All come with The Thunder Stroke II Motor, key-less starter, extensive chrome, 5 year coverage/ road side assistance, Indian Motorcycle badging, war bonnet, valenced fenders, center console and laced wheels. The Vintage also comes with leather bags, quick release windshield. The Chieftain is the Rolls Royce of the bunch possessing all of the above and a powered windshield, hard saddlebags, driving lights, high output audio and bluetooth capability
This video is a little long but I like the message about another made in America Motorcycle. Hopefully they produce soemthing entry level like a Sportster so we can chop it up. I love the look of that motor! -Bear
I think they look like kawasaki drifters..........
I'd like to think maybe we'll see some get stripped down and chopped.......but because they got that "indian" name they probably won't be chopper fodder for a long time.
The base model cheif looks best I guess if I had to pick. (If someone twisted my arm and forced me to spend 20grand on one).
They're marketing themselves as competition for the
Almighty Harley Davidson..........as an american made motorcycle.
Indian is made by Polaris....who also makes Victory motorcycles.
And is sold in a "powersports" dealership alongside 4wheelers and snowmobiles. ?.....
I just cant see someone walking into a powersports dealership........looking at a new Indian for 20grand parked next to a new VTX 1800 for half that..........or worse yet, a Kawasaki Drifter for a third of the price that looks more like an Indian than an Indian and riding out of there on a Cheif
Last edited by Bandersnatch; 08-05-2013 at 3:07 PM.
Good on 'em for dropping a new alternative for North American machines. They do look very nice. IMHO
Originally Posted by Eloso
Hopefully they produce soemthing entry level like a Sportster so we can chop it up. I love the look of that motor! -Bear
Here, here! Putting on my marketing hat though, I'm trying to figure-out what the right move for them is? An Indian branded sportster competitor or a shift of the Victory line to be their entry level brand. Think Ford versus Lincoln or Chevy and Cadillac. I'm sure it costs just as much to bring a light bike to market as it does to bring a big cruiser. Gotta be hard to swallow the difference in margin.
Pardon my ignorance.. Indian never really fielded a "tracker" bike in the past did they? They've always concentrated on the big classic cruiser right?
Either way I welcome the sound of this new engine being held on the rev limiter at the local leather chap rallies to give the sound of the twin cams doing the same a little variety
Indian went broke in 1953 and there haven't been any real Indians since. Except for the Hardly headlight cover it looks better than most of the wannabes from the last 50 years! But it's still just a wannabe.
I must admit the Indians were before my time so I feel very little affection for the style .
That being said Triumph was from my era and are making some pretty good bikes after they reinvented themselves .
But in my opinion the new Indian lineup is not my taste at all .
Didnt they throw those fenders away back in the 40s and 50s ?
I would like to see them in person before I decide but in my opinion Harley is in no danger of losing their lead to victory or the new indian .
Anyone into REAL vintage, shoud go to Ted's Motorcyclepedia Museum in Newburgh, NY....that man and his dad (I known em for over 30 yrs) have put together a HUGE ass history of all bikes, and a whole 1/2 a floor is dedicated to Indians, from day one.....I spent 3 hours there, and still didnt see all....(theyre in a huge 2 story renovated warehouse)...
What ticks me off about this unveil, is that them 2 scrounger guys are gonna be doin it....oh yeah, American Pickers...the lil chubby guy's ok, but that Mike is so fulla BS all the time and dont know his ass from his elbow....Wiki the word "wannabe"....
...aaaand in the 40's, Indian made a kinda snowmobile....dont Polaris make snowmobiles ?.....
....the wheel goes round and round....comes back to the same spots....*weg*
Not just that, but them new Can Am backwards trikes....Can Am was originally Bombardier....a snowmobile company....all them trikes are is snowmobiles on wheels pretty much....I went to my local Kawi dealer (they got CanAms too) to get a part, and a guy tried to sell me on a trike....I just told him, that "I dont like snowmobiles too much"....he just looked at me puzzled...bet he didnt even know, lol....