Harley-Davidson

The hardest part begins after the re-launch at Sturgis, as Indian hopes an innovative new engine can rev up sales and help the brand reclaim its position as a major player in the motorcycle world.

Victory currently accounts for most of Polaris’s on-road vehicles unit, which saw its sales jump 64% last year to $240 million. Meanwhile, Harley-Davidson has annual sales of $5.6 billion, outpacing the $3.2 billion in total sales recorded by Medina, Minnesota-based Polaris last year.

Regardless, Polaris is the type of company that Indian needed to regain its stature.
“For it to be owned by Polaris is incredible,” Wolfe said. “Other companies had the passion but not the money. They were just pushing the same product forward. Polaris had the wherewithal to launch a completely new bike.”

With a starting price of $18,999, Indian hopes riders will see the value in buying a bike powered by a 111 cubic-inch engine at that price point. Harley’s Road King is comparatively priced at $17,699 but features a 103 cubic-inch engine.

“Our first goal is to make our bikes affordable. It’s premium compared to competitors, but consumers will realize the value they’re getting. The value will come forward quickly,” Menneto said.

Indian’s 2013 Chief Classic, with the 105 cubic-inch PowerPlus engine, starts at a much higher price point at $26,499.

“They’ve made a better bike and dropped the price,” Wolfe said of the soon-to-be-unveiled Chief.

A Harley-Davidson spokesperson said the company takes all competitors seriously, especially its competitors in the U.S. Competition is good for the industry, the spokesperson added.

“No question, Harley-Davidson is an excellent company and tough competition. They’ve owned the market for heavyweight V-twin motorcycles,” Menneto commented. “Indian can be, and is, a viable choice for consumers. We’re strong competition for Harley-Davidson, hopefully for a long time, and they are also strong competition for us.”
At the heart of Indian’s sales effort are independent dealers sprinkled across the U.S. and in international regions like Asia and Europe.

The company is right on schedule with bringing in dealers, Menneto said, and Indian expects to see more dealers show interest after it launches the Chief. He also noted that dealers have confidence in Polaris and its commitment to making Indian a success again.
Indian said it’s on target to have between 120 and 140 U.S. dealers in place by the end of this year.

“Our plan is to have a full dealer network in the U.S. and around the world,” Menneto explained.

Indian had its eyes on a global presence right from the start, pursuing dealers in Europe, Japan, China, India and elsewhere.

The European market presents an interesting opportunity for Indian. Many of the 40,000 Indian bikes used for military service were left behind when U.S. troops left Europe after World War II, Polaris’s most recent annual report noted, so the company expects to see strong interest in the region.

“The market is still growing. It’s still not where it was before 2008, but it’s still growing,” Menneto said, speaking about the overall market for motorcycles. “People are really enthusiastic. They’re passionate. It’s a part of their life. There’s a need for choice in the marketplace, and a lot of enthusiasts are looking for a change.”
And for Wolfe, the history and ingenuity behind Indian makes it a compelling choice.
“People want to feel pride in what they own, I don’t care what it is,” said Wolfe, who has been collecting for the last 25 years. “When I get one of these, I’m going to be as proud as the guy who bought one in 1948.”

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MINNEAPOLIS (March 21, 2012)- With GNCC and WORCS races this past weekend, Polaris’ factory racers were out in full force doing what they do best, winning.

The GNCC UTV race season kicked off this weekend in Washington, Georgia and Polaris’ factory sponsored race teams all finished in the top five. National Guard/Polaris/ Coastal/Yoshimura/DragonFire/Yokley Racing Team Driver William Yokley took the checkered flag in his RZR XP 900 in the XC1 Modified Class with National Guard/Polaris/Coastal/Yoshimura/Yokley Racing Team Driver Scott Kiger finishing third. Polaris’ newest sponsored team, Team Hendershot, and their new RZR XP 900 took fourth despite some setbacks and Rath Racing finished fifth.

In WORCS, Walker Evans/Polaris Racing’s RJ Anderson was back on top at Round 3, in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Anderson took the checkered flag in the SxS Production 1000 class with Beau Baron finishing second. RANGER RZRs dominated the class taking the top 13 finishes and Anderson regained the points lead in the series with the win.

“It is nice to kick off the season with such a strong start” said Donna Beadle, Polaris Race Team Manager. “We congratulate all our teams on their successes this past weekend and look forward to another exciting year.”

