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Harley-Davidson Killer S&S Indian Challenger Begins Testing

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by Daniel Patrascu from https://www.autoevolution.com

In the weekend of October 23, during the MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest, an incredible battle is about to be fought: 13 Harley-Davidson motorcycles will be on the same field, fighting for the Drag Specialties King of the Baggers title against each other and a single non-Harley bike, this S&S Indian Challenger.

The event, which will be held at Monterey, is the first of its kind since this whole health crisis mess began all those months ago and, at least on paper, it should be something to remember.

The bagger Challenger is an Indian project backed by S&S and it calls for a stock bike to be modified even further that the already incredible specs: 122 horsepower, an inverted front suspension, and a hydraulically-adjustable FOX rear shock.

Since we first learned about this back in July, things seem to have progressed quite nicely. Not long ago, the team behind the build, let by the one who will ride it during the October event, Tyler O’Hara, took the bike out for what was supposed to be the first testing session.

It kind of wasn’t because rain put some dents in the team’s plans, but we are told that even this brief outing was enough to “gather valuable information around rider ergonomics, suspension and more.” And they also took some photos, which you can see in the gallery attached above.

“When the Indian Challenger was released last October, it set a new standard for performance-oriented, stock baggers and offers the ideal platform, from which to base our race modifications,” said Paul Langely of S&S in a statement back when the project was announced.

“That said, we’re leaving no stone unturned when evaluating the modifications needed to be successful at Laguna Seca.”

With about a month left to go until the event, keep an eye out for more info on this project in the coming weeks.

Harley-Davidson Bara Bore Is a Fat Boy on an Indian Diet

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by Daniel Patrascu from https://www.autoevolution.com

Seeing how many custom garages are out there working their magic on Harley-Davidson motorcycles, one might be tricked into believing this is something anyone can do. After all, Harley itself made it incredibly easy for custom shops to make a living off their products – if anything, the Milwaukee based bike maker is the most tuner-friendly industry giant there is.

Over the past few months we’ve talked aplenty about Harley and the aftermarket world it is so much a part of. We’ve had the King of Kings competition dedicated to international Harley dealers back in May, then the health-crisis inspired The No Show dedicated to minor custom builders in the U.S., and of course our extensive coverage of the custom Harley movement in Europe.

But there are shops living off the American two-wheelers in other parts of the world as well. India, for instance, is one of the bike maker’s major markets, and there’s even a local factory catering to the needs of the Asian Indian customers.

One of the most visible Indian garages in the country is Rajputana. We’ve only recently started talking about their Harleys, and we’ll probably not keep it up for long. These guys seem to like Royal Enfields more, as in there are only a handful of Harleys in their portfolio. All are incredible unique though to deserve a place under the spotlight – we’ve already talked a bit about the modified Street 750 and the Forty-Eight these guys are responsible for.

Now it’s time for a Fat Boy that got a taste of Indian styling. Just like in the case of the other two, we are only being told that modifications to the stock bike can take from six to eight months, but we are not being told what these modifications are.

Some of them are clearly visible though, and we’re talking about a new wheel design, repositioned exhaust, a slimmed-down seat, redesigned fenders, and the usual Rajputana touches on the fuel tank, engine block, and the significantly raised handlebars.

In Indian speak, this conversion is called Bara Bore. We are not being told how much it cost to make, but a simple inquiry on the garage’s website can answer that question for those interested.

Jared Mees Goes 1-2 at Springfield Mile Doubleheader

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Indian Motorcycle Privateer Sammy Halbert Secures First Win Aboard FTR750;

Wrecking Crew Rider Jared Mees Continues Perfect Podium Streak

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (September 9, 2020) – Indian Motorcycle Racing, presented by Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, and its championship-winning FTR750 race bike completed a perfect sweep at the Springfield Mile doubleheader. While Indian Motorcycle Privateer Sammy Halbert secured his first win aboard the FTR750, Wrecking Crew Rider Jared Mees captured his third win of the season and continued his perfect podium streak.

At Springfield Mile I, Halbert and Mees battled early in the Main, but Halbert was too fast and captured the win with nearly a two-second lead. Mees hung on comfortably to finish second, while Indian Motorcycle Privateer Jeffrey Carver Jr. edged out fellow Indian Motorcycle Privateer Brandon Robinson to take the last spot on the box.

