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2014 Indiese Hoof Classic Looks to Dominate Harley-Davidson

Updated Nov 12th 2013 2:34PM

Met die 2014 Indiese Hoof Vintage, Polaris het 'n lofwaardige taak van die kombinasie van die klassieke en kontemporêre gedoen.

[Ek]t het die Indiese ontwerp en tegniese span by Polaris 'n blote 27 maande te skep van die grond af hierdie hele nuwe Chiefs. 'n gedagte-blaser. En nadat hulle ry, dit voel soos 'n wonderwerk.

Die Hoof arriveer as 'n ware Harley-Davidson vegter.

Motorfiets entoesiaste is die stort lof op Polaris Industries ‘ herleef Indiese merk. Vir aandeelhouers wat geskud deur verlede week se post-verdienste sell-off, dit is 'n lekker verandering van tempo. Maar doen Indiese — of Polaris — deserve the praise? Can Indian make Polaris a real rival to industry heavyweight Harley-Davidson ?

The Wall Street Journal thinks so. Reviewing the 2014 model year Indian Chief recently, WSJ automotive reporter Dan Neil called Polarisnew bike fantastic and a great overland bike.

Polaris’ nuwe Indiese Hoof Classic. Bron: Polaris.

With its a 68.1-inch wheelbase underlying a 103.5-inch bike, Neil describes the Indian Chief as joyously enormousnearly 9 full inches longer than a comparable Harley Softail, and better suited for long treks.

The Chief features a two-cylinder, 1.8-liter-enjin, and sipping from a topped-off 5.5 gallon fuel tank, it churns out an estimated 35 myl per gelling (combined mileage). So its larger size should be a comfort on trips that can stretch 190 myl tussen vul-ups.

toegestaan, that’s not as great fuel economy as the Harley offers. But if Indian may not be as green as Harley, it does have other advantages. Neil calls the sound of the engine on the new Indian Chief superb.

And Motorcycle-USA agrees: Power-wise, it’s just got a whole lot more motor. than the Heritage Softail.

Indian Chief gets your motor running as it heads out on the highway. Bron: Polaris.

It’s good to know that Polaris has the engine growl factor in hand. And the company has done fine work on the rest of the bike, too, helping to bringing America’s oldest motorcycle brand into the 21st century. Paired with such 20th-century de rigeurs as a leather seat and a mirror-chromed steel headlamp are up-to-the-minute high-tech features such as standard ABS, spoedbeheer, LED lighting, and keyless ignition.

Quality on a budget


Bikers won’t have to break the bank to board Polarisnew ride. Despite producing a vastly improved product, Polaris is selling its 2014 Indian Chief for an MSRP up to 28% less than what Indian’s 2013 models cost — net $18,999. That’s competitive with the Heritage Softail.

Relative to the rest of Polaris’ staan ​​in 'n ry — and in particular, its Victory brandthe Indian Chief costs about as much as a Victory Cross Countrybut has a lot more style. Dit doen, however, cost more than any of the Victory Cruisers. But for Polaris shareholders, that mightn’t be such a bad thing.

Profit’s the name of the game

Polaris has put a lot of effort into reviving the Indian brand, and making these bikes worth buying. It’s worth asking, daarom, whether this effort will pay off. How much might a successful Indian brand earn for Polaris?

Indian Chief Classic

Nou dadelik, Harley outearns Polaris, generating a 12.4% net profit margin to Polaris’ 9.9%. Polaris makes most of its money on ATVs and snowmobiles, though, and those vehicles appear to earn lower margins. Could a shift to selling more motorcycles, and more expensive motorcycles, and stealing market share from Harley, help Polaris boost profits?

Polaris doesn’t break out the profitability of its various vehicle segments, reporting only companywide profit margins. But it does appear that boosting the value of the bikes it sellsand selling more of themcould mean even bigger things for its bikes division. Arktiese Cat — Polaris’ archrival in snowmobiles and ATVsgets only about a 20% gross margin on its products.

In kontras, Polaris earns 28.5% gross margins by selling snowmobiles, ATV, and a few motorcycles.

Polaris’ margins have been growing, too, as the company has generated more and more of its revenues from motorcycle sales over the past few years. So while not ironclad, the argument that selling more motorcycles, rather than other vehicles, might be a profitable shift for Polaris does appear to hold water.

Foolish takeaway

Polaris’ redesigned Indiese Hoof Classic is still a new bike, and its sales success untested. It’s early in the game to predict that the company will ride away with all of Harley’s profits packed into Polarissaddlebags. But like the sun glinting off the fender of a shiny new Indian Chief, I’d say Polarisprospects look bright.

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Indian Chief could drive Polarisprofits. Bron: Polaris.

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