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2014 Indian Chieftain Review

We first reported on the new Indian Motorcycles after their introduction in Sturgis last August. We’ve shared with you our first impressions of the three Indian models after we experienced them in the Black Hills, and we’ve written about the design and development, detailing the tension of creating – from scratch – a thoroughly modern interpretation of a historic marque. With the Chieftain, the designers had the additional challenge of building Indian’s first motorcycle with a fairing while still making it look like a natural part of Indian’s heritage.

Until now, we haven’t actually had an Indian in our possession to sample over an extended period on our home turf, but we’re now happy to report that our recent time with the Chieftain has only increased our respect for what Polaris has accomplished while creating a premium motorcycle from whole cloth. In a mere 27 months, Polaris’s design crew moved from first research and sketches through development and testing to delivering a polished first-generation motorcycle. The task would be impressive for any motorcycle manufacturer. However, when you take the considerable weight of all the previous wrangling over the name and disastrous attempts at re-launching the Indian marque prior to Polaris’ acquisition of the name, the success becomes downright awe inspiring.

The Chieftain is a clear example of something being more than the sum of its parts. Still, when the parts are top-shelf items themselves, the whole endeavor is lifted to another level.

2014 Indian Motorcycle Review: Chief Classic, Chief Vintage and Chieftain

Engine

The Thunder Stroke 111 49-degree V-Twin’s undersquare bore/stroke ratio points to torque as a primary motivating force. The 101mm x 113mm cylinders combine for 1811cc, delivering power pulses through a single-pin crankshaft. With torque peaking at 3100 rpm at 102.8 ft-lb and around 75 percent of that available at 1000 rpm, the Chieftain meets those lofty torque expectations with authority. While the engine is relatively slow revving and the peak power is, surprisingly, only 74.5 hp, the Thunder Stroke never feels put upon. It just cranks out the thrust on demand with smooth fuel metering that makes the drive-by-wire connection to the right grip seamless.

While the transmission shifts easily under way, the Thunder Stroke suffers from two noticeable maladies. First, every gear change is announced with a fairly hefty clunk. Some people may feel that this implies solidness of build, to our ears this belies the sophisticated technology that went in to designing and constructing the engine. Second, at a stop neutral can be quite difficult to find, which is somewhat of a nuisance.

Other powerplant quibbles include the early engagement of the clutch (almost immediately after the lever leaves the grip) and the heat cooking the back of a right leg (which came as a surprise, given our experience at the Sturgis launch).

Chassis

The Chieftain’s frame is constructed of forged and cast aluminum (yes, aluminum, not steel), helping it weigh a claimed 58 lbs. The frame’s construction makes it possible to use some of the frame’s backbone section as a hefty percentage of the airbox volume. With a 25-degree rake and 5.9 in. trail attached to a 65.7 in. wheelbase, you would expect the Chieftain to be stable, and it is. It also turns in and easily changes lines mid-corner (note that we didn’t say quickly) thanks to its wide handlebar. Indian’s other models (Chief Classic and Chief Vintage) have lazier steering geometry than the sprightlier yet heavier Chieftain.

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The suspension consists of a traditional fork made super-zoot with tons of chrome. The single shock has air adjustable preload. Both do a good job of soaking up the bumps on a variety of road surfaces. Floorboard scraping cornering speeds are no problem, and when they do drag, they touch down cleanly. Unfortunately, you will run out of floorboard fold fairly quickly.

Braking from the dual front discs and their four-piston calipers and the single rear disc with a two-piston caliper is not as powerful as we’d like. Although they are mostly up to the task of slowing down the big, heavy Chieftain, they require a lot of effort when you want to get maximum power out of them. The ABS is helpful and unobtrusive when the road surface is slippery.

Amenities

Touring cruisers are all about comfort, weather protection and carrying capacity. The Chieftain excels in all three categories.

The seat is wide and nicely shaped. The foam offers the right blend of softness and firmness for long days in the saddle. The weather protection provided by the fork-mounted fairing is ample and can be varied with the height of the electrically adjustable windshield. You can choose maximum air flow of the lowest position or the still air of the highest. The shield is distortion-free, so looking through it when in the full up position is not a problem.

