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Indian Motorcycles on Good Morning America

Thursday, November 5, 2009
We bellied up to the bar for a pint of sarsaparilla at Deadwoods infamous Saloon No. 10.
The iconic American motorcycle manufacturing company, Indian Motorcycles, will be featured on an upcoming episode of Good Morning America.
Indian Motorcycles’ resurrection will get national TV exposure with an appearance on Good Morning America. ABC’s morning news and talk show will be highlighting the iconic American motorcycle manufacturer’s revival on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009. While America’s automotive and motorcycle manufacturing industry is mired in turmoil, Stellican Ltd., a private equity firm that specializes in restoring iconic brands to past glory, is slowly working its magic on Indian Motorcycles.
 
Good Morning America’s Bill Weir will get the opportunity to ride a 2010 Indian Chief to Deal’s Gap, one of the most revered stretches of asphalt for motorcyclists affectionately dubbed the ‘Tail of the Dragon.’ He will be joining members of the Indian Motorcycle team for a ride through the epic fall scenery of the North Carolina mountainside. He will be also be joined by motorcycle historian Dale Walksler who will be riding a classic 1944 Indian Chief and providing insight on American motorcycling history.
 
Stellican Ltd. Bought the rights to Indian Motorcycles in July of 2004. Since then, it has methodically been working to reestablish the company without repeating the mistakes that doomed its predecessors. It opened up a 40,000 square-foot manufacturing facility on 11 acres in Kings Mountain, NC and released its first new motorcycles in 2009.
 
We couldnt think of a more fitting motorcycle to visit the Crazy Horse Memorial on than one of the new Indians.
Indian Motorcycles rides again!
Indian Motorcycles was the first American motorcycle company, established in 1901 in Springfield, Massachusetts by a champion bicycle racer, George Hendee, and an engineering genius, Carl Oscar Hedstrom. At one time it was the worlds’ best-selling motorcycle and were champions on the racing scene, sweeping the podium at the Isle of Man TT and setting land speed records on the salt of Bonneville. Since its early success, though, the company has gone through its share of bankruptcies and hardships. Stellican Ltd. Aims to change all that. The private equity group has helped restore respectability to other iconic brands like Chris-Craft boats, Riva yachts, and the Italian soccer team, Vicenza.
 
Good Morning America is produced live from Time Square in New York City. On the air since 1975, it has won several Emmy Awards and is one of the top-viewed shows in morning television. The new Indian Motorcycles have gotten recent exposure on the big screen as well in the new GI Joe Movie, The Rise of Cobra.
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Bike pip -1946 Indian  August 10, 2010 04:48 AM
Hi
We have a 1946 Indian and are trying to trace some history on the Cycle, It was beleived to of been at Woodstock, some where there is a permit for parking OR SO WE HAVE BEEN TOLD...
Any help welcomed

Ride safe Ride easy...
Pip
Red -Indian  November 20, 2009 02:19 PM
I am looking to buy an Indian Classic. Question: Is Indian going out of business? If I buy an Indian will they be around to warrant the motorcycle. Will Indian be alive 10years from now? I just don't want to get stuck. Retired Soldier
EVO -Look at Norton  November 9, 2009 07:39 AM
One last comment. Norton's new bike is the perfect case in point. The new bike has design cues from the gloried Nortons of the past, but with forward looking design and brand new technology.

From performance to looks it's a bike for today and beyond. But still recognizable as a Norton, not because of the name on the tank, but because the designers got it right by morphing the new with the DNA of the past.

I love Harley's and own one. And I do go gaga over old Indians. But both companies need to look forward, not to the next few years, but the next 100 years.

These companies always use ad copy that says it's for the regular guy. Bulls--t. The regular guy needs a bike that they can afford.

Harley is contemplating the future of the Sportster? Why? It's one of the best deals around. We need it now more than ever. And it's better than a $30k Indian. The H-D Road King is another bargain. A whole lotta bike for $17k. Just don't raise the price Harley. Wouldn't be a good move.

Hey Indian, take the advertising dollars you're spending (which is a lot of money) and give it to R&D to create something unique and affordable.
EVO -What else is there to say? Nothing to brag about...  November 9, 2009 07:22 AM
All the coments make perfect sense, especially about providing an entry level machine with litlle risk and about offering something that is nothing special other than a name that tugs at the heart strings (for some). These companies made there names by innovation - remember? There was no concept of what a "motorcycle" was supposed to look like. They designed the bikes around the engineering, THEN they became recognizable and fashionable. Harley needs to head the warning in the winter aire as well. Where's the future?

