Ahhhh...........people were paying a LOT for Kings Mountains Indians around 7 years back or so. Look at the 2009 brochure here with prices. 31K to 34.5K range and they went UP like crazy after 2009 to 2012. So people were paying that for a less then 80 HP engine. Back then. You be the judge here on where you draw the line on how much. I have. Goes for cars and other things too. Especially personal carry knives.Who in there right mind is going to pay $43 thousand for a Indian that has less then 80 horse
Here are the numbers. Indian had a rough year in 2016 only barely eeking out a profit, they had done better in 2015 when they recouped their expenses.You seem to suggest Indian is riding high and has made profits since almost day one. I'd like to see the numbers that show Indian in 2016 was profitable or that Indian has broke even for that matter. I'd be surprised initial development/tooling/start up cost have been recovered to date. Starting a major mfg/development/marketing/support business isn't easy and doesn't come cheap.
Core religious belief, nah, they see a potential to make a profit in that market..... a business opportunity, nut'n more, nut'n less.
I'd say the chance of Indian being around in 2027 is slim. It ain't easy being a startup and the competition is formidable. H-D has survived many crisis and yet survived for over 110 years, tuff as nails they are.