Skip to comments.2014 Indian Motorcycles Revealed in Sturgis
Posted on 08/04/2013 2:03:08 PM PDT by occamrzr06
The legend has returned and its splash is sure to reverberate from Main Street all the way to Juneau Avenue in Milwaukee. The new generation of American V-Twin cruisers made its grand debut in front of a crowd of thousands of enthusiasts and dignitaries at the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame Saturday night.......
For those who worried Polaris would severely alter the legend, fear not: the new 2014 Indians harken back to a bygone era of motorcycling.
(Excerpt) Read more at blog.motorcycle.com ...
Pictures at link.
My great grandfather rode an Indian when he was a surveyor in the upper peninsula of Michigan in the early 20s.
I had an uncle that did too. We didn't even know he was gay.
My dad said his brother picked him up from kindergarten on an Indian in 1928.
I first asked him what happened to the bike, then I asked where he sat.
He said on the gas tank. He didn’t know what happened to the bike.
Starting at $18,900. I can dream.
I’m in East York, PA, with a massive Harley-Davidson plant just 4 miles away, and HD dealers all over the area.
Years on bikes..... Reason I sold my last motorcycle:
Seconds after passing a parking lot exit, an old person pulled out in front of the guy behind me.
Seconds difference and it would’ve been me.
I looked up and said “God, I got the message, thanks”.
My motorcycle is a 1964 Fiesta with a 1960 Gale 60 HP...
But that is one sweet looking bike.
Can't help but think this will be anything but a winner. People pay big bucks for genuine Indians. Now, people can get a similar looking bike without being ridiculously wealthy.
Now, I hope they start emulating the models from the 20's and 30's...that would be sweet.
I as well had an Uncle who owned an Indian (motorcycle)...He wasn't gay...
A couple of years ago, we were about to depart Minnesota for home in Kalifornia - by way of Rapid City so we could see Rushmore and a new route.
The night before we left I saw a blurb on the motel's TV about Sturgis and quickly rerouted us straight south to Oklahoma City.....there was no way I was gonna compete with 400,000 bikes for gas, food and lodging.
Oh my, that is good!
Something else that started in Springfield MA, but has gone on to better pastures. They tried to bring them back years ago, building them here.
I always liked the look of those old bikes.
We still have a bunch in our newest museum:
Nice looking bike. My Dad used to own an Indian when he was younger.
I’m just waiting for someone to complain its racist for people to say they “ride an Indian” and starting demanding that the company change its name.
Yeah, I like keeping my bones inside my body too.
‘Ride, Captain ride—upon your mystery Crow ...’
Snowball’s chance in hell, but I did. Thanks.
This gave me goosebumps.
Looks to me like another Harley with big fenders.
What is this, the 5th or 6th reincarnation of Indian? And the last two or three trying to look like something designed in 1935.
So now Polaris reinvents Indian with 75 year old stying, Fifty year old handling, Twenty five year old performance and calls it the NEW Indian.
I know, I know. It's fast. As fast as a BMW?
I know, I know. It handles. As well as a Honda?
I know,I know, it is beautiful. As beautiful as a Ducati?
Oh wait,it has “Classics Styling”. Yep.so does a Ural.
I’d ditch those fenders and that exhaust but love the motor and tan seat and bags.....it is the traditional Indian appearance, but in this livery. it ain’t my cup o tea
Imagine a bike like that old Indian on wide open Western roads almost a century ago.
When cars and trucks were mostly Model T’s. It must have been a rare experience.
Can’t naysay a word in that.
Honda is bout to drop their new top o the line crotch rocket w/ all the HRC technologies.........yep
How long until the PC crowd start demanding they change the name?
A co-worker of mine’s father was a New Mexico State Policeman in the 30’s (he’d been a bar tender, but disliked drunks, joined the force and turned in all the bootlegger suppliers he knew). He covered about 1500 square miles on 30’s New Mexico roads on a Harley, and was issued a Winchester 1895 carbine in .30-06 and a S&W M&P .38.
Lawmen like this were common in NM up to the 70’s. Tomas Herrera was a Bernallilo County Deputy from 1943 to 1973. His duty area was from about where I-25 would be to the eastern line of BC, a couple miles east of me. He was the only Deputy... and nobody messed with him.
I’d just put it on my front lawn with a ‘For Sale’ sign on it.
I always feel sorry for the unsuspecting people that try to come here during the rally. Right now, I opened my home up to a dear friend and her family from Newcastle, Wy. Her husband is critically ill and in the hospital here in Rapid City. Of course, there are no rooms at the motels available at any price. Campgrounds are also full. I’m happy to be able to do it. The rally is financially a real boon to the Hills, but it comes at a price.
We locals usually try to stock up on groceries before the bikers come, but because of the unexpected guests, I had to venture to Safeway for extras. I waited about 15 minutes to find an opening in the traffic before I could get onto Hwy. 16 and into town. I love the bikers (my husband and sons all have Harleys) but I’ll be glad when they are gone.
Nothing is as beautiful as a Ducati.
Handling.. As much as I hate to say it, I’d go with buell
Ural definitely has a classic look. East German post war classic. I prefer classic American bikes.
No one is asking you to like the new Indian though. Go buy your BMW/Ducati/Honda and I'll still wave to you regardless of what you are riding from the back of my own Honda...but I'll be wishing I was on an Indian.
A buddy was just telling me this morning he was at the local Harley shop yesterday and they had a tricked out one on the floor for $37,000.
Listen..if both Mitch McConnell and Lindsay Graham lose next year, I might just buy you one to celebrate
Sorry man. My mind is warped.
Like in The Sons of Katie Elder.
The last time Indian came out it used an S&S copycat Harley Engine, it had few dealerships and it was way overpriced.
This time it appears to have a Polaris Engine which is a proven design and they hold up well, it has the backing of Polaris dealerships and it is selling at the right price.
I predict this will be a winner.
As for the old styling. Great Old School is the best school.
I want one. When will they be at my Polaris dealer.
The Ural has the classic look because it is still a copy of a 1938 BMW, and it has never been changed.
You can even see the grind marks on the front fenders of where they sanded it smooth.
It’s called becoming a mrmber of the Broken Angels Motorcycle Club (as in skin and bones). Happened to me on the day before Memorial Day in1988 on a BMW R75/5. I’ve looked at a lot of new BMW bikes since but never touched or ridden one.
I’ve always lusted after BMW Motorcycles, too, but after that Honda incident, I also passed on the opportunity, even when I had the money to buy one.
I had a customer, who was Chief Custodian of Harley-Davidson, and he had 14 new, classic, pristine Harleys in his pole barn. He wanted to trade me 2 of them for labor and materials on some jobs, but sadly I had to turn him down, as I couldn’t pay my Family Farm’s business (closed 11/1/11 after 22yrs) bills with them.
The whole v-twin market....used to be the statement of non-conformity. It has now become the establishment. The ultimate act of conformity.
When I was a kid in the 50s there was a comic book hero that traveled around on an Indian.
Daimler made the first V-Twin in 1889 for boats. Indian set theirs at 42 degrees and fond it had better performance.
Harley has their V-Twin set to 45 degrees.
Geez, you’d think I wrote a paper on this for my MBA or something....oh wait, I did.
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