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Classic Indian Chief motorcycle ready to roll
Latte Times ^ | Today | Carpenter

Posted on 12/24/2009 11:20:25 AM PST by jessduntno

The classic Indian Chief motorcycle, prized for its fanciful fenders and an American heritage different from its much bigger rival, Harley-Davidson, is back and finally ready to roll in California.

First built in 1922 and in and out of production ever since, the Chief has been ridden over the years by actor Steve McQueen and other renegades possessing fame and fortune. Now it has been overhauled for the modern era.

Although motorcycle sales are down nationwide, the Chief is already a sought-after ride in 16 other states where it has been on sale since early this year.

The Chief just hasn't been available on the West Coast. But that's about to change this spring with the 2010 Chief, selling for $26,000 plus. This month the latest incarnation of the 108-year-old Indian brand announced the names of two of its five planned California dealerships -- one in Harbor City and the other in Fresno. -snip-

For a company to sell motorcycles in the state, California's Air Resources Board must provide an additional emissions certification to the one issued by the Environmental Protection Agency that allows a manufacturer's products to be sold in other states.

Indian secured its California emissions clearance only last week. Heese is confident that the motorcycles will arrive well before the planned April openings of California Harley-Davidson Indian Motorcycle Los Angeles in Harbor City and Indian Motorcycle Fresno, based out of a car dealership, Herwaldt Subaru.

"I can't wait to get these new Indians so I can put them on the lot and buy a new one myself," said Matt Herwaldt, 30, general manager of Indian Motorcycle Fresno. He owns a Harley but is "blown away by the quality, fit and finish of the new Indian. It's the Bentley of motorcycles."

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


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1 posted on 12/24/2009 11:20:26 AM PST by jessduntno
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To: jessduntno

Oh man ..sweeeet bike..


2 posted on 12/24/2009 11:21:46 AM PST by sonic109 (and...what are we going to do about it ? NOTHING ?..so shut up and take it !)
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To: jessduntno

I’m not into motorcycles, but that is GORGEOUS!!!


3 posted on 12/24/2009 11:23:42 AM PST by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: sonic109
Very sweet looking rides... http://www.indianmotorcycle.com

The Dark Horse...


5 posted on 12/24/2009 11:25:08 AM PST by jessduntno ("The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.")
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To: jessduntno
Its no Indian and its less than half the cost but I just bought this 2009 Yamaha Star 1300 Tourer back in october. Now all I need is some "Indian" decals...
8 posted on 12/24/2009 11:26:50 AM PST by Eye of Unk (Phobos, kerdos, and doxa, said the Time Traveler. “Fear, self-interest, and honor.”)
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To: Gaffer

And, do a good job; but, for $26K, I’ll stay with my Honda VTX Retro.


9 posted on 12/24/2009 11:29:39 AM PST by izzatzo
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To: Gaffer

LOL! I agree.

That aside, I really loved the movie “The Worlds Fastest Indian”, what a great story.


10 posted on 12/24/2009 11:31:18 AM PST by HerrBlucher (Jail Al Gore and the Climate Frauds!)
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To: Eye of Unk

Nize! If I was going to get a metric vtwin again, it would be a yammie, great bikes. Is that the stock exhaust?


11 posted on 12/24/2009 11:34:12 AM PST by HerrBlucher (Jail Al Gore and the Climate Frauds!)
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To: jessduntno

That’s purty. Me want.


12 posted on 12/24/2009 11:34:58 AM PST by LibWhacker (America awake!)
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To: izzatzo
Retro? How about this...c'mon, I know, expensive and all that, but how can you not say this is one beeeeeeeeeeyoootiful machine?


13 posted on 12/24/2009 11:36:08 AM PST by jessduntno ("The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.")
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To: jessduntno

eh.,......Harley still has them beat hands down.

(Recent new HD models (The Rocker and VRod specifically) excluded)


14 posted on 12/24/2009 11:36:14 AM PST by Hammerhead
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To: jessduntno

Yup, that’s pretty.


15 posted on 12/24/2009 11:36:20 AM PST by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: Eye of Unk

not to mention Indians break regularily


16 posted on 12/24/2009 11:37:27 AM PST by advertising guy (Consumer Of Confiscated Liquers Czar)
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To: tubebender

(((((((((ping))))))))


17 posted on 12/24/2009 11:37:31 AM PST by fish hawk (It's sad that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. Isaac Asimov)
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To: Eye of Unk

Looking at your profile, I suspect you have already found 1300tourer.com .....red


18 posted on 12/24/2009 11:37:54 AM PST by rednek ("Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.")
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To: HerrBlucher
Agreed.
19 posted on 12/24/2009 11:37:57 AM PST by jslade (People that are easily offended OFFEND ME!)
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To: Eye of Unk

My thoughts exactly.

Looks like a knock-off of a Japanese bike knock-off of a HD.


20 posted on 12/24/2009 11:38:14 AM PST by Hammerhead
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To: Eye of Unk

My thoughts exactly.

Looks like a knock-off of a Japanese bike knock-off of a HD.


