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As we meander our way through life, we come across so-called moments in time. Sometimes we them immediately; on other we only realize their afterwards.

Of course, a defining in time is a highly personal that you decide is of exceptional may just be a nonchalant shrug of the to others.

As I rounded the corner up the hill from Keystone in Dakota’s Black Hills, Rushmore suddenly appeared in of me, with sharp early light illuminating it from the to the east. I’m not sure what I was to see — I’ve seen the pictures, too — but I was not expecting the four Presidents to be so lit, and to make such a impression on me.

An involuntary “holy (in a good way) was uttered and I the new Indian Chieftain over a small lay-by kindly set by the road planners, presumably for such a moment. As a proudly American citizen (thanks for me), I was momentarily overcome emotion. At that moment, Rushmore symbolized a large of what is great about for me.

Now, I am not going to claim the reveal of the new Indian motorcycle had the effect on me. How- ever, for motorcycle enthusiasts everywhere, it was an significant event, and perhaps a moment in time. Standing on a warm evening in Sturgis — the of American motorcycling — the covers off the new Chief.

Strobes fired, spotlights and a very enthusiastic, not-entirely- crowd, all went wild rightly. This was the re-birth of a motorcycle brand, and that happen every day.

originally in 1901 – the first new Indians will have an numbered plate – the company has a history, yet it has remained a part of the consciousness. To many enthusiasts, the Indians were produced the 1940s and early-’50s, until swept them away in Since then, several and copyright owners have it their best shots.

recently, Indian had short-term in Gilroy, Calif. (the Garlic Indians), and then Mountain, N.C. until by Polaris in 2011.

Skeptics scoff, assuming that the iteration of the Indian Motorcycle will last about four years and then more crash and burn. doesn’t take into that the new owner — the highly Polaris Industries of Medina, (market cap: $7.8 — has such incredible financial resources, and passion, that time, I am confident the cynics be proven wrong.

To say that has taken its new acquisition seriously be an understatement of epic proportions. that “Indian’s rightful is with Polaris,” Steve (VP- Motorcycles), drafted in Brewfresh from designing the new Royce at BMW — to come up with the new

Brew immediately contacted and collectors, and talked to everyone he could about the heritage and features of the brand, as well as from the past. Several quickly made their way to the top of the list and, despite engineering challenges, Brew’s new Motorcycle vision took with every must-have

To accomplish this in two-and-a-half is highly creditable; to have such a well-rounded (dare I say product, with three in the line-up, and seemingly every accounted for, is downright

The launch of three new machines — the Classic, Chief Vintage, and — includes an impressive line of a cohesive and informative website, and a creative ad campaign, all built a reverence for the brand that on religious zealotry. Yes, I say Indian has found its rightful at last.

The heart of any motorcycle is of its powerplant, and the new 49-degree V-twin, Thunder Stroke 111 certainly the part. Purists will the cross-directional finning, fat parallel tubes, and downdraft exhausts give more than a nod to the classic original motor. The oil is cleverly integrated into the of the engine, and only a single is needed to keep all the internals, the six-speed gearbox, well

The three-cam, two-valve-per-cylinder motor is not rubber-mounted, so vibration is enough to the motor feel alive, yet damped so that no extremities go to on extended rides. Despite completely smooth at highway as a big-inch V-twin (101mm and 113mm …, 1811cc) the feels unhurried and capable of you however far you feel like

The EFI system is very good, and the throttle connection is excellent; down Main Street, at 10 mph, between literally of motorcycles, posed no problem

Brew and his engineering team did than get the motor’s look They researched the sound wanted from the exhaust, and a professional audio engineer made iteration after of those twin mufflers, they had that ideal burble sound. Indian the engine outputs a monstrous 119 of torque at a leisurely 3000 and having toyed mercilessly several other bikers on the highway, I’m inclined to believe

Rolling on in sixth gear 70 mph produces a solid shove of that will have any biker salivating — or beside with humiliation — depending on brand of bike he is riding. A big kit for more power? No need,

I have enough.

Wrapped the spectacular motor is a cast chassis that is backbone and also incorporates downtubes to the authentic look. The 46mm fork and single rear linkage shock (with adjustable preload on the Chieftain) plenty of travel. This supple suspension feels enough to provide sporty yet it absorbs bumps well on the Classic and Chieftain I rode, of which tip the scales at over 800 fully fueled.

On open through the Black Hills, I had the fortune to see and exploit some of the fabulous scenery and blacktop I ever come across. The handling is very good, and is a ton of ground clearance; it took a lot of to touch down the fixed

In addition to the stable chassis, deserves serious credit for the matched and superb grip of its Elite whitewall tires. The fat front has plenty of footprint, and a rear helps put all that to the ground and turn the bike when asked.

Sporting will be well acquainted Dunlop’s racing credentials; it is to know that the knowledge and that created the superb Q3 is into their cruiser as well.

The faired Chieftain, its centrally lockable hard obviously carries more than its siblings, so the rake has tightened to 25 degrees, from a 29 degrees on the Chief Vintage; helps speed up the steering a Riding the bikes back-to-back, the easier turning is immediately Yet, the Chief Vintage doesn’t feel ponderous or in any way.

It has excellent, neutral, confidence handling in the corners, while feeling stable and planted in a line.

Purely out of um… “journalistic I felt it necessary to briefly the Chieftain to a three-figure speed on the As expected, the motorcycle exhibited no ill whatsoever, and remained as sharp and as it did at much more regular legal) speeds.

Braking is by twin drilled floating and four-piston calipers at the front, and a two-piston caliper and floating at the rear. The ABS-equipped brakes excellent feel and more enough power to rapidly the half-ton projectile with me at no point did I have any cause to their efficiency.

Beyond the motor, the Indian heritage certain visual cues, and was very much in tune Indian motorcycles of yore. The fenders are the most obvious, and with the aerodynamics of the bike, they add more weight. A pin running through the rear of the allows the entire rear and suspension to be dropped away in one for maintenance.

It’s a neat everyone will appreciate it is time to change the tire.

The face retro-style clocks, teardrop gas tank, and fully right side belt are further visual cues the past, as is the large, left-side air intake, and primary cover its distinct three centers of

There are three non-metallic schemes, and each model in a choice of Thunder Black, the identifiable Indian Motorcycle and in homage to the birthplace of Indian — Blue — with the latter two running a few hundred bucks

It has to be said that the base starting at $19,000 for the Classic to the for the Chieftain are much lower anyone expected. This have come as an unpleasant to competitive brands, given the Indians include such as internally wired fat bars, control, ABS, and real upholstery.

Differences between the models are visual. The Vintage is the Classic with a quickly detachable and soft leather-fringed saddlebags. The bagger Chieftain is the first ever to come with a fairing and hard bags, and fairing is the first to have an height-adjustable windshield.

Underneath, they are the same basic

I didn’t love the homogenized of the Chieftain fairing, especially the large Victory Vision-esque LED signals that I found a bit however once I understood design inspiration came the art deco streamliner trains of the I did applaud the thinking.

Whether you the look of the fairing or not, is no denying it functions extremely Many hours spent in a tunnel have paid and the cocoon of relatively still air the screen makes for a very ride and means the wonderfully sound system rarely full volume.

Instrumentation on the — in fact, the electronics on all three — is very much not the 1940s. The cluster includes an electronic tachometer, and fuel gauge odometer, dual trip with distance and time, economy, and fuel range. there is a clock, ambient air and gear position indicators, pressure readout, engine of operation and engine oil life plus average speed, and voltage.

Both Bluetooth and USB are integrated into the 100-Watt stereo system; and a handy lighter power socket is to power a GPS, phone or item. An accessory handlebar-mounted system is available for the Vintage and models if you need your while on the move.

It is crystal The heritage has been respected, the are impressive, the looks are just the price is reasonable, and the motorcycle far beyond expectations.

But does the new Indian have That is the question. It needs to that indefinable character, je ne sais quoi that translate to a bright future of big sales, from more just the early adopters or interested in the novelty.

Ridiculous as it may to an outsider, a motorcycle has to become of you; it has to become almost an of who you are—after all, people you by your ride. So, the answer to question lies within you — not the

Indian has provided the perfect the ideal raw machine with a DNA, and you will need to get it and make it your own. it, tweak it, and above all, it, ride it, and ride it some Then you will be able to that question.

For me, having the new Indian now for several days, the is an unequivocal yes. It does soul, and this is a defining in time.

Riding Style:


Eyewear: Maui Jim

Jacket: Joe Rocket Reactor 3.0

River Road Laredo

Levi’s 501

Boots: Toschi

Photography by Barry Hathaway Tom

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