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Jim Bow
03-12-2015, 08:00 PM
While introducing a new model to shareholders, the Polaris VP in charge of Indian Motorcycles pointed out the LCD dashboard, GPS, and super amplified sound system, and said:
“They want more of what they experience in the auto, on their motorcycle,” VP Steve Menneto said. “They want the same technology but in a smaller space.”

Paul Pless
03-12-2015, 08:11 PM
i went and looked at indians pretty closely last weekend; this is the model i'm most interested in, the chief classic
the one thing that i found that detracted from the whole scheme of the bike was the keyfob remote and push button starter - it was cheap and plasticky
i'd also prefer a mechanical tach, as it is , this model does not even have a tach, just a round digital speedo

http://wollpopor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/indian_chief_classic_hi-res_images.jpg

Lew Barrett
03-12-2015, 08:26 PM
....doesn't even have a tach, just a round digital speedo

http://wollpopor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/indian_chief_classic_hi-res_images.jpg

Doesn't need one. Revs so slow you never get to redline.:) My Ducati is keyless (well, hass a transmitter....with a key!) as well but unless you buy the gas cap that also knows there's a transmitter (I didn't) you need the key for gas and to mount or open the panniers. So it's ridiculous!

Ted Hoppe
03-12-2015, 08:54 PM
You might as well buy a nice piece of Asia's best - for under 11k. Spend a thousand chroming the tank, fenders, faux oil covers, and other odds & ends.

http://img.etailone.com/images/bikes/Harley-Davidson-Sportster-Forty-Eight.jpeg

Gerarddm
03-12-2015, 08:57 PM
Money spent on that Indian would pay for a nice bathroom remodel...


< ducks flying object from Hell >

moTthediesel
03-12-2015, 09:07 PM
That's not an Indian -- this is an Indian -- Steve McQueen's '34 Sport Scout.

http://www.mcqueenonline.com/lot176.jpg

Good enough for the King of Cool, and also for one Soichiro Honda -- he raced one in his youth.

The Bigfella
03-13-2015, 03:41 AM
Dad had an Indian Four... which was problematic in the Aussie heat, as the rear two cylinders overheated. He rode Scouts during the war and much preferred them to the army Nortons (I've got one) and BSAs.

Re tachos - neither of my KTMs has a tacho - just the minimal legal requirements - a speedo and warning lights. The reason there is weight (reduction). I don't believe that's the motivation at Indian.

Had a funny experience with keyless start yesterday. We had an off-site day yesterday, at The Palace... a 5 star in Dubai. We arrived at the same time as a colleague... left the engines running in the Bentley and, ahem, Volvo and wandered in for breakfast... leaving the valets to park the cars. The valet found us five minutes later and asked for the car keys. Both have keyless setups... and the cars stopped running some time after we walked into the hotel. :D

Norman Bernstein
03-13-2015, 08:18 AM
i'd also prefer a mechanical tach, as it is , this model does not even have a tach, just a round digital speedo


There's very little point to a tachometer in a long stroke pushrod twin... they're designed for low speed torque, not high revs, and the valves probably float long before anything bad happens.

Now, there's nothing wrong with a long stroke engine; my very first car (a Chevy Vega, a real piece of crap) had a long stroke engine, with lots of low rev torque... some people like that. Since then, I've become more comfortable with shorter stoke designs... I prefer more torque in the middle of the range.