Indian Motorcycle Ready to Showcase 2017 Models at Long Beach IMS

2017 Indian Motorcycle Ride Command System

2017 Indian Motorcycle Ride Command system

See Indian’s model year 2017 motorcycles, all-new parts & accessories, game-changing Ride Command infotainment system, sign up for a bike give-away, and much more at 2016 tour stops in Long Beach and New York plus five stops in 2017

Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, announced its plans for the Progressive International Motorcycle Show (IMS) circuit kicking off in Long Beach (November 18 – 20), followed by New York City (December 5 – 8) plus 2017 tour stops in Washington D.C., Dallas, Cleveland, Minneapolis and Chicago. For the first time on the IMS circuit, Indian Motorcycle will show off the Chieftain Dark Horse, a blacked-out bagger; Indian Springfield, the pure essential touring machine and the award-winning Indian Scout available in a variety of two-tone colors. Indian will also give fans a taste of Ride Command, the industry’s most advanced and user-friendly infotainment system – available on 2017 Indian Chieftain and Roadmaster models.

Test Ride the Entire 2017 Indian Motorcycle Lineup
Long Beach riders are encouraged to test ride the all-new 2017 Indian Motorcycle lineup including a selection of accessorized models. Demos will be offered on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Long Beach Convention Center parking lot. All riders must present a valid motorcycle endorsement. Riders and passengers must be 18 or older and wear proper riding attire that includes a DOT approved helmet, closed-toe shoes, long pants and eye protection.

2017 Indian Roadmaster

2017 Indian Roadmaster

Experience the Indian Motorcycle Exhibit
Visit the Indian Motorcycle booth to check out the entire 2017 Indian Motorcycle lineup and be blown away by the all-new Ride Command infotainment system, featuring the industry’s largest, fastest and most customizable display. On-display will be the one-of-a-kind Scout FTR750 flat track race bike – part of Indian Motorcycle’s historic return to Flat Track Racing. Authentic Indian Motorcycle apparel, accessories and gifts will be on-display and available for purchase. There will be special incentives at each show starting with a tee-shirt giveaway in Long Beach. Additionally, Indian Motorcycle owners can receive a special gift by simply showing their key fob or a photo of them and their bike.

Meet Bryan Smith of the 2017 Indian Wrecking Crew
Long Beach visitors are also invited to meet Indian Motorcycle Racing’s “Flyin” Bryan Smith and inspect his #1 Scout FTR750 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday November 18.

“The International Motorcycle Shows tour is always a great experience,” said Reid Wilson, Director of Marketing for Indian Motorcycle. “It’s where we can connect with our existing fans, as well as showcase the best we have to offer to those interested in learning more about our storied brand.”

Take Part in the Beautiful Bikers Conference
Also in Long Beach, Indian Motorcycle will support the Beautiful Bikers Conference, a celebration of women who love to ride, which takes place at the Courtyard Marriott Long Beach concurrent to the motorcycle show. On Friday Nov. 18, registration runs 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., followed by The Ground Pounders Block Party from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. On Saturday Nov. 19, attendees break out into sessions (Long Distance Riding, Adventure Riding, Beginning Riding & Accessorizing Your Ride) from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., view a Ride the Runway fashion show from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., and enjoy the Beautiful Bikers Awards from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Finally, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sunday Nov. 20, attendees may participate in the Beautiful Bikers Ride, picnic and photoshoot.

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Indian Motorcycle and Zac Brown Band Surprise Vets at Atlanta Charity Ride

Indian Motorcycle Zac Brown Band surprise vets

Ride around Atlanta wrapped-up as band entertained and delighted veterans with a surprise impromptu acoustic performance

In honor and recognition of Veterans Day, Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, paid tribute to our nation’s veterans with a day of gratitude and a motorcycle ride on the outskirts of Atlanta. In partnership with Zac Brown Band, the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group and charity partner Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis, the ride kicked-off Wednesday morning beginning at Indian Motorcycle of Marietta and ending at the campus of Camp Southern Ground, Zac Brown’s non-profit passion initiative, in Fayetteville.

The ride hosted more than 100 riders and veterans from California all the way to Virginia, in addition to Indian Motorcycle Riders Group (IMRG) members from Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. Veterans and other participants were welcomed by breakfast and a kick-off tribute delivered by Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries, who joined the veterans for the day. The scenic ride lasted two hours and traveled through the outskirts of Atlanta. The full day of events dedicated to saluting all American military veterans culminated in lunch and a surprise acoustic performance by Zac Brown Band at Camp Southern Ground.

