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Cycle News 2017 Issue 11 March 21

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INTERVIEW P112 PRESIDENT OF MOTORCYCLES AT POLARIS INDUSTRIES INC., STEVE MENNETO S teve Menneto, 51, is Presi- dent of Motorcycles at Polaris Industries Inc., and as such he's the man who, together with Polaris President/CEO Scott Wine, ultimately sold his colleagues in Po- laris management the idea of acquir- ing Indian in April 2011 as a heritage marque to run alongside its much younger Victory brand. Having suc- ceeded in doing so, Menneto was then entrusted with the task of mak- ing it work, and returning America's oldest existing motorcycle company which built its first such machine back in 1901, to the marketplace. It's a task he and his team at Polaris HQ in Medina, Minnesota, have self-evi- dently discharged exceptionally well, in developing a strong-selling array of individually styled and distinctively engineered models based on two engine platforms. These comprise the air-cooled OHV Thunder Stroke 111 c.i/1811cc 49° V-twin motor which kicked off Indian sales in August 2014 with the Chief custom and Chieftain bagger, followed by the Roadmaster tourer, and the liquid- cooled 69 c.i/1133cc Scout 60° V-twin eight-valve engine, which followed a year later to provide a less costly middleweight alternative from the tomahawk tribe. HERE IS OUR INTENSIVE, DETAILED, ONE-ON-ONE INTERVIEW WITH STEVE MENNETO, THE MAN SPEARHEADING INDIAN'S HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL REVIVAL. Life After Victory BY ALAN CATHCART PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEVIN WING

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