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Indian Motorcycles New Bomber and Dark Horse

Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Indian Motorcycles introduced its new Bomber at its first-ever dealership meeting under its new regime.
Indian Motorcycles introduced its new Bomber at its first-ever dealership meeting under its new regime.
The Indian Motorcycle line is expanding. Two new bikes were introduced at Indian Motorcycle’s recent dealership meeting, the first-ever under its new regime. For styling on the first bike, the Bomber, Indian engineers drew upon cues immortalized in vintage World War II aircraft. The second motorcycle, called the Chief Dark Horse, follows the current trend of blacked-out components and a darker edge, an obvious appeal to the younger demographic. The new models will be on display at Sturgis, where the Indian Motorcycles rig will be set up at the corners of 4th and Lazelle in downtown Sturgis. Motorcycle USA will be sure to stop by and grab some pics of the new bikes for you, but until then, here’s what Indian had to say about its latest motorcycles. - ed

Indian Motorcycle revealed two additional models - the Dark Horse and the Bomber - to an excited dealer network. Fifteen Indian Motorcycle dealerships are open worldwide and representatives from each location were on hand for the first official dealership meeting June 22-24th.

Inspired by WWII aircraft, the Bomber is a limited edition Chief model and will only be available for one year. The Bomber is available in Military Green and Silver Smoke finishes. The pin-up girl tank artwork is inspired by the Bomber nose art of that era. The leather used on the seat and saddlebags are reminiscent of the feel and color of an old bomber jacket. The price of the Bomber is $30,999.

The Chief Dark Horse is a dark, sinister, mechanical looking motorcycle with a smoke “matte” finish and is available in Thunder Black, Indian Red and Deep Water Blue. The colored headdress on the tank is a new twist on the colored versions of the past. The dark components on the bike including the blacked out headlight, tappet blocks, suspension, engine components, exhaust system, and hand controls make the remaining chrome components stand out. The Dark Horse is priced at $27,999.

The new Classic is the entry level Chief and is the only Chief model available with short fenders. It features the Indian script tank logo and is available in standard Indian Red or Thunder Black. Optional colors are also available in Dark Water Blue or Starlight Silver. The price starts at $25,999.

All Chiefs feature a 105 cubic inch PowerPlus V-Twin powertrain with electronic closed loop sequential port fuel injection. Engine cylinders are Nikasil plated and the stainless steel exhaust system is an integrated 3-way catalytic converter with heated oxygen sensors.

A six-speed Baker transmission delivers power through the belt drive. Stopping is achieved via Brembo 4-piston calipers, with 11.5” dual rotors up front. Standard 5.5-gallon tank helps extend cruising range. Seats are all-leather and built to exacting specifications.

“We’re very excited about the new Indian models which bring a more distinct range to the Chief line,” said Chris Bernauer, General Manager. “Releasing new, superior product is a legacy that we are happy to continue.”

Assembly takes place in Kings Mountain, NC with an incessant emphasis on quality and craftsmanship. For more information on Indian Motorcycles, dealerships, apparel, and accessories visit www.indianmotorcycle.com
In other news, Indian has already cut back prices on its Chief Standard. Originally marketed at $30,999, you can get them now for $5K less, at $25,999. It also continues to expand its accessories and apparel catalog.
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IPCO   August 6, 2011 10:38 AM
Think long and hard before u buy one. After just over 5000 k mine needs new lifters and I was just told that the lining of the cylinders flaked off so the entire top end needs to be replaced.... apparently this isn't a one off thing for Indian/Polaris. Customer service with Polaris is far from timely or sympathetic.... you call and wait 2 days or more for a response that gets you no closer to riding your bike. As someone said earlier its a $30,000 paperweight!
Rachel K -Save your money  October 28, 2010 12:26 AM
My husband purchased the third one sold (I believe 9th one made) and it really was of such poor quality that it is back at Indian being "remade". Good on their part but really horrible investment for anyone in the military or in overseas contracts because you won't get it back before you deploy (and their customer service reps don't seem to understand how to communicate towards people who's jobs put their lives on the line; we were told "oh it's worth waiting for" after my spouse had let them know he was going to a warzone.) This bike is also not meant to be ridden during military funeral processions; perhaps it is well named, it certainly has bombed on quality. I just hope he survives to be able to actually enjoy the bike. I however would not suggest anyone purchasing an Indian Chief Bomber unless they wanted a 30k paperweight.
ChickenHawk -Motorcycle Mamma  July 19, 2010 07:07 AM
Just the fact that there is the oppertunity to buy a "new" Indian makes me happy enough. As far as design goes... well all I can say to those nay sayers is "Suck it up!" There is nothing more beautiful then the design of an "Indian". But what do I know..beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
Tim -money flying away ....................................................................... bye bye  July 6, 2010 09:22 AM
The price of motorcycles is totaly out of hand. Thirty thousand dollars for a bike, and I would like to see how they justify that.
The company's just keep charging more and more and consumers just keep paying it. I know a guy who crashed his bike, and when I went over to see him the bike ( 1200 cc) was out in back of the house. The gas tank was on the ground grumpled up and the forks were bent up under the frame. He had paid some out ragous amount of money for it, and I stood there looking at it, thinking why was this thing worth so much money? They are selling the image of this bike not what is worth in steel, and I thought without the nice painted gas tank and other cool things about it there is nothing to these things. So kiss yout thirty grand good bye it lost half its value when you rode off the lot!
uno INDIAN -PRICE TAG  June 25, 2010 12:23 AM
IF U CAN'T AFFORD IT DON'T BE ANGRY ABOUT IT. IF YOU THINK JAPANESE BIKES HAVE A BETTER LOOK & DESIGN,THEN WHY ARE YOU ON AN AMERICAN BIKE SELLERS PAGE? If your questioning why a company will sell a bike for such a high price during a bad economy? Keep in mind money is never lost, only in the hands of some one other than you & it's a great economy for them... hence the high price.
shawn -New Indian  June 15, 2010 05:56 AM
I own a 2002 Indian Spirit for half the price of the new ones and get the same ride and looks.If i wanted a Chief right now I would buy a Gilroy power plus redone by Blackhawk motors and it would still be cheaper.Say what ever you want it all just comes down to your personal ideas of what is a price worth paying.
Zooba -Shale Rattle and Roll  June 13, 2010 12:21 PM
OK, I'm no expert, but I have owned 63 bikes lifetime and ridden a few hundred more. Really! So never mind the price, if you aspire to having the absolute best of anything, it will come at a price. BUT, when you've gone this far to produce a really exceptional motorcycle - which the new Indians really are in many respects, WHY would you allow it to go out of he factory with a non-counterbalanced engine. Common, the company and the dealer phoo-phoo the concern about engine vibration. Maybe they haven't actually ridden it all day. Engine vibration is UNACCEPTABLE on a motorcycle that wants to occupy the premier category. Ride one, and then be honest with us. Some of us would go deeply into debt to own a truly first rate Indian - but not with a 3rd rate engine!!
UN Indio -Indian Motorcycles  May 27, 2010 09:44 PM
Say what you want-I owned a Gilroy indian and loved it.
it had its issues and still gave me a better return in looks and satisfaction than all the harleys I had before, I never put a dime into it other than maintenance, HDS- you have to spend so much in pipes, stage 1 and 2 - chrome etc .. etc...you say HD is cheaper .. by the time your done with all the nickel and dime crap at the dealer you've spent just as much if not more.
I will buy a new one as soon as teh economy gets a little better cant justify the price right now.
Rabbit -HD Owner  April 14, 2010 11:59 AM
Todays my brothers and my bithday and he gave me a 1993 HD 90th anniversary edition belt buckel showing an Indian CHIEF riding a HD Softtail tell you anything about the HD and the Indian Motorcycle LOL
Jan -I love my Indian Chief Vintage. It was worth every cent I paid for it!  April 3, 2010 06:31 AM
I have a Screamin-Eagle Springer, a 1993 Moo-Glide (Harley's only special edition 90th anniversary bike), and a new 2009 Indian Chief Vintage. I love all three of my bikes for different reasons. The new Indian is beautifully built by engineers who came over from HD, then made magic with the new bike. They're NOT the Gilroy bikes of old. My Chief is stunning looking and a dream to ride. Before I can get it stopped at my destination, a crowd is forming around it, asking all about it: Is it an old one, are they making them again, Wow! That bike is gorgeous--just a few of the many comments I receive. The new Indians are like their owners' sister company, ChrisCraft boats: made for a small market with the money to pay for them--and they're collectible. To ride one is to understand. What people need to realize is this: it's not WHAT you ride--it's THAT you ride. Everyone has a favorite. No need to put down anyone else's ride. Don't like it? Don't buy it. But don't call those who do names. Where does that get you? Play nice. Ride safe.
Indian Rider -Different or Common ???  March 2, 2010 11:05 PM
That's right, the "last" batches of Indians made "99-04" were a pile of crap. That is till someone who knows what the hell they're doing goes over it."NOW" I'd put mine up against any other 88cu in and most 95's. And talk about turn'n heads! Come on HD owners, you remember the "DARK" years,or does time really heal all wounds. The new Indians ARE $$$$$$$$, but then again,I really don't think they are being produced for the masses. And thank God for that.I'm not knocking HD, after all, HD is somewhat the offspring of Indian. Check your history.To each his own, I just choose to be "different", and "take the road less traveled". Keep it up Indian!!! Someday I WILL own a new one!
Phil Simpson -Downunder  January 15, 2010 09:56 PM
A new Harley Road King here in Australia is AUD$34,000 (at present an aussie dollar is buying 92 cents US) and they just walk out the door.
You guys have been spoilt being able to buy that same bike in the USA for abour $18,000. The new Indian out here by those figures would retail at about AUD$65,000. That is serious $'s for a bike - any bike. It wouold want to be superb engineering, drive train, electronics in short it would want to be the best engineered bike available. The new Harleys that I have ridden stand up to the test and are superbly engineered - are these new Indians that good. Crazyhorse Motorcycles sure don't think so. But they sure look hot.
sidewaze -race aproved  January 5, 2010 06:48 PM
put it on the track
BEEMER -Indian Chhief  November 25, 2009 10:43 AM
I own a 09 Screamin' Eagle Road Glide and have owned everything from BSA & Bultaco to Goldwings as well. I spent $32K for the SERG but I see many's points on the Price tag on the Chief...kind of steep for a softail. The Indian Chief with the Deco Skirted fenders is IMHO the most beautiful motorcycle out there today...and yesterday for that matter! I test rode one a couple weeks ago and it does have vibration and the power is severely hampered by the cat and lean programing but if I had the $30+K, I'd buy one.

