Indian’s 2009 Lineup Motorcycle Cruiser

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Indian Chief Roadmaster


When we ran our 2009 New Buyer’s Guide, some noticed we omitted the new Indians the mix. We decided to remedy lest some of our more readers show up with on their minds.

Your for this wayward son is understandable and by us as well. Indian played a part in early motorcycling in the United States, often leading the way with technical that made their both on the street and at the race Between 1901 and 1953, made a name for itself as one of preeminent motorcycle manufacturers.

New first motorcycle police rode Indians back in and four years later the swept the top three places at the Isle of Man mountain course

There were other too. In 1913, Indian America to swingarm suspension and the fork. A year later, debuted the world’s first featuring electric lights and starter.

It was that innovative that saw Indian through the Depression, and helped them an Army-Navy contract in 1941, as America entered the Second War.

They were still big races in 1948 when Emde took top honors at the Daytona 200. Following War II, though, the company struggled to the consumer market. By 1953, the closed its doors.

But not forever.

A lot of folks tried to bring the back from the … but a web of trademark rights hobbled attempts until 1998. At time, there were camps all producing their own and theoretically working on a new engine. In the end a decided in favor of the California Company (based on their track record of actually motorcycles). and they reorganized as the Motorcycle Company.

They no time getting started; the new Indian rolled off the line in forty-six years after the one. Sadly, the second didn’t live up to the dream. years later the Indian Company closed its doors

Hopefully things go better time. In 2004, Stephen and Steve Heese turned attention to Indian, following success resuscitating the Chris-Craft Company. They acquired all the rights and intellectual property with Indian, rolled up sleeves, and got down to business the motorcycle maker.

By 2008, was ready to go and now the 2009 Chief and its three variants are on the road.

we love the idea of bringing back from the …, the new need to move forward better ideas to bring the up to snuff with the rest of the Indian’s key to survival is its past. Not adopting the style of old, but out the stigma created during its coming.

The 99- 03 Indians were knockoffs in feathers and moccasins; swoopy fenders and a dressed up SS; together and calling it an Indian doesn’t make the brand out. If anything, it shoves the back into the sea of production that sprang up in the early

If you’re going to play the card, why not sell it out completely? go half-… with some fender window dressing, put a big tag on it, and call it a day. That’s happened with Indian the time and it worked out about as as Custer’s fated decision at the Bighorn. Indian made the leaf-blade fork.

Why not bring it as either an option or standard? A motor designed and built wouldn’t hurt too much something that looks like the old Chief motor and like an H-D Evolution mill cooler rocker covers only help them. on its racing roots with a Emde limited edition might not be a bad idea either.

of historic bikes, where’s the Although oil prices have in the face of this wonderful we’re experiencing, there’s no to believe they’ll stay in the basement forever. A Scout in the 750-1000 cc would be a great way to in new riders, especially if it were marketed.

Harley hasn’t exactly out all the stops when it comes to the Sporty in this category, to ride the Baby Boom wave on a Twin Cam, so is relatively unexplored territory as far as manufacturers go.

Which brings us to Part Two’s next big to properly target the competition. is Sun Tzu 101; … your where they are weakest, not By aiming at Harley in the high cruiser bracket, Indian ran into the dragon’s mouth, in barbecue sauce.

Indian Chief Roadmaster

Thus far it like the new company is repeating mistake. With the no-frills Standard tipping the financial at $30,999, Indian locks with Harley’s Ultra and CVO models in the same price Why would you pay that much for leather bags, fringe, and a up fender ornament when you can get paint, a bigger motor, and a with MP3 hookup for the same

Don’t want all the extra and whistles? Then why not get a Road Kingpin, Stratoliner, VTX, or big cruiser for a third or half the with the added bonus of a from an established manufacturer? just to let you in on a little secret, of those bikes are selling they used to either.

who’s into motorcycles to know a little about past has probably shopped enough to know all of this and buy Those who don’t know are likely new to the sport and aren’t to care too much about the name when they go to buy a

Judging by the flotilla of mail we got Indian’s exclusion in the buyer’s there are a lot of us who want to see the company It’s a great chance for an brand to write new chapters in the millennium. We just hope the new don’t drop the ball the last ones did.

2009 Indians

Type: fuel injected, 45-deg. V-twinDisplacement, Bore x Stroke: 105 ci, x 4.25 inches


Rear Suspension: High steel monoshock, 41mm

Front Suspension: 73mm

Brakes: Brembo (dual up front, single rear)

Indian Chief Roadmaster
Indian Chief Roadmaster
Indian Chief Roadmaster


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