The next GNCC UTV race will be Big Buck, in Union, SC, April 14-15, and the next WORCS race will be the Speed World MX, in Surprise, Arizona, April 13-15.

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2012 Indian Motorcycles – First Look

Polaris Industries bought Indian last April, which hasn’t given the company much time to launch a completely reengineered, all-new line of 2012 Indian motorcycles. So it hasn’t. But three bikes will be offered for 2012: Vintage, Classic and Dark Horse—all three powered by Indian’s 105-inch Powerplus engine. That’s 1720cc in metric terms, running an undersquare  3.96 x 4.25-inch bore and stroke, with two pushrod-activated valves per jug and cooled in the time-honored fashion: air. The Indian Chief Vintage we tested in November, 2009, made 64.5 horsepower at 4550 rpm and 94.1 foot-pounds of peak torque at 3250. And while there were some sweet spots in the rev range with the non-counterbalanced 45-degree V-Twin, our main complaint was serious vibration in the less-sweet spots. According to our Indian PR contact, “over a dozen small improvements primarily on the minor technical side” have been made to the bikes, which we expect means the riding experience will be similar to what it was on our 2009.

MSRP for the top-line model remains in the same rarified ballpark for 2012. The Vintage, which comes with a windshield, a cool fringed leather seat and matching bags (also a removable pillion pad) is $35,999 in solid colors, with optional two-tone paint schemes $900 more. The Indian Chief Classic retails for $26,499 and dispenses with some of the Vintage’s gewgaws and furbelows, while the Dark Horse (matte black) is $27,999. (If those are out of your price range, Indian does have some very nice T-shirts.)

Mark Blackwell, VP of Special Projects at Polaris, informs us that the company is not for now revealing any details about future Indian models, but that the feedback he’s been getting about the acquisition from around the world, including Europe and China, has been “incredibly positive.”

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Plant City police ditch Harleys in favor of Victory motorcycles

The city’s motorcycle officers have new sets of wheels.

The city police department recently rolled out four Victory motorcycles, which officers say are more powerful and safer than the Harley-Davidsons they replace.

“The safety features provided on the Victory motor is second to none,” Senior Officer Russell Bass said. “It turns well, has forged steel roll protectors, pinned down floorboards and a bottom skid plate that protects the bike from impact and debris.”

The Victory Commander I’s also feature a black and white art deco look.

The city revived its motorcycle unit about 10 years ago after a hiatus of several years. Master Patrol Officer Fred Morris, who has been with the unit since its rebirth, said the Victorys make tighter turns and have the ground clearance to drive over curbs without damage.

The motorcycles also come with tip over protection and the fixed floorboards reduce the possibility of an officer breaking or twisting a foot, ankle or knee in the event the bike goes down, officers said.

The city bought the four new bikes at a cost of more than $30,000 each. The city plans to sell three of its Harley-Davidsons at auction and keep the fourth for a historical display.

Plant City police say they are the only department east of the Mississippi River using Victory motorcycles. Public Information Officer Tray Towles said factors in making the switch included five-year wheel-to-wheel factory warranty and maintenance.

The warranty and maintenance agreement will save the city thousands of dollars over the life of each bike, the department said.

A police news release hails the Victory as the “best police motorcycle on the market.”

Officer Kyle Russell, a member of the motorcycle unit since August 2009, likes the powerful, 97-horsepower, 106 cubic inch engine.

“We want to accelerate in traffic and get behind the traffic offender as quickly as possible to limit danger to the public,” he said.

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Demo Ride and NEW Product Announcements!

We had a fantastic Event Last Friday & Saturday!!
A HUGE Thanks to the Wolverine State Victory Riders for all your help!
We met a lot of new people and had an all around great time. We can’t wait
until our next event! We look for just about any reason to throw a good party.
The even was completed by Ken Mack and the Blackjack Band on Saturday
everyone enjoyed some great food, fun and great Classic Rock LIVE!

We had 140 riders come out and take a new 2012 Victory for a test ride and we
were busy selling tons of bikes over the weekend!! Our Showroom is looking a little empty
but the good news is more 2012 Models are rolling in AND we are excited to announce that
Coming VERY SOON we will also be selling Polaris ATV’s and Side x Sides!!

Click Here to see all the great Pictures from our Demo Ride Event!
And watch here and on our Facebook Page for more announcements on
our new additions!!