They’re here… (creepy Poltergeist voice).
Indian Motorcycles’ 2014 lineup is now available worldwide and for the first time in a long time, according to Indian Motorcycles, “Choice is here.”
Ever since Indian Motorcycle Company over two years ago, Polaris has done a great job hyping the relaunch of the company’s new models, staying very tight-lipped about anything involving design aesthetics other than a tidbit about the ThunderStroke 111 engine during Daytona Bike Week earlier this year. Well, kudos, Indian, for properly keeping us on our heels since the motorcycling world has waited with baited breath for something tangible to arrive. The wait is over. And in order for this go-round for Indian to stick, relaunching the icon had to be done, well, in iconic fashion.
The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum on Main Street and Junction Avenue in downtown Sturgis, South Dakota, served as the venue for rereleasing the cub out into the wild (a sea of half-drunken bikers carefully caressing turkey legs and footlong corndogs while trying to navigate a flip-phone camera). The global motorcycling press was also on hand, as were VIP celebs, including the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
When the time came to actually view the new models up close, all in attendance swarmed to the stage. Since our iPhone pics are subpar due to poor lighting, here’s a couple of pics from Indian’s press kit, which fortunately for you we received this evening. Stay tuned for plenty more after we spend some time riding Indian’s new Chieftan, the full-dressed bagger with fairing and hard saddlebags starting at $22,499. We ride the Chieftan at first light, so stay tuned for an update on our findings after some quality seat time. Barring any anticipatory golf-ball-sized hail issues, of course.
Thunder Stroke 111 Keyless
Indian Motorcycle Badging War Bonnet
Brake Caliper Covers
5-Year ESC/Roadside Assistance
The fairing houses an audio system that delivers clean, quality sound from dual high-output speakers. The aerodynamic fairing with a power windshield blocks wind to allow you to enjoy your highway playlist without interference.
The integrated Bluetooth smart phone connection makes it easy to run music stored in the phone through the Indian Chieftain audio system. Playlist info is displayed on the multi-function display screen, and switches near the hand- grip make it easy to control the audio.