21 posted on 12/24/2009 11:38:14 AM PST by Hammerhead
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To: jessduntno

Sorry, it looks like it trying to hard to be ‘retro’.

Overdone IMO.


22 posted on 12/24/2009 11:39:32 AM PST by Hammerhead
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To: jessduntno
I am not a biker
When I was a kid in the late 30s early 40s the Indian was the bike of choice in the Boston area. People didn't care for the Harleys and the Harley's skinny tires.
One thing I remember about the Indians is on hot day they would pull up, shut of the engine and the engine would still kick until it colled off. - tom
23 posted on 12/24/2009 11:39:42 AM PST by Capt. Tom
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To: jessduntno

Here’s a question to the motorcycle lovers out there. In what order would you list what you think a typical motorcyclist wants in their motorcycle? Here is the unordered list:

Low price, ease of maintenance, mileage, durability, accessories, style and appearance, power, acceleration, top speed, comfort, other.


24 posted on 12/24/2009 11:39:55 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: jessduntno

It is.....verrrry purty....but way too pricey.I love my VTX 1300c.


25 posted on 12/24/2009 11:40:46 AM PST by gimme1ibertee ("In a time of universal deceit,telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act"-George Orwell)
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To: Capt. Tom

Its been my experience that anytime they remake a classic it never lives up to the hype. Things become classic with the passage of time not by title.


26 posted on 12/24/2009 11:47:18 AM PST by soupbone1
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To: gimme1ibertee

“It is.....verrrry purty....but way too pricey.”

Agreed...I’d like to see a few good old classics back on the road though...in the 50’s and into the sixties this was a hot bike and it brings back some good memories...


27 posted on 12/24/2009 11:48:04 AM PST by jessduntno ("The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.")
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To: soupbone1

excellent point.....give me an RD 350 yamaha any day


28 posted on 12/24/2009 11:49:20 AM PST by advertising guy (Consumer Of Confiscated Liquers Czar)
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To: jessduntno

uhhhh .... motorcycle porn ... dRo0L ...


29 posted on 12/24/2009 11:50:32 AM PST by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: HerrBlucher

Great movie.


30 posted on 12/24/2009 11:52:31 AM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
“Here’s a question to the motorcycle lovers out there. In what order would you list what you think a typical motorcyclist wants in their motorcycle? Here is the unordered list”

Depends on your budget.

for some folks cost just isn't much of a consideration. The most tricked out Harley or the like doesn't begin to rival the cost of a Porsche 911, 60’ sailboat or Cessna.

My 1200 Sportster is all about mileage, performance (as much as I can sanely put to use, sure I'd love a Honda CRB-R 1000, or a ‘Busa, but how often could I actually take advantage of that power?), sound and style. Previous bike was a Suzuki GS1100. I paid $7.5K for her (a 2004) less than the depreciation of some vehicles the second they roll off the lot.

I don't think there really is a ‘typical’ motorcyclist, otherwise you'd see almost all motorcycles sharing the same characteristics.

31 posted on 12/24/2009 11:52:48 AM PST by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, Deport all illegals, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: pyx

...yeah...that’s what I thought too...


32 posted on 12/24/2009 11:53:48 AM PST by jessduntno ("The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.")
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To: jessduntno

Time to redo my Christmas list...


33 posted on 12/24/2009 11:55:36 AM PST by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
durability,style,maneuverability,acceleration,dealer support maintainence ease and top speed. My rides: Photobucket r1100rt-p
34 posted on 12/24/2009 12:00:49 PM PST by rahbert (There are no fish here! What kind of ocean is this?)
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To: jessduntno

I thought Indian had gone belly up a couple of years ago.

I know the dealer here in Md. closed up. Where are they making these and are they still using the S&S engine?


35 posted on 12/24/2009 12:01:06 PM PST by Venturer
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To: jessduntno

California’s Air Resources Board must provide an additional emissions certification,what a joke C.A.R.B. let Juan run all his two cycle weed eater and other crap and they turn a blind eye only in California.The bike is to beautiful to smog (Smuck Fog).


36 posted on 12/24/2009 12:02:16 PM PST by Vaduz
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To: jessduntno

I’m not up on these things but what would a Harley about the same class as this Indian cost? (Indian $26,000)


37 posted on 12/24/2009 12:02:57 PM PST by fish hawk (It's sad that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. Isaac Asimov)
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To: rednek

Yes I post at both http://www.yamahamotorcycleforum.com/ and http://1300tourer.com/ forums, the exhaust is stock but I took a Milwaukee bi-metal 1.50” holesaw to the baffle plate on a 18” bit extension.Also I drilled the airbox, I’m currently re-mapping the closed loop fuel injection to richen the air/fuel mixture.

I’ve been buying goodies for it the last two months, chrome mesh radiator cover because yes its water cooled, just got a great deal on an OEM engine guard on Ebay this morning, HID headlamp kit, converted LED lamps front and rear and I am still looking for other things to do.

Fuel injected, water cooled, belt drive, this bike is tall geared, I can cruise at 55mph in 2nd gear, in 5th its like overdrive, I chose this bike because parts are affordable, the bike was VERY affordable at under $10K new and it looks nice, its not as big or heavy as the fully dressed tourers but can do 2 up touring very well and it gets over 50mpg.


