The last Chief? What's happening at Indian?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by chiefrider, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. 0ldhippie

    0ldhippie Been here awhile

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    I don't have any idea what's going on but at least Polaris/Victory has the dollars and manufacturing ability to do something with the brand/name. My guess is ya may see the victory name go away and Indian become the Polaris motorcycle line. Cruisers will be the mainstay and the Indian name gives them a good excuse to get rid of the terrible victory styling. There just isn't a big enough market here for the smaller bikes that Polaris could easily do with their snow/quad motors. But anything is possible I guess.
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  2. Mobiker

    Mobiker Long timer

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    I actually liked the styling of the original Victorys - pre-ness. I think there were/are 10 or 12 of us.
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  3. JerryH

    JerryH Banned

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    The original V92C was a great looking bike. Unfortunately Polaris no longer makes parts for it, and actually seems to be trying to distance themselves from it. The Ness bikes look like junk, even if they do have reliable engines. They remind me of the Harley clone choppers with a Victory engine. Something to look at rather than ride.
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  4. Geoff

    Geoff Long timer

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    Looking at the prices of their bikes, I predict Indian will have a new suitor before any new models are introduced.
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  5. vicmitch

    vicmitch Been here awhile

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    A lot of the new bike parts fit on the old ones and the old ones were made till 2005 with the new engine and trans. Everything else can be found on Ebay. I just got a new carbon fiber muffler for my Sport Cruiser to replace the one that fell off on the slab 90mph which I also got off Ebay. I guess since there's no indian news we can talk about Victories.
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  6. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    All of you guys that are thinking back to the 1930's, and think Indian has such a great performance heritage that should be focused on with the new bikes are just dreaming.
    When the general public, and the typical potential customer thinks of Indian they think of full fenders, and fringed saddlebags.
    Sorry to disappoint you.
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  7. OConnor

    OConnor Bad juju

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    I would bet it will be more of a Toyota/Lexus relationship except platforms will not be shared.
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  8. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

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    Harley probably has a greater performance heritage, with more race wins on the dirt ovals and road courses.
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  9. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    Correct. And they figured out chasing the trophys costs a shitload of money, whereas building what their customers want generates a shitload of money while costing less to develop. Obviously their customers don't really care who makes the fastest bike.
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  10. plugeye

    plugeye mc caregiver

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    i have a feeling most riders dont care whos the fastest.
    but the mfgr's still play that shit
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  11. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

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    My point is that the blather about Indian's performance heritage is not important. By the time they died, they didn't have a factory presence in racing anyhow.

    You remember the Destroyer, I'm sure. A factory drag bike available from your dealer in 2007.
    [​IMG]
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  12. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    Um, I was actually agreeing with you :deal
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  13. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

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    I know. I wanted to clarify my point.
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  14. mentalfloss

    mentalfloss Been here awhile

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    Bueller I must say you do not know what you are talking abut.....what a burden it must be to know so much and yet....be so wrong!
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  15. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    Yep, you're right. Tell us more :thumb
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  16. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    and post pix, too...

    :evil
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  17. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    Translation: He didn't get the job :lol3
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  18. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    We had a recent motorcycle show here over the weekend. The Indian booth was very popular. I remember sitting on a motorcycle, but I could not tell you now which model Indian it was, but it smelled nice :evil

    Sign me up!

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  19. bobw

    bobw Harden the phuck up

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    :rofl:rofl
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  20. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    ^^That's the brunette model, Unstable.:lol3
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