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Indian Motorcycle is now in India

Up now, if you wanted a proper, chrome-lined, V-Twin-powered heavyweight the only real choice you had was one of many sizeable offerings. But if you wanted something a bit unique? that was a bit more of a statement? even more American?

If you you need not be wistful any longer, for the of yesteryear, Indian Motorcycle, has from the ashes, and has launched its range of hairy-chested power in India. The name’s unique, the makes a statement and if you look at of its new products, you will see that are indeed very American.

But first, some history. was the first American motorcycle having come out in 1901, was way before Harley did, and in two years’ time, an Indian held the world speed for motorbikes. Indians won a number of racing events that and in less than 10 years, was the largest bike maker in the

These bikes were used by armed forces the World Wars, but because of brainless business decisions, shut down in 1953. It has hands since, but never an owner that could new life into the dormant marque.

Now though, Polaris — the same company that truckloads of ATVs — has over, and after spending $100 million on RD, revealed the versions of the Indian Chief at the motorcycle parade in Sturgis this year. And would you at them!

There’s not one, but variants of the Indian Chief, with the Classic, which is the point to Chief ownership. Let not have you believe that it is in any way — much like its expensive stablemates, it too gets deeply valanced fenders, the Indian lighted war bonnet on the fender, leather seats and chrome to blind you on a sunny It also gets ABS, control and even push-button as standard.

This is a true-blue cruiser, and its profile does tell you this is not a ‘bagger’, as the Americans call a bike with

If a soft-bagger is what you want, the Vintage it is. As its name suggests, is the Chief that harks to Indian’s glory days in addition to all the equipment and the whitewall that the Classic offers, the features a quick-release windshield and leather saddlebags with leather tassels (!!). It possibly be any more American if you the American flag over it.

And that brings us on to the flagship — which is the Chieftain. is the full-blown touring option, and it a massive fairing up front, and in Indian claims to be a world-first, an windshield on a fork-mounted fairing. It features solid lockable a Bluetooth-enabled 100W stereo and a Pressure Monitoring system.

All variants are powered by the same new Thunder Stroke 111 V-Twin has been designed to look Indian motors of yore. in Harley fashion, won’t how much power the engine but here, it is the 139Nm of torque matters, which is enough to move these hulking that weigh the thick end of

On to the prices — the Chief has been priced at Rs 26.50 the Chief Vintage costs Rs lakh, and the Chieftain retails at Rs 33 (all prices ex-showroom, Indian will open its dealership in Delhi, with a one in Bangalore following in about months’ time.

Have a through the pictures and tell us, of the new Indians would you have? And you have one over a good Harley in the first place?

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