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Indian Motorcycle Launches Dealer Battle in Project Chieftain – Build a Legend

Indian Motorcycle has announced its latest in dealer customization contests, Project Chieftain. Over the past four months, Indian Motorcycle dealers from across North America have been meticulously working to build the world’s most legendary custom Chieftain yet.

The winner will be chosen by popular vote – that means you! Every voter will be entered to win a 2017 Chieftain. Each daily vote is equal to an entry in the sweepstakes. Voters can vote daily to increase sweepstakes entries and chances to win. The top three bikes will be unveiled at an Indian VIP party in Daytona Beach during Daytona Bike Week in March.

Voting for Project Chieftain is now open! Scope out a few of the entries below, then be sure to check out all of the competitors at IndianMotorcycleCo/Project Chieftain to cast your vote and for a chance to win a 2017 Chieftain. #projectchieftain

Classic Elegance – Head Indian Motorcycle

Classic Elegance – Head Indian Motorcycle
This beautiful bike evokes the feelings of days gone by, living up to its name “Classic Elegance”. The mystic and golden brown paint scheme along with cream accents and rich leather creates a striking visual and almost tactile image. We didn’t forget the legendary chrome. With 17 factory accessories, 22 Indian engravings and emblems it’s impossible to confuse this bike’s classic lineage. Custom bags, tank and the striking 26″ billet spoke wheel complete the transformation of this legendary bike.

Arizona Sunset - Indian Motorcycle Peoria

Arizona Sunset – Indian Motorcycle Peoria
26″ custom front wheel matching rear. The air ride system allows the rider style and looks. Duel exhaust, Stage 2 Indian Pipes, custom tips, with the Indian cam system for the performance needed. Blended with the stretched bags, side body panels, and custom front fairing, this bike has been designed around the Ride Command system. Enjoy this Chieftain as much as we enjoyed building it. Help from our friends at: AZZKIKR Len, Hoagie, and Darwin.

Barnstorm Chieftain – Indian Motorcycle of Central Massachusetts

Barnstorm Chieftain – Indian Motorcycle of Central Massachusetts
Our goal was to elevate the aspects of the Chieftain performance platform. Because this particular model was already well known for its handling and ergonomics, the challenge was exciting and interesting. Increasing power output with the Indian Motorcycle performance cams, intake and a handmade stainless exhaust was a key step. This, paired with aggressive styling, stunt-inspired bars and controls, bring the bike to an unprecedented level of comfort, ability & aesthetics.

American Proud - Coastal Indian Motorcycle

American Proud – Coastal Indian Motorcycle
Our Custom Chieftain will mesh history with the present. First, we want to honor the American men and women that created Indian back in 1901 while recognizing the awesome team that brought it back to us. Another Special Thanks to all the Service men and women that make what we do possible. This bike is designed to honor or our past and our future….AMERICA PROUD.

Tequila Sunset – Indian Motorcycle of Hollister

Tequila Sunset – Indian Motorcycle of Hollister
This bike features a 23″ custom front wheel, stretched front fender, raked triple trees, custom gold metallic paint, custom made side covers, custom made air cleaner, and frenched in turn signals in the saddlebags.

Official 2017 Bike Week Build: Arlen Ness Bagger Apes, Hill Country Custom Cycles Wires

Arlen Ness Modular 13" Bagger Apes and 10-Gauge Billet Grips

A set of Arlen Ness Modular 13″ Bagger Apes and 10-Gauge Billet Grips complement the cleaner, more modern look of the 2017 Official Daytona Bike Week Motorcycle.

Come March 18, somebody is going to be shouting from the rooftops! Why’s that, you say? Because that’s the day someone will have won the keys to the 2017 Official Daytona Bike Week Motorcycle, that’s why. March 18 is the day when the winning name will be drawn at Riverfront Park in Daytona Beach for the customized 2010 Harley Ultra that’s undergone a transformation from a stock bike to a one-off collectible custom.

