Indian Motorcycles has chosen the 70th anniversary Sturgis Rally to disclose its 2011 line of cruiser motorcycles. Last year we got the opportunity to ride the 2010 Indian Chief Roadmaster at the rally.
“We are all excited to be part of 110 years of history,” said Chris Bernauer, Indian Motorcycle General Manager. “Our new product, accessories and apparel show that Indian Motorcycle Company is looking forward while celebrating our past. We strive to achieve a great product through sound engineering, dedication to quality, exceptional dealers and outstanding customer service.”
Specific features of the 2011 Chief Blackhawk have not been released, but what we do know is that 2011 Indian Motorcycles will be powered by a 105 cubic-inch PowerPlus V-Twin with electronic closed loop sequential port fuel injection. The engine’s cylinders are Nikasil-plated. A Baker six-speed transmission will transfer the PowerPlus’ output to the rear via belt drive. The motorcycles will feature a stainless steel exhaust system equipped with an integrated 3-way catalytic converter and oxygen sensors. Stopping duties will be handled by updated Brembo four-piston calipers clamping down on 11.5-inch dual front rotors. The 2011 Indians will feature 5.5-gallon fuel tank, plush all-leather seats and plenty of the styling traits that have established the company’s identity for the past 100 years. The 2011 motorcycles will also receive special 110th anniversary badging and a commemorative 110th speedometer.
Indian Motorcycles’ history is inextricably linked with Sturgis. One of the company’s original dealers, Pappy Hoel, was a founder of the Sturgis Rally. Indian Motorcycles itself was founded in 1901 in Springfield, Massachusetts and to celebrate this milestone, the current company owners are inviting all Indian Motorcycle owners to VIP parking privileges next to the event truck. There will also be a display of vintage Indians at the Rally.
The company is also planning a charity ride for the Tribal Hope Foundation for the second consecutive year. The free ride will take place on August 10th and will start at their location on 4th and Lazelle in Sturgis and will end at Bear Butte. A guest speaker will share his knowledge about the history of Bear Butte, its importance to the Plain’s Indians and the challenges affecting Native Americans today.