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A legend is reborn;Indian Motorcycles


SOUTH AFRICANS will probably not remember American motorcycle manufacturer Indian. It was established in 1901 and is America’s oldest motorcycle company. Us locals now have the opportunity to acquaint ourselves with Indian,which in enteringthe South African market.

Around two-and-a-half years ago, powersport manufacturer Polaris bought the Indian motorcycle company with the aim of reviving the old nameplate. We had the opportunity to view the new Indian range at the launch, where we were introduced the new Chief line-up,which comprises three models.

The first of these models is the Chief Classic, which takes design elements from previous Indian models. There are valanced fenders, leather side saddles, tank-mounted dials and the signature front-fender war bonnet light. The second model is the Chief Vintage which, as its name suggests, pays homage to the older models. There are soft leather saddle bags, leather fringes as well as a quick-release windscreen.

Both models features bits of chrome everywhere along with standard features such as keyless ignition, ABS braking, cruise control, fly-by-wire throttle, dual exit exhausts, chrome covered wheels and an aluminium frame.

The flagship of the range is the Chieftan, which features fairing integrated driving lights driving lights, a power windscreen as well as a fork-mounted fairing. There are also hard saddlebags with remote locks, an audio system with Bluetooth, smartphone connectivity as well as a tyre pressure monitor.

All Indian models are powered by the new Thunder Stroke 111 motor. The 111 stands for the cubic inches it displaces, which equates to a torque figure of 161Nm. It is a 49-degree air-cooled V-twin coupled with a six-speed gearbox.

Indian motorcycles will be brought in by Cardinals Motor Corporation, which already distributes Victory motorcycles locally from the Polaris stable. There will be two new dealerships, namely Indian and Victory Bryanston in Sandton and the other at Mad Macs Indian and Victory in Somerset West, Cape Town opening in the coming months.



Indian Chief Classic: R325 000

Indian Chief Vintage: R355 000

Indian Chieftain: R385 000


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Article written by Sean Nurse
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