INDIAN MOTORCYCLE PRESENTS THE “THE REDEEMER” CUSTOM CHIEFTAIN DARK HORSE

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    Hollister Powersports is first to customize Indian Motorcycle’s new blacked-out badass bagger

    MINNEAPOLIS (May 12, 2016) — Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, is proud to present the “The Redeemer” built by Hollister Powersports of Hollister, Calif., utilizing the new Indian® Chieftain Dark Horse® motorcycle, a bike that is an ideal base for a custom.

    A bagger with an undeniable presence, the 2016 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse offers a ton of matte black, a flicker of chrome, and a wealth of standard features to roll as one of the most badass American-made V-twin bikes on the market. Hollister’s approach to customizing took the Chieftain Dark Horse and added modifications that would be easily approachable for any owner who wants to recreate the look with their own vision.

    “When I saw the bike, I knew right away that it had a ton of potential to customize,” says Rey Sotelo, General Manager of Hollister Powersports. “We were inspired by the history of Hollister and how this great American town is coming back from an unfair bad reputation. We stayed with the matte black theme and used as many Authentic Indian Motorcycle accessories as we could because we wanted the weekend mechanic to be able to recreate something as badass as our custom. Radical customs certainly draw the eye – but we wanted to keep the bike rideable every day.”

    “We wanted to put a 21-inch wheel on it so we chose an option from RC Components,” Sotelo continued. “We liked the aluminum accents on RC’s Raider Eclipse wheel, and knew it would tie in with the paint job and the brushed finish on the motor.”

    Hollister trimmed the stock fender to reveal more of the custom wheel and lighten the overall look of the bike. The fender skirts were cut back and the caliper covers were removed, dramatically changing the front profile of the motorcycle. The fairing is stock, but painted with speed scallops that tie in with the front fender, tank, side panels and saddlebags. The scallops are painted on the rear fender as well, so even if the saddlebags are pulled off the speed scallops theme still plays throughout the bike.

    “We installed the 14-inch accessory Indian Motorcycle Ape-Hangers, but painted them matte black,” Sotelo says. “The kit includes a longer clutch cable, and the brake cable and wiring are long enough so no modifications are needed, which makes it really easy for the weekend mechanic to install.”

    The engine jugs remain as they did when they left the factory, but Hollister put a little matte paint on the otherwise gloss side covers and added highlighting to the ‘Indian’ script on the air-cleaner in matte silver to stand out.

    To add even more style, Authentic Indian Motorcycle billet floorboards were added. The stock seat, which comes with white stitching, was re-covered using black stitching. While the seat’s studs are normally chrome, Hollister had its upholsterer brush them to give the look of a stainless steel finish.

    Out back, a pair of turn signals were incorporated into the saddlebags to further visually lighten the bike. “We played with different lights, but we just really liked the look of these,” Sotelo says, “so we frenched them into the bags and matted the taillight out.” The saddlebags also received 100-watt Authentic Indian Motorcycle speakers to boost output of the already powerful audio system.

    Finally, sticking out from beneath the saddlebags, a blacked out Indian Motorcycle Stage 1 slip-on exhaust with brushed billet tips was installed to offer a snappier throttle response and more bark to the already potent Thunder Stroke 111 engine.

    Ultimately, any owner of an Indian Chieftain Dark Horse could achieve the look of the The Redeemer with the availability of more than 300 Chieftain and 150 blacked out Authentic Indian Motorcycle® Accessories and light some custom work.

    “The guys in Hollister built an obtainable custom – a bike somebody could build themselves and keep highly ride-able rather than just a showpiece,” commented Reid Wilson, Marketing Director for Indian Motorcycle. “Rey and his team will certainly inspire our owners to create their own Chieftain Dark Horse custom, and we can’t wait to see what they do to make the bikes their own.”

    Visit Hollister Powersports online at HollisterPowersports.com. Learn more about Indian Motorcycle and the Chieftain Dark Horse by visiting IndianMotorcycle.com and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels.

    ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE®

    Indian Motorcycle, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is America’s first motorcycle company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

    ABOUT POLARIS® INDUSTRIES

    Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader with annual 2015 sales of $4.7 billion. Polaris fuels the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts with our RANGER®, RZR® and POLARIS GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; our SPORTSMAN® and POLARIS ACE® all-terrain off-road vehicles; VICTORY® and INDIAN MOTORCYCLE® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; SLINGSHOT® moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK®, INDY®, SWITCHBACK® and RUSH® snowmobiles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories sold under multiple recognizable brands, and has a growing presence globally in adjacent markets with products including military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. www.polaris.com
     

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    Love it.
     
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    No offense intended Bobby but If I squint just a enough, I see a little Victory in that bike. `There is something for everybody and I suppose that's what it's all about! This one is just not me.
     
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    image.jpeg I like the big front wheel but not so much the fender, not "Indianesque" at all. There are better designs.
     
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    The solo sesat still puzzles me. I don't get the 'allergy to female riders' deal
     
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    *Drool* Love this project. Kept the dark feel but added some nice contrast pieces.
     
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    I kind of get it, but kind of don't at the same time. I would say the bike looks cleaner with the solo seat, but then, its a bagger, not a chopper or bobber, so we are making concessions to style in the name of practicality, not the other way around.
     
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    It's the "We don't need no stinking beeches!" attitude.
     
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    Don't kid yourself. PI plays on the emotion of style and puts out some models without passenger seats. Not all, but some will realize they need to accommodate a passenger. Then it's put your wallet in your mouth and tie your hands behind your back, then enter the dealership and prepare to pay for something that should have been there in the first place...at a massive markup. Sucka.
     
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    Not for me, but it's defiantly a different direction. Modern paint schemes look a little better on the Vic's. Can at times look misplaced on bikes going for a classic look, like the Indians.
     
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    even the name is unindian.
     
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    That's for the guys who have jealous wives that don't ride.............:cool::cool::cool:
     
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    Maybe the solo seat is FOR female riders....
     
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    Exactly. When my sister-in-law quit riding along my brother took the pillion off his Heritage Springer. Said it kept him out of trouble - Dan
     
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    I agree, nice bike but not for me. It looks like it is a Victory bike now especially the front fender. I just bought my Chieftain 2 weeks ago. At the dealer the owner told me that on the 11th. a dark horse chieftain would be announced. I am glad i bought what i had intended. The matte black is different but quickly the bike gets boring when you look at it. My 2 tone and chrome Chieftain is gorgeous. But bikes are like art its what moves you when you see it and everyone is different and who am i to say what another likes. Also think about this. I understand the traditional Indian riders who say ..this isnt traditional, but if Indian is to compete with Harley and bring this brand back it simply cannot be done every year with a different color! We must all be open for variance. 20160418_135331.jpg
     
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