“Once an Icon, Always an Icon” is not just a line but a true belief about Indian Motorcycles, a wholly-owned division of Polaris Industries Inc. Indian motorcycles brings in a complete package with its iconic classic motorcycles. These machines are of great historic importance too. The company rolled out its first bike in 1901 and kept manufacturing till 1953.
Polaris Industries bought the company in 2011 and decided to revamp the model line up and its strategies. Indian motorcycles are pitched directly against their strong rivals Harley Davidson. Though the latter has a well spread line up of models in comparison, Indian Motorcycles believe that only real enthusiasts will choose their bikes over the glossy Harley-Davidson which is true to some extent.
Polaris India Pvt. Ltd, the Indian division of the famous All-terrain vehicle builder has decided to bring the big Indian in India. Marking a debut in the country with their motorcycles, Indian Motorcycle’s Chief range –Indian® Chief® Classic, Indian® Chief® Vintage and Indian® Chieftain™ will be available in India.
“This launch holds great importance for us. We launched the marquee bikes in the US early last year and were appreciated immensely for reviving history. The Chief line enthralled the bikers and created an aura for itself within few days of the launch. Reviving the legend with a new heart but its same soul, Polaris India has ended the long wait for Indian Motorcycle enthusiasts with this launch. We are now giving enthusiasts a chance to own a piece of history in a modern package,” said Mr. Pankaj Dubey, Managing Director, Polaris India Pvt. Ltd.
The ex-showroom prices (Delhi) are as follows:Indian Chief Classic: INR 26.5 lakhs Indian Chief Vintage: INR 29.5 lakhs Indian Chieftain: INR 33 lakhs
The Chief range is powered by Thunder Stroke™111™ engine that churns out 139 Nm of torque at 2600 rpm. The range will be sold through completely-built-up (CBU) route.
The Thunder Stroke 111™ engine features 111™ cubic inch displacement and delivers the raw power and iconic styling that have long been hallmarks of the legendary Indian Motorcycle brand. The 49-degree V-Twin engine is the new heartbeat of Indian Motorcycle and marks the first clean-sheet Indian Motorcycle engine design in seven decades. With parallel pushrod tubes, finned heads, down firing exhausts, left side air intake, and the proportions and layout familiar to Indian Motorcycle fans around the world, the Thunder Stroke 111™ is sure to inspire both experienced and new riders.
To see the Indian Motorcycles in motion check out the video below: