One of the US’ historic motorcycle brands, Indian, was ready to disappear from the market recently before being bought by Polaris Industries last April. Polaris bought the Indian brand clearly with the Chief model in mind as it was definitely one of the more interesting prospects at the time.
As such, Polaris decided to continue with the Indian Chief project and simply moved the production to Spirit Lake facilities in Iowa, with the Victory line as well, and has now released these images of the first Indian Chief produced by Polaris Industries. The model is highly similar to the pre-Polaris one and no revolutions are planned until at least 2013.
That year marks the start of a new business plan for Polaris and Indian brand motorcycles, which should also see some new product revealed. The only touch-ups on the current Indian Chief involve additional chrome accents and a new colour scheme. Dealership distribution is expected to occur for October this year.
Source | Motorcycle USA
Victory Motorcycles, the cruiser-producing arm of U.S. powersports giant Polaris, unveiled their Core concept motorcycle at the 28th Cycle World International Motorcycle Show in New York City. The name Core because it embodies the motorcycle in its simplest form an engine, frame, wheels and front suspension.
Lead Industrial Designer, Michael Song states that, “Core is pure motorcycle, we wanted to strip everything not critical and build a motorcycle that uses some of the production technologies we have incorporated into the Victory Vision.”
Specifications and Features:
Engine: Victory Freedom 106/6 106-c.i. (1731cc) V-Twin with 6-speed overdrive
Frame: Aluminum alloy 356-T6 tempered 5-piece
Exhaust: 304 Stainless Steel left-side Scrambler high pipes
Carbon fiber rear fender and fork covers
Wheels: Victory X-Factor Wheels