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Indian Motorcycle Takes Aim at Harley-Davidson
Fox Business ^ | 07/19/13 | Matthew Rocco

Posted on 07/30/2013 9:57:46 AM PDT by AtlasStalled

In the decades following its bankruptcy in 1953, Indian Motorcycle was the target of several companies that tried unsuccessfully to revive the storied brand, the leading motorcycle manufacturer of its time.

But now Indian has the financial muscle to make it happen. Polaris (PII), the maker of snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles and Victory motorcycles, bought Indian in 2011 and is moving at full throttle to bring it back to prominence.

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1 posted on 07/30/2013 9:57:46 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: AtlasStalled
1930


2 posted on 07/30/2013 9:59:37 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: knarf

A thing of beauty is a joy forever. If I could afford it I’d buy the new chief the company is rolling out.


3 posted on 07/30/2013 10:00:28 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: AtlasStalled

How soon before someone claims that “Indian Chief” is a slur on Native Americans and sues...


4 posted on 07/30/2013 10:01:26 AM PDT by ken5050 (My tagline is on summer break..)
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To: AtlasStalled; Anoreth

“Said James, ‘In my opinion, there’s nothing in this world
Beats a ‘52 Vincent, and a redheaded girl.’ “


5 posted on 07/30/2013 10:02:10 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Ask me about the Weiner Wager. Support Free Republic!)
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To: ken5050

The papers are being printed as I type this...


6 posted on 07/30/2013 10:02:55 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Time to musk up.)
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To: AtlasStalled
Watch this movie:

The World's Fastest Indian

7 posted on 07/30/2013 10:05:25 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: ken5050

Who knows? Maybe they will become a hit with the nouveau riche casino Indian tribes.......


8 posted on 07/30/2013 10:06:08 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: AtlasStalled

If it’s American made, I’ll consider it.


9 posted on 07/30/2013 10:09:05 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: Tax-chick

Are you aware before Indian went belly up they stuck some Vincent Engines in their frames as Proto’s to make a “Vindian”? Dang shame they didn’t do it, it may have helped them survive...


10 posted on 07/30/2013 10:09:10 AM PDT by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks.....th)
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To: ken5050
I don't know.

"The Native American CEO" just doesn't have that same ring to it.

11 posted on 07/30/2013 10:11:36 AM PDT by skimbell
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To: AtlasStalled

This seems to be direct competition to Polaris’s Victory brand. Why would they do this?


12 posted on 07/30/2013 10:12:25 AM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: AtlasStalled

Hmmmmmmm, wish I could afford one.


13 posted on 07/30/2013 10:14:33 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: umgud

Maybe they’ll merge

I would love to see a big fat full-dresser that looks like an Indian Chief headdress.


14 posted on 07/30/2013 10:15:23 AM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: AtlasStalled

There’s not room for both?


15 posted on 07/30/2013 10:15:46 AM PDT by rightwingcrazy
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To: Tax-chick

Then he gave her one last kiss and died.

And he gave her his Vincent

To

RIDE!


16 posted on 07/30/2013 10:18:11 AM PDT by prisoner6 ( FREEDOM!)
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To: carriage_hill

“Hmmmmmmm, wish I could afford one.”

Me too. If you go to the company’s website it’s having a sweepstake to win one . . . I’ve already registered and keeping my fingers crossed.


17 posted on 07/30/2013 10:22:17 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: AtlasStalled

Worth a try; headed there now... thanks!


18 posted on 07/30/2013 10:24:01 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: AtlasStalled

again?

this seems like a different year and the same recycled story.


19 posted on 07/30/2013 10:26:21 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Tax-chick

photographic proof?


20 posted on 07/30/2013 10:26:52 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Darren McCarty

Good—we need more competition out there. Lets hope they turn to making small cars now. I think a good —fun—fast 3 wheel car (like the old Morgan supersport in the 1930s) could be a great American product. They get great mileage and are a hoot to drive.


21 posted on 07/30/2013 10:27:30 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: taildragger

I just like music.


22 posted on 07/30/2013 10:27:33 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Ask me about the Weiner Wager. Support Free Republic!)
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To: AtlasStalled

I got to the point of DOB, and canceled; not leaving that plus other info. I’ll start saving pocket change...


23 posted on 07/30/2013 10:27:50 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: AtlasStalled

Saw the ads last night, pretty good marketing and appeal. Nothing like a little competition to make things better.


24 posted on 07/30/2013 10:28:04 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: longtermmemmory; Anoreth

That would be up to Anoreth. I don’t have any pictures of her with motorcycles.


25 posted on 07/30/2013 10:28:18 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Ask me about the Weiner Wager. Support Free Republic!)
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To: skimbell

neither does “Casino Running Firewater Drinker”.


26 posted on 07/30/2013 10:30:28 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: longtermmemmory

“this seems like a different year and the same recycled story”

I hear you but maybe it will be different this time . . . it’s a major public company now behind the brand, Polaris has a good reputation and already in the motorcycle and other recreational vehicles, is launching a polished ad campaign and put a lot of effort in the redesign to keep some of the historic look but add 21st century technology. We’ll see but I’m rooting for it.


27 posted on 07/30/2013 10:30:30 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

Morgan still makes them.


28 posted on 07/30/2013 10:30:56 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: carriage_hill

Haha . . . I always hate leaving personal info and generally won’t but I just add to in this case!