“All of us at Indian Motorcycle are honored and humbled to continue our steadfast support of America’s military personnel, their families and our veterans, whom we proudly salute today on Veteran’s Day,” said Steve Menneto. “I thank the more than 100 veterans and IMRG riders who took part in this epic day of motorcycle comradery. I would also like to thank Zac Brown Band and their team for their support of our troops, and for making this a legendary event.”

Along for the ride and day’s events were four representatives of the ‘Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis,’ which provides two-wheeled motorcycle therapy for wounded and amputee American military veterans. This past summer marked the second straight year Indian Motorcycle has sponsored this very special charity ride, which departed from Los Angeles en route to the 76th annual Black Hills Rally through some of America’s most scenic landscapes.

Zac Brown Band and Indian Motorcycles host vets at Camp Southern Ground

The Zac Brown Band and Indian Motorcycle Co. hosted a special event for veterans at Zac’s Camp Southern Ground.

Camp Southern Ground is a non-profit organization founded by Zac Brown, with a mission to provide extraordinary experiences for children to recognize and magnify the unique gifts within themselves and others in order to profoundly impact the world. Camp Southern Ground places a special emphasis on those with neuro-developmental disorders, as well as children from military families and those with social or emotional challenges.

Indian Motorcycle partnered with Grammy award-winning and multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band in May 2015 as ambassadors for the iconic American motorcycle brand. The band, an avid group of motorcycle riders, supports Indian Motorcycle through various events and initiatives across the country.

Indian Motorcycle has a proud military history, providing bikes to the war efforts in both WWI and WWII as well as supporting a host of military programs and events over the course of many decades. Zac Brown Band has a long history of supporting the U.S. military as well. The band members are USO tour veterans who have entertained more than 20,000 troops. In partnership with Indian Motorcycle and the USO, Zac Brown Band met with select troops on some stops of their 50-city North American Stadium Tour, crossing the country in support of their recently released ‘JEKYLL + HYDE’ album, which garnered their third consecutive number one ranking on the Billboard 200.

“It was an honor and a privilege to be a part of this day and the band is proud to have played a small role in making this day special for our veterans,” said Zac Brown. “Camp Southern Ground was proud to host this special event and welcomes our nation’s veterans today and every day.”

Indian Scout Genuine Leather Saddlebags Review

Indian Scout Genuine Leather Saddlebags review

Between the revvy nature of its engine and low-slung stance, the Indian Scout is a solid everyday solo rider. But every now and then, a rider could use a little extra storage space for running errands around town or when traveling longer distances. Indian offers a solution with its easy-on, easy-off Genuine Leather Saddlebags for the Scout.

2016 Indian Scout with Genuine Leather Saddlebags

When it’s time to go exploring on the Scout, the leather saddlebags are a welcome addition.

When we say easy, we mean it. Indian has made installation as painless as possible because there’s already two mounting points in the Scout’s stock rear fender. Simply remove the two hex bolts on the side of the fender, screw the mounting spools into their place, and slide the posts on the back of the saddlebags into the holes on the spools. Then open up the bag, flip the latch down to secure it, and you’re good to go. The only time you’ll need a tool is during the initial installation to remove the hex bolt and to tighten down the ones in the center of the mounting spools. After that, removing the bags is as easy as flipping up the latches and pulling them off. The mount isn’t oversized so it doesn’t detract from the look of the bike without the bag. They do stick out about an inch-and-a-half but it only takes a few minutes to take them off and replace them with the stock bolts which sit flush on the fender.

The mounting spools for the Scout's leather saddlebags bolt right in to preexisting holes.

The mounting spools for the Scout’s leather saddlebags bolt right in to preexisting holes.

The factory Scout saddlebags feature a plastic shell interior while the outside is wrapped in weather-resistant leather. Using hard plastic for the inside helps the bags maintain shape. We’ll vouch for its ability to keep contents dry after getting caught in a couple of summer time storms. On the exterior, the tan leather and dual buckles give the bags a vintage look, as do a couple of shiny Indian headdress medallions. The metal buckles and leather straps are just for show as the real latching system comes in the form of a plastic clasp and nylon strap hidden underneath them. The plastic clasp is quick and convenient to use. There’s also snaps at the front and back of the lid to ensure it doesn’t blow open once a rider’s up to speed.