The build wouldn’t be possible without the talented team from Street Stuff Cycle out of Norwich, CT. The Crayson family has stepped up huge in putting this bike together and American Iron is proud to have partnered with them. They’ve impressed us with their skills while giving this bike a complete overhaul, from wiring to bodywork to paint.

And when we say this thing’s been given the complete overhaul, we mean it. This includes doing away with the stock bars for a set of Arlen Ness Modular 13” Bagger Apes. Not only do the Ness bars give the bike an edgier, more aggressive look, but they can easily be tailored to a rider’s preference thanks to billet aluminum junction clamps. This allows riders to adjust the angle of the controls to the most comfortable position in addition to the entire handlebars capacity to be moved forward or back. The Ness bars are drilled and slotted so you can run wiring internally, keeping everything clean and tidy. And what better to pair the Modular 13” Bagger Apes with than a set of Arlen Ness 10-Gauge Billet Grips?

Hill Country Custom Cycles brake hoses

The 2017 Official Daytona Bike Week Motorcycle receives new brake hoses and wires courtesy of Hill Country Custom Cycles.

Since the bars were already set up to run all the wiring internally, that’s exactly what Street Stuff did. Instead of reusing the old wires though the 2010 Harley Ultra got a fresh set from Hill Country Custom Cycles. Hill Country has some great complete ape hanger kits, but since we already had some Ness Bagger Apes we opted for a fresh set of wires and brake hoses. We weren’t kidding when we said this bike’s been gone over with a fine tooth comb!

So how do you go about winning this bike? Go to OfficialBikeWeek.com and buy your ticket! Tickets are $50 each, but if you buy two, you get an extra entry into the drawing. You don’t have to be present to win and only 4500 tickets will be sold. Thing is, this drawing is going to be held whether all the tickets sell or not, and the odds right now are pretty darn good! Time’s a tickin’ so get you ticket today.

Hill Country Custom Cycles wires

Looks like fun, doesn’t it? Luckily Eric Crayson of Street Stuff Cycles was on top of things while rewiring the 2010 Harley Ultra with a fresh set from Hill Country Custom Cycles.

Arlen Ness Modular 13” Bagger Apes – $449.95
Arlen Ness 10-Gauge Billet Grips in Black – $139.95
Hill Country Custom Cycles – Handlebar wires and brake hoses

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“Snow Drag” Sportster Roosts the Slopes of a Ski Resort

Banska Bystrica Harley-Davidson “XL1200CX Sportster Roadster Snow Drag” bike

Got the winter blues because it’s too snowy outside to ride? These guys have the solution.

Banska Bystrica Harley-Davidson, a dealership in Slovakia, has turned a Sportster Roadster into a Snow Drag bike by adding a ski on the front, extending the rear, and throwing a snowmobile track on the back. The result – instant fun.

Banska Bystrica built the “XL1200CX Sportster Roadster Snow Drag” bike for Harley-Davidson’s 2017 Battle of the Kings. To showcase their build, the company posted up this video on YouTube. We thought it’d be the perfect tonic for “Mundane Monday” so we figured we’d pass it around.

The idea of outfitting motorcycles for winter play is gaining steam as Snow Bikecross made its debut at the Winter X Games this weekend. Granted, they use converted motocross bikes for the event while the Banska Bystrica crew used a heavier Harley Sportster, which in our book deserves even more kudos for going against the grain.

Enjoy as they roost ski slopes on a Snow Drag Sportster.

Harley Challenges Dealers to Build the Baddest Sportster in 2017 Battle of the Kings

The Harley-Davidson “Battle of the Kings” has commenced, and in the end, to borrow a line from the Highlander, “There can be only one!”

The Battle of the Kings is an international competition between Harley-Davidson dealers to build the baddest Sportster around. Dealers have the option of customizing an Iron 883, Forty-Eight, or Roadster Sportster. It’s pretty much anything goes as far as customization goes, the major stipulation being budget. They must “craft a custom-built Iron 8883 for £12,995 ($16,379) or a Forty-Eight or Roadster for £14,995 ($18,899).” The public gets to vote for “The New King” from more than 200 custom Sportsters entered in the competition.

