Indian Motorcycle reveals Spirit of Munro short film

Photo Credit Barry Hathaway - SoM 4Hello to my friends in the Powersports Industry. One of my most proud career moments is upon us – the release of a short film that captures the enthusiasm, work ethic and commitment by those connected to the Indian Motorcycle brand through the Spirit of Munro tribute motorcycle. Below you will find links to the film itself as well as a behind the scenes mini documentary that lets you visit with some of the amazingly creative people behind this work.

I must give credit and the utmost respect to my friends who made this project possible. As I have managed the program and proudly unveiled it in Daytona Beach in March, it has grown to be seen and appreciated at an International level and has been lauded with many kind words and the support of Indian Motorcycle fans. Jeb Scolman of Jeb’s Metal and Speed in Long Beach California was tasked to build this machine around a prototype Thunder Stroke 111. Jeb did so with three solid months of 18 hour days, taking only Christmas day off, building a truly stunning tribute machine to Burt Munro and the spirit of those who choose to do rather than just watch from the sidelines. It’s a remarkable piece of work that must be seen to be appreciated. It will be on display in Sturgis this summer as we launch the new Indian Chief.

Also requiring credit are Polaris Industries media team members David Shelleny and Mark Nevils who took on pushing the film project through Polaris Industries. Commitment is one thing – but it takes money to make something as beautiful as this film – and they asked favors of suppliers and pushed our managers for final approval and a budget – the results are worth putting their necks on the line as you will see. Adam Brummond and the crew from The Factory did an outstanding job in interpreting our shared vision in the final piece, also calling favors and assembling a committed, talented and rugged crew. Credit Barry Hathaway for some remarkable photos and his own commitment to the project as he documented the secret build for months as well as shot the images of the bike in motion. Todd Eagan accepted the challenge of riding the untested bike on the dry lake. The first time power was applied in gear was on that dry lake. Jeb’s work shone through as the bike tracked perfectly straight. While we certainly were not going for high speeds for the film – Todd told me after two runs “It’s perfect and man does she want to GO!” We estimate speeds on subsequent runs just topping 100 miles per hour. And yes, there is plenty left.

Photo Credit Barry Hathaway - SoM 2 Photo Credit Barry Hathaway - SoM 6 Photo Credit Barry Hathaway - SoM 7 Photo Credit Barry Hathaway - SoM 10 Photo Credit Barry Hathaway - SoM 14 with Jeb Scolman Photo Credit Barry Hathaway - SoM 18 Photo Credit Barry Hathaway - SoM 21 With Todd Eagan and Jeb Scolman Photo Credit Barry Hathaway - SoM 23 Todd Eagan Photo Credit Barry Hathaway - SoM 33 With Robert Pandya Photo Credit Barry Hathaway - SoM 34 with Robert Pandya and Todd Eagan Photo Credit Barry Hathaway - SoM 37 Robert Pandya This complete film project was shot in only two days. It took guts to makes the commitments, skill to tell the story and faith in people that it would represent what is truly a key piece in the long history of motorcycling. This is the first motorcycle to be publically seen powered by the Thunder Stroke 111, and the Spirit of Munro film captures the legacy of this great brand while pushing it forward to the future.  – Robert Pandya

INDIAN MOTORCYCLE UNVEILS THE 2013 INDIAN CHIEF VINTAGE FINAL EDITION

Limited Units Available of Special Highly Collectible Model Designed to Commemorate the End of One Era in Motorcycling History, and the Beginning of Another

International Motorcycle Show, Long Beach, Calif. — December 8, 2012 — Indian Motorcycle, the original American motorcycle company, today announced the 2013 Indian Chief Vintage Final Edition, the final version of the Kings Mountain era of Indian Motorcycle, which is available in very limited quantity. The new model year 2013 Indian Chief Vintage Final Edition was unveiled before a gathering of the motorcycle industry press from the floor of the International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, California, which takes place December 7th through December 9th at the Long Beach Convention Center.

This announcement marks the end of the Kings Mountain era of the Indian Chief, and signifies an important milestone in the 111-year storied history of the Indian Motorcycle brand. With a paint scheme emulating the iconic Indian Chief on display at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York, the stunning new collectible 2013 Indian Chief Vintage Final Edition is a fully accessorized motorcycle that befits its place in the history of motorcycling. The extremely limited number of these bikes available is sure to excite collectors and pave the way for the new era in Indian Motorcycle under the leadership of Polaris Industries.

The 2013 Indian Chief Final Edition comes fully loaded with the World’s Fair-inspired paint scheme of Indian Red, Thunder Black, and Gold Pinstripe; auxiliary driving lamps; black leather solo seat with included detachable passenger seat; windshield; black leather saddlebags; chrome grab rail; leather fringe; engine guards; and chrome fender tips. Powered by the PowerPlus 105ci engine, this historic 2013 model will be manufactured in an extremely limited run and wears a custom-designed, numbered emblem on the frame to commemorate the brand’s historic achievements.