Indian Scout saddlebags plastic clasp

Beneath the leather strap and buckle of the Scout saddlebags is a plastic clasp and nylon strap that expedites access.

At 4 inches, the Scout Genuine Leather Saddlebags aren’t overly wide. Lengthwise, you’ve got 16 inches to work with. The bottom of the bags are contoured slightly in order to provide a little space between them and the pipes. They’re the perfect size to stuff a riding jacket in and have been useful for carrying cameras and GoPro’s for photo shoots. They’re big enough to hold enough stuff for an overnighter but not big enough for a multi-day trip. There’s also no way to lock them to protect your valuables.

Indian Scout saddlebag latch

Once the mounting spools are in place, removing the Scout’s leather saddlebags is as easy as flipping this latch up and pulling them off.

The Genuine Leather Saddlebags are available in Desert Tan or Black for $999.99 and come with a one-year warranty. The traditional styling complements the Scout well and they rate high for being easy to install and remove. The one hitch is you have to purchase the mounting spools separately for $149.99. Considering the bags already cost a grand you’d think they’d be bundled into the overall package. Granted, they’re not cheap, but the cost becomes easier to swallow every time a rider doesn’t have to throw on a backpack for runs to the store or long day rides.

Indian Motorcycles headdress medallion

Indian headdress medallions add a little style to the factory accessory leather saddlebags.

Indian Sponsors Hooligan Dirt Track Races at Santa Rosa Half-Mile

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, announced it will be sponsoring the Pro/Am Hooligan and RSD SuperHooligan races during an action-packed AMA Finale weekend in Santa Rosa, California on Sept 24. In all, nine classes will compete in a day of handlebar-to-handlebar action beginning at 4:30 p.m. PDT at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in the Chris Beck Arena. Participating in the SuperHooligan race class will be Roland Sands as well as various special guests. Roland and his team from Roland Sands Design (RSD) will be racing their custom Indian Scout Sixty dirt track racers, which made their racing debut at the “Superprestigio of the Americas” in Las Vegas in 2015.

Indian SuperHooligan Races at Santa Rosa Half-Mile 2016

Indian Motorcycle will be bringing the RSD SuperHooligan slideshow to the Santa Rosa Half-Mile the weekend of the AMA Pro Flat Track finale.

The RSD SuperHooligan class will be part of the schedule at the Santa Rosa half-mile track, with tickets and more information about the full weekend of activity available here. Tickets for Saturday’s shenanigans are available here. Racers interested in signing up for the SuperHooligan class can register here.

“Over the last year we’ve stepped up to the plate as a key sponsor of RSD SuperHooligan events across the country to grow this action-packed, entertaining and uniquely accessible sport,” said Reid Wilson, Director of Marketing for Indian Motorcycle. “The popularity of the SuperHooligan class and the ease with which our Scout and Scout Sixty models can be transformed into highly competitive racers has helped fuel our involvement. We look forward to a full weekend of entertainment, fun and awesome racing, knowing that the SuperHooligan class will clearly be one of the highlights.”

Indian Flat Track Legends Help Launch Scout FTR750 in Sturgis

Indian Wrecking Crew members Bobby Hill and Bill Tuman Sturgis 2016

Indian Motorcycle Wrecking Crew Living Legends, Bobby Hill and Bill Tuman on-hand in Sturgis to celebrate historic return to professional racing

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, unleashed its all-new Indian Scout FTR750 flat track race bike in a place synonymous with the brand – the 76th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The event is the latest milestone in the historic return to professional flat track racing for the brand, while the Scout FTR750 represents Indian Motorcycle’s bid for a strong return to AMA flat track racing.

The Indian Scout FTR750 was revealed at the “Motorcycles as Art” industry event that took place at the famed Buffalo Chip in Sturgis. Special guests on-hand were the two surviving members of the legendary Indian Wrecking Crew, Bobby Hill and Bill Tuman, both of whom are AMA Hall of Fame members. The third member of the Wrecking Crew, Ernie Beckman, passed away in 1999. The motorcycle featured the #51 of Bill Tuman, as a tribute to the last rider to win a Grand National Championship on an Indian in 1953.

“A heritage of racing and winning is in the lifeblood of this brand, and everyone in attendance was clearly proud to be a part of this important moment in the historic return of Indian Motorcycle to professional flat track racing,” said President of Motorcycles Steve Menneto. “We have an incredible team of engineers and designers working on this initiative, and all of us are deeply committed to building a world-class racing program that will live up to our legendary history on the track.”

Indian Scout 750 flat track motorcycle

Indian Motorcycle Co. is proud to be returning to its racing roots and is eager to compete in the 2017 AMA Pro Flat Track season with its new Scout 750.

The all-new Indian Scout FTR750 features a high-revving, racing V-Twin engine developed in-house and is wrapped in a unique steel frame that allows for a tight wheelbase, large centrally located airbox and unique lightweight carbon fiber body. The design of the race-only bike reflects the heritage of key Indian racing models from history including the Big Base Scout; a historic bike that won in Daytona, dominated events across the country and is still raced in Vintage competition today.

Indian Scout FTR750 flat track motorcycle

Compact, light and powerful, the Indian FTR750 has all the requisite characteristics to be competitive right from the get-go.

More information on the race only Indian Scout FTR750will be made in the future. The motorcycle was displayed in the AMA Paddock at the Black Hills Speedway during the fans walk, and was shown in the Indian Motorcycle factory display on Lazelle Street through the rally week.

The Scout FTR750's V-Twin is encased in a steel frame.

The Scout FTR750’s V-Twin is encased in a steel frame.

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Indian Scout FTR750

Indian Motorcycle Co. debuted its new flat track weapon, the Scout FTR750, at the 76th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

2016 American Iron River Run along the Mighty Mississippi

Riverside Park Eagle La Crosse WI 2016 American Iron River Run

What better place for American Iron to meet for a beautiful ride up the Mississippi River than a park with a stainless steel eagle soaring 35-feet overhead?

It seemed only fitting the steel eagle of La Crosse’s Riverside Park soared 35 feet above the gathering point of American Iron’s River Run 2016. American is in our name, something we take pride in. We were on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the most fabled river in American lore. Indian Motorcycles, a company whose name is inscribed in American motorcycle culture, was hangin’ out with us and hooked us up with a couple of sweet rides for the event, Buzz snagging the keys to the Chieftain with the performance cams and kit while I got the keys to a Roadmaster splashed in the sharp Springfield Blue and Ivory Cream paint.

Thought it was cool the first two American Iron fans I met rolled up on a 1936 Sport Scout and 1947 Harley Model ‘U.’ Will Lusignan, President of the Driftless Antique Club of America, brought out his old tank shifter to share while Duane Olsen of Black River Falls had his Flathead sitting curbside.

2016 Indian Sport Scout American Iron River Run

Will Lusignan rolled into the 2016 American Iron River Run on his clean 1936 Indian Sport Scout.

The diversity of bikes that showed up were as unique as the people themselves. White Bear Lake’s Rick Mereness gets a vote for “Coolest Grandpa” for bringing his grandson Easton along for the ride, Easton taking in the sights from his perch atop the pillion of a 2012 Electra Glide. There was “Charlie Romeo Alpha India Gulf” Cooper, aka Craig, who did the 750-mile ride to La Crosse from Tulsa, Oklahoma the day before and hooked up with us for the adventure up the river and Minnesota’s Patriot Ride, too (Be sure to check out our 2016 Patriot Ride Report & Photos). Craig’s trusted mount was a 2009 FLHTP, a former Tulsa police bike now doing duty as a civilian vehicle.

Leah Misch’s Scout has seen over 17,000 miles in less than a year, Misch knocking out 10,000 in the first two months of owning her new bike during a soul-searching trip of our country. The La Crosse native would lead our group on a scenic tour to Indian Motorcycle of Twin Cities, fittingly on a motorcycle called Scout. There was “Bandanas by Michelle’s” gloss black Roadmaster all dressed up with 15,000 Swarovski crystals, including the script on the tank and the special 75th Sturgis air cleaner. Her license plate says a lot about Michelle, who is “LVNLYF” on her Indian. Her license plate holder, stamped “You’ve Just Been Passed by a Girl,” is another clue to her personality. There were bikes with plenty of personality joining us for the River Run, from a slammed and stretched big-wheeled bagger with blazing orange paint to an Ultra Classic Electra Glide complete with sidecar.

Bandanas by Michelle You've Just Been Passed by a Girl

“You’ve Just Been Passed by a Girl” on a black Roadmaster blinged-out with 15,000 Swarovski crystals.

