Indian Produces First Motorcycle Under Polaris Ownership

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Indian Motorcycle has released some photos of the first 2012 Indian Chief to roll out of the company’s Spirit Lake, Iowa plant — the first motorcycle to be produced by the oldest American motorcycle company since its acquisition by Polaris. Nicknamed the “Polaris-Indian Bike #1,” the new Chief is not terribly different from the 2011 Indian Chiefs built under the old regieme, but it does symbolize the next chapter in the iconic company’s history.

With an all-new Indian model is expected to debut next year, tagged as a 2013 model year bike, Indian is said to be leveraging some of the design and technology prowess that Polaris has learned through its Victory brand. Polaris’s next big challenge with Indian will be in how it will sets apart its two cruiser-style brands. According to investor reports, the company seems to have taken our advice and is positioning the Indian brand to go head-to-head with Harley-Davidson, while the Victory line pushes the envelope on what a modern-day cruiser can be for riders.

Source: Indian Motorcycle (Facebook)