38 posted on 12/24/2009 12:04:18 PM PST by Eye of Unk (Phobos, kerdos, and doxa, said the Time Traveler. “Fear, self-interest, and honor.”)
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To: RedStateRocker

I’ve had 24 bikes and never a Harley........I ride from Phoenix to Ca often and breakin down ain’t an option

The most bulleproof bike I ever owned was an 1100 Honda Shadow


39 posted on 12/24/2009 12:06:15 PM PST by advertising guy (Consumer Of Confiscated Liquers Czar)
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To: Venturer

They went OB in ‘03...the bikes they made had way too many problems...this one is supposed to be a complete redesign...and a new “Powerplus 105 engine”

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/355/1358/Motorcycle-Article/2009-Indian-Motorcycles-First-Look.aspx


40 posted on 12/24/2009 12:09:38 PM PST by jessduntno ("The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.")
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To: rahbert
I'm cheating here, I don't have an image of my other bike so after a little bit of a Google search I found an image almost exactly like my other bike. Its a 1980 Honda CX 500 Deluxe, I bought it used, it was in storage for awhile and ran poorly, after cleaning the carbs and a replacement stator it runs like a raped ape, I love riding it in town but prefer the bigger 1300cc V Star when I get on the highway.
41 posted on 12/24/2009 12:12:01 PM PST by Eye of Unk (Phobos, kerdos, and doxa, said the Time Traveler. “Fear, self-interest, and honor.”)
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To: Venturer

A little more detail about the new company;

http://www.ultimatemotorcycling.com/Indian_Motorcycle_Company_Resurrection


42 posted on 12/24/2009 12:19:13 PM PST by jessduntno ("The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.")
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To: Venturer
The Indian motorcycle began its rebirth In Dearborn, Michigan back around 1991. I was a supervisor working at Pioneer Engineering on the Lincoln Town Car. Some of my fellow Designers, and Engineers were “secretly” working on it in the basement of our building. I say say secretly because they were still charging there services to Ford. Not very ethical. They began with rounding parts up from junk yards, barns, where ever they could be found.They only thing I know that folks did not like as that they did not developer there own engine. I believe they bough it from Harley, or Suzuki. I am not sure on this point.
43 posted on 12/24/2009 12:20:50 PM PST by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal!)
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I’ve had 24 bikes and never a Harley........I ride from Phoenix to Ca often and breakin down ain’t an option

I ride a 1998 Harley electra glide classic which has 208,000 miles on it. Only on trailers twice both for flat tire on the rear. Hasn’t let me down yet knocking on wood.


44 posted on 12/24/2009 12:22:36 PM PST by bikerman (Buck Farack)
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To: MotorCityBuck

That sounds like what Tucker did the get his car built. Built his prototype with parts from other manufacturers, way ahead of his time and the Big # did not want “modern” ideas as that would require them to massively retool everything, its a shame history did what it did to the Tucker automobiles.

Frankly I am impressed with what Victory is offering lately though personally I may stay with Yamaha and either get an FJR1300 or a Stratoliner Deluxe in the future.


45 posted on 12/24/2009 12:26:27 PM PST by Eye of Unk (Phobos, kerdos, and doxa, said the Time Traveler. “Fear, self-interest, and honor.”)
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To: jessduntno

Little known trivia: The Indian motorcycle company was the most desirable motorcycle up until WWI when the US Army contracted to buy 100% of their production for the duration of the war. Suddenly you could no longer purchase a new Indian for any price so the people went to HD instead. Indian never fully recovered after that.


46 posted on 12/24/2009 12:30:45 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The Second Amendment. Don't MAKE me use it.)
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To: jessduntno


47 posted on 12/24/2009 12:34:21 PM PST by jws3sticks (Sarah Palin forever!)
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To: jessduntno
What, again? What's that, three times now in the last couple of decades that someone has tried to resurrect this brand? If it didn't sell the last two times, what makes anyone think this time will be different? It's not like the bike has anything different to offer.

2001 Indian Chief:

A *real* Indian:


48 posted on 12/24/2009 12:35:54 PM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Eye of Unk
I'm a big fan of Tucker also. Benchmarking the competiors can be tiresome at points concerning design, and engineering. Sometimes ya get lucky, and find yourself with a group of folks that just want go in a new direction, within reason of course, and that can be real fun.
On a side note I just landed a new job with Roush Eng.( no small feat here in Detroit, and YES I do feel lucky, and blessed) and we are working on a new Hybrid. Imagine that, the private industry vs. Big Government. :)Hint: it's a Ford Program. :)
49 posted on 12/24/2009 12:39:26 PM PST by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal!)
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To: fish hawk

I’ll send the link to our friend the nail pounder. The carpet layer told your cousin he has a old Indian he said he wants to sell and Old Dino is on a road trip to Az on that weird steering trike he now rides in his 80s. How’s that for dropping names?


50 posted on 12/24/2009 12:42:50 PM PST by tubebender (Some minds are like concrete Thoroughly mixed up and permanently set...)
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