Polaris Industries is making a lot of waves these days for seemingly scooping up one motorcycle brand after another. As far as getting its name across media outlets are concerned, Polaris is doing one heck of a job.
But the company is still a motorcycle manufacturer at heart and its lineup of brands - Indian Motorcycles and Victory Motorcycles being the most prominent - showcases just how much cache Polaris enjoys these days. It already has an impressive collection of brands under its belt, but you can argue that Indian Motorcycles remains one of its most prominent brands.
That’s probably the reason why the latter, in collaboration with the De Moines Register, decided to give all of us a behind-the-scenes look at what happens inside an Indian Motorcycles factory. This is the side of the business we rarely get to see because, quite frankly, watching a bike being built by machines from scratch isn’t what most people will describe as must-see viewing.
I’m part of that small group, though, because I find the whole process fascinating on so many levels. Recently, Indian Motorcycles and the De Moines Register, released a video showing us exactly what happens inside its factory in Spirit Lake, Iowa. The company’s director of operations, Cory Knudtson, gave us the lowdown on the intricacies in building an Indian bike, beginning with the putting together of components all the way to quality checks just to make sure that the bikes are running in absolute peak condition.
It’s a fascinating video and I suggest you guys give it your attention.
The Polaris Slingshot is apparently not impervious to problems as a recent “stop-sale, stop-ride” order from Polaris has put the Slingshot under scrutiny. Ok, it’s not exactly a recall, but it’s pretty close to one. The possibility of a recall is still likely if Polaris finds some problems with the Slingshot. So if you’re a Slingshot owner, you better be reading pretty carefully by now.
According to Polaris, an investigation is being launched on the possibility that there are some Slingshot models that have defective ball bearings in the steering rack. This problem could lead to a loss of steering, which, as many of you know, is a pretty dangerous situation to be in.
In addition, other Slingshot models are suspected to have roll hoops that fall below Polaris’ own performance specifications. This one is admittedly a little more vague than the defective ball bearings, but it was still a serious enough issue that Polaris has decided to put a stop to all sales of the three-wheeler for the time being, or at least until the issues are all ironed out.
Polaris has said that dealers should expect a full service bulletin this week and that repair parts will be made available in the dealer order system shortly after. The company has yet to comment on how long the stop-sale, stop-ride order will be in place, but if there are real and serious issues with the Slingshot, it might be a good idea to hold of on taking your Slingshots for a ride until Polaris comes out with the results of its investigation on its three-wheeler.
Click past the jump to read more about Polaris’ stop-sale, stop-ride order for the Slingshot.