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by NickJ at Mar 27, 2014
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In the 1940s and 1950s, a stylish, fast and powerful new diesel locomotive called the Super Chief powered the legendary luxury train that ran between Los Angeles and Chicago. The locomotive featured a sculpted front end and long, sleek windows down the side that cut through the wind in dynamic fashion. It carried riders to exciting new destinations and new adventures.

The flagship of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, the Super Chief inspired countless thousands of onlookers to travel and see what lay beyond the horizons they could see from home.

Among those it inspired was Greg Brew, Director of Industrial Design (ID), Polaris Industries. He grew up in Arizona and saw the Super Chief and other streamliner trains cut powerfully across the desert.

Fast forward to 2012, when Brew was working with his ID team to design what would become the new Indian® Chieftain™. As he and Lead Industrial Designer Mike Song developed concepts for the Indian Chieftain fairing, Brew didn’t initially realize how many styling cues the front end of the new bagger motorcycle shared with the Super Chief. But when Brew and Song presented a set of renderings to Gary Gray, Product Director, Indian Motorcycles, Gray and his team noted the styling influence.

“It reminded us of the streamliner trains of the time, the Super Chief,” Gray said. “The freight trains of those times looked very powerful going down the track.”
Which was what he wanted for the new bagger’s fairing. “We wanted it to look powerful coming down the road, wanted lots of light so a rider can see and be seen, and wanted an aerodynamic shell,” Gray said.

Brew realized that, indeed, the trains he saw growing up had inspired him. “When Gary and those guys started talking about it feeling like a train, I almost wished that had been our original explanation, because if you look at the Super Chief, it absolutely fits.”

Brew said the ID team wanted the fairing styling to be...
by NickJ at Mar 12, 2014
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Hershey, PA (March 10, 2014) The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum proudly announces its newest upcoming exhibit, Indian Nation: The Indian Motorcycle and America. This captivating exhibit comes to life with more than 22 Motorcycles on Friday, March 28th and continues to roar through October 24th, 2014.

The story of the Indian Motorcycle Company closely mirrors the history and attitudes of America. Indian was founded by two driven young men: George Hendee, an American bicycle racer and builder, and Oscar Hedstrom, a Swedish immigrant and machinist. The two first met in 1899, when Hendee took notice of a motorized bicycle that Hedstrom had modified. They developed a plan to form a company and produce their own “moto-cycle.” Indian was chosen as the company name, signifying an entirely American product and as a reminder of America’s pioneer tradition. Their combined ambition and genius pioneered the path of motorcycling in America and around the world. The Indian experience is one of exploring unknown territory, of pushing established boundaries, and of reacting against self-generated and external crises. The Indian Motorcycle Company witnessed both capitalism’s glory and greed, and understood dizzying success and painful failures. Indian has emerged as a tenaciously enduring symbol of America which refuses to be forgotten. The Indian legacy remains synonymous with freedom, power, and visual appeal. It embodies an ever-changing idea of what America was and continues to be.
This educational and entertaining exhibit presents the Indian motorcycle as both an aesthetic object (work of art) and as material culture (possessing meaning and a story). Indian Nation will also interpret the saga of Indian motorcycles through Indian’s history and responses to the Great Depression, World Wars I and II, and post-war American...
by NickJ at Mar 10, 2014
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Nominate a Member of Your Community as a "Hometown Hero" for the Chance of Nationwide Recognition and a One-Year VIP Loan of an All-New Indian Chief Motorcycle
MEDINA, MN--(Marketwired - Mar 10, 2014) - Indian Motorcycle(R), America's first motorcycle company, today announced "Two-Wheel Salute for a Hometown Hero," a contest that encourages community members across the nation to nominate their local heroes to salute their heroism and possibly garner nationwide recognition. Indian Motorcycle will honor the three selected finalists with a one-year VIP loan of one of the all-new Indian Chief motorcycle models.

Indian Motorcycle recognizes that many local heroes go unsung. In response, the company is aggressively seeking stories of those heroic men and women across the country who are passionate about helping others in their communities -- and passionate about motorcycles and motorcycle riding. Three hometown heroes will be selected and offered a VIP loan of an Indian Chief Classic, Chief Vintage or Chieftain for a year. Should their nominee be selected, the person nominating that local hero will also be recognized with a $1,000 cash prize.

"We see reports of heroes in the news every day, yet in today's fast paced hectic world we don't often take the time to fully recognize these selfless and heroic acts," said Rod Krois, Marketing Director for Indian Motorcycle. "We wanted to find a way to celebrate those local heroes who have directly impacted their communities in a positive and meaningful way. It's a nod to the brave men and women of our military, fire and police departments, as well as teachers and those in other service positions whose heroic work demonstrates their passion for others and represents the best in their communities. All of us at Indian Motorcycle are honored to play a role in thanking them for their heroism."
Nominations will be accepted via an online form on the Indian Motorcycle website and...
by dascrow at Mar 3, 2014
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Did everyone see the commercial Indian Motorcycle created to describe the arrival of “choice in American motorcycles”? It’s brilliant. Hundreds of Harley riders stream down a two-lane highway, while at a crossroad a mini pack of Indian riders waits patiently. Finally, one appropriately wizened Harley guy stops the herd, examines the new bikes, then, after a theatrical pause, offers the Indian riders an approving nod, which gives them the right-of-way.

When reintroducing the California 1400 Custom, Moto Guzzi didn’t create a commercial to announce its threat to the establishment. As Italy’s oldest continuously operating motorcycle manufacturer, it’s a brand that drips history and clout. And like most things Italian, it’s sneakily sexy: Versace, Bolo*gnese, Donatello, Aprilia. Blame it on cultural pheromones.

Continue Reading @ H-D Softail vs. Indian Chief vs. Guzzi California- Cruiser Comparison
by NickJ at Feb 7, 2014
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The Demo fleet of Indian Motorcycles are getting prepped as I type so that the tour can commence on February 15th in Miami, FL. Get your helmets out and get excited to swing a leg over the latest incarnation of America's First Motorcycle Company. I have been lucky enough to see a Classic out in the wild, and witness it cut a swath through the generic and hum drum parking lot of one of our local motorcycle haunts. It was awesome. I cannot wait to see the Indian Truck pull up and put its wares on display for the general public to marvel at.

If the tour is rolling through your area, and you get a chance to check the new motorcycles first-hand, please take a camera, and be sure to give us your ride reports!

The full tour is below:

FEB 15, 2014MIAMI, FLIndian Motorcycle of Miami3850 S. Dixie Hwy
FEB 22, 2014OCALA, FLIndian Motorcycle of Ocala3920 N US Hwy 441
FEB 28, 2014LADSON, SCIndian Motorcycle of Charleston679 Treeland Drive
FEB 28, 2014ODESSA, TXBlack Gold Indian Motorcycle4306 N Andrews Hwy
MAR 07, 2014EL PASO, TXBarnett Indian Motorcycle8000 Gateway Blvd East
MAR 07, 2014HOUSTON, TXIndian Motorcycle Gulf Freeway10222 Gulf Freeway
MAR 14, 2014BEAUMONT, TXIndian Motorcycle of Beaumont1220 1H 10 South
MAR 20, 2014LAS VEGAS, NVA-Team Indian Motorcycle4020 Boulder Hwy
MAR 21, 2014GREER, SCIndian Motorcycle of Greenville1700 South Hwy 14
MAR 21, 2014HOUMA, LAIndian Motorcycle...