Tour guide Misch got our ride off on the right foot as she led us over some backwood sweepers you’d probably never find if you weren’t a La Crosse local. Before long we’re running parallel to the river, green canopies broken by rocky buttes. The wind is whipping leaves in the trees and stirring up whitecaps on the water. Riding along the Mississippi, the landscape sings the songs of Faulkner and Twain, tugs doing the delicate dance of steering barges 10 times their length down the turbulent waters. You sense the river’s ancientness where it’s wide as a lake, the waters witnessing the evolution of North American cultures who have lined her shore firsthand. The further north we get the more the river seeps into the surrounding countryside creating carpets of moss and marshes, the area feeling more like Louisiana than Wisconsin. Nobody complained when the group made a pit stop at the Nelson Creamery to get a big scoop.

2016 American Iron River Run Rick Mereness and Easton

Props to White Bear Lake’s Rick Mereness for bringing his grandson Easton along for the ride.

Pulling into Indian Motorcycles of Twin Cities, the dynamic duo from Acapulco Restaurante Mexicano had tasty tacos, burritos and cold drinks waiting for our group. Local musician Lyzander provided the party’s background tracks as he laid down some mean Zeppelin on his acoustic guitar. Tasty grub, a cold one, and live music – Twin Cities Indian owner Art Welch knows how to treat a hungry group after a good road trip.

We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to share the open road with readers, to talk shop and swap stories, then sit down and share a meal. We appreciate your support and can’t wait to ride with many of you again. The Kickstart Classic is right around the corner, the vintage motorcycle event taking place July 28-30 at Wheels Through Time in Maggie Valley. Hope to see you there.


Mark Wahlberg Supports Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis by Indian Motorcycle

Epic ride from L.A. to South Dakota on Indian bikes uses ‘Motorcycle Therapy’ to aid wounded and amputee veterans

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company and proud sponsor for the second straight year of the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis, released further details about the 1,776-mile, multi-state tour that uses Indian motorcycles as therapy for wounded and amputee veterans.

The Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis hand-selects veterans from all branches of the military to experience motorcycle therapy on Indian motorcycles, trikes and Champion sidecars while riding from Los Angeles to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. For 2016, 20 deserving veterans and veteran mentors will join the ride.

Mark Wahlberg Veterans Ride to Sturgis

Mark Wahlberg proudly supports the Veterans Ride to Sturgis by Indian Motorcycle Co.

“I’m so grateful to the participants in this year’s ride and all our veterans for their service to our country,” said actor, producer and Indian Motorcycle enthusiast Mark Wahlberg. “This ride is a wonderful opportunity to support each other and enjoy the natural beauty of this great nation.”

To view a short personal greeting from Mark Wahlberg to this year’s Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis participants, please

The program was conceived and developed by veteran Army Paratrooper David Frey and Emmy Award-winning producer and director Robert Manciero of Full Vision Productions, leveraging the therapeutic effects of motorcycle riding to create an adventure of a lifetime for wounded veterans. For the second straight year the journey will be filmed so the message can be shared with as many veterans as possible.

“We’ll spend over a week riding on America’s most beautiful roads, getting to know each other and helping each other through Motorcycle Therapy,” said Frey. “The shared experience of serving brings us together, veteran to veteran, to help each other heal. We also show the veterans just how much their service means to America by stopping in small towns along the way to meet the people of our nation who want to celebrate these brave men and women.”

The nine-day journey stops in various towns and cities along the way, giving the veterans a chance to meet the grateful citizens they helped protect. Towns along their route include Las Vegas, N.V., Moab, Utah, Denver, Colo., and Hot Springs, S.D. Once in Sturgis, the veterans spend the week of the rally riding the Black Hills, attending events and taking part in the ultimate “Sturgis Experience.”

“Indian Motorcycle is proud to be a founding sponsor of the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis in honor of the sacrifices made by these brave men and women,” said Indian Motorcycle Marketing Director Reid Wilson. “Indian Motorcycle has a long and proud heritage of supporting the U.S. Military and our troops over the course of the past century, and we are pleased to continue that tradition as a part of this noble and worthwhile initiative.”

Special events for our veterans at Sturgis include an exclusive luncheon with members of the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group on Aug. 7, the Legends Charity Memorial Ride on Aug. 8, VIP access to an evening of live music at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip on Aug. 10, the Freedom Celebration Ride departing Spearfish on Aug. 11 and a special shooting competition event at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip followed by an invite-only dinner at Indian Motorcycle of Sturgis on Aug. 12.

“Supporting our veterans by donating sidecars to accommodate amputee veterans in a safe, comfortable manner is something near and dear to our team and to me personally,” said Craig Arrojo, President of Champion Sidecars. “We are honored to be associated with such a worthy event, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the Veterans Charity Ride for years to come.”

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Indian Motorcycle Sponsors American Iron Magazine’s River Ride

Indian Motorcycle War Bonnet logo

Picturesque group ride on July 8 precedes the Patriot Ride on July 9 to benefit Minnesota’s military members, veterans and their families

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, is proud to sponsor the American Iron River Ride, a motorcycle group ride from Lacrosse, Wis., to St. Paul, Minn., that precedes the Patriot Ride to benefit Minnesota’s military members, veterans and their families.

The American Iron Magazine River Ride, a free event organized by American Iron Magazine and open to all brands of motorcycle, takes place July 8. Riders are asked to gather at the historic Riverside Park in Lacrosse, Wis., at 10 a.m. for the ride that commences at 12 p.m. The route will take participants on a picturesque trip following the Mississippi River northward along Highway 61 to Indian Motorcycle of the Twin Cities, where a free reception and party will be held that afternoon and evening.

The following day, July 9, riders are invited to join a group ride that departs from Indian Motorcycle of the Twin Cities at 9 a.m. and leads to the Patriot Ride’s staging area at the Anoka County Airport in Blaine, Minn. There, the group will have VIP reserved parking and be positioned in a special place on the Patriot Ride. All riders on July 9 must be pre-registered for the Patriot Ride. Riders can register at the

American Iron Magazine

At least one of the motorcycles taking part in a coinciding custom and classic motorcycle show judged by Donnie Smith will be photographed and featured in the pages of American Iron Magazine.

All proceeds from the Patriot Ride benefit the Minnesota Patriot Guard, Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund, Folds Of Honor – Minnesota, and Tribute To the Troops – Minnesota Chapter.

“I want to thank Indian Motorcycle for helping to create this opportunity for motorcyclists to ride alongside the editors of American Iron while benefitting Minnesota’s military service members, veterans and families,” says Buzz Kanter, Publisher of American Iron Magazine. “This is yet another great effort by the motorcycle community to showcase its love and support for our Armed Forces.”

“Indian Motorcycle’s support of our Armed Forces dates back to the earliest days of the brand,” says Reid Wilson, Director of Marketing for Indian Motorcycle. “The American Iron Magazine River Ride teaming with Minnesota’s Patriot Ride is just one way we can continue to assist our past and present military members and their loved ones.”

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Indian Motorcycle Engineers Take on El Mirage in “Passion for Speed”

Indian Motorcycle at El Mirage.

Indian Motorcycle has produced a seven-episode video series of the after-hours development of land speed racers by its engineering team. (Photo courtesy of Indian Motorcycle Co.)

At Indian Motorcycle, designing and building exceptional motorcycles doesn’t end after an eight-hour workday. Melding their careers with a shared fervor for going fast, a team of Indian Motorcycle engineers continues to practice their art on two-wheeled skunk-works type projects after-hours in the office and at home. Now, in a seven-episode video series titled “A Passion For Speed,” we’re able to capture a glimpse of what happens in these creative sessions as the team prepares an Indian Scout and Indian Chief Dark Horse for land speed racing in El Mirage, Calif.

Located in the Mojave Desert, El Mirage dry lakebed has attracted speed enthusiasts for more than 60 years. At its best, the 1.3-mile-long hard and smooth track serves as a unique venue for testing a machine’s maximum velocity. At its worst, under spectacular summer thunderstorms, it becomes an impassible quagmire of clay and silt.

In “A Passion For Speed”, we follow the Indian Motorcycle team – Calibration Engineer Wayne Kolden, Senior Development Technician Chet Michaelson, Development Technician Dan Gervais and Powertrain Development Technician Neil Sikora – as they build a Scout and Chief Dark Horse specifically for dry lakebed duty, recall where their passion for fast machines came from, work together to overcome setbacks, and then travel 1,800 miles to realize their dream. The series begins when the team has only 22 days remaining until race day and culminates in a surprise ending that has team members counting the days to their next opportunity.

“It’s not a one-man show, by any means,” says Michaelson. “It’s everybody coming together and chipping in and building something phenomenal. And that really is the foundation of where Indian Motorcycle came from – a bunch of guys in the shop working for the win. And that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

“The first motorized bike that I had was actually a homemade minibike that my dad built with me,” Kolden explains while assembling an engine in his home workshop. “All of the kids our age had minibikes, motorcycles and go-karts. Everyone was a motor-head. That was just the environment we had growing up. To go to El Mirage, or hopefully someday Bonneville, is one of my dreams.”

“At Indian Motorcycle we love riding and racing as much as our dedicated and passionate owners,” says Reid Wilson, Marketing Director for Indian Motorcycle. “Wayne, Chet, Dan and Neil reflect the obsession we all have for motorcycling. All we needed to do was follow them with a camera and do some interviews. This was their passion project.”

Watch “A Passion For Speed” here. Learn more about Indian Motorcycle by visiting and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels.

Blacked-Out & Bad to the Bone – Indian Chieftain Dark Horse First Look

Introducing the 2017 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse.

Introducing the 2016 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse.

Indian Motorcycle Company has been shaking up the status quo of the American cruiser motorcycle segment since it landed in the hands of Polaris, Inc. Tapping into the brand’s heritage and injecting it with modern performance and technology, the company’s combination of solidly built bikes and aggressive marketing strategies has steadily cut into Harley-Davidson’s market share.

The motorcycle that created the biggest stir when Polaris relaunched the brand was the Chieftain. Never before had Indian released a hard bagger, especially one with a regal disposition and a stomping powerplant like the Thunder Stroke 111. At the Sturgis debut of the initial Indian lineup, the Chieftain was the star and has been a solid competitor to Harley’s hugely popular Road Glide and Street Glide baggers since its release.

The plot thickens as Indian is now offering a blacked-out version of its hot-selling bagger. There’s something about splashing a bike in matte black that gives it a raw, edgy attitude. The 2016 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse has the blacked-out treatment from fender-to-fender, including the engine.

And while a darker, more menacing version of the Chieftain is a welcome sight, what piques our interest even more are the performance upgrades Indian is offering for the Thunder Stroke 111. The package includes Stage 2 Performance Cams, a Thunder Stroke High Flow Air Cleaner, and Stage 1 Exhaust. The combination reportedly provides snappier throttle response and a bigger punch.

We’ll test those claims tomorrow as American Iron Magazine is headed to Los Angeles to ride one. After putting in some city miles, we’re headed up the California coast to the Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel, then continuing north to Oregon in order to give the 2016 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse a proper shakedown. Keep an eye out for a full ride review in an upcoming edition of American Iron Magazine.

2017 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse engine

One of the most exciting things about the new Indian Chieftain Dark Horse is the performance package it’s offering for the Thunder Stroke 111. The package includes Stage 2 Performance Cams, a Thunder Stroke High Flow Air Cleaner, and Stage 1 Exhaust.

Here’s the official press release on the latest Indian Motorcycle along with a spec sheet.

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, has launched the Indian Chieftain Dark Horse, a blacked-out hard bagger that allows riders to easily customize their ride and hit the highway in head-turning style.

A bagger with undeniable presence, the Chieftain Dark Horse offers a ton of matte black, a flicker of chrome, and a wealth of features to roll as one of the most bad-ass American-made V-Twin bikes on the market. The Chieftain Dark Horse conveys an aggressive attitude that demands attention for all the right reasons.

Powered by a blacked-out version of the celebrated Thunder Stroke 111 engine and built upon the same highly lauded chassis and suspension as the Indian Chieftain, the new Chieftain Dark Horse comes from the factory outfitted with a solo seat and short, tinted power windscreen, yet maintains its spacious power-locking hard bags, ABS, electronic cruise control, tire pressure monitoring system, premium stereo with AM/FM Bluetooth and smartphone compatible input, and remote key fob with keyless ignition.

To amplify the Dark Horse family attributes, not only are the fenders, fairing, fuel tank and bags blacked out, the iconic Indian Motorcycle headdress, forks, mirrors, handlebars and switch cubes, turn signals, tank console, engine and airbox cover, lower controls, floorboards and taillight housing are also blacked out.

Of course, Indian Motorcycle also offers a large selection of authentic factory accessories to further individualize your already stealthy ride, including new Blackout series accessory air cleaners, performance cams and slip-on exhausts, as well as pumping up the stereo with 100-watt saddlebag lid speakers.

“The Indian Chieftain Dark Horse’s blacked-out styling and powerful Thunder Stroke 111 engine will elevate our rider to the top of the pack,” says Indian Motorcycle Marketing Director Reid Wilson. “Starting with the award-winning Chieftain platform, the Dark Horse series signature matte black paint and raw attitude is an open canvas for customization that makes it the perfect bike for riders who are ready to ‘Be Legendary’.”