Granted, “The Battle of the Kings” is taking place overseas, but it’s fun to see what others are doing in the custom realm. It demonstrates the versatility of the Sportster and it’s run by America’s premiere motorcycle manufacturer, so we deemed it worthy of sharing.

Here’s a few examples to enjoy courtesy of Harley-Davidson Battle of the Kings. To see more super cool Sportsters, go to customkings.harley-davidson.com

Bavarian Lion Harley-Davidson Bayerwald

Bavarian Lion Harley-Davidson Bayerwald

Harley-Davidson Poznan

Harley-Davidson Poznan

Harley-Davidson Pfeiffer

Harley-Davidson Pfeiffer

Warr's Harley-Davidson SE London

Warr’s Harley-Davidson SE London

Maidstone Harley-Davidson Sportster

Maidstone Harley-Davidson Sportster

2017 Harley-Davidson Breakout First Ride Review Video

American Iron Editor Bryan Harley on the 2017 Breakout

Sometimes it’s fun to get lost in the desert on a Harley. 

The 2017 Breakout delivers a tried-and-true Harley-Davidson riding experience. Low-slung in a stretched frame, riders straddle a wide tank and reach for the wide drag bars in a punched out riding position. Drop the clutch and there’s an explosion of power, the electronic throttle control dialed and quick to respond. Between the 21” tall front hoop and burly 240mm rear resides an authoritative High Output Twin Cam 103B engine. The front is kicked out at 35-degrees while the bike skirts the ground at 4.3 inches. Straight line hustle is what the Breakout’s all about.

Then there’s those wheels. The 21 spoke Turbine Wheels are some of the finest that come out of the factory. Just the right amount of machining accentuates the highlights on the otherwise black hoops.

We rambled around the edges of the desert on the 2017 Breakout, braving the broken roads around Ocotillo Wells and weathering the winds of the Salton Sea to bring you this first ride video review. Come along for the ride, then be on the lookout for more analysis in a future issue of American Iron Magazine.

2017 Breakout Stats – 39.26 mpg  Weight – 699 lbs. (310.5 front, 388.5 rear)

PRICING
Vivid Black – $19,299
Color – $19,699
Custom Color – $20,249
Hard Candy Custom – $20,499
ABS Option – Standard
Security Option – Standard
California Emissions – $200
Freight – $390

DIMENSIONS
Length – 95.7 in.
Seat Height, Laden – 24.7 in.
Seat Height, Unladen – 25.8 in.
Ground Clearance – 4.3 in.
Rake (steering head) (deg) – 35
Trail – 5.7 in.
Wheelbase – 67.3 in.
Tires, Front Specification – 130/60B21 63H
Tires, Rear Specification – 240/40R18 79V
Fuel Capacity – 5 gal.
Oil Capacity (w/filter)- 3.5 qt.
Weight, As Shipped – 678 lbs.
Weight, In Running Order – 707 lbs.

ENGINE
Engine – Air-cooled, High Output Twin Cam 103B
Bore – 3.87 in.
Stroke – 4.374 in.
Displacement – 103.1 cu. In.
Compression Ratio – 9.6:1
Fuel System – Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)

DRIVETRAIN
Primary Drive – Chain, 34/46 ratio
Gear Ratios (overall) – 1st 9.311
Gear Ratios (overall) – 2nd 6.454
Gear Ratios (overall) – 3rd 4.793
Gear Ratios (overall) – 4th 3.882
Gear Ratios (overall) – 5th 3.307
Gear Ratios (overall) – 6th 2.79

CHASSIS
Exhaust – Staggered, straight cut chrome mufflers with gloss black muffler shields
Wheels, Front Type – Gloss Black Turbine with machined highlights
Wheels, Rear Type – Gloss Black Turbine with machined highlights
Brakes, Caliper Type – 4-piston fixed front; 2-piston floating rear

PERFORMANCE
Engine Torque Testing Method J1349
Engine Torque – 99.5 ft-lb
Engine Torque (rpm) – 3,000
Lean Angle, Right (deg.) – 23.4
Lean Angle, Left (deg.) – 23.4
Fuel Economy: Claimed Combined City/Hwy 42 mpg

2017 American Iron Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide: Cruisers

There’s nothing like having an American V-Twin thundering beneath you, from the bolts of torque it unleashes from the first crack of the throttle to the raw vibrations in the bars and saddle. It’s a sensation that’s often imitated but never duplicated. This style of cruiser motorcycle is at the crux of the Harley, Indian and Victory brands, bikes with big power and big style, everyday riders and bar hoppers. With that in mind, let’s take a peek at the 2017 American cruiser motorcycle market.