Other comfort features, like the stereo with its Bluetooth connectivity, make long days pass by much more quickly and give vital information. Want to know your tire pressure or oil pressure? It’s right there on the LCD screen. The electrically lockable saddlebags are roomy, and the right one features a 12-volt socket for charging your electronics.

Indian has devised a fantastic package for a first-generation motorcycle from a newly revived marque, delivering exciting performance in an attractive, functional package. It has sparked our interest in what the company has in store for future models. If you feel we left some information out of this quickie test, you would be right. This is meant merely as an appetizer, to whet your appetite. We’ll soon have a shootout between the Chieftain and the best-selling motorcycle model in the United States, The Harley-Davidson Street Glide.

As read on: http://www.motorcycle.com/manufacturer/indian/2014-indian-chieftain-review.html

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Polaris reintroduces Indian motorcycles

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Three years ago Polaris Industries bought the historic Indian motorcycle brand and vowed to make it roar again.

The results of that boast have hit the streets, in the form of three mighty machines — the Indian Chief Classic, the Indian Chief Vintage and the Indian Chieftain.

The rollout represents a roll of the dice for the successful powersports company, which has managed to bring the three entirely new motorcycles to market in 27 months from concept to showroom — about half the time most companies take to develop a new bike.

Also, impressively, Polaris has done it at a price.

The company’s previous owners were selling the Indian Chief Vintage at $36,000. The 2014 model starts at less than $21,000. The Indian Chief Classic, the entry-level unit, costs under $19,000. The top-of-the-line Chieftain costs $22,999.

“We thought Indian was a great opportunity to create a high-quality bike with classic styling, true heritage and modern technology,” said Steve Menneto, Polaris’ vice president of motorcycles. “We wanted a great cruiser with real value, but it had to be a quintessential Indian.”

Indian began building motorcycles in 1901, and had a storied run, fielding the first V-twin engines and dominating the American racing scene well into the 1950s, when the original company went out of business. Multiple other attempts were made to re-start the historic brand, many resulting in new Chiefs hitting the road.

But the company gradually lost ground to its chief rival, Harley-Davidson, in part because it was slow to modernize. A joke inside the motorcycle community was that if you wanted a new Indian, buy a 40-year-old Harley.

No one will accuse the new owners of failing to bring the new lineup to modern standards.

The Chieftain features a keyless ignition, cruise control, an audio system that raises and lowers the volume as the bike speeds up and slows down, an iPod plug-in and an electronically adjustable windscreen. The dashboard offers the standard information, but also fuel range and tire pressure. The rear shocks are adjustable, providing a smoother ride when you carry a passenger.

Indian’s three new motorcycles are powered by a massive, 111-cubic-inch Thunderstroke engine, which delivers a studly 119 foot-pounds of torque. (Indian does not release horsepower figures. And you don’t want to know the gas mileage.) Each model is laden with leather fixtures and heavy metal, encrusted with chrome, and weighs over 800 pounds.

And though the Chieftain is the first Indian built with a fairing and hard-sided saddlebags, all three of the 2014 bikes sport the traditional Indian “war bonnet” on the front fender and the elegant fender skirts that recall the company’s 1930s glory days.

Polaris, based in Minnesota, launched the Victory line of street bikes 14 years ago, adding to its successful lineup of recreational off-road vehicles, snowmobiles and jet skis. That gave the company deep pockets to redevelop the Indian brand. Total Polaris revenue for 2012 was $3.2 billion, and 2013 is expected to show growth of 15% to 16%.

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The company has not yet announced a Los Angeles dealer, and is relying for west coast sales on partnerships with dealers in Fresno, Dublin and Hollister, Ca., and in Las Vegas.

But Indian does offer an innovative “Fly & Ride” program, which offers a $250 rebate to any buyer who wants to fly in to a dealer area and ride home on a new motorcycle.

Building a successful dealer network will be key to Indian’s chances in the market. The company is on track to have 140 U.S. dealers on board by the end of the year. Dealers seem pleased with the new lineup.

Kevin King, General Manager of Arlen Ness Motorcycles in Dublin, Calif., said the new machines have exceeded dealer expectation and are a hit with buyers.

“They’re moving very well,” King said. “We have retailed everything they’ve sent us, and I could have sold many more if we’d had more.”

King said the buyers are men, 40 and older, and “seasoned, veteran riders.” He also said most are former or current Harley-Davidson owners, and 70% of them are buying the top-of-the-line Chieftain.

That profile fits new Indian buyer Ron Bruno of Corte Madera, Calif. He owns several Harleys, as well as a Ducati MultiStrada, and sold a BMW to make room in his garage for a 2014 Chieftain.

“I wanted to be part of the rebirth of the Indian brand,” said Bruno, 51, who is director of human resources for a retirement community. “I was blown away by the styling, and I had confidence in Polaris because of the success they’ve had with Victory.”

After 500 miles on the new Chieftain, Bruno said, “There’s nothing I want to change on this bike.”

With the rebirth of Indian, the company is aiming to take a bite out of the heavy cruiser market, which is dominated by Harley-Davidson.

Menneto’s ambition is to take 10% of the heavyweight market away from Harley within three years.

“We have a phenomenal competitor in Harley-Davidson,” he said. “But we can do that.”

For new owner Bruno, the difference between the two legendary American brands is one of emphasis.

“Harley is still making classic cruisers,” he said. “They have modern features, but at the end of the day it’s a motorcycle you could have bought in the 1960s. Indian is a modern motorcycle with classic features. They’ve switched the paradigm.”

Is that a winning formula? King, the dealer, thinks so.

“We sell a fair number of used Harleys, and I wish Harley-Davidson no ill will at all,” he said. “But they need to look very seriously at the competition.”

As read on: http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-indian-rides-again-20131115,0,7733382,full.story#axzz2lCZa3smH

It’s Finally HERE! The Indian Motorcycle Demo Truck Event Starts TODAY!

It’s FINALLY HERE!!!
Join us TODAY to check out the 2014
Indian Motorcycle Models

Today, September 20, 2013 – 11:00 am until 6:00 pm
Tomorrow, September 21, 2013 – 11:00 am until 4:00 pm
Where: Dick Scott’s Classic Motorcycles
36534 Plymouth Rd, Livonia, MI 48150

734-542-8000
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TEST RIDE THE NEW
2014 INDIAN MOTORCYCLE MODELS 
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st
in addition to Demo Rides we will also have
LIVE Music by the Blackjack Band
Food & Drinks

Stop in for Demo Day Specials and more…

Indian demo campaign - done

 

Announcing the New 2014 Indian Chief Classic, Chief Vintage & Chieftain

America’s first motorcycle company, Indian Motorcycles, came roaring back to life Saturday night at the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, S. Dakota, where the company unveiled not just one, but three new models to challenge market leader Harley Davidson.

The new bikes combine Indian’s iconic styling with modern technology features like a new Thunderstroke 111 engine, keyless ignition, electronic throttle, Bluetooth smartphone connectivity and a windshield that powers up or down.

The ambitious rollout by parent Polaris Industries, the $3.2 billion-a-year maker of snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles, comes after a series of false starts by previous owners in the 60 years since Indian went bankrupt.

One big difference is the price: Polaris repositioned the brand to go head-to-head with Harley by cutting thousands of dollars off the sticker of each of its new models.

The new lineup includes the Indian Chief Classic, starting at $18,999; the Indian Chief Vintage, at $20,999, and the Indian Chieftain, at $22,999. Until now, Indian bikes were priced as high was $37,000 but suffered from marginal quality. They will arrive in dealerships in September.

The new Indian Chief Classic is a pure, powerful cruiser featuring iconic styling like valanced fenders, leather saddle, classic tank-mounted instrumentation, tear-drop fuel tank design, and sculpted and lighted front fender war bonnet, along with bells and whistles like keyless ignition, antilock brakes, cruise control, throttle-by-wire and dual exhaust.

