2014 Indian "Thunder Stroke" 111 V-Twin

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  1. Hughlysses

    Hughlysses Long timer

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    The new Indian engine (the first designed since Indian was acquired by Polaris in 2011) was unveiled in Daytona last night. It looks pretty cool both cosmetically and technically. Several features of the engine match S&S's X-Wedge engine that came out a few years ago; I wonder if they had any involvement?

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    http://www.indianmotorcycle.com/en-...ges/3d-engine-detail.aspx?WT.ac=IND-camp-home

    Technical article by Kevin Cameron at Cycle World: http://www.cycleworld.com/2013/03/0...hunder-stroke-111-v-twin-engine/?src=facebook
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  2. bluesman

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    In my opinion it looks incredibly cool cosmetically, but totally boring technically. Combination of outdated techs driven by need to comply to "looks" with usual standard contemporary motors solutions.
    Function following form. Unlike real Indian...
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  3. BCC

    BCC I know better

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    It's a motor for a cruiser. The function of a cruiser's engine is to propel the bike in an esthetically pleasing manner. A visceral experience, where horsepower is simply one component among many.

    Go to a Harley store. The bikes that sell best, look best and conform strictly to the traditional twin styling.

    My bikes are Ducati Hyper S and HD Ultra. The engines provide propulsion and character. Not modernity.:lol3

    I like it.
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  4. M3-SRT8

    M3-SRT8 Been here awhile

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    I dunno...it looks good, and sounds even better.

    I heard the engine coming up thru the gears on Indian's website, and it sounded smooth, torquey, and powerful.

    I can tell you what it didn't sound like. Like it was trying to shake itself to pieces, like another popular V-Twin.

    To beat H-D, this engine - and bike - has to outperform it. Not just out-nostalgia it. (that's not a word, I know...).

    Neither bike brand is my particular cup o' tea. But, if I had to pick one, I'd probably pick the Indian, because I want to be different, and stand out in a crowd. Something you just can't do in a herd-mentality bike like a Harley-Davidson.

    BUT - the Bike would have to perform well. It would have to be built well, to the highest standard of quality, and look damn good. If you're going to make a stand with a bike like this - to go against the tide - you've got to be well-armed. You gotta have bragging rights. Indian has to build a Winchester to go up against a veritable army of trap-door Springfields.

    Nostalgia alone won't save Indian, because most of the people who rode the origionals are long dead and buried. It has to strike out on a new path, and a bold one at that.
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  5. KingOfFleece

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    Any gearhead's gotta love the engine vid. That was entertaining to say the least.
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  6. JerryH

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    Nice to read something by Kevin Cameron, one of my favorite motorcycle writers (along with Peter Egan) I love this engine, the looks, the simple design, the pushrods, and the sound. I certainly hope S&S doesn't have a hand in it, or it will forever bear the stigma of being yet another "Harley clone" engine. The other thing is, what is Polaris going to put it in, and what will it cost. Time and time again Indian has failed because someone tried to sell it as a "boutique" brand, for at least twice what it was worth as an actual motorcycle. Remember that Indian went under 60 years ago. No new company can build a new Indian, no matter how well they do it, and expect to cash in on the original Indian's history and heritage. It hasn't yet worked for Indian, and it sure didn't work for Excelsior Henderson. The real Indian was not a boutique brand. (of course neither was the original Vespa or Harley, but at least they have a continuous heritage. Triumph was able to make it work, because they chose to compete with other bikes, not become a boutique brand. That was the smartest thing they could have done. That, and probably unknown to most, there really is a connection between the old Triumph company and the new one. Before he started the new Hinckley company, with all new motorcycles based on all new designs, John Bloor bought the existing Triumph company in Meridan. For a while BOTH companies ran side by side, establishing a link.


    So what does all that have to do with Indian? Number one, if it is going to succeed, Polaris will have to sell it as a real motorcycle, not an overpriced, but empty and meaningless icon, and they will have to develop a new identity for it all over again. Looking at the long string of failures, the Indian name has lost it's magic.


    Both engines use a single crankpin design, the Indian is 48 degrees, the Harley is 45 degrees. But it looks like the Indian engine may have a counterbalancer. A counterbalancer can make a big difference. My Vulcan 750 shakes some at idle, but is smooth as silk at highway speeds, and has a 9000 rpm redline. It is a 55 degree single crankpin v-twin with a CB. It is also highly oversquare. The Harley engine is undersquare. Big difference. I wonder what the bore and stroke of the Indian engine are?
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  7. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    Don't take that logic to the Motus thread. They'll flog you.:D
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  8. bluesman

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    I think you expanding my statement beyond what I meant :wink:
    I am not saying it is bad motor (who knows?) and that it have to be modern, but I refer to specific statements about "technology" in that mill. It is so popular word nowadays amongst rather unsuitable application. It's like when this guy from OCC talks on TV that "we have technology". There are nothing exciting technologically. Is it bad? Why? Not necessary at all. It does looks miles better than any other engine of that type I saw - except may be Yamaha big kettle.

    We'll see rest of bike. You know sometimes...it goes strange.
    Few weeks ago we went to Brussels motor show and in crowd of bikes Victory acres of bodywork made it look terribly exotic and...horribly ugly. Reminding of funeral coach. What's underneath it did not matter anymore. So, somebody have to get it right.

    And BTW since when Ducati Hyperstrada S is not modern motor and bike? Because it is twin? Nah, this is as modern both technically and conceptually as it gets :) don't be shy! :)
    No comments on HD. Not my cup, not going to start fight :)

    In any case - it is not what Indian was, meant to be and bears no relation to original Indian Motorcycles sporty tendencies. It's just a badge.
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  9. kraven

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    :lol3 Yes, they will. :deal

    I think it's interesting to see so many after the biggest piece of the American moto-pie. I like the idea of a revived Indian tribute bike with a modern engine.

    I got no gripes on this thing. It's a nice looking lump.
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  12. M3-SRT8

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    Yes. Indians are WAY overpriced. Also, they need at least TWO models. A Scout and a Chief. Forget the Warrior, as it will conjure up "failure" for anyone who has read Indian's history.

    The marque needs to be accessible, price-wise, if it's going to succeed. What does that mean? It means what it's ALWAYS meant, more bang for the buck. And more quality, too. That's how you break into a market, period.

    The new Indian 111 is an undersquare motor, BTW.
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  13. Süsser Tod

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    Boutique brand with no history, what could go wrong!? :rofl
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  14. ph0rk

    ph0rk Doesn't Care

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    So how is this menat to occupy a different market niche than offerings from Victory?

    Surely, Polaris will try to have some distance between the two brands, but I'm not seeing it, this just sounds like a muscle bike motor. 5500 RPM redline is disappointing.
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  15. larryboy

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    Maybe back to the roots of Indian, racing bikes, fast little bobbers and scramblers with big engines. 111ci in a 500 pound bike, that would be smart, anything else would not be smart.
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  16. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Ok, whether or not you like single crankpin v-twins, that animation video was really freakin' cool.

    I like what the video said at the end "choice is coming to american motorcycles." I just hope they are serious!!
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  17. mentalfloss

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    They have some neat stuff coming...I had a look behind the curtain. COOL.
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  18. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black?

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    waveydavey happy times!!

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    Maybe Polaris will drop Victory and concentrate on Indian.
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  20. larryboy

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    I don't know, they seem pretty committed to the batcave dealerships. Place I got my Goldwing at had Victory on one side of the building, go in the Honda door and you don't even know that Batman's garage is right next door. :lol3
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