The Indian Chieftain Dark Horse comes with a two-year unlimited mileage factory warranty and is available in dealerships now starting at just $ 21,999. For more information, visit

Indian Chieftain Dark Horse

Indian gave its hard bagger the blacked-out treatment, the Indian Chieftain Dark Horse looking more menacing than ever as a result.

BLACKED-OUT STYLING: It’s black from top to bottom, including the wheels, forks, handlebars, engine, bodywork – even the iconic headdress up front.

THUNDER STROKE 111: The proven, powerful Thunder Stroke 111 engine serves up 119 ft-lbs of torque, and is finished primarily in black.

TOURING AMENITIES: With a commanding power-windscreen equipped fairing and lockable hard bags out back, you’re ready to rack up miles in style and comfort.

PREMIUM AUDIO: The Indian Chieftain Dark Horse features a premium audio system with an AM/FM stereo, Bluetooth connectivity and smartphone compatible input. 100-watt premium audio from dual high-output speakers in the fairing deliver quality sound, and you can further boost the volume of your tunes with accessory 100- watt saddlebag lid audio.

KEYLESS IGNITION: Keyless starting is secure and convenient. With the Indian Chieftain Dark Horse key fob in your pocket, climb on the bike, push a button and ride. If you misplace the fob, use the individual security code you pre-program into the ignition.


PERFORMANCE: Rev up enhanced performance with these blacked-out performance accessories that unleash more power, improved throttle response, and add a rich and throaty exhaust note with Stage 1 Exhaust, a Thunder Stroke High Flow Air Cleaner, and Stage 2 Performance Cams. Install this performance package and you’ll feel like you’re riding a new bike. For ultimate style, add Fish Tail or Six Shooter exhaust tips.

APE HANGER HANDLEBARS: Add custom style, a comfortable reach to the controls, and a load of attitude with the black Ape Hanger Handlebar Kit. You’ll enjoy the riding position, and on every ride you’ll cop an attitude like you own the road.

PREMIUM AUDIO WITH COLOR MATCHED SADDLEBAG LIDS: Treat yourself to powerful audio by installing Premium Saddlebag Audio. Combined with the Matte Black Saddlebag Audio Lids (required & sold separately), the audio in the color-matched saddlebag lids ensures you’ll hear your road trip playlists loud and clear.

BLACKED-OUT STYLE: Go full throttle with your blacked-out custom style. Switch to all-black Floorboards, and install black Fender Trim and Saddlebag Trim that replace stock chrome pieces. The black Front Highway Bar adds black custom style, tip-over protection, and a comfortable perch for your feet when cruising.


Engine Type – 49˚ V-Twin
Transmission – 6-speed/constant mesh/foot shift
Battery – 12 volts / 18 amp/hour, 310 CCA
Bore x Stroke – 3.976” x 4.449” (101 mm x 113 mm)
Clutch – Wet, multi-plate
Compression Ratio – 9.5 : 1
Cooling System – Air / Oil
Displacement – 111 cu in / 1811 cc
Exhaust – Split dual exhaust with crossover
Final Drive – Belt drive, 152 tooth
Fuel Capacity – 5.5 gal / 20.8 ltr
Fuel System – Electronic fuel injection, closed loop/54 mm bore
Oil Capacity – 5.5 qts / 5.20 ltr
Primary Drive – Gear drive wet clutch
Torque -119.2 ft-lbs at 3000 rpm

Front Suspension – Telescopic fork, 46 mm diameter, 4.7 in / 119 mm travel
Rear Suspension – Single shock 4.5 in / 114 mm travel, air adjustable

Dry Weight – 803 lbs / 364 kg
Ground Clearance – 5.6 in / 142 mm
GVWR – 1,385 lbs / 630 kg
Length – 101.2 in / 2571 mm
Rake/Trail – 25° / 5.9 in / 150 mm
Seat Height – 26 in / 660 mm
Wheelbase – 65.7 in / 1668 mm

Brake System Type – Individual front and rear control with ABS
Front Braking System – Dual 300 mm floating rotor with 4-piston calipers
Rear Braking System – Single 300 mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper

Front Tire – Dunlop Elite 3, 130/90B16 73H
Front Wheel – Cast 16” x 3.5”
Rear Tire – Dunlop Elite 3 180/60R16 80H
Rear Wheel – Cast 16” x 5.0”
COLOR & MSRP Thunder Black Smoke $ 21,999