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Est.1956, Polaris is credited as the first maker of production snowmobiles. Edgar Hetteen and Allan Hetteen were partners in Hetteen Hoist and Derrick Shop in Roseau, Minnesota. David Johnson partnered with Allan and Edgar Hetteen, to create a vehicle that could travel through snow. These vehicles' primary use was to make hunting locations more accessible. The employees worked overtime to finish their concept model. After creating it using a grain silo conveyor belt as a track and an old chevy bumper for skis, they had the first snowmachine. They sold it to "Silver Pete", the lumber yard owner, for $465. A second model was created, called the Polaris Sno Traveler. The first machines rolled off the assembly line in Minnesota in 1956. The original models weighed close to 1000 lbs. and moved at a speed of about 20 mph. They came in a two-tone paintjob (white below blue with a strip of chrome trim dividing them).
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Polaris ATVs are First
1985: Polaris Industries of Medina becomes the first North American company to enter the ATV business, introducing snowmobile technology such as automatic transmissions to replace manual gearboxes.
FIRST ATV made in USA FIRST Automatic transmission (PVT) FIRST Long-travel suspension FIRST MacPherson strut front suspension FIRST Full floorboards FIRST On-Demand true 4-wheel drive* FIRST All-wheel disc brakes FIRST Single-lever braking FIRST On-Demand true 6-wheel drive* FIRST Quartz-halogen headlights FIRST Composite racks, bumpers & floorboards FIRST Integrated footpegs in floorboards FIRST Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) FIRST Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) FIRST E-coat with powder top coat FIRST Sport model with 4-wheel drive* FIRST Dual-sensing Engine Braking System (EBS)* FIRST Concentric Drive System* FIRST Permanently bonded camo pattern FIRST Youth models with standard safety features* FIRST Lifetime limited belt warranty* FIRST Domestically built ATV engine (700 Twin)* FIRST Spliceless belt*
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Polaris Industries Inc. is the largest manufacturer of snowmobiles in the world and the second largest maker of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), trailing only Honda Motor Co., Ltd. It introduced a line of motorcycles in 1998, but it no longer makes personal watercraft, having exited from that sector in 2004. The company entered into a partnership with and bought a 24 percent stake in the Austrian motorcycle firm KTM Power Sports AG in 2005. Although best known as a snowmobile maker, Polaris now generates only about 14 percent of its revenues from its line of snow machines; ATVs account for fully two-thirds of sales, while motorcycles comprise the firm's fastest growing sector though only about 5 percent of overall sales. The remaining revenues come from the sales of parts, garments, and accessories. Headquartered near Minneapolis, Polaris operates manufacturing facilities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa; it sells its products through close to 2,000 North American dealers and a network of five foreign subsidiaries and 40 international distributors that market Polaris products in 126 countries around the world. More than 20 percent of sales are generated outside North America. A pioneering force in the U.S. snowmobile industry, Polaris has since its inception enjoyed a strong reputation for quality and innovation.
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Victory Motorcycles consistently beat out the Harley Davidson brand of bikes in quality and serviceability and they're continuing to gain on Harley's market share as the #2-ranked motorcycle company in the world. The new American motorcycle made waves since it appeared on the market years ago, and now diehard Harley riders are turning to Polaris' Victory cruiser bike line to hit the road with style and piece of mind.
The Pied Piper reports Victory has had higher customer satisfaction and lower service time than comparable Harley-Davidson vehicles. Victory is even cornering the markets of Star, Boulevard, Honda, and more in terms of costs to benefits on all of their new models.
Hardly any Victory bike leaves the shop without new pipes or other specialty Victory parts and accessories added on.
Exhaust pipes more than any other product seem to grace the rear end of Victory motorcycles so riders can be the baddest and loudest bikers on the road.
Chrome always makes a motorcycle stand out well. Sometimes even going for specialty, all-black parts can really give a cruiser that dark and imposing look, like what you can find on a Victory 8-BALLô.
Online retailers like Pure Parts Polaris sell these parts and Polaris Industries sells some of the coolest custom cruisers Victory has made, including the limited edition Arlen Ness designed motorcycles.
Arlen, and his son, Corey Ness, made names for themselves as some of the top crafters of motorcycles today, and could be considered the Ed "Big Daddy" Roth team of modern day chopper bikes.
With new models coming out, like the 2012 High Ballô, constantly changing and redefining the motorcycling experience, Victory has come full circle from the little motorcycle company that could.
Today, with annual 2011 sales of over $2 billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets
Polaris is the 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.
The Corporate Headquarters are located in Medina, Minnesota USA.
Roseau, Minnesota is the original birthplace of Polaris, and currently houses design and manufacturing of Polaris Snowmobiles, ATVís and the Polaris RANGER.
Osceola, Wisconsin is where many Polaris parts are manufactured and also home to the Victory Motorcycle Engineering Department.
Spirit Lake, Iowa is home to the manufacturing of ATVís, RANGER, and Victory Motorcycles.
New plants opening, like the one in Monterrey, Mexico, continue to build quality products for a growing worldwide demand for Polaris innovation.
To service the needs of customers in Australia and New Zealand, Polaris has a substantial Parts warehouse, main office and training facility in Ballarat in regional Victoria.
There are also many other locations, distributors, and wholly-owned subsidies worldwide.
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.
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