“It was so great to see Sammy come out to the legendary Springfield Mile and get his first win on the FTR750,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology and Service for Indian Motorcycle. “He’s been a fierce competitor for several years, so to see him having success with Coolbeth and the FTR750 is truly special.”

The second round was nothing short of spectacular, as Mees, Carver Jr., Robinson, as well as reigning champion and Wrecking Crew Rider Briar Bauman all battled at the front of the pack. While Robinson ran in fourth for most of the race, he slowly gained ground on the group and made a strong push for the win. Mees held his position and was able to secure his third win of the season by a mere .043 seconds. Although Carver Jr. was running fast all day and was in position to make a push for the win, a mechanical malfunction caused him to dramatically fall to the back of the pack with only a few laps remaining. Bauman, the beneficiary, hung in there and made his way to his fifth podium of the season.

Through six races, Mees is again at the top of the leaderboard with 132 points. His perfect podium streak includes three wins, two second-place finishes and a third. After finishing seventh and third at the Springfield Mile doubleheader, Bauman falls back to second with 119 points. Halbert remains in third with 95 points, while Robinson is fourth with 88 and Wrecking Crew Rider Bronson Bauman completes the top five with 81 points.

The 2020 AFT season will continue on September 11 and 12 at the Williams Grove Half-Mile doubleheader. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Briar Bauman delivers back-to-back wins for Indian Motorcycle Racing at Indy Mile Doubleheader

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Reigning Grand National Champion Briar Bauman Records Career Grand Slam at Indy Mile I;

Indian Motorcycle Racing Sweeps Top Five at Indy Mile I, Goes 1-2 at Indy Mile II

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 24, 2020) – Indian Motorcycle Racing, presented by Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, continued its 2020 American Flat Track (AFT) season with back-to-back wins at the Indy Mile doubleheader. Reigning Grand National Champion Briar Bauman swept the weekend to claim a three-point lead over Wrecking Crew teammate Jared Mees.

Bauman’s win on Friday night not only marked his first of the 2020 season, but also marked his first career Mile win – earning him a career grand slam. The win was also historic for Indian Motorcycle Racing, as the FTR750 race bike reached its 50th win since entering AFT in 2017.

“We’re extremely proud to see the FTR750 reach 50 wins in such a short period,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology and Service for Indian Motorcycle. “It’s not only a testament to our engineering team who developed such an incredible race bike, but also to the riders and race teams who have each contributed to this historic milestone.”

Saturday night saw yet another evening of exciting racing with the Indy Mile II. Though Mees ran up front for most of the race, many riders exchanged passes behind him. Bauman stayed in contention, remained patient, and made his move with only a few laps remaining. Bauman held on to complete the doubleheader sweep and take a three-point lead over Mees on the season.

Through four races, Bauman has two wins and two second-place finishes and is the current points leader with 90 points. Mees, in second with 87 points, has two wins, a second- and a third-place finish. Indian Motorcycle Privateer Sammy Halbert, is currently in third with 66 points, while Wrecking Crew rider Bronson Bauman is in fourth with 55 points.

The 2020 AFT season will continue on September 5 and 6 at the Springfield Mile doubleheader. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

International Female Ride Day

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14th-Annual Global Event Celebrates Female Motorcyclists with “Just Ride!” Call To Action; Indian Motorcycle Leverages Global Network to Reach Female Riders Around the World

MINNEAPOLIS (August 20, 2020) – Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, has partnered with International Female Ride Day® (IFRD), a globally synchronized ride day celebrating women riders and their passion for riding. IFRD will take place Saturday, August 22, on six continents in over 120 countries.

IFRD and the “Just Ride!” call to action were created in 2007 to focus on female motorcycle riders. Since then, women around the world have rallied behind the movement to celebrate and welcome the growing number of female riders.

“I started IFRD to advance the awareness of women motorcycle riders and inspire women everywhere. Working with Indian Motorcycle encourages even more women to join the celebration of riding and become part of the movement,” said IFRD Founder Vicki Gray. “It is truly an experience like no other — exhilarating, liberating, and fulfilling. The female riding community is one of expanding camaraderie on the open road.”

“Just Ride!” is the only requirement to participate in IFRD. Motorcyclists around the world can celebrate the day by simply getting outside for a solo ride, riding as a passenger, or riding with friends and family. Riders are also encouraged to join Indian Motorcycle, and its network of female riders and ambassadors around the globe by celebrating digitally and sharing photos on social media using the hashtags #IFRD and #InternationalFemaleRideDay.

“It’s encouraging to see more and more female riders around the world riding motorcycles as a pastime, and joining the Indian Motorcycle brand,” said Pam Kermisch, Chief Customer Engagement and Growth Officer. “IFRD is an incredible movement in its unique ability to rally the cause of female riders, and more importantly, female empowerment on a global level, and that’s something we are very proud to be a part of.”

No matter how or where you ride, Indian Motorcycle and IFRD encourage safe riding practices. Wear appropriate safety gear, perform pre-ride vehicle checks, and follow local and CDC guidelines for social distancing to protect against the spread of COVID-19. Visit the IFRD website to learn more, including ways to participate, helpful tips for preparing your ride and photo inspirations from previous years.

For more information on Indian Motorcycle visit IndianMotorcycle.com  and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


International Female Ride Day® (IFRD) is a globally synchronized ride day for women motorcycle riders. Now referred to as a “movement” by its participants, its action of “Just Ride!” asks women to be on their motorcycles, scooters or trikes on the first Saturday of May each year. Created in 2007 by Vicki Gray, a lifetime motorcycling advocate, road and race instructor – with the purpose to profile and highlight the many diverse women enjoying the activity of motorcycling. Its mission is to that of building awareness of female motorcyclists across all cultures while simultaneously encouraging other women to take up the sport. The event is managed under the MOTORESS® canopy.


Indian Motorcycle is America’s first motorcycle company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

Rally Bikernet Weekly News for August 13th, 2020

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So Far, So Good and Rockin’


What’s happening at the Rally? It’s amazing. New motorcycle markets everywhere and even two new magazines.

This rally has been amazing. I’m seeing more choppers, more performance alternatives, more baggers, more Indians, and more women riding.

From the bottom of my motorcycle heart I hope that all the rally goers ride home healthy and we show the world the benefits of freedom and motorcycles. Keep your fingers crossed and stay safe. Freedom always seems to work.

Ride Free Forever,


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Indian Motorcycle & Bike Shed MC Celebrate American Motorcycling with Exclusive Apparel Collection

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The Bike Shed Celebrates American Motorcycling with Indian Motorcycle;

Two Passion-Fueled Motorcycle Brands Celebrate the Soon-to-Open Bike Shed Los Angeles Destination
MINNEAPOLIS (August 13, 2020) – Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, and
London’s iconic Bike Shed Motorcycle Club today announced a collaboration to launch an exclusive
lineup of lifestyle apparel. Designed in celebration of motorcycles, motorcycle culture, and the soon-to-
open Bike Shed Los Angeles destination, the co-branded collection includes a range of men’s and
women’s shirts and hats, along with an exclusive BSMC x Indian Motorcycle sweatshirt and riding jersey.

Brought together through shared values and the idea that there is no wrong way to appreciate
motorcycling, Indian Motorcycle and Bike Shed Motorcycle Club believe in creating a welcoming
environment for all riders. Whether riding the open road or hanging with friends, Indian Motorcycle and
Bike Shed Motorcycle Club exist to fuel the passion of life on two wheels. The apparel collection was
designed as a collaboration between the two brands and serves as a lifestyle expression for not only
people who love motorcycles, but for the bold and confident who go their own way.

“We’re proud to collaborate with Bike Shed on this apparel collection and celebrate our love for
motorcycles and motorcycle culture,” said Reid Wilson, Vice President of Indian Motorcycle. “When we
found out Bike Shed was opening a clubhouse in the U.S., we knew we wanted to get involved. A special-
edition apparel collection was a no-brainer, and we’re extremely proud to align with Bike Shed as they
plan for their opening in Los Angeles.”

Since inception in 2011, the UK-based Bike Shed has been a place of common ground, where people
from all walks of life – both riders and non-riders alike – come together to share their passion for two-
wheels alongside the culture and lifestyle inspired by them. This year, the Bike Shed will expand its ever-
growing community with the opening of its first-ever U.S. location. Home to a thriving moto and creative
community, Los Angeles’ Arts District will soon welcome the highly anticipated Bike Shed Los Angeles: a
30,000-square-foot destination venue, complete with a full-service restaurant, café, bar and lounge, a
barbershop, tattoo studio, events space and large retail emporium. Bike Shed Los Angeles joins the
renowned Bike Shed London as the brand’s second motorcycle destination venue.

“We wanted to align with an American brand that shared our same, all-inclusive, motorcycle values,”
said Dutch, Founder of the Bike Shed Motorcycle Club. “Indian Motorcycle is an iconic and historic brand
that has evolved to remain relevant as moto culture has evolved, balancing timeless design and
authenticity with modern performance and practicality, bringing new appreciation and customers to the
brand and its bikes. Our clothing collaboration partnership carries those same values, aligning two
brands that are as much about community and experience as we are about quality products, made to be
fit-for-purpose while carrying timeless style and heritage.”

To help launch the exclusive apparel collection, Indian Motorcycle and Bike Shed Motorcycle Club
tapped renowned bike builder, and founder of Brat Style, Go Takamine. Known for his work building and
racing classic Indian motorcycles, Takamine exemplifies the deep passion and love for motorcycles and
motorcycle culture that the Indian Motorcycle and Bike Shed collaboration represents.


The exclusive Indian Motorcycle and Bike Shed Motorcycle Club apparel collection is available at select
retail locations and online at IndianMotorcycle.com and TheBikeShed.cc.

Learn more about Indian Motorcycle at IndianMotorcycle.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Indian Motorcycle Company is America’s First Motorcycle Company®. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts
of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through
unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and
passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.
INDIAN and INDIAN MOTORCYCLE are registered trademarks of Indian Motorcycle International, LLC. Always wear a helmet,
protective clothing and eyewear and insist your passenger does the same. Ride within the limits of the law and your own
abilities. Read, understand and follow your owner’s manual. Never ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The Bike Shed Motorcycle Club (BSMC) is a globally recognised destination, brand, and community that has been
celebrating motorcycle culture and the creative scene that surrounds it since 2011. Set across 12,000 square feet
within four Victorian Railway Arches in Shoreditch, London, Bike Shed Motorcycle Club was initially founded via
online storytelling and events, going on to run one of the largest independent motorcycle shows in the world, with
19,000 people attending last year. The full-time Bike Shed destination in London, opened in 2015, welcomes 2,500
people from all walks of life – whether on two wheels or foot – through its doors each week to enjoy the restaurant,
café, bar, barbershop, events space, galleries and moto retail and apparel, backed by a rider’s club with 800
In 2020, Bike Shed will open a new destination venue in the Arts District of Los Angeles, California across 30,000
square feet with a scaled-up version of the London offer, adding a tattoo studio, larger events spaces, retail
emporium and dedicated members’ spaces. To learn more, please visit TheBikeShed.cc

Indian Motorcycles Now Have Apple CarPlay, Command System Gets Upgraded

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by Daniel Patrascu from https://www.autoevolution.com

In a very short period of time, navigation and smartphone integration systems have become very important for the auto industry. It is very hard today to find a car that doesn’t come with at least one built-in such system. In the case of motorcycles though, things are a bit more complicated.

It is only now, years after the first smartphone was successfully integrated with a car, that motorcycle makers are including such amenities on their products. Harley-Davidson, for instance, only recently announced the availability of Android Auto to its 2021 bikes, a tad later after providing CarPlay support for its two-wheelers.

In a bid to keep being relevent in this respect, one of Harley’s biggest rivals, Indian, announced this week it too would include Apple’s solution on some of its models starting this year.

More specifically, the 2020 Chieftain, Roadmaster and Challenger models will get the system, but only when fitted with the 7-inch Ride Command system with navigation. As usual, CarPlay would allow access to features such as Apple Music, Maps, or Siri directly from the integrated screen.

Together with this announcement the bike maker also said the Ride Command is getting upgraded a bit, with the integration of improved navigation location management, improved boot time, audio muting and control improvements.

Also, widget fixes, a new fuel economy widget, and improved search functionality within navigation have also been included in the update.

“Continuing its mission to further enhance the riding experience, this latest update continues to deliver industry-leading technology which provides riders with a way to stay connected while out on the road,” the bike maker said in a statement. “This integration also increases global accessibility to navigation.”

For now, Indian did not ay whether the introduction of CarPlay would translate into an increased price for the bikes. More details on this can be found by hitting this link.

Indian meets the extreme performance bagger competition

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In the First Ever King of Bagger Competition at a Moto America Road Race in Laguna Seca
By Bandit with photos from S&S

his is a gear-grinding, shock stretