Indian Ink; Wearing the Brand

In honor of Tat Tuesday, (also known as Fat Tuesday) we wanted to bring you this story of a unique tattoo.

Lonnie Hannah has been riding Harley-Davidson’s for a long time and he’s been a loyal customer. But, his connection with Indian motorcycles goes back longer to when his father built an Indian from spare parts. Now Lonnie, (who started working for the new Indian motorcycle company) is getting the ink to show he’s ready to change brands.

Yes, this is a promotional video from Indian, but that doesn’t change the fact that it looks like the Harley/Indian rivalry is back, in a big way. Is the market big enough for both? What do you think?

INDIAN MOTORCYCLE ACCELERATES TOWARD HISTORIC RELAUNCH WITH UPDATED ‘INDIAN RIDES’ MOBILE APP

indian appMEDINA, Minn. — February 11, 2013 — Indian Motorcycle, the original American motorcycle company, today announced the availability of its enhanced “Indian Rides” mobile app, featuring new interactive functionality that allows fans of the brand to actively engage with the all-new Indian Motorcycle Company. The must-have, rich media app made its public debut in January at the International Motorcycle Show in New York City with the help of celebrity Mike Wolfe, from Antique Archeology and creator of the HISTORY Channel’s “American Pickers” series. The updated app is free of charge and is available for download effective immediately for both Android™ and iOS smartphones.

The “Indian Rides” app now reveals the sound of the upcoming engine – which was designed from the ground up to capture the spirit of Indian Motorcycle. It features an interactive graphical image of a motorcycle throttle and starter switch, allowing users to simulate starting the historic new engine. Leveraging the smartphone’s gyroscopic sensor, the user holds the phone in landscape mode and it becomes a functioning, interactive throttle. The app incorporates a professionally recorded, high-fidelity audio clip of the new Indian Motorcycle engine, enabling fans to rev the engine to get a sense of what’s to come in 2013. The app will continue to be enhanced with new features and elements throughout the year. Headphones are recommended for increased clarity.

“Our world-class engineers and design team have invested an unprecedented amount of time to perfect the power plant that will be the life blood of the all-new Indian Motorcycle coming later in 2013. Loyal fans of the Indian brand will appreciate that it represents the perfect blend of new, state-of-the-art technology and the iconic design elements that made this brand a legend,” said Rod Krois, marketing director for Indian Motorcycle. “Our team created the app as an entertaining and engaging tool for our community to become interactive participants in the creation of the future of Indian Motorcycle.”

The “Indian Rides” mobile app is specifically tailored for Indian Motorcycle riders and fans, but offers powerful benefits for all biking enthusiasts. In addition to the new interactive engine sound experience, the app allows bikers to display their current map location, view weather conditions and advisories, find and contact nearby Indian dealers; search for local service like gas stations, restaurants and lodging with integrated direct dialing, save waypoints of interest, track and save favorite rides and routes, and easily share saved routes on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. The app includes automatic map caching so riders can enjoy most mapping features even when cellular service is unavailable.

The updated “Indian Rides” app is free of charge and is available for download effective immediately by visiting the following links: Indian Rides for AndroidIndian Rides for iOS/iPhone. Motorcycle enthusiasts around the world and fans of the Indian Motorcycle brand are encouraged to visitwww.indianmotorcycle.com,  follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/indianmotocycle, and Like Us at www.facebook.com/indianmotorcycle.

ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE

Indian Motorcycle, a wholly-owned division of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is America’s original motorcycle company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

ABOUT POLARIS

Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2012 sales of $3.2 billion.  Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.

Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian motorcycle brands.  Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid powered vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris and KLIM branded apparel and Polaris accessories and parts.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.

Celebrating 110 Years With Indian Motorcycle Company at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Indian Motorcycle’s entire 2012 lineup will be displayed in Sturgis for the 71st annual motorcycle rally.  Indian Motorcycle accessories will also be on display with apparel for purchase. The show truck is located on the corner of 4th and Lazelle Streets in downtown Sturgis

In addition to the events display, Indian Motorcycle is inviting all 1901- 2011 Indian owners to park their motorcycles by the Indian Motorcycle Display to celebrate the 110 years of the company and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow Indian motorcycle owners.  Indian Motorcycle Company is proud to sponsor a breakfast and self-guided ride to the Sturgis half-mile flat track races for all Indian Motorcycle Owners. The ride will start with breakfast at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 1319 Junction Ave, Sturgis, South Dakota 57785 between 9:30am- 10:30am. The ride will leave from downtown Sturgis wind through scenic Spearfish Canyon, ending at the 1/2mile Flat Track Races in Sturgis. Please join us for a fun day of riding and racing. For more information the flat track races visit www.jackpinegypsies.com

 Indian motorcycle is the featured brand at the Knuckle Saloon, located at 931 1st Street in Sturgis . Friday August 12th, starting at 6pm is an Indian gathering. This is open to the public, and we invite Indian Motorcycle owners to show off rides and share some stories.

For more information on the Indian Motorcycle event schedule, dealership locations and openings, the motorcycles, accessories, apparel and gifts visit www.indianmotorcycle.com

 About Polaris

With annual 2010 sales of $1.99 billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® for recreational and utility use, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric powered vehicles.

Polaris is a recognized leader in the power sports industry, among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and ORVs.  The Company has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with Victory motorcycles and the acquisition of the Indian motorcycle brand. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the Global on-road low speed vehicle industry with internally developed vehicles and the acquisition of Global Electric Motorcars (GEM).  Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicles accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polarisindustries.com

Polaris Recalls Indian Headlight Switch 09-2011

Vehicle Make / Model: Indian / Indian                    Model Year(s): 2009-2011

Manufacture: Indian Motorcycle Company            Mfr’s Report Date: June 24,                                                                                                            2011

NHTSA Campaign Number: 11V343000                  NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: Exerior Lighting:Headlights:Switch

Potential Number of Units Affected: 699

Summary:
Polaris is recalling certain model year 2009-2011 Indian Motorcycles for the body control module (BCM) which can cause the headlight to turn off in some circumstances. If the headlight switch is slowly moved from one position to another (high beam to low beam or low to high beam), both beams may be on momentarily and the BCM interprets this as an overload condition..

Consequence:
The BCM turns off the headlight until the next time that the key is turned on. The unexpected loss of headlight function could impair a driver’s visability, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Dealers will replace the BCM free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during August 201. Owners may contact Polaris at 1-651-408-7579

Notes:
Owners may also contact the National Safety Highway Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to  HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV

 

Polaris Recalls Indian Kickstand 09-2011

Vehicle Make / Model: Indian / Indian      Model Year(s): 2009-2011

Manufacture: Indian Motorcycle Company

Mfr’s Report Date: June 24, 2011

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 11v344000       NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: Structure:Motorcycle Kickstand/Center Stand

Potential Number of Units Affected:699

Summary:
Polaris is recalling certain model year 2009-2011 Indian Motorcycles for failing to confirm to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 123 “Motorcycle controls and displays.” The side stand may not fold rearward an upward if it contacts the ground when the motorcycle is moving forward.

Consequence:
If the stand does not fold rearward and upward while the motorcycle moves forward, the driver’s ability to control the motorcyle could be affected, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Dealers will replace the side stand free of charge. The safety recall is expected to being during August 2011. Owners may contact Indian at 651-408-7579

Notes:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to  HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV