2014 Indian "Thunder Stroke" 111 V-Twin

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Hughlysses, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    Triumph was a "boutique" brand for a good while too. During the late Hinkley years Triumph were a low volume producer of "classic era" machines, much like Royal Enfield are today. The early Bloor years were not full of mainstream success either (though they were a great deal better than the prior 5 years). The bikes were regularly reviewed as being good, but not "Japanese good", which initially hurt sales. It wasn't until the late 90's that Triumph really took off again outside of the UK.

    Triumph most certainly did build "american style" bikes in the late 50's and early 60's. US market bikes were the only ones that got separate gauges and high, pullback, bars. Truimph was very much tailoring their machines to the US marketplace. The (unfortunate) Triumph Hurricane was directly aimed at the US custom marketplace (just like some recent offerings from HD).
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    One of the things that John Bloor did when he bought Triumph was to not scrap the idea of modernizing the line. The employee-owned Triumph cooperative was already working on a water-cooled triple and a new frame when the company was purchased by Mr. Bloor. They had a running engine, but not quite enough capital to finish testing and put it into production.
  2. Blakebird

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    you mean during the "late Meriden years".....the John Bloor years ARE the Hinckley years.
  3. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    You are correct sir. I was just waiting for someone who knew how to spell Meriden to correct me :rofl
  4. Blakebird

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    and Hinckley too :lol2
  5. Gregster

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    Actually, Suzuki still makes engines for Arctic Cat so they are sort of in the snowmobile buisness. My friend has a 2011 Arctic Cat Crossfire 800 HO that is powered by Suzuki.
  6. larryboy

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    Are they gonna do a live 'cast for the unveiling? :ear
  7. Bama67

    Bama67 Been here awhile

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    I just saw the History channel American Picker dude on the Indian commercial.
    Polaris has definitely spent the money to put the bike out there.
  8. Hank.SD

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    I am (wishfully) thinking that with Indian up and going, Polaris / Victory can now break out of the cruiser rut and build some adventure bikes. I think they could do it quite successfully with their offroad background.

    ADV bikes are the fastest growing segment in motorcycling. It has to be at least somewhat attractive.

    The Indian looks pretty damn cool, this is coming from someone who is about as anti-cruiser as it gets.
  9. JerryH

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    I love cruisers, but for their comfort, not their looks. The Indian seems like a poser bike to me, but I guess that is what it is supposed to be. Hopefully there will be some good engineering to back up the looks. I just wish Victory would get away from the Vegas based bikes. While I don't ride cruisers for the look, most of them do look pretty decent to me. The Vegas is one of the ugliest cruisers I've ever seen.
  10. Blakebird

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    I don't think there's such a thing as a poser bike, only posers who buy a popular bike and help ruin it's cred :lol3

    The Japanese cruisers you hold in such high regard are copies of the ultimate poser bike as you would call it. You can't go to a single motorcycle forum and not run into Harley bashing...but it's not the bikes' fault, it's the huge poser market share they attract.
    There's lots of money to be had selling image, but pity the fool that doesn't back it up with good product.

    Like the Motus, this bike is not aimed at the Everyman market, but it's appeal is obvious to those who want to see the name come back and be a success.

    Polaris/Victory seems extremely dedicated to making that happen.

    You should read up on them a bit more. :nod
  11. Randy

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  12. Deans BMW

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    Posers....

    First clue: Backward cap and Ape hanger handle bars.
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    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    And sure to break out of thier single-digit market share, any decade now! :lol3
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    Yeah, we'll be into 12%. Look out, world! We'll have posers on adv bikes soon. Backward caps and Jesse's!
  15. Krasniewski

    Krasniewski I don't ride much.

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    :rofl

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    Anybody know if there is a live feed for the revealing? ? Only a few hours left.​
  17. Randy

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    Gotta admit. That's a pretty good one! :lol3
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    Got an email from them this morning, only place they said for us at home is on FB...I don't FB, but here is the link they sent:


    https://www.facebook.com/indianmotorcycle?WT.mc_id
  19. kpmsprtd

    kpmsprtd Been here awhile

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    That was a great ad. Good thing I stuck with it till the end as I was getting downright furious at Indian for selling a bike to be cleaned and polished, instead of ridden. (Thought it was an Indian being cleaned and polished.)
  20. Randy

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    Well, if you don't want a bike to be cleaned and polished, you might want to pick something other than a Harley, OR and Indian, or at least just not care how it looks. My all weather bike is my GS. Since it isn't a "pretty" bike anyway, it goes for months at a time without being cleaned. In many ways I really enjoy it because I don't care if it's clean or not, and just ride it. :D Went for a ride on my Harley today. I love riding it, but it IS a pretty bike. And I have a custom leather seat too. So, yeah, I puckered a little and wasn't too happy when I came up on a stretch of road that was wet from a recent rain. I've never been a fair weather rider before, but when thinking of the PITA it was gonna be to get my Harley all clean and pretty again, I was sorta wishing I was on the BMW. :cry I guess I'll get over that eventually, but my Harley is pretty new and I haven't had it out in the rain yet. :D

    From the little glimpses I've seen, I fully expect the Indian to be different in some ways, but still a highly stylized, chromed out, Harleyish bike, with a different name on the tank. Still with a lot of shiny bits and nooks and crannies to be cleaned and polished if you want it clean and looking nice. That's really more of a rider thing than a bike thing. Really no different from a Harley in that regard.