Home > Motorcycles/Road Tests > Brand > Indian Reviews (page 3)

Indian Reviews

2015 Indian Scout First Look


Indian Motorcycles took the logical first step in returning the marque to glory by relaunching the brand last year with an impressive lineup of Chief and Chieftain models that share styling cues with the famous originals, right down to the fully skirted fenders and Indian head war bonnet mascot. The line even expanded to four bikes recently with the introduction ...

Read More »

2015 Indian Roadmaster: Ridden & Rated


No motorcycle has left as indelible an impression on the American psyche as the late 1940s Indian Chief. Although the first Chief emerged from the Wigwam factory in 1922, Briggs Weaver’s gracefully skirted fenders—the Chief’s most iconic feature—weren’t adopted until 1940. Its other quintessential design element, the illuminated Indian head “war bonnet” on the front fender, debuted in 1947. That ...

Read More »

Indian Motorcycle Reveals Two-Tone Paint Schemes for 2015 Indian Chief Line


Indian Motorcycle announced that two-tone paint schemes, starting at $19,799, will be offered for the upcoming model year Indian Chief line of motorcycles. The announcement came during the Vintage Motorcycle Days event presented by Indian Motorcycle. The vintage paint palettes were revealed over the weekend for fans of classic motorcycles at Vintage Motorcycle Days 2014, which took place at the ...

Read More »

New Motorcycles For 2014

web-BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive1

The new Indian Motorcycles, Star Bolt, Suzuki V-Strom 1000 and Yamaha FZ-09 we showed you  in recent issues were just appetizers; here’s the main course for 2014. BMW BMW has been hard on the gas launching new-for-2014 models, including the F 800 GS Adventure (Rider, October 2013), R 1200 GS Adventure and R nineT retro bike (January 2014). Just in ...

Read More »

American Baggers Comparison: Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special vs Indian Chieftain vs Victory Cross Country

Harley, Indian and Victory-lead

Functional, big-inch V-twin baggers are all the rage these days. In addition to lots of style, these bikes offer the comfort of some upper-body wind protection with the practicality and convenience of saddlebags. To enlarge upon the idea that these are not stripped but well-equipped models, keep in mind that, in addition to a fairing and bags, an engine that ...

Read More »

2014 Indian Chieftain Review

2014 Indian Chieftain_0018

This proud, old name in American motorcycling began production in 1901, eventually became the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer, and then went bankrupt in 1953. Two attempted revivals of the Indian name since 2003 collapsed, but this latest one is backed by Polaris Industries, the multi-billion-dollar Minnesota-based company that manufactures a variety of power products including ATVs, snowmobiles, watercraft and Victory ...

Read More »

2014 Indian Chiefs – First Ride Review


Everyone loves a good comeback story. Inspirational people, from Abraham Lincoln to Walt Disney to Rocky Balboa, were knocked down but not out, rising up to become stronger and more resilient than ever. Post-AMF Harley-Davidson and Hinckley-based Triumph made legendary comebacks, and now—finally—Indian Motorcycle is poised to do the same. Established in 1901, Indian rose quickly to become the world’s ...

Read More »

2014 Indian Chief Line Unveiled in Sturgis


Before thousands of motorcycling fans at the site of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame in downtown Sturgis, South Dakota, on Saturday night, August 3, Indian Motorcycle unveiled the three models that comprise the 2014 Indian Chief line up. The reveal ceremony and party signaled an inflection point in motorcycling history with the renewal of America’s oldest and ...

Read More »

Retrospective: Indian / Royal Enfield Chief 700cc: 1959-1961


The history of the Indian motorcycle name gets a bit convoluted after the demise of the old company in 1953. Its last genuine model was the 80-inch (1,300cc) Chief. An English outfit called Brockhouse Engineering bought the name, and proceeded to sell English motorcycles through the Indian dealership network, including AJS, Matchless, Norton and Vincent. In ’55, Brockhouse decided to ...

Read More »

Indian Motorcycle Unveils the Thunder Stroke 111 Engine


The reborn-yet-again Indian Motorcycle, this time under the auspices of Polaris Industries, which acquired the legendary company in 2011, reached a significant milestone over the weekend. At Daytona Beach Bike Week, where Indian was a powerhouse in motorcycle racing in the first half of the 20th century, the company unveiled its all-new Thunder Stroke 111 V-twin engine that will power ...

Read More »