The Indian Chief Vintage offers soft-sided leather bags, leather fringe, chrome fender tips, vintage chrome badging on the front fender and a quick-release windshield for easy installation or removal.

The Indian Chieftain is the first Indian to offer a molded front end, or fairing, with integrated driving lights, and a power windshield. Standard features include hard saddlebags featuring remote locks and quick-release anchors, a high-output audio system featuring integrated Bluetooth smartphone connectivity, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

“Indian always has been thought of as a classic cruiser,” said Steve Menneto, Polaris’ vice president of motorcycles. “What we’ve been saying from day one is we are going to be true to Indian’s roots. They were very innovative and progressive back in the day.” Referring to the Chieftain, he said, “This bike exemplifies how we are going to go in new directions. It shows where we’ve been and where we’re going.”

“It’s been a grueling, exciting and very expensive 27 months,” said Polaris chief executive Scott Wine. The company spent nearly $100 m to develop the bikes, he said.

“When we acquired Indian Motorcycle two and a half years ago we set out to capture the heart, soul and legendary heritage of this iconic American brand and then infuse it with unparalleled design, engineering and state-of-the-art technology,” said Wine. “On Saturday night we revealed three stunning new Indian Chief models that represent the results of our journey and the future of this brand. It was a triumphant day for all of us.

The Sturgis motorcycle rally was a fitting location for the unveiling since the event, which typically draws 400,000 bikers a year, was founded in 1938 by a local Indian dealer, Clarence “Pappy” Hoel. “We wanted to connect to our heritage,” said Menneto.

The company is quickly adding dealerships, and expects to have 125-140 North American and 70 international dealers by year end. Demo rides will be available starting later this month.

As read on: http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2013/08/04/indian-motorcycle-unveils-three-new-models-in-bid-to-take-on-harley-davidson/

It’s time for the 2012 INTERNATIONAL MOTORCYCLE SHOW

Visit Jeff and the Dick Scott’s Classic Motorcycles sales team at this year’s International Motorcycle Show!!

Located at the SUBURBAN COLLECTION SHOWPLACE 46100 Grand River, Novi, MI. 48374

JANUARY 6th-8th, 2012 The 2012 Progressive International Motorcycle Show is part of the largest motorcycle show series in the world! It features hundreds of new bikes, scooters and entertainment for the entire family.

This year’s show will again be held at the Suburban Showplace in Novi Friday, Saturday and Sunday January 6th, 7th and 8th, 2012. This great event allows power sports enthusiasts to see the latest and greatest innovations, products and services, as well as the hottest new motorcycles, custom bikes, ATVs, scooters and more.

International Motorcycle Show Coming January 2011!

It’s Almost Here!!
The International Motorcycle Show- the largest motorcycle show series in the world – features hundreds of new bikes, scooters and entertainment for the entire family. The show makes 11 stops across the U.S., allowing powersports enthusiasts from across the country to see the latest and greatest innovations, products and services, as well as the hottest new motorcycles, custom bikes, ATVs, scooters and more.
It’s coming to MICHIGAN
Friday, January 7th – 9th 2011!!
 
 
Show Hours:
Friday
, January 7
4:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, January 8
9:30am – 8:00pm
Sunday, January 9
9:30am – 5:00pm
Dick Scott Classic Motorcycles will be there!! We’re bringing it ALL ! Come see our Indian, Big Dog & Victory Motorcycles, Apparel, Accessories AND MORE!
Stop by and See Jeff Scott and be enterend to WIN A FREE GIFT CARD!!
If you’re looking for a fun way to start the year and escape the winter weather, the Rock Financial Showplace is the “Place” to be!!
Rock Financial Showplace
46100 Grand River Ave.
Novi, MI 48374
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Motorcycle Cash for Clunkers

What are you waiting for? These deals won’t last forever! Stop listening to what other people think is going on with our economy and make what you want happen!

Dick Scott’s Indian Motorcycle Detroit and Indian Motorcycle are excited to bring you “Cash for Clunkers” for your motorcycle!

