Indian cruiser motorcycles are an American classic that has been revived and features classic styled cruisers like the Chief Vintage and Roadmaster.
While the other Motor Company has become the defining American V-Twin manufacturer, Indian is the older marque claiming a founding date of 1901. Indian enjoyed success in racing as the fledgling motorcycle industry took root in the US and abroad. While Indian experimented with other engine configurations, like its American rival the company is known for its V-Twin models, like the Chief and Roadmaster. The only true challenger to Harley-Davidson, Indian fell apart in a post-war decline. Since its demise, two significant rebirths have been attempted. The first was the Gilroy, California-based Indian Motorcycle Company of America, which folded in 2003. The marque lay dormant for a number of years until a London-based equity firm, Stellican Limited, began producing Indian Chief motorcycles in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. While updates such as fuel injection and a redesigned engine were employed in the “King’s Mountain” models, reception was underwhelming. In 2011 Polaris Industries Inc. purchased the historic marque and in 2013 the Minnesota-based brand released a Vintage Final Edition, which paid respect to the Gilroy and King’s Mountain manufacturers to come before. For the 2014 model year Polaris developed a new engine, the Thunder Stroke 111, and revealed three updated models to the world at the 73rd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Information is beginning to trickle out of the Indian Motorcycle Co. camp as the 2015 Indian Chiefs will be offered in a variety of two-tone paint schemes.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Indian Motorcycle is to rev things up at the 74th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally with the all-model year 2015 lineup.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Polaris enjoys another robust quarter, powered by its domination of the UTV market – while the 2014 Indian lineup boosts motorcycle sales revenue by 52% for the first quarter of 2014.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
The resurrection of Indian Motorcycles will be the theme of an upcoming segment of Good Morning America, ABC's popular news and talk show.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Indian Motorcycles has its own version of the Cash for Clunkers program, offering a $3,000 trade-in toward the purchase of a 2009 Indian Chief.
Friday, August 07, 2009
Motorcycle USA's coverage of the 2009 Sturgis Rally continues, as we ride through the Black Hills on the 2010 Indian Chief Roadmaster to visit the Crazy Horse Memorial and support the Tribal Hope Foundation.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Indian Motorcycles is celebrating its return to the industry with the introduction of two new motorcycles, the limited-edition Bomber and blacked-out Dark Horse.
Monday, January 12, 2009
The first batch of 2009 Indian Chiefs are hitting dealership floors to receptive crowds.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Indian Motorcycles released the first pictures of its 2009 Chief Standard prototype that it hopes to have out in time for Christmas.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
We talk with Indian Motorcycles' Chairman Stephen Julius about the manufacturer's plans to once again throw on its gloves in the heavyweight cruiser ring.
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013
The 2013 Legends Ride in Sturgis was a record-breaking event. We had the pleasure of participating in this year's event on a 2014 Indian Chief Classic and offer up these riding impressions.
Monday, August 05, 2013
Motorcycle USA gets its first spin on the 2014 Indian Chieftain, the first hard-faired bagger ever produced by Indian.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
In between bike shows, falling rock stars, and freak storms in Sturgis, Motorcycle USA got to test one of the new Indian Motorcycles, the vintage-styled 2010 Indian Chief Roadmaster.
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