RICK -2000 MILL OWNER  October 24, 2009 08:17 AM
milwaukee mike -El Gringo Loco  October 11, 2009 12:41 PM
You are talking out of your ass!
El Gringo Loco -The New "Indian" Motorcycles  October 4, 2009 03:15 PM
Priced too damn high! Gloat, Garlic Breath! This new "Indian" motorcycle is more in the class of a Big Dog, not a Bugatti. The powerplant appears to have been inspired by a Korean Rev Tech with rounded cylinders and heads and throttle body mounted on the wrong side in a pathetic attempt to look like a flathead v-twin. Do I own a Harley? Yes, two; one 2005, one 1977. Do I think Harleys are better than Indians? No. However Harleys do come a bit closer to justifying their price tag than does Indian. I also own a genuine Indian, a 1941 model. Top Indian management yuppies, get off your plastic "ChrisCrafts", design a real Indian and cut prices by 50%
John-Australia -Indian  September 30, 2009 05:01 PM
If they set up shop here in Australia id get one.
HDBreeze -This is AMERICA...  September 20, 2009 04:57 PM
If you can't afford it, don't buy it. I think the new Indians are amazing, and I would love to have one! The Dark Horse is beautiful, and worth the price tag for a handbuilt bike. Has anyone checked out the prices of Big Dog, American Ironhorse, or Boss Hoss, just to name a few? These companies have been selling bikes for years. The ecconomy sucks for everyone, and I wish the Indian Company the best of luck. The parent company has done a fantastic job keeping Cris Craft Boats alive, so I'm sure they will do the same with Indian. My next bike that I will add to my collection will be the Yamaha Star Stratoliner Deluxe, but if the ecconomic atmosphere improves, the Indian Dark Horse will be added to my stable. Like I said before, I can't afford a Bentley, but I don't hate the company for their pricing!
Mc Smith -New Indians  September 7, 2009 11:10 AM
I own and ride Harleys, BUT I'm gonna buy an Indian. Can't wait! They are a bit too expensive, but so what! I bought a Lexus once, a pricey Toyota; but Indian is not a fancy Harley, it really is a beautiful classy bike built by some guys who really are trying to make a difference. If no else buys - then too bad for them, but I'll have one.
John White -2009 Indian  August 13, 2009 08:19 PM
I was the first or second one to buy a new 2009 Indian. As of the date of this writing the bike has more miles on it than any other 2009 Indian. If you want to learn more about the era 1999 to 2003 and the new 2009 then you should log onto Crazy Horse's forum. www.crazyhorsemotorcycles.com/forum
Jim Kelley -Indians  August 10, 2009 10:44 AM
A huge waste of money...
John Dane -value  August 9, 2009 07:33 PM
I think time will prove that Indian cycle's will hold there Value better than the now massed produced HD bikes! making for A better investment to pass on to the next generations, like a Rolex watch. The older harley's did and they where always close to the price of a new car! I think the manufacturer is here to stay.
Does it matter -Indian Motorcycles  August 7, 2009 12:00 PM
These bikes are more expensive because they have been totally redesigned and the company is starting from scratch. Where Indian has a reason to be more expensive at first Harley doesn't. The past failures where due to bad managment and owners that didn't care about quality just a fast buck. I own a Harley and have riden the new Indians, if i could afford one i would have one.
LuckyLindy67 -NO REVIEWS  July 20, 2009 03:00 PM
The new chiefs have been shipping since Dec/Jan time frame yet there are still no professional reviews out to speak of. I mean nobody has ridden this brand new bike and written about it. This seems very strange to me and it's almost time for the 2010's to be announced.
Dusty Roads -Indians-rip-off  July 20, 2009 04:39 AM
I kinda feel sorry for the investors...sounds like another Medoff plot!!!
Hoggdoc - SOCAL -R They kidding  July 15, 2009 08:58 PM
What a joke. HArley can't sell their bikes in this economy why do they think people would buy these with an unproven drivetrain and dated styling. Just ask anyone that bought one of the last batch of bike the last company called Indians what there experience has been. Someone has took much money, if they want to throw it away send it my way. That goes to any buyer as well as the money people behind this latest attempt to bring Indian back alive.
Harley Tony -Indian Motorcycles  July 13, 2009 02:45 PM
I agree Indian needs to drop prices further, but so does harley. But with these new indian models they have lots of powdercoated parts that people spend thousands and lots of time to get that look so for it to come already done on a bike is great if you want that look.
Fire -Why bother buying one of these?  July 12, 2009 09:04 PM
Are people really going to buy these bikes? They aren't in the least bit appealing as far as I can tell. Indian only seems to be after the retro market. Between Harley and Victory the 'American' motorcycle spectrum is sown up. Indian is going to have to do better than to stick ridiculous looking fenders and tassels on their bikes. I don't know who sketched the design but the should fire them, and upper management at the same time. The proportions and lines seem off. The Japanese make a nicer looking bike than this. For a company that has photo's of their racing heritage plastered in the first few pages of every brochure this is the best they can come up with? At least HD has the sportster range as well as the Big Twins... Exactly what is better about Indians?
littleScout -INDIAN  July 12, 2009 02:16 PM
Wake me when they build some lightweight innovative bikes.
Garlic Chief Owner -Indian Bomber  July 12, 2009 01:03 PM
Bugatti, Rolls Phantom, Rolex, Leica & Indian. If you have to ask, then you can only dream baby...
mac - machine and cycle -Indians  July 12, 2009 12:42 AM
Too expensive for a bike nothing more tha a REALLY fuggly Harley -- Even tho I think the RAL (old) indians were beautifull
CC Rider -More survival  July 8, 2009 07:33 PM
I've been to the Indian store in Kings Mountain, NC. Their bikes are drop-dead gorgeous. Of course I picked out the most expensive Chief in the house (nearly $40K OTD) as soon as I walked in the door. As much as I want them to make it, I can't help but think that the days of $30+K cruisers are behind us.
Mel -Survival  July 8, 2009 04:00 PM
When the economy was good they did not survive and now, with the currently economy down they think they will selling bikes with a $25,999 price tag. I cannot see it happening..... but good luck to them.
WilCon -Indian Motorcycles  July 8, 2009 01:48 PM
These guys need to drop the prices 10k not 5. They are offering nothing over the competition and are charging a premium for a brand that hasn't been successful in almost as long as it was in business.