Skip to comments.Indian Motorcycle Takes Aim at Harley-Davidson
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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A thing of beauty is a joy forever. If I could afford it I’d buy the new chief the company is rolling out.
How soon before someone claims that “Indian Chief” is a slur on Native Americans and sues...
“Said James, ‘In my opinion, there’s nothing in this world
Beats a ‘52 Vincent, and a redheaded girl.’ “
The papers are being printed as I type this...
Who knows? Maybe they will become a hit with the nouveau riche casino Indian tribes.......
If it’s American made, I’ll consider it.
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...
"The Native American CEO" just doesn't have that same ring to it.
This seems to be direct competition to Polaris’s Victory brand. Why would they do this?
Hmmmmmmm, wish I could afford one.
Maybe they’ll merge
I would love to see a big fat full-dresser that looks like an Indian Chief headdress.
There’s not room for both?
Then he gave her one last kiss and died.
And he gave her his Vincent
“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.
Worth a try; headed there now... thanks!
this seems like a different year and the same recycled story.
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.
I just like music.
I got to the point of DOB, and canceled; not leaving that plus other info. I’ll start saving pocket change...
Saw the ads last night, pretty good marketing and appeal. Nothing like a little competition to make things better.
That would be up to Anoreth. I don’t have any pictures of her with motorcycles.
neither does “Casino Running Firewater Drinker”.
“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.
Morgan still makes them.
Haha . . . I always hate leaving personal info and generally won’t but I just add to in this case!
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.
And don’t get me started on the gawd-awefullest ugliest bike ever created - the Victory Vision Street.
polaris has run this story several times over the years.
so far nothing.
extremely stupid marketing of this great new bike...hidin pics is ignorant squared
could not GIVE me a Victory bike
This seems to be direct competition to Polariss 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.
“Indians stike me as trying too hard to make a cool retro-bike look.”
With an awesome engine!
I thought about leaving a fake DOB, but they could/might disqualify you if you won, for fraud or something in fine print.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Sounds like they’re serious about this. Dropping the price $7,500 will certainly help.
That was just what I was going to post.
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.
I’ve had 22 Honda’s ...loved the shadow.....this Indian has my attention long as it ain’t as UGLY as a Victory
Agreed, but then I already own an HD RK Classic.