The new Indian Thunder Stroke 111 engine is running and I have seen it. Polaris Industries, a $3-billion-a-year corporation, bought the King’s Mountain Indian business in April, 2011. What I have seen is an entirely new, free-standing design, sharing nothing with previous Indian revivals or Polaris’ existing Victory motorcycle products. I flew out to see [...]Read Full Post | Comments(37)
Exclusive: Inside the all-new Indian Thunder Stroke 111 V-Twin Engine Indian Motorcycles is back with an all-new V-Twin to take on Harley-Davidson.
Photographer : Barry Hathaway
Photographer : Barry Hathaway
While we can all agree that Indian’s new Thunder Stroke 111 V-Twin is perhaps the most significant cruiser news since, well, the Harley-Davidson V-Rod, what about the cool retro-looking machine it powered at today’s historic Daytona unveiling? The stunning creation is called the “Spirit of Munro,” and in addition to being a rolling technology demonstrator [...]Read Full Post | Comments(7)
Blind Ambition: Everett Brashear, American Racing Legend Winner of 15 AMA nationals on Harley-Davidson and BSA flat-trackers.
Photographer : Everett Brashear Archives
If you ask Everett Brashear, crashing was more of a “when” than an “if.” He “finally got it” at a half-mile track in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1954. “I fell off in practice,” recalled Brashear, “and another guy ran right over the top of me. He hit me in the side of the head and severed [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Indian Motorcycle Press Release: Indian Motorcycle, today announced its power-packed schedule of events for Daytona Bike Week 2013, which takes place March 9-16, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida: The New Indian Motorcycle Engine Reveal – Saturday, March 9, 9 p.m., Dirty Harry’s Pub, 705 Main St. Daytona Beach Bike Week will prove to be a [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)
Indian Motorcycle Press Release: Indian Motorcycle, an 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 [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Polaris Industries Plans For World Domination Victory and Indian cruisers, and Polaris snowmobiles and ATVs are propelling the Midwest-based company to the top.
Photographer : Jeff Allen
What is Polaris Industries up to? The Minnesota-based outfit is buying companies across a wide product range: electric-car makers GEM and Goupil Industrie, engineering and prototype firm Swissauto, outdoor-gear- maker KLIM and even Indian. An all-new Indian powered by a redrawn V-Twin engine is expected from Polaris’ Spirit Lake, Iowa, plant this year. There is also [...]Read Full Post | Comments(10)
If a well-developed mind can hold two conflicting points of view, then the Cannonball is, among other things, an opportunity for wisdom. It was an exercise in daily on-the-road mechanicking, surely not worth the investment of two months and thousands of dollars for the reward of a daily grind of pre-dawn rising, horrid coffee and [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Class on the Grass How to improve a golf club: Add hundreds of vintage bikes and a few of motorcycling’s stars.
Photographer : Andrew Wheeler, Mark Hoyer
Nothing against golf, but lush green lawns look significantly better decorated with fantastic machinery than by a bunch of white plastic balls. The fourth annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering at the Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, California, matured this year, with a larger crowd than ever, a broader, bigger selection of machinery and a better-than-ever overall [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Crocker Motorcycle Company Resurrected There’s even an actual motorcycle, you’ll just have to wait for your T-shirt.
After nearly twelve years of hassles, legal setbacks, a change of countries, and one nasty recession, a brand-new Crocker Big-Tank motorcycle has emerged from a hangar in SoCal. Michael Schacht is at no loss for words in describing the ordeal he’s overcome to reach the point of turning a key, kicking over the 80 cubic-inch [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
The Monterey Peninsula is home to the finest events in automotive sports and culture. The biggest attractions, the Quail Motorsports Gathering, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Historic Racing at Laguna Seca during Classic Car Week in August, are world renowned. We motorcyclists have a history and cultural heritage on par with the cars and, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)