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    Polaris and KTM

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    • From: Waukesha, WI
    Polaris and KTM
    Posted by AmSnow on Tuesday, July 26, 2005 1:31 PM
    How do you think Polaris' partnership with KTM will affect sleds?

    If you want more info, read our story about the partnership in Cool News!
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    • From: Canada
    Posted by willie on Wednesday, July 27, 2005 12:24 PM

    For the moment, I don't think it will change anything...  Will see in the futur, but it seems that this partnership is more for a distribution reason.  Polaris want to be more dominant in Europe so with the help of KTM, it should be easier for them...  That's what I think ,but the futur will tell..

    By the way, it's good to see the new web site!  Congratulation.

    Polaris parts and service manager JG Busque inc. Saint-Georges, QC Canada
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    Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, July 27, 2005 12:32 PM
    I can't help but think it will help alot in the long run.
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    • From: Upstate New York
    Posted by White Lightning on Wednesday, July 27, 2005 1:29 PM
    We'll see! WL.

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    • From: Kotlik, AK
    Posted by MARVS660 on Wednesday, July 27, 2005 2:04 PM
    It will help both companies with distribution.  It will also give Polaris access to KTM's knowledge of 4-stroke engines which was probably the main reason they bought into them.  All in all it was healthy for both companies.Time [O]
    Lead me not into temptation, we know you will get stuck first.
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    • From: Grand Bend Ontario
    Posted by metal mulisha on Wednesday, July 27, 2005 9:59 PM

    I think it could help both companies equally....KTM has been the top motocross bike for total all round power for many years, and well Polaris has been working with new chassis development which could help KTM with suspension..blahblah..etc..watch for both companies to be on top of the motorsports world in the years to come..

    ps..with Polaris pretty much sweeping Sno-cross, I think thats just a little statement that they are back.Cool [H]

    Shawn Pieters
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    Posted by jasper on Friday, July 29, 2005 5:11 PM

    KTM does not need Polaris to show them how to build bike or ATV suspensions....most likely the other way around. I agree with others, its more about Polaris getting their ATV and motorcycle lines introduced in Europe in turn for capital for KTM. I've always had the highest praise for the craftsmanship in KTM race bikes. At any rate I hope KTM continues to build the same great bikes in the future as Polaris use to build sleds. 

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    Posted by Bazooka Joe on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 1:19 AM

    Polaris sits to win big on this one, at least from a four stroke standpoint.  Presently, Polaris does not really have much depth to their fourstroke engines, while KTM has some modern competitive engines.  There really was no other major motorcycle manufacturer which Polaris could partner with. 

    And, too, maybe KTM will help Polaris with the ATV engine development.  I realize that Polaris ATVs have been hot sellers, but I personally would not buy one.  Maybe with KTM around, things could change.

    One common strongpoint of both companies, is that they both have historically been very good at reading the market needs & wants, and delivering those products.  Remember Polaris in the 90's;  they knew exactly what sledders would want before sledders knew what they wanted.  Same thing with KTM.  They made a business of selling ready-to-race competition off-road dirt bikes while the Jap companies basically ignored the market.  While KTM brought in 200/250/300 cc EXC models, Honda was thinking we needed big heavy XR400s....  Or Kawaski thought a KDX200/220 was a good machine.

    The main thing will be IF there is enough of a snowmobile market still remaining to get excited about.

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