 

“We are working hard designing and building the new Indian Motorcycle, but we knew it was important to honor and celebrate the long and proud heritage of Indian Motorcycle, and the Kings Mountain era played a key role in that continuing history,” said Steve Menneto, Vice President of Motorcycles at parent company Polaris Industries. “When we acquired the Indian Motorcycle brand in 2011, our strategy was to retain the existing design, quality and high level of detail for which Indian Motorcycle has always been known, while making significant detail improvements in order to satisfy the continued demand from Indian Motorcycle dealers. The Final Edition is an acknowledgement of our gratitude to the team at Kings Mountain for sustaining the Indian Motorcycle story and its heritage as America’s original motorcycle brand.”

The Kings Mountain, North Carolina assembly line was transitioned to Polaris’ Spirit Lake, Iowa production facility in 2011. The line was transported and returned to full operation in an astounding eight weeks, and continued to produce new units for the Indian Motorcycle dealer base. The state-of-the-art Spirit Lake plant also manufactures Polaris Rangers and Victory Motorcycles, though each brand is built on its own dedicated assembly line.

Pricing and Availability

The 2013 Indian Chief Vintage Final Edition is exclusively available for purchase in North America with a MSRP of $37,599 and $39,599 in Canada. Interested parties are encouraged to contact their local Indian Motorcycle dealer as soon as possible due to limited availability. Log on towww.indianmotorcycle.com for dealer and model information.

Polaris Enters Indian Market with Eicher Motors Limited

MINNEAPOLIS (July 24, 2012) — Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today announced a joint venture with Eicher Motors Limited, a leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles and motorcycles in India. The joint venture will develop and market new products to meet the diverse vehicle needs in India and other emerging markets. The agreement creates a new operation, wherein Polaris and Eicher each control 50 percent. The overall investment is expected to be approximately $50 million, shared equally between the partners over a three-year period.

 

Polaris Industries Inc. CEO Scott Wine (right) and Eicher Motors Limited CEO and Managing Director Siddhartha Lal (left) happily shake hands after signing an agreement for their companies to enter into a joint venture. Both men expressed great excitement about the potential of this new joint venture, in which the companies will cooperatively develop new products for India and other emerging markets. (Photo: Polaris Industries Inc.)

“This agreement instantly expands and enhances Polaris’ presence in India and supplying access to additional emerging markets around the globe and leverages Polaris’ strength in product innovation and vehicle development” said Scott Wine, Polaris CEO. “Eicher’s financial strength and rich history as a leader in the Indian market makes them the perfect partner for Polaris in India. This joint venture represents an incredible opportunity to develop new vehicles and realize global growth.”

Eicher is a well-established, powerful brand in India. The company today is comprised of Royal Enfield, an iconic motorcycle brand, and VE Commercial Vehicles Limited (VECV), a 50/50 venture with Volvo. VECV, established in 2008, manufactures and markets medium-to-heavy-duty trucks and buses, engineering components and provides engineering design solutions. Between its two business divisions, Eicher has a dealer network with more than 400 locations in India.

“At Eicher Motors Limited, we are committed to long term growth and value creation for our stakeholders through both organic and inorganic expansion,” said Siddhartha Lal, managing director and CEO, Eicher Motors Limited. “This joint venture strongly supports our strategic direction. Currently, we are active in the commercial vehicle and motorcycle categories. Collaborating with Polaris allows us to enter new profitable vehicle segments.”

The joint venture will benefit from the complementary and shared strengths each partner provides, utilizing these collective talents to co-develop new products for emerging markets. Polaris’ unmatched innovation in engineering and design, paired with Eicher’s powertrain expertise, economical engineering and knowledge of local markets create a powerful combination. The companies’ shared dedication to manufacturing excellence and responsible management further strengthens this partnership.

While strategies are still under discussion, Eicher and Polaris plan to cooperatively build a new manufacturing facility to support this joint venture, with production projected to start in 2015.

Indian Announces 2012 Models and Pricing

When Polaris Industries bought the iconic Indian brand in April of this year it was wildly speculated that Polaris would introduce sweeping changes to the marquee.  At the dealer meeting the new models were unveiled and there were very few changes evident.  This wasn’t surprising to industry watchers.  It takes time to overhaul designs.  Major engine architecture modifications, if that’s the direction Polaris is going, won’t be seen for at least another year.

Gone is the Indian RoadMaster, and there’s no Indian Scout, despite internet rumors to the contrary.

Yet with only three new models, there is little doubt they’ve felt the strong hand of legendary Polaris engineering.  Behind the scenes in the areas of quality, fit and finish these 2012 models are sure to be vastly improved  across the board.

