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Polaris Motorcycle Division to Exhibit & Showcase New Model Lineup at 2017 AIMExpo

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The Polaris Motorcycle Division will make its American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) debut in September at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Both Indian Motorcycle and Polaris Slingshot will be presenting their full 2018 model year lineup.

Produced by the Motorcycle Industry Council, AIMExpo is the single most important event of its type in the North American market and has international impact within the motorcycle and powersports industry. Polaris Motorcycle Division’s support of AIMExpo further demonstrates the company’s continued support to grow and expand the motorcycle industry. In addition, the AIMExpo provides an ideal platform to reach consumers and entertain dealers.

“The AIMExpo provides both Indian and Slingshot the ideal platform to reach and engage the North American market and to showcase each brand’s new model year lineups,” said Steve Menneto, President, Polaris Motorcycle Division. “Additionally, the city of Columbus is strategically situated within the sweet spot of our consumer base, as well as our dealer network, making it an ideal location to showcase our products to key constituencies.”

The AIMExpo’s purpose is to serve as the catalyst to bring together industry, press, dealers and consumers in a single arena that creates a grand stage for motorcycling and powersports in the U.S. and North America. AIMExpo delivers an efficient and energetic market-timed expo platform for B2B and B2C in the powersports industry.

“We’re excited to welcome Indian Motorcycle and Polaris Slingshot to the AIMExpo for the first time,” said Larry Little, Vice President & General Manager, MIC Events. “Both brands bring a unique story unlike any other brand – with Indian’s historic place in motorcycling and Slingshot’s category-creating design. We fully expect both brands to be well received from attending industry professionals and consumers, and believe Indian and Slingshot will help contribute to make this the best show yet.”

Indian Motorcycle’s ‘PROJECT Chieftain’ Custom Bagger Contest Winners

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During Daytona’s Bike Week, Indian Motorcycle announced the three winners of its Project Chieftain custom motorcycle contest during Bike Week in Daytona Beach. Hollister Powersports’ (Hollister, CA) “Tequila Sunset” claimed top honors, with “America Proud” from Coastal Indian Motorcycle (Murrels Inlet, S.C.) and “Barnstorm” from Indian Motorcycle of Central Massachusetts (Worcester, MA) taking 2nd and 3rd place honors respectively.

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Pre Orders Sell Out In 10 Minutes for Indian Motorcycle Jack Daniels Limited Edition

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Just a week ago, Indian Motorcycle dealers began accepting pre-order deposits for the company’s recently unveiled Limited-Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chieftain. By 12:10 p.m. Eastern, pre-order capacity of 100 units was filled.

The new limited-edition offering is the latest collaboration between America’s first motorcycle company and the iconic Tennessee whiskey distillery. In 2016, the collaboration produced a Limited-Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield and Indian Chief Vintage with pre-order capacity of 150 units filled in merely 8 hours. This year it only took 10 minutes.

“This overwhelming level of demand is an incredible testament to the power of these two iconic American brands,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “Without a doubt, this brand collaboration and motorcycle are tapping directly into a deep sense of patriotism and American pride. We couldn’t be prouder to be a part of it.”

The custom-inspired Chieftain marks the second year the two iconic American trailblazers have collaborated to design and manufacture what is ultimately a unique V-twin-powered celebration of American craftsmanship. Both brands have long shared a mutual commitment to independence, originality, and ingenuity. Ultimately, that’s what the resulting limited-edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chieftain represents. Based on the consumer response, it’s clear that these brands, and the principles they stand for, deeply resonate with American motorcyclists.

“Last year, we were blown away when we filled order capacity in eight hours. Clearly, we have tapped into something truly special, but to fill pre-order to capacity in 10 minutes is nothing short of incredible, “said Dave Stang, Director of Events and Sponsorships for Jack Daniel’s. “Ultimately, it’s critical to us that our partnered responsibility message of “Bottles & Throttles Don’t Mix” is heard as loud and clear as the roar of the 111” V-Twin motor that powers these Indian Chieftains. These incredible bikes are an important platform in carrying that message to consumers.”

Only 100 of these show-stopping Limited Edition Indian Chieftain’s were available globally, each coming with a commemorative American flag handmade from Jack Daniel’s barrel wood. Each flag is customized to include the owner’s name, motorcycle number and VIN. The individually numbered bikes carry an MSRP of $34,999 (California models add $250 for California emissions) and a Canada MSRP of $42,499. Each comes with a two-year unlimited mileage factory warranty and free membership in the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group™ for one year.

Project Chieftain Puts 10 Indian Motorcycle Dealers In Competition To Build An Epic Custom Indian Chieftain

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Over the past four months, Indian Motorcycle dealers across North America have been hard at work building their own version of the world’s most legendary custom Chieftain yet. Here are the results of their efforts and creativity.

