Indian Motorcycle Moving Forward With Polaris — Motorcycle USA

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Indian Motorcycle Moving With Polaris

Indian debuted its 2013 Chief Final Edition at the 2012 Beach IMS. The Vintage Edition marks the end of the Kings era of Indian Motorcycle ownership and the of the Polaris regime.

And with one tug, it was done. As the black draped over the 2013 Chief Vintage Final was removed during its unveil at the Beach Progressive International Show. the latest chapter in the history of Indian Motorcycle drew to an end.

This chapter saw private equity Stellican Limited buy the rights to the Motorcycle name in 2004. the company for a short seven before selling to industry Polaris Industries. It took five years to get a product to and they only produced the new for three years, their coinciding with a struggling mired in recession. Combine the with a product that is of a commodity than a necessity and with a premium price and surprising the Kings Mountain was able to keep Indian at all.

Regardless of how they did it, Motorcycle’s new owners wanted to pay to its predecessors from Kings and even the Gilroy era with the Chief Vintage Final

“What we wanted to do was tip our cap to the people Gilroy and Kings Mountain helped us be where we are today. To do we took a bike that largely helped develop was the Indian Chief Vintage and this Final Edition of that bike. This is the version of the bike that we produce,” said Indian’s Director Gary Gray.

These last visages of and RD from the Kings Mountain era plenty of signature traits, notably the heavily valanced the Indian Chief head-dress adorning the tank, the backlit War Bonnet lamp on the front and leather fringes dangling off the seat and saddlebag. It features the of the Kings Mountain-designed PowerPlus 105 a tall, pushrod-operated mill been highly chromed and and mated to a Baker six-speed

The Vintage Final Edition has a scheme that came the Indian Chief displayed at the World’s Fair in New York, a of Indian Red, Thunder and Gold Pinstripe. The classic-styled is touched off with clean wheels wrapped in whitewalls, the edition collectible stamped a numbered frame badge. believes the history behind the and its exclusivity merit a $37,599 tag, the eye-popping MSRP in with the pricing established by the Mountain era.

Price of the new Indians are a hot topic. One of the most snippets of info we gleaned our recent meeting with execs talking about intentions with the company forward is that it will to be a

A backlit Indian War Bonnet dresses up the front fender of the Final Edition.

premium product. Polaris has the to do this because it has a diverse portfolio, from its investment in motorcycle maker Brammo to its own and touring motorcycle manufacturer, Motorcycles. This isn’t to say we won’t possibly see a smaller Scout or Spirit somewhere the line, but don’t expect the version to deviate drastically the formula that’s already in initially.

Respecting the brand’s is important to its new owners, as it was for its previous Stephen Julius and Stellican.

One former owners Stellican can be with is recognizing the value the Motorcycle brand still had and for them make the company again. Did they save the outright? No.

But they did position it to and potentially flourish thanks to new whose pockets are three dollars deep. So even they weren’t able to see out long-term goals, Stellican track record of returning brands to relevance remains as the company is responsible for the return of boats and Riva yachts to as well.

So as production on the limited Chief Vintage models up November 14, 2012, the beginning of the epoch of Indian Motorcycle began. As new stewards of the brand, are deeply aware of its American and have tremendous respect for the For Polaris, acquisition of the company them instant history and something it lacked before as far as the market goes.

Now they are aiming to develop motorcycle branches into leaders the same way they their operations in other

“For the first time in a time, Indian Motorcycle has the to make this brand said Gray.

Let’s a look at what Polaris has since it acquired the company in 2011. No sooner had the transaction place than operations at Mountain ceased July To Polaris’ credit, they did and extend contracts to key Indian

Their next steps to develop and build a clear strategy. So far that has included their presence at events the Progressive International Motorcycle and rallies. They transferred to their Spirit Lake plant where they assembling the final Kings Indian Motorcycles while

Menneto (L) and Gary Gray (M) about Polaris’ plans for Motorcycle moving forward as unveiled the 2013 Chief Final Edition. Indian has stepped up its presence at rallies and with its new ‘Indian Motorcycle

concurrently initiating product and planning of the first Polaris-engineered stating their focus is deliver differentiated models core Indian DNA.” they’ve been undergoing planning for the marque’s re-launch, on developing and expanding their network while concentrating on the experience. Looking to get the right of dealers in the hottest markets, the of the “Top 150 Motorcycle Markets” revealed shows those to be heavily based on the Eastern and in the Great Lakes region.

To meet the demands of creating a new line, Polaris announced it is the size of its research and design in Wyoming, Minnesota by 144,000 sq. ft. completion projected by the third of 2013. Polaris is also its liquid paint capacity in its Lake, Iowa plant, leasing a 380,000 sq. ft. building in Iowa, to “accelerate adjacencies and add capacity,” and is expanding its Roseau, facility to support LEAN transformation.

The new Indian Motorcycle undergo stringent testing the vast network of Polaris’ Development Facilities.” The facility has 17 including chassis dynos, testing, flow bench and speed valve testing, endurance testing, hot/cold chambers, a prototype fabrication and equipment, large and small structural testing equipment, vibration and harshness testing and metallurgical labs.

Evidence of influence could already be at the recent Progressive IMS in Long in the form of its fancy new event The new “Indian Motorcycle Experience” Burt Monro’s “World’s Indian” front and center, the Indian Scout still a record holder. The fully-restored Indian Chief featured on the Channel’s American Pickers sat next to it.

The Indian display contains a historical overview of the pointing out some of the company’s from building the first production engine to winning the Daytona 200. They’ve constructed a sound booth you can hear a sound bite of the new Polaris has developed for the next of Indian Motorcycles.

The note was deep and powerful and a big-bored V-Twin will be the powerplant of choice for the latest of Indians. While hearing the new note of the Polaris-engineered V-Twin was a this was eclipsed by the excitement of them fire up Munro’s 1920 Scout, the historic raw, raspy and revvy. We the moment in video to share you in the YouTube video posted along with an audio of the new Polaris/Indian engine.

Polaris’ can also be seen in its marketing like employing enthusiast and loyalist Mike Wolfe as ambassador. The American Picker is a likeable character that is about the brand. He’s a

One of the things about the IMS is getting to try on for size. Judged by his smile, the Indian Chief Vintage Edition seemed to fit this well.

virtual walking of Indian Motorcycle knowledge who seeks out Indian relics in and shacks across America. counts the time he found 10 Indians and a slew of parts in a barn as his “best pick His type of dedication is contagious, so no wonder he has been an advocate for the new at events like Sturgis. a high profile character Wolfe promote the new brand is a marketing move.

So just like you, we are to see what direction Polaris the historic brand. While are tight-lipped about specifics, we that we do indeed see some of important, smaller models the Scout. If they are truly in paying homage to the company’s we hope we see a return to its racing as an Indian Motorcycle won the Isle of Man TT in was the first winner at Daytona and was to raise hell on the boardtrack

Until then, all we can do is hope can channel the ambition of Hendee and to guide them to the heights of the Du era while avoiding the pitfalls of With this, we leave you this final statement Polaris.

“We will by staying true to America’s and greatest motorcycle company. engineering. Unparalleled craftsmanship. And American quality.”


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