Between its Softail and Dyna models, Harley-Davidson easily leads the segment in terms of having the most horses in the stable. Last year Harley threw its High Output Twin Cam 103 in all Softails and Dynas except the Street Bob, along with introducing the Softail Slim S and Fat Boy S with the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110. While the return of both “S” models in 2017 is good news from the Harley camp, overall it’s a quieter year for The Motor Company. This rings true across the board as there’s only returning models from all three American manufacturers as no all-new cruiser motorcycles hit the market.

2017 Harley Street Bob

2017 Harley Street Bob

Harley Dynas are a hot commodity, the FX chassis a favorite for those who ride hard. With its mini-apes, bobbed back fender and solo seat, the 2017 Street Bob sports a chopper-like vibe. The front is tall and skinny, its rear is slammed, and the fork lowers, triple clamps and engine covers have all received the blacked-out treatment. At $13, 849 it’s the most affordable Dyna in the bunch and a great bike to get your “Easy Rider” on with.

2017 Harley Low Rider

2017 Harley Low Rider

Harley introduced its Low Rider in 1977 and the model continues to find a soft spot in Harley enthusiasts’ hearts. The 2017 Low Rider keeps the rider’s triangle compact with mid-mount controls and an adjustable seat and handlebars. The handlebar riser can be moved forward or backward 2.4 inches and the seat design allows for 1.5 inches of adjustability. Traditional styling and plenty of chrome trim help the latest Low Rider maintain its longstanding status as a fan favorite.

2017 Harley Low Rider S

2017 Harley Low Rider S

With club-styling straight from the factory, the 2017 Low Rider S ups the attitude ante with a host of performance upgrades including the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine, forward-facing heavy breather intake, and upgraded suspension thanks to a cartridge fork and emulsion-type rear shocks. American Iron Garage Editor Tyler Greenblatt said “There’s fast, then there’s 110” Screamin’ Eagle Dyna fast” in his first ride review of the Low Rider S. With a bikini fairing, slotted heat shields, burly pipes, and denim gold rims against a primarily black bike, the Low Rider S has the rugged good looks to match its boosted performance.

The 2017 Fat Bob is no slouch in the attitude department either thanks to meaty tires front and back, dual bullet headlamps, and Tommy Gun exhaust. The Fat Bob rolls on disc wheels from machined aluminum and benefits from dual front discs. A custom LED tail light, drag bars, and coil-over shock housings give the Fat Bob its own signature look amongst Dynas.

2017 Harley Wide Glide

2017 Harley Wide Glide

The 2017 Wide Glide also has its own unique identity thanks to its wide, raked-out fork, 21-inch laced wheel and wire sissy bar. The Wide Glide runs a single rotor on the front and has the fists in the wind riding position courtesy of drag-style bars and forward controls. Internal wiring keeps the bars nice and tidy. Chrome bits and top-notch paint, especially with the nostalgic flame job on the tank, provide the Wide Glide flair.

Harley’s Softail motorcycles are prized for having an old school, hardtail look without the rigid ride thanks to its hidden rear shocks. Last year, cruise control and ABS became standard on all Softails.