Now you get to vote for your favorites, and as a bonus, you’ll be entered to win a new 2017 Indian Chieftain you can call your own. Three winners will be announced at Daytona Bike Week 2017. But first, have a look at five of these ten amazing custom creations here. You can vote and enter to win a new 2017 Indian Chieftain here.

Vote Now For Kuryakyn Sprint Signature Series Build Battle

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Kuryakyn dealers armed with the new Sprint Signature Series by John Shope are battling it out to see who can build the “baddest” Indian Scout. Five dealerships were enlisted to showcase their creativity in a friendly war of the wrenches, demonstrating the versatility of the Sprint Signature Series and its ability to transform Scout and Scout Sixty platforms.

Sprint Signature Series Build Battle contestants are only limited by their own imagination. There are no rules regarding theme, total cost or design style. The lone requirement is that each build entry must utilize the entire Kuryakyn Sprint Signature Series by John Shope, including the Sprint Front Fender, Café Fairing, Chin Spoiler and various Sprint frame/body accents. Each participating dealer was also supplied with Crusher® Maverick Slip-Ons for use on their build.

Online public voting open now and running through Friday, February 10 will decide the winning Scout. The winning dealership will be announced on Tuesday, February 14. Fans can vote for their favorite build and learn more about the inspiration behind each design at www.kuryakyn.com/sprint-battle.

Indian Motorcycle — Winterizing Your Bike

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Not every Indian Motorcycle® rider is lucky enough to live where the climate lets you ride year-round. For snowbelt residents who live amid snowy, icy streets that are unridable in winter, here’s how to prepare your Indian® motorcycle for winter storage. The goal of winter storage prep is to protect the bike and have it ready to start and run once spring arrives.

Many Indian Motorcycle dealers will prep and store your bike for the winter. This frees up your garage space at home, and it lets you rest easy knowing your bike was professionally prepped for winter and is being stored properly. Plus, these dealers commonly include pre-ride service and prep when you pick up your bike in the spring.

If you do the storage prep work yourself, rely on your dealer for supplies you’ll need such as oil, fuel stabilizer, cleaning solutions, covers, and more.

Protect the Engine & Fuel System

After your final ride of the season, fill the fuel tank with non-oxygenated fuel and add Indian Motorcycle fuel stabilizer to the tank. Run the engine briefly (1-2 minutes should do) to get the stabilizer mixed among the fuel. Having the tank full of fuel minimizes the chances of condensation.

Change the oil and oil filter. You’ll remove impurities and will have the bike ready to start and run in the spring.

Remove the spark plugs and add 2 teaspoons of oil to each cylinder, or spray fogging oil in the plug holes. With the plugs out, cover the plug holes with cardboard or a rag and crank the engine over to coat the cylinders with protective oil.

Trickle Charge the Battery

If you want to keep your battery charged all winter, disconnect the cable to the negative battery post and attach the trickle charger. A proper trickle charger will charge the battery fully, then stop the flow of electricity until the charge eventually drops slightly, triggering the charger.

If you have a relatively new, reliable battery, it’s not absolutely essential to keep it fully charged all winter. It will recharge quickly in the spring and provide reliable starting. If you don’t use a trickle charger, consider charging the battery for a couple of hours one day between Christmas and New Year’s Day, and again on Super Bowl Sunday.

Protect the Bodywork

Wash and wax the bike. You’ll be removing dirt and oils the bike collects from roadways, and you’ll leave it protected for the extended storage period.


Cover the exhaust pipe outlets with plastic bags and place a rubber band over the bags to hold them in place. This is a time-tested way to keep unwanted pests (mice, etc.) from climbing inside this cozy (to them) space.

To further pest-proof the bike, put some dryer sheets in the air box and under the seat. If you have an Indian bagger or touring bike, also insert dryer sheets in the fairing and the saddlebags.

Elevate the Tires, Lower the Pressure

Now roll your motorcycle into its winter parking place – ideally, in the garage or another protected enclosure. It’s a good idea to raise the tires off the concrete floor, rolling them onto pieces of wood, for instance, to help prevent flat-spotting.

You might also want to lower the tires’ air pressure to about half their recommended pressure. Why? So you don’t give in to impulse on what seems like a nice January day and take the bike out onto the road when there are two months of winter remaining. (By resisting temptation, you’ll keep the bike stored and protected.) Plus, by intentionally lowering the pressure, you’ll know you need to set the tire pressure correctly in the spring.

Cover It and Plan Some Trips

Put a bike cover over your motorcycle and cinch it down. Covering the clean bike keeps the bike from getting dusty and dirty, and minimizes condensation on surfaces. But don’t try to seal the bike inside a non-breathable (i.e., plastic) cover, or you could promote unwanted condensation and rust.

Attach a pre-ride checklist to the bike’s cover so you remember what you need to do before riding in the spring: Remove the exhaust tip covers, remove the dryer sheets, and set the proper tire pressure. The fuel stabilizer will burn with the fuel.

