The last Chief? What's happening at Indian?

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

  1. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    She was extremely kind to me

    until she asked what kind of motorcycle

    I currently have.....

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    (hint: "Doo Hickey") :puke1

    Then my ride was over....
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  2. kirb

    kirb should be out riding

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    See, if they built a modern version of the bike in the background (99), I would be VERY interested. Looks like a '48 big base scout. The LAST real scout made by Indian and only made to race at Daytona. Do I care that it won races? No. Do I dig the looks, yea.

    Light, clean, and a great performer for the day. Make one uncluttered and I would be in.

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  3. chiefrider

    chiefrider Chrome won't get you home

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    The new motor.

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    Tom in Salem
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  4. Mobiker

    Mobiker Long timer

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    I'll have to see it in person, but from the video the finned valve covers - emulating the old flathead - looks kind of cool. Maybe it'll be called the finhead.
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  5. grelcar

    grelcar Been here awhile

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    Well, it's not a Victory motor.
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  6. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    I'm sure the basis of it is, not that there's anything wrong that.
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  7. waveydavey

    waveydavey happy times!!

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    When do we get to see some bikes???
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  8. steveWFL

    steveWFL Long timer

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    bet its as slow.....i meant performs along the lines as all the other v-twins on cruisers



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  9. JerryH

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    Hmm. Side by side single crankpin, off set cylinders, unit construction, air cooled, pushrods, 2 valves per cylinder, a wet clutch, looks like a combination of old and new. Also looks and sounds lot like the original Indian v-twin. One thing it is definitely NOT is an S&S Harley clone, but it is not some futuristic high tech sport bike motor either. Should be perfectly fitting for a cruiser. Now it remains to be seen what they put it in, and what it costs. If it costs $40,000, it will be completely worthless and meaningless to most riders out there. The days of Harley clone chopper companies selling custom choppers for prices like that are long gone. I hope Polaris realizes that. One thing the original Indian (or Harley) were NOT were prestige brands. I still say Polaris needs a smaller bike to compete with the Sportster (WITHOUT it being a copy of a Sportster)
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  10. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Engine looks great! Glad it's not a Victory engine or an Evo clone!
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  11. norseXL

    norseXL Been here awhile

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    No, it'a S&S X-wedge clone, but with paralell valves restricting valve size and thereby power.
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  12. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Hmmm. Had to go take a look. Other than the Vee angle differences of 49 vs 56, this new Indian's engine internals do resemble the S&S X Wedge.

    Three cams, parallel pushrods, one piece crank with plain bearings...
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  13. ragtoplvr

    ragtoplvr Long timer

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    It is a different angle than an X wedge, had unique heads, so the cam profiles and cams will not cross, crank has different balance etc. Yes, it has a lot on common, there are only so many ways to skin a cat. There will be little parts crossover, and I would bet it makes a less power too since it the heads have exhaust ports designed for nostalgia, not optimum for flow. It does look to me a prettier engine than an X wedge

    Rod
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  14. norseXL

    norseXL Been here awhile

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    Guess clone was to harsh, but the three cams are pretty much the same so let's say it's a genetically modifyed clone :lol3
    Also a unit construction, the S&S is not by the way.
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  15. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    Go to the Motus thread for that.
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  16. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    That's a nice looking engine!

    I like the sound too, it does sound like one of the old Indians.....well done Polaris! :clap
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  17. pm9654

    pm9654 Been here awhile

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    The new motor will power 3 new models. From my source, the lowest cost model will be under $16,000. Not cheap, but a hell of a lot less then their previous bikes.
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  18. Glenngineer

    Glenngineer Scooty Puff Sr.

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    When are we actually going to be able to sit on them?
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  19. Gham

    Gham Long timer

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    Got kind of a flat head look,nice start.Like to see one with Scout features instead of Chief though.
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  20. M3-SRT8

    M3-SRT8 Been here awhile

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    If that's the case, then they've got a chance. Especially if the product is competitive.
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