America’s oldest motorcycle brand is about to ride into the Duke City.
The state’s first authorized Indian Motorcycle dealership will open this fall, giving riders another two-wheeled option for navigating the state’s open roads.
The dealership represents a partnership between banking industry veteran Michael Gaillour and his cousin Louis Herrera, a businessman and New Mexico National Guard lieutenant colonel. The New Mexico natives and longtime motorcycle riders expect the iconic brand — recently reborn under new ownership — to take off in New Mexico.
“We have such a long riding season. We have a very strong riding community of all types — especially of American-made, large displacement motorcycles,” Gaillour said. “And (Indian) has a great story associated with it, and it’s a beautiful, well-engineered machine.”
Indian Motorcycle of Albuquerque will take over a 9,000-square-foot building at 4509 Alameda NE, a site chosen in part for its proximity to the competition — Thunderbird Harley-Davidson sells its bikes only about a half-mile away.
“It was a strategic move,” Gaillour said. “Absolutely. If it weren’t for the strength of Harley-Davidson and market success of Harley-Davidson, the Indian Motorcycle brand would not have come back as strong as it has. It’s attributable very much to the success of Harley-Davidson.”
This is the latest Indian dealership to crop up around the country since Minnesota-based motorsports company Polaris Industries purchased Indian in 2011 and relaunched with new bikes last year.
The company is on pace to have at least 140 dealerships stocked and selling Indians by year’s end, according to a spokesman. Polaris Industries does not disclose sales figures but “the company is also on-target with our Indian goals and we are very pleased with the first year results,” the spokesman said in an email.
It’s been a rapid turnaround for the iconic brand.
Though Indian — founded in 1901 — has a storied history and strong racing legacy, it was dormant for many years. The original company filed for bankruptcy in 1953, and the name changed hands several times in the ensuing years as others tried, with limited success, to salvage the brand.
But Polaris’ purchase pumped new life into Indian. Its three 2014 models include the Indian Chief Classic, Indian Chief Vintage and Indian Chieftain. The bikes’ MSRP ranges from $18,999-$22,999.
Gaillour said the brand should announce another model next month.
The new Albuquerque dealership will sell and service Indian bikes and launch with up to 12 full-time positions.
Renovation will begin soon at the site. The dealership is working with James B. Clark of Masterworks Architects. Damian J. Chimenti of Insight Construction is the principal contractor.
Source: Indian Motorcyle dealership to open in Albuquerque | Albuquerque Journal News