Pictures and More after the poll

Retail prices have remained somewhat constant from last year.  The Vintage Chief starts at $35,999 and tops out at $36,899.  The Indian Chief Classic retails at $26,499 and the Indian Chief Darkhorse is just shy of $28,000.

Additionally for the first model year under this new stewardship, the inaugural motorcycles will be numbered to 110 – signifying the years since the Indian Motorcycle brand was born. These numbered motorcycles will be highly collectible with badges and certificates authenticating the historical significance of the first production run of bikes under Polaris ownership.

 

 

 

 

Royal Enfield Announces New Manufacturing Facility

Chennai, India – Royal Enfield Motors, manufacturer of the iconic Bullet motorcycle line and the world’s oldest motorcycle brand, today announced the construction of a new manufacturing facility to help the company meet worldwide demand for its motorcycles.

The new plant will spread across 50 acres in Chennai’s SIPCOT Industrial Growth Centre and is slated for completion by the first quarter of 2013. Once completed, the new plant will more than double Royal Enfield’s current capacity of 70,000 units per year to 150,000 units per year. The new plant will be equipped to produce the full range of Royal Enfield motorcycles and allow the company to keep up with the brand’s rising popularity, both in the booming Indian domestic market and in fast-growing export markets like the United States, where Royal Enfield’s improved engine design and vintage aesthetics have been making a big splash with consumers.

“We’re very pleased with the growth we’ve seen in recent years. Royal Enfield has made incredible improvements to its product design and consumers in the U.S. and elsewhere are really beginning to take notice,” commented Kevin Mahoney, President of Royal Enfield USA. “Today’s announcement shows that Royal Enfield is very aware of its growing customer base and is committed to meeting the expectations of consumers around the world.”

About Royal Enfield Motors

Royal Enfield motorcycles have been in continuous production since 1901. The marque was first established in 1893 by Enfield Manufacturing Co. of Redditch, Worcestershire, England under license from the Crown. The company’s legacy in weapons manufacturing served as inspiration for the Bullet model name and brand’s enduring motto “Made like a Gun, Goes like a Bullet”. The Redditch company’s Indian licensee started assembling Bullet motorcycles in India in 1951 and continued to uphold the brand tradition after the collapse of the British company in 1971. Today, as the owner of the original brand, the $100M Royal Enfield company is headquartered in Chennai, India and operates as a division of the $1B Eicher Group. In recent years, the historic brand has seen a resurgence of interest around the world, selling over 50,000 motorcycles per year to loyal riders in 30 countries.

About Royal Enfield USA

Royal Enfield USA is a division of Classic Motorworks, the exclusive licensed distributor of Royal Enfield motorcycles in the United States. Royal Enfield USA operates in direct affiliation with Royal Enfield Motors to serve the United States market. More information is available online at www.royalenfieldusa.com

 

La Banda Announces Premiere Unique Documentary Celebrating Latino Motorcycling Culture

LOS ANGELES (April 18, 2011) –La Banda Films today announced the release of the documentary film, Harlistas: An American Journey, premiering April 2011. The film is directed by award-winning filmmaker Alfredo de Villa and follows the emotional journeys of real-life Harlistas – Harley riders of Latino heritage – as they seek adventure, camaraderie and achievement of the American Dream.

The documentary is the first of its kind to ever profile Latino motorcycling culture in the United States. The 90-minute film showcases four pivotal stories spanning Los Angeles to New York, the plains of South Dakota, the Pacific Coast and the Grand Canyon. Directed by Alfredo de Villa (Nothing Like the Holidays, Washington Heights), Harlistas: An American Journey brings to life Alfredo’s own passion for Latino culture and the iconic American motorcycle brand, Harley-Davidson.

“This documentary captures an unexplored terrain: the bond between Harlistas, their motorcycles and their families,” said de Villa. “Much more than the traditional historical or fictional narratives, this film charts new boundaries and is as fearless as Harley-Davidson itself.”

Harlistas: An American Journey is scheduled to premiere on Telemundo’s mun2, the fastest growing bilingual cable network in the U.S. among YLAs (young Latino Americans), on May 27, 2011, with additional airings on May 28 (Uni HD and mun2), July 29 (mun2) and July 30 (mun2). Prior to the network premiere, the film will be available first On Demand and to own via digital download beginning April 21, 2011.

The word Harlista has deep historic and cultural roots originating more than 50 years ago in Latin America among Latino motorcycle riders to proclaim their strong passion for the Harley-Davidson brand and the bonds shared between fellow riders. Being a Harlista is about overcoming obstacles, grabbing life by the handlebars and experiencing the camaraderie of the open road.

“Harley-Davidson has a long-standing history with Harlistas, and we were thrilled to help support Alfredo’s vision to create a film that celebrates Latino riders,” said Dino Bernacchi, marketing communications director for Harley-Davidson. “We hope that everyone who sees this film feels inspired to take the next step toward following their dreams.”

To learn more about the film and, please visit www.HarlistasFilm.com