For Indian I say, "so what?" It's dressed like an Indian of the past, but really nothing more than a generic cruiser. At least Victory is "trying" to innovate. And they're having a hard time because they're a few grand too much.

Boutique manufacturers offer something that is unavailable off the shelf. It comes in the form of design uniqueness, or performance enhancement, or materials that are rare, expensive, and hand crafted, etc. Again, the new Indians are priced because of the marque name not because of boutique attention to detail or innovative technology.

Ron - Right on. Triumph did it right. Start simple, bang for your buck, a hark back to the past with eyes on the future.

I say, wait two years and by a used 2009 Indian for what it's going to be worth - about $15k.
HDBreeze -Indian  November 8, 2009 09:22 PM
All I can say is that it was a beautiful day to ride here in the Northeast, and I was our riding all day with a bunch of friends. During our travels, we seen thousands of bikes. It seemed like everyone that owned a motorcycle was out riding! We seen not less than 8 of the new Indians, including a couple of the Dark Horse models. I spoke to a few of the owners, and they all were extremely happy with their Indians. They are beautiful bikes that seem to be put together with very high standards. Prior to today, I had only seen pictures of the new Indian models. With the kind of financial backing that the company has now, it has a very good chance to succeed this time. At this point, I can't afford to buy one, but the same goes for that Ferrari that I want. It doesn't mean that people aren't buying them.
Woodman West -Indian sales  November 8, 2009 03:36 PM
I read somwhere Indian hopes to sell 600 bikes this year. For all the press they are getting, that should be an easy goal. Can they really stay in biz at these sales levels and prices?

I do not wish them ill, but a $15-20K cruiser would seem to make more sense right now. I was in Rossmeyers (worlds largest MC dealer) today and every single bike was at least $2k off. They keep about 1000 bikes in stock on the floor. Sales are down in every catagorie right now.

Some good news, since Rossmeyers closed thier Triumph/Ducati/Buell shop I was wondering what happened to the Tri/Duc dealer. BMW of Daytona Beach picked them up. The 2 Tri/Duc/Victory dealers in Orlando are long gone.

1 day at a time out there!
Damche -Here we go again  November 6, 2009 04:14 PM
Why is it that new American motorcycle manufacturers always try to enter the market with a high end models? To the best of my knowledge no manufacturer has been successful entering the market with high end, high priced motorcycles. Harley, the big four, Ducati, BMW and many other brands started off with small efficient affordable models and grew the factory from there.

How many times has Indian been through this cycle…it doesn’t work. Excelsior-Henderson tried this and…it did not work. Victory has had little success and if it wasn’t for the parent company Polaris Victory would be just another history lesson. Even with Harley’s half hearted help Buell is gone and when Buell was in business they never set the motorcycle world on fire.

Certainly starting form the top tier will generate the biggest profits in the shortest amount of time, but only if the bikes sell. Asking $25K and up for a bike that really doesn’t offer anything that other cruisers can do for about 1/3 the price, not having dealer backing or confidence that the OEM will still be in business by the time your new bike needs its first oil change, won’t help Indian’s cause.

If Indian had a middle weight cruiser selling for under $10K more people would jump in because of less risk and more affordability then years down the road offer bigger more expensive bikes.

I am pretty sure the new ownership of Indian understands this along with the rest of us so I guess it is just a case of impatience and greed. If Indian were really serious about being around for a while, both in good and bad times, they would have to offer something other than WAY over priced copies or what is already available on the current market.
Ron -Indian  November 6, 2009 03:21 PM
Too little, too late, too costly....too bad. We need Indian to be resurrected the way the Brits resurrected Triumph: Performance, Reliability, Unique Identity, BANG for the BUCK....-Dr Ron
EAB -Is this the best we can do?  November 6, 2009 07:16 AM
I think we have to ask ourselves, really, if this whole "traditional cruiser" thing is the best we can do? Really, how much respect would a Mustang get if it looked exactly like a Camaro from 10 feet away? To the casual eye, a Harley looks like a Honda looks like a custom chopper looks like an Indian looks like a Steve Tyler custom looks like a Yamazuki, and on and on. Bottom line is that if the only thing that is remarkably different between these bikes is the badge on the tank, well, that kinda sux. Specifically, the best thing for Indian to do, and probably necessary for a successful future, is to pop an inline four on this bad boy and go back to a unique part of their heritage. I bet if they did that they couldn't keep em in stock.
Woodman West -Indian MC  November 5, 2009 04:19 PM
Lets jsut hope they are cleaner then the bikes at biketoberfest. They were definately not detailed and ready to show the public. (believe, I am being nice). And this was on Thursday morning, the first day!