2017 Harley Softail Slim

2017 Harley Softail Slim

For 2017, the Softail Slim comes in two versions, the base model equipped with the High Output Twin Cam 103B engine and the “S” version running the Screamin’ Eagle Air-Cooled Twin Cam 110B V-twin. The 2017 Softail Slim is distinguished by vintage Hollywood bars perched atop a stout fork. With the signature Softail horseshoe oil tank and cat eye console, the Softail Slim has textbook American cruiser styling. The 2017 Softail Slim S punches a little harder thanks to its Twin Cam 110B and Stage 1 High Flow intake. It looks the part of brawler thanks to a black triple clamp and riser, gloss black headlamp ring, black fork slider covers, fork lowers, mirrors, and over/under shotgun exhaust with slash cut mufflers. The added punch comes at an added price. At $18,999, the 2017 Softail Slim S costs $3900 more than the $15,099 Softail Slim.

Similar to the Softail Slim, the 2017 Fat Boy also comes in two versions, the first with the High Output Twin Cam 103B engine and the second with the Screamin’ Eagle Air-Cooled Twin Cam 110B. Solid disc wheels and thick forks are standard fare on both, as are wide handlebars and a 200mm rear. The 2017 Fat Boy S gets the bigger engine and performance intake along with the blacked-out treatment. The list includes frame, wheels, fenders, a gloss black front console, brake levers, hydraulic clutch assemblies, handlebar, handlebar riser, triple clamp, headlamp trim ring- even the axle nut covers are black. For paint, there’s two choices: Vivid black and Denim black. At $20,199, the 2017 Fat Boy S is the spendiest of the 2017 Softails.

2017 Harley Breakout

2017 Harley Breakout

2017 CVO Pro Street Breakout

2017 CVO Pro Street Breakout

The 2017 Breakout sits low and stretched. Add drag bars, 21-spoke Turbine wheels, and staggered, straight cut pipes to the equation and you’ve got the raciest-looking Softail of the bunch. The Breakout rolls 21 inches tall up front and 240mm wide out back with a High Output Twin Cam 103B slung in between. The Harley Breakout has a more custom look than other standard Softails.

Meanwhile, the 2017 CVO Pro Street Breakout does look like a custom bike direct from the factory floor. This thing will straight up boogie thanks to its Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110B engine and heavy breather intake. A hydraulic “Assist & Slip” clutch facilitates smooth launches. The CVO Pro Street Breakout’s performance is further boosted by an inverted fork and dual discs on the front. With Aggressor wheels, a club fairing, chin spoiler, top-shelf paint and a gold race stripe, it’s one mean-looking machine.

2017 Indian Chief Classic

2017 Indian Chief Classic

Indian powers into the cruiser segment with a twin bill of Indian Chiefs, the classy 2017 Chief Classic and its alter ego, the 2017 Indian Chief Dark Horse. Powering both is a pearl of an engine, Indian’s 1811cc Thunder Stroke 111 that easily pumps out in excess of 100 ft-lbs. of torque. The 2017 Indian Chiefs are an attractive combination of classic and contemporary. Plenty of the company’s heritage is evident, from the motorcycle’s big valanced fenders to the illuminated headdress on the front fender to the graphics on the tank. Make no mistake, though, these are modern machines with ABS, cruise control, and keyless ignitions. The stout frame is made of cast aluminum with an airbox integrated into the design. A big powerful bike like this needs big brakes so Indian equipped them with dual 300mm floating rotors on the front. The 2017 Chief Classic exudes class thanks to a bounty of shiny chrome, from the engine and exhaust to the fork and bars. Premium paint is icing on the cake, the Chief Classic striking in either its Pearl White or Burgundy Metallic over Thunder Black colorways. For the 2017 Indian Chief Dark Horse, it’s all about the black. There’s a hint of silver in the machined cylinder heads, fender trim and pipes, but beyond that everything on the bike has been blacked-out. At $17,499, the Chief Dark Horse is a grand cheaper than its dolled-up sibling.

2017 Indian Chief Dark Horse

2017 Indian Chief Dark Horse

Victory takes a four-pronged approach to the 2017 American cruiser market, all powered by the tried-and-true Freedom 106 V-twin. In the same manner as its competitors, Victory offers its 2017 Vegas in a traditional and blacked-out form. The standard Vegas sports a striking wheel up front in the form of the industrial 21 inch Falchion. The frame is color-matched to the Sunset Red paint job, the vibrant color offset by a powertrain, bars and fork clamps all in black. The spined tank continues to be one of its strong style points while its headlight has a new, more streamlined design. With a low 25 inch seat height, the 2017 Vegas is suitable for a wide variety of riders. On the flip side, the 2017 Vegas 8-Ball is dark as night, the contrast cut of the Falchion wheels, fork legs, and speedo housing the only shiny bits on the bike. At 25.2 inches, its seat height is a tad higher than the 2017 Vegas. With an MSRP of $12,999, the Vegas 8-Ball is the most affordable of the Victory cruisers.

2017 Victory Vegas 8-Ball

2017 Victory Vegas 8-Ball

The 2017 High-Ball exudes more attitude thanks to a 12 inch mini-apehanger handlebar and chunky tires on 16 inch spoke wheels. Matte paint replaces the gloss of the Vegas. A grunty 1731cc engine with plenty of low end torque suits this motorcycle perfectly. The High-Ball with the Suede Nuclear Sunset Orange paint is matched to whitewall tires while the Suede Black version is mated to straight black rubber. Even with the high bars, the High-Ball will surprise you with its willingness in turns.

2017 Victory High-Ball

2017 Victory High-Ball

2017 Victory Gunner

2017 Victory Gunner

The final offering in the Victory stable is the 2017 Gunner. The fact that Victory competes in the NHRA with a Gunner drag bike is a good clue as to the company’s intentions with this bike. With bobbed fenders, 24-spoke cast aluminum wheels, 16 inch wheels all the way around, and pullback handlebars, the Gunner is a real runner. Muscular Dunlop 491 Elite tires are ready to be roasted on this bike. Price point is definitely one of Victory cruisers’ strong point, the 2017 Gunner starting at $13,499 with the Suede Titanium Metallic paint.

Be sure to check out our 2017 Harley, Indian and Victory Bagger & Tourers Buyer’s Guide in American Iron Magazine issue # 345 on news stands now! To order a back issue of this or any other issue of American Iron Magazine, visit Greaserag.com.
 
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American Iron News: Polaris To Drop Victory Motorcycles

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII) today announced it will immediately begin winding down its Victory Motorcycles brand and related operations. Polaris will assist dealers in liquidating existing inventories while continuing to supply parts for a period of 10 years, along with providing service and warranty coverage to Victory dealers and owners.

“This was an incredibly difficult decision for me, my team and the Polaris Board of Directors,” said Polaris Industries Chairman and CEO Scott Wine. “Over the past 18 years, we have invested not only resources, but our hearts and souls, into forging the Victory Motorcycles brand, and we are exceptionally proud of what our team has accomplished. Since inception, our teams have designed and produced nearly 60 Victory models that have been honored with 25 of the industry’s top awards. The experience, knowledge, infrastructure and capability we’ve built in those 18 years gave us the confidence to acquire and develop the Indian Motorcycle brand, so I would like to express my gratitude to everyone associated with Victory Motorcycles and celebrate your many contributions.”

Several factors influenced today’s announcement. Victory has struggled to establish the market share needed to succeed and be profitable. The competitive pressures of a challenging motorcycle market have increased the headwinds for the brand.

“This decision will improve the profitability of Polaris and our global motorcycle business, and will materially improve our competitive stance in the industry,” said Scott Wine. “Our focus is on profitable growth, and in an environment of finite resources, this move allows us to optimize and align our resources behind both our premium, high performing Indian Motorcycle brand and our innovative Slingshot brand. Ultimately this decision will propel the industry-leading product innovation that is core to our strategy while fostering long-term growth and increased shareholder value.”

Polaris will reduce the appropriate operating cost based on this decision, while continuing to support the future growth of the ongoing motorcycle business. Polaris remains committed to maintaining its presence in the Spirit Lake, Iowa community with Indian Motorcycle production and in the Huntsville, Alabama community with its Slingshot production.

2017 American Iron Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide: Performance Cruisers

Victory Stunters Joe Vertical and Tony Carbajal

Joe Vertical and Tony Carbajal demonstrate the prowess of the 2017 Victory Octane.

Since OEM’s have been busy unveiling the latest crop of 2017 motorcycles, we’ve put together a series of “Buyer’s Guides” to bring you up to date on the latest and greatest offerings from American manufacturers. With the performance bar being raised higher and higher, it’s an exciting time in the industry. Victory unveiled its 2017 Octane by inviting a bunch of journalists to the track for some runs down the dragstrip and a little Stunt Riding 101 taught by Joe Dryden and Tony Carbajal. Dryden further demonstrated the Octane’s prowess by setting a Guinness World Record for the “World’s Longest Burnout.” Harley countered by bringing back its racy Roadster model for 2017 with stronger brakes, beefier suspension, mid controls and lowered bars. These days, “cruisers” don’t necessarily mean simply “sit back and enjoy the ride.” With that in mind, we take a look at the 2017 segment of American-made motorcycles that lean more toward the performance side of the equation than typical cruisers do.

2017 Night Rod Special

2017 Night Rod Special

2017 V-Rod Muscle

2017 V-Rod Muscle

One of the first to break down those stereotypes is Harley-Davidson’s V-Rod. Launched in 2001, the V-Rod was a big departure from the norm for The Motor Company. Powered by a liquid-cooled, 60 degree Revolution V-twin developed with the help of Porsche, the motorcycle came straight from the factory ready to rip up the quarter-mile. With its low rise bars, streamlined tank, fastback tail section and meaty 240mm rear, the V-Rod sure looks the part. Thanks to a powerplant with arm-stretching torque, Brembo brakes, ABS, and a “slipper” clutch, the V-Rod has the “go” to support its “show.” Joining the 2017 Night Rod Special is the 2017 Muscle with its faux air-rams on the sides of the tank, straight shot dual exhausts, rear turn signals integrated into the fender and more chiseled lines. If you’ve ever thought about plunking down the money for a V-Rod, the time is nigh because we’ve heard rumors this is the last year it will be in production.

2017 Sportster Forty-Eight

2017 Sportster Forty-Eight

One motorcycle that isn’t going anywhere is Harley’s Sportster. The iconic motorcycle is heading into its 60th year of continuous production in 2017. Offering the Sportster in both 883cc and 1200cc versions in a variety of configurations contributes to its longevity. This rings true once again in 2017. Harley got ahead of the game by releasing the 2017 Roadster a few months before the rest of its lineup. Positive reviews rolled in thanks to its 43mm inverted fork, adjustable rear suspension, dual front discs and a sporty riding position. The popular Forty-Eight returns in 2017, another 1200cc powered Sportster that runs a 49mm fork along with 16-inch cast aluminum wheels front and back and chunkier tires. While the Forty-Eight and Roadster both sport the heritage Peanut tank, the Sportster 1200 Custom has the 4.5 gallon tank and a lot more chrome than its 1200cc siblings. The Iron 883, a member of Harley’s Dark Custom line, is back in 2017 as well, the 883cc equipped Sporty with its blacked-out styling and solo seat a great gateway bike for just under $9K. Speaking of gateway motorcycles, the Street 750 and Street 500 featuring Harley’s liquid-cooled Revolution X engine both made the cut for 2017. While Harley improved the braking package on the Street models last year, in 2017 both are offered with a couple new options, including ABS for $750 or the H-D Smart Security System for $395.

2017 Harley Sportster Iron 883

2017 Harley Sportster Iron 883

Similar to Harley and its Roadster, Victory got the jump on its 2017 offerings by releasing its Octane back in March. The motorcycle represents Victory’s first foray into liquid-cooling, its 1179cc 60-degree V-twin said to be good for over 100 horsepower. Compact and quick, American Iron’s Editor-in-Chief Steve Lita said “I don’t ever recall riding any V-Rod that offered the agility or the pared-down muscle car feeling of the Octane or left as much spending money in my wallet,” in his first ride review. With a cast aluminum frame and wheels, Victory’s Octane rockets up to 60 mph in under four seconds. A sticker price of $10,499 leaves a little of that pocket change Lita mentioned.

2017 Victory Octane

2017 Victory Octane

Joining the Octane in Victory’s performance cruiser stable is the 2017 Hammer S. With a pro-street style stance, rear cowl, and 250mm rear, the Hammer S is a long-running staple in the Victory lineup. Powered by the tried and true Freedom 106 engine, the Hammer S sports an inverted fork, dual front discs and 18-inch tires front and back. Offered in a blacked-out Hammer S Eight Ball version last year, in 2017 the Hammer S comes in Gloss Black with White Racing Stripes only.

2017 Victory Hammer S

2017 Victory Hammer S

For 2017, Indian Motorcycle Co. enters the niche with two models, the 1133cc 2017 Scout and the 999cc 2017 Scout Sixty. With its revvy engine, cast aluminum frame, slick gearbox and low center of gravity, the Scout has been a tremendous sales success for the company. Last year, Indian offered the Scout with ABS as a $1000 option, which is a carry over to 2017. The two-tone paint schemes for the 2017 Scout are new, though, the contrast helping define the bike’s lines even more so than the monochromatic ones.

2017 Indian Scout

2017 Indian Scout

The 2017 Scout Sixty is also offered with ABS, but only on the Indian Motorcycle Red version. Though the engine is smaller, the Scout Sixty displays much of the same character as its stable mate, from the revviness of its engine to its sure-footedness in turns. Primary differences between the two include one less cog on the transmission of the Scout Sixty, smaller cylinder sleeves and a remapped ECU. The other differences are mostly cost-saving cosmetics, from less machining to less chrome to seat materials. But at a buck under $9K, the Scout Sixty is priced competitively enough to leave a little change for customization. Roland Sands Design used the Scout Sixty as a base platform for its SuperHooligan flat trackers it has been racing over the last year at events across the country.

2017 Indian Scout Sixty

2017 Indian Scout Sixty

Be sure to check out the 2017 Harley, Indian and Victory Cruiser Buyer’s Guide in American Iron Magazine issue # 344! To order a back issue of this or any other issue of American Iron Magazine, visit Greaserag.com.
 
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Indian Issues Recall for 23,746 Motorcycles for Potential Fuel Leaks

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Indian Motorcycle Co. has filed a recall notice with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for 23,746 motorcycles from 2017-2017 for a potential fuel leak caused by fuel rails coming in contact with other components and becoming damaged. Leaking fuel could catch fire “in the presence of an ignition source” states the report. The recall extends to Indian Chief Classic, Chief Dark Horse, Vintage, Chieftain, Chieftain Dark Horse, Springfield and Roadmaster models. Indian Motorcycle dealers have been instructed to remedy the problem by installing a bracket that limits the movement of the fuel rail.

Here’s more info courtesy of the NHTSA.

Recall Subject: Fuel Rail may Chafe and Leak

NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V877000

Manufacturer: Indian Motorcycle Company

SUMMARY:
Indian Motorcycle Company (Indian) is recalling certain model year 2014-2017 Chief Classic, Chief Dark Horse, Vintage, Chieftan, Chieftan Dark Horse, Springfield and Roadmaster motorcycles manufactured April 15, 2013, to July 15, 2016. In the affected motorcycles, the fuel rail may contact other components and result in a fuel leak.

Makes/Models/Model Years:
INDIAN/CHIEF CLASSIC/2014-2017
INDIAN/CHIEF DARK HORSE/2014-2017
INDIAN/CHIEFTAN/2014-2017
INDIAN/CHIEFTAN DARK HORSE/2014-2017
INDIAN/ROADMASTER/2014-2017
INDIAN/SPRINGFIELD/2014-2017
INDIAN/VINTAGE/2014-2017

CONSEQUENCE:
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.

REMEDY:
Indian will notify owners, and dealers will install a bracket that will limit movement of the fuel rail, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2016. Owners may contact Indian customer service at 1-877-204-3697. Indian’s number for this recall is I-16-03.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.