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.
Friday, September 19, 2014
After impressing us with our initial stint in its saddle, we wanted more, so we threw the 2015 Indian Scout on our dyno to see what horsepower and torque numbers it put out on our DynoJet 200i.
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Brit James Marshall and photographer Todd Williams are embarking on a cross-country journey on Indian Motorcycles called 'The American Dream Project'
Sunday, August 03, 2014
Indian Motorcycle Co is stealing headlines in Sturgis again as it debuts the 2015 Indian Scout, a liquid-cooled V-Twin with a claimed 100 hp and the lightest weight in its class.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Roland Sands will debut a custom Indian and John Munro, son of Burt, will be a special guest for the Indian Motorcycle Co. in Sturgis, whose 2014 plans continue to grow.
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Thursday, September 25, 2014
The new Scout left a positive first impression, but we were eager to see how it stacks up against one of its primary rivals, the 2015 Harley Sportster 1200 Custom. Here's what we discovered.
Monday, August 04, 2014
We channeled our inner Burt Munro during a first ride on the resurrected Indian Scout, tapping into the liquid-cooled V-Twin's claimed 100 horsepower on the roads around Sturgis.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The 2015 Indian Roadmaster revives one of the company's most luxurious model monikers from the 1940s, and does it one better, becoming the most comfortable and touring-capable Indian motorcycle yet.
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.
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