A properly prepped motorcycle is clean and protected for winter storage. With your bike securely tucked away form winter, go plan some great rides for next year, and count the days until you can ride your motorcycle next spring.

New World Order Bikernet Weekly News for January 5, 2017

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I received a note from the MRF about a state trying to pass another helmet law.Over the last eight years we’ve seen a shift from a balanced approach to save everything. The notion that if one precious life could be saved we can torture thousands for years to prevent one death. Think about it from two prospectives.

First, the worst problem on the planet is overpopulation. And is the design to make health care a mega industry by keeping us alive as long as possible. Of course in the process, our freedoms fly out the window. I’m hoping to see freedom return as a priority in this country and a balanced approach for safety.

What do you think?

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1949 Indian-Vincent Factory Prototype — Bonhams Las Vegas Auction

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Frame no. RC4392
Engine no. F10AB/1/2492

• One of a kind, ultra-rare motorcycle
• Matching numbers example
• Authenticated and recognized by the Vincent Owners Club

The year 1949 was a tumultuous one for the Indian Motocycle Company in Springfield, Massachusetts. The company was beleaguered on several fronts, most entirely due to finances. President of Indian, Ralph Rogers, was envisioning the future of motorcycling belonged to lightweights, like the Japanese manufacturers would confirm in a few short years, but his Torque series motorcycles were six months delayed leading to a loss of income, plus the manufacturing costs were double the estimated costs. Add injury to insult, the British currency was devalued so any advantage of the new lightweights against the English motorcycles was erased.

Rogers invited Phil Vincent of the Vincent Company to visit Indian during his tour of the U.S. dealers where the two men devised a concept to create a blend of the Indian Chief and the Vincent motorcycles. The compromise would have helped Indian with a modernization of the venerable Indian Chief with less investment funds, and also would have helped the Vincent by supplying engines. The plan entailed two prototypes; one would be a Chief with a Vincent engine installed and the second would be a standard Vincent Rapide customized with Indian parts recognizable to the Indian faithful. The proposal would supply 50 units of the former prototype, the Vindian, per week and the delivery of 20 units per week of the latter prototype, the Indian-Vincent. Sounds good on paper but Indian never followed through on the plan following the prototype stage, leading Vincent to enter into receivership due to purchasing materials for the business plan that would never happen.

Vincent engineer, Phil Irving took on the project of the Indian and Vincent combinations. He completed the Vindian project within a month of hard work, fitting the engine from a Vincent Rapide into the 1948 Chief. The bike was road tested and following the necessary photo sessions, the project was dismantled, the Indian put back together and returned to the U.S. The second project entailed the blending of Indian parts to a 1949 Vincent Series C touring Rapide. The Indian-Vincent wore a Delco generator and regulator, a 1940 style fender light, a stock Indian tail light and headlight, an Indian ignition/lighting switch, stoplight switch, dimmer switch and horn. This prototype used a later die cast kick starter cover and timing cover which had Vincent on the cover instead of H.R.D. The rocker covers were also transitional, not bearing the Vincent name. Also mounted were crash bars and western style handlebars to make the motorcycle more receptive to American riders.

Towards the end of 1949, Ralph Rogers resigned as President of Indian due to mounting internal pressures, and in December, Phil Irving also retired from Vincent. Irving was presented with the Indian-Vincent, now stripped of its Indian parts which he mounted his Blacknell sidecar full of this tools and moved to Australia. Irving rode the “Vincent” until 1953 when he traded it for a Vauxhall Wyvern sedan. Then the Vincent disappeared until 2001. It came into the hands of the current owner who started to recognize that certain parts weren’t correct when he learned the true history of this very special motorcycle. Pieces of the motorcycle which had been modified for the fitting of Indian parts still remained, and correspondence with Phil Vincent’s son-in-law confirmed that his Vincent was the actual prototype for the Indian-Vincent. Special stampings and the serial numbers were vindicated in this research.
The owner had to decide how to restore this relic of a motorcycle. Should it be returned as a Vincent and go unrecognized among other Vincents, or should it be restored as the iconic project between two great motorcycle companies? Luckily its history has been preserved as the Indian-Vincent won out. However the project wasn’t simply restoring Indian parts back onto the Vincent. The owner had to fabricate missing parts such as the shift linkage which was on the left hand side of the motorcycle as on the prototype, fighting through the same complications as Phil Irving did back in 1949. It was a monumental effort with spectacular results.
This one-of-a-kind, ultra-rare motorcycle has been beautifully restored and is in operating condition. It has a gorgeous black finish with the Indian-Vincent name proudly on the gas tank, and features all the Indian components as it did back in 1949. The motorcycle has been recognized and authenticated by the Vincent Owners Club. In favor of riding this unique piece of history in today’s world, the electronics have been updated to 12 volts. Its American flavor is immediate with the Western style handlebars.

More pictures on the bike’s page at Bonhams, here.