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2016 Indian Scout Sixty | First Look Review


Since its acquisition by Polaris Industries, Indian Motorcycle has steadily filled out its lineup. It started with three Chief models—Chief Classic, Chief Vintage and Chieftain—for 2014. The following year Indian added the Roadmaster luxury tourer to the Chief family and introduced the Scout, powered by an all-new liquid-cooled, 1,133cc (69ci) 60-degree V-twin with DOHC and 4 valves per cylinder that ...

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Retrospective—Bobber: 1945 to Present (1947 Indian Chief)


Look up “bobber” in a conventional dictionary, and the definition talks about a float on a fishing line. Try Wikipedia: “A bobber is a custom motorcycle that usually has the front fender removed, the rear fender ‘bobbed’ (made smaller), and all superfluous parts removed to reduce weight.” Conventional wisdom states that motorcycle bobbers originated after World War II, when returning ...

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2015 Indian Roadmaster | First Look Review


Although Indian lays claim to being American’s first motorcycle manufacturer, in this group the Roadmaster is the new kid on the block. After the original company was shuttered in 1953, years of darkness and confusion were followed by a couple of wobbly resurrections until Polaris finally bought the company in 2011. Backed by a multi-billion-dollar powersports behemoth, Indian was re-launched ...

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Retrospective: Indian Chief Police Special: 1940-1945


Wouldn’t the new Indian Motorcycle people just love it if the San Francisco Police Department ordered up some Indian police bikes? Just like it did a mere 70 years ago. Back in 1945, this would have been the pride of the SFPD. World War II was coming to an end and American factories were already gearing up to satisfy civilian ...

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New for 2015: Big Bangs for the Buck


The 2015 crop of new bikes is a big one, with lots of all-new or significantly updated models. We’ve covered the new stuff from EBR, Harley, Honda, Indian and Victory in previous issues. Here’s a brief overview of what’s coming down the pike from BMW, Ducati, Kawasaki, Star, Suzuki and Zero. Unless otherwise noted, pricing is TBD. BMW The R ...

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2014 Cutting-Edge Cruisers – Snapshot Reviews


There was a time, not that long ago, when in motorcycle terms cruisers were considered something less—simpler machines that were somewhat inferior to other bikes in terms of function. After all, a touring bike’s function is to deliver many miles of comfort while hauling riders and luggage, a sportbike excels in terms of power and handling reined in by great ...

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2014 Indian Chief Classic Review

2014 Indian Chief Classic

The original Indian motorcycle company began in 1901, but then faded away in the early 1950s. Two recent attempts to revamp the brand failed in the early 2000s, then Polaris Industries, which manufactures snowmobiles, watercraft, ATVs and the Victory motorcycle brand in Minnesota and Iowa, purchased the Indian name and trademark. With the backing of this major company, Indian has ...

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2015 Indian Scout – First Ride Review


Before the Chief there was the Scout. The Chief may have been Indian’s stylistic high-water mark, but the Scout was its engineering masterpiece. Designed by racer-turned-engineer Charles B. Franklin and introduced in 1920, the Scout was powered by a 600cc (37ci) side-valve, semi-unit V-twin with twin cams and a gear-driven primary bathed in oil (enlarged to 61ci, the engine went ...

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