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Indian Motorcycles To Intro 2011 Line at Sturgis

Monday, August 2, 2010
Indian Motorcycles announced that it will be celebrating the company’s 110-year history by releasing its 2011 Indian Chief Motorcycle lineup in Sturgis, including its latest creation, the 2011 Chief Blackhawk. The unveiling will take place at Indian’s big rig and display at the corner of 4th and Lazelle Streets in downtown Sturgis. The iconic motorcycle manufacturer will have Indian Motorcycles’ accessories and apparel for sale as well.
We bellied up to the bar for a pint of sarsaparilla at Deadwoods infamous Saloon No. 10.
Nothing says Indian Motorcycles more than its signature deeply valanced front fenders.
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.
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shackleton   September 9, 2011 08:54 AM
Will people buy the dream? And if they will is this it? A 750 pound bike - if you drop it make sure you have a few friends around to help you pick it back up again. 1700 cc and it needs six gears? Four would have been more than adequate and a big saving in production cost. Leather trimmings?- Does no one accept the fact that leather is never as effective when exposed to the weather as modern plastics. If plastics ahad been available in the 1920s that is what Indian and H-D would have used then. Authentic V twin vibration? Well without the complication of balance shafts V twins vibrate but those vibrationc can be effectively insulated from the rider. $37000 and no dealer network? Who is going to fix it? I like the look of this bike; I am really happy that Indian are back but my thirty year old BMW 1000cc will do everything this bike does and do it better except draw a crowd!
Ed -Indian motorcycle dealers here in Phoenix to close  September 22, 2010 12:51 AM
I went to Chesters HD Indian of Mesa AZ (a Phoenix suburb)a couple of weeks ago to see the 2010 & hopefully 2011 IOndians. The salesman informed me the dealer was trying to sell the dozen or so 2009 models and would not be taking 2010 or 11 models. When these are gone we will not be a Indian dealer any more.
After spending the past two years myself selling my my summer home and everything else at a loss I decided I can't afford a vey high priced "nice bike" only to have yet another asset with thousands of dollars in negative equity. No dealers in the 5th largest (now over 4 million population) metro area in the country?
Sorry I'll have to PASS!
Considering the possibilities -Could do better...  September 3, 2010 08:43 PM
If Indian rehashed the Scout line as a set of water-cooled mid-sized V-Twins, they might be able to find their own niche market. I'd gladly go for a slim, retro styled 650 v-twin that's more powerful than it ought to be.
wondering -Indian reborn?  August 5, 2010 10:43 PM
I like the idea of Indian creating their own motors and so forth -- but-- articles suggest underpowered bike and awsome, gigantic pricing. I wonder if the new Indian powers-that-be are considering catering to the middle class and lower middle class markets with a new model. As for the article itself, I'm glad to see Indian involved with Sturgis and stepping forward with a charity oriented event.
irksome -*yawn*  August 2, 2010 09:15 PM
(hal9000-> See what you did there?) Anyways, as I was saying; Oh Joy! Yet ANOTHER line of air-cooled V-Twins. Marketing sample to follow: "We're just as obsolete AND no dealer network!"
hal9000 -meh  August 2, 2010 06:52 PM
so exciting!!i might yawn