29 posted on 07/30/2013 10:31:59 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: umgud
My guess is, Victory will either disappear or will move in a different direction.
My choice would be a different direction. I would love to seen Eric Buell and his EBR moved into the Polaris stable. EBR could then evolve into a real competitor in the superbike world. Both on the track and the street.
30 posted on 07/30/2013 10:34:09 AM PDT by Tupelo (The Government lies, then the media lies to cover up the government lies.)
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To: AtlasStalled

I’m sorry, they never did and never will look as good as a HD Road King Classic.

Indians stike me as trying too hard to make a cool retro-bike look.

eh.


31 posted on 07/30/2013 10:36:42 AM PDT by Hammerhead
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To: Hammerhead

And don’t get me started on the gawd-awefullest ugliest bike ever created - the Victory Vision Street.

GACK!!!!!!!!!


32 posted on 07/30/2013 10:39:11 AM PDT by Hammerhead
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To: longtermmemmory
Yup. When I helped make Ultima frames we had some machinery from one of the failed comeback attempts.
33 posted on 07/30/2013 10:39:59 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (I'm so conservative I won't even wear progressive bifocals.)
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To: AtlasStalled

polaris has run this story several times over the years.

so far nothing.


34 posted on 07/30/2013 10:42:20 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory

extremely stupid marketing of this great new bike...hidin pics is ignorant squared


35 posted on 07/30/2013 10:43:12 AM PDT by advertising guy (Obama....."..Dick Durbin was unable to attend...We love dick ".........We know Barry)
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To: Hammerhead

could not GIVE me a Victory bike


36 posted on 07/30/2013 10:43:57 AM PDT by advertising guy (Obama....."..Dick Durbin was unable to attend...We love dick ".........We know Barry)
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To: umgud

This seems to be direct competition to Polaris’s Victory brand. Why would they do this?

I was reading in another story somewhere that the company over the next few years is anticipating in combined motorcycle sales between $500 million and a billion (some range!) with most of that attributed to Indian sales.


37 posted on 07/30/2013 10:43:59 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: Hammerhead

“Indians stike me as trying too hard to make a cool retro-bike look.”

With an awesome engine!


38 posted on 07/30/2013 10:45:46 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: AtlasStalled

I thought about leaving a fake DOB, but they could/might disqualify you if you won, for fraud or something in fine print.


39 posted on 07/30/2013 10:45:48 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: reg45

http://www.indianmotorcycle.com/en-us/introduction/burt-munro?WT.ac=IND-enus-camp-munro-documentary-munro-story


40 posted on 07/30/2013 10:49:12 AM PDT by TomServo
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To: AtlasStalled

Aw heck, I just went back and registered. I remembered that I’d registered at Marlboro’s site years ago, giving them all that info, and still get monthly coupons for $-off cartons of red box regulars. So what the heck.


41 posted on 07/30/2013 10:53:49 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: umgud

Seems like Victory is trying to reduce its costs in most models. I think they plan to make most Victories mid range in costs 12k - 16K

For example, they got rid of the Hammer and replaced it with the Judge. In most respects, the Judge is inferior to the Hammer. ***The Hammer they have now is a Hammer eight ball — not as good as the previous Hammer or Hammer S models.

Indians will have premium price < = mid 20ks.

I have an older hammer and love it. 30,000 miles and no problems yet.


42 posted on 07/30/2013 10:58:06 AM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: AtlasStalled

We have a couple of Indian riders that ride with us. The bike reminds me of the Harleys of old. Vibration, marking territory with oil, other mech problems. Sorry but no thanks I’ll stay with my Harley


43 posted on 07/30/2013 11:00:39 AM PDT by clamper1797 (Evil WILL flourish when good men WILL not act)
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To: AtlasStalled; All
Question for the group, from someone who has a very limited knowledge/understanding of motorcycles..

I'd read a while back that Norton has just received certification to sell its bikes in the USA.

How does Norton compare to Indian? They both appear to be at about the same price point. Can the market support TWO competitors? I fully realize that Norton is NOT made in the USA, but both seem to be appealing to the same "throwback" marketing imagery.

Thanks.

44 posted on 07/30/2013 11:05:06 AM PDT by ken5050 (My tagline is on summer break..)
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could not GIVE me a Victory bike

Cool, I'll take yours. American bike, cheaper than a Harley, smooth ride, and reliable like a metric. I prefer Honda - I have a 2002 ACE and a 2010 Fury

45 posted on 07/30/2013 11:06:57 AM PDT by Cyclone59 (I wish government would get their heads out of their butts and their noses out of everyones business)
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To: AtlasStalled

Sounds like they’re serious about this. Dropping the price $7,500 will certainly help.


46 posted on 07/30/2013 11:10:21 AM PDT by Hugin (')
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To: ken5050

That was just what I was going to post.


47 posted on 07/30/2013 11:11:58 AM PDT by JaguarXKE (1973: Reporters investigate All the President's Men. 2013: Reporters ARE all the President's men)
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To: ken5050

I don’t know much about Norton except that while watching a series on cafe racer bikes apparently back in the day it was a popular bike which was light and fast for street racing, and it was a favorite among those who liked to strip it down to increase its speed so I presume it was always a pretty good performance bike but others may have more to offer.


48 posted on 07/30/2013 11:12:25 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: Cyclone59

I’ve had 22 Honda’s ...loved the shadow.....this Indian has my attention long as it ain’t as UGLY as a Victory


49 posted on 07/30/2013 11:14:35 AM PDT by advertising guy (Obama....."..Dick Durbin was unable to attend...We love dick ".........We know Barry)
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To: Hammerhead

Agreed, but then I already own an HD RK Classic.


50 posted on 07/30/2013 11:21:16 AM PDT by Gator113
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