Bring in your running and ride-able motorcycle* and we will give you $3000 over the trade in value toward your new Indian Chief. If you choose a new 2009 Indian Chief Roadmaster or Chief Deluxe, Dick Scott’s Indian Motorcycle Detroit will increase your incentive to $5000 additional trade value off your new bike!!!

There has never been a better time to get a new bike. Save on gas and get to where you need to go in style! We are working hard to make you an offer you can’t refuse. If you want a new motorcycle, we can make it happen!

Hurry in to Dick Scott’s Indian Motorcycle Detroit while the selection is best and take advantage of this program and others that were made just for you! Don’t let the economy hold you back from your dreams! We are making it possible everyday for people just like you to ride America’s First Motorcycle!

NO TRADE? No Problem! The “It Pays to Ride” Program is made for you! Dick Scott’s Indian Motorcycle Detroit will PAY YOUR MONTHLY PAYMENTS FOR UP TO 12 MONTHS!* We’re not postponing them; we are actually paying them for you, up to $500 a month! Ride NOW and Pay LATER, just another way that Dick Scott is making your dreams come true TODAY!!
Hurry in to our dealership and let our knowledgeable sales staff answer all your questions!

These are limited time deals to save you thousands of dollars and get you on the road in your Brand NEW, just out of the factory 2009 Indian Chief. You’ve heard it before, there is no comparison to the quality and beauty of our Bikes and now YOU can be part of The Legend.

*Contact us for complete details. Some restrictions apply.

Save BIG at our TENT SALE all this Week!

Hurry in Today and SAVE BIG!!

Our Tent Sale is here, ALL WEEK at Dick Scott Dodge in Plymouth. We have extended hours, We will be here Monday & Thursday 9am until 9pm, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 9am until 7pm, and Saturday 10am – 5pm.

Don’t miss out on our Great Deals!

Hurry in and get your “Best Shot” at Dick Scott!

Ride FREE for 12 Months!

“FREEdom to Ride!”

Buy a new 2009 Indian Chief and Dick Scott’s Indian Motorcycle Detroit will MAKE YOUR FIRST 12 MONTHLY PAYMENTS!*

That’s right, ride for a year and don’t make your first payment until Fall of 2010. We aren’t just delaying payments, we are making them for you!

At Dick Scott’s Indian Motorcycle, we are thrilled to be able to offer this great program! Hurry in while the selection is best and Ride your NEW 2009 Indian Chief home TODAY!

*Chief Deluxe and Chief Roadmaster models eligible for 12 monthly payments. Chief Standard and Chief Vintage models eligible for 6 monthly payments. Some restrictions apply. Customers must take delivery from dealer stock. Contact us for complete details. Offer expires September 30, 2009.

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“Thank You!” to everyone who made our Grand Opening Event such a Sucess!

Dick Scott’s Indian Motorcycle Detroit Grand Opening event was held on Saturday, June 27th, 2009. We would like to extend our Thanks to all of those who helped make this event such a success.
A Big “Thank You!” to The Indian Riders Group, Specifically Roger & Cheryl Cook, Dennis Bozung, Brian Graham, Tom Pellerito, and Randal Nelson. Thank you all so much for all your help this weekend! A very special “Thank You!” to Berland and Jaci Sullivan for allowing us to showcase their Beautiful 1939 Indian Motorcycle in our showroom for the weekend.
We are also so thankful to all of the great vendors that came out for our event and made it such a fun afternoon! So many people came for the Motorcycles and stayed for the fun and great live music from “Eddie Cooper and The Exit” and “The High Strung”. Both put on fantastic shows for everyone! WRIF, WYCD and The Ticket rounded out the excitement with ticket give-a-ways and chance for guests to meet some of their stations radio personalities.
The Indian Motorcycle Demo Truck was there to give demo rides all afternoon. Over 75 People took advantage of a chance to go on a demo ride and experience “The Legend” first hand! We are very excited to have had so many people come out for this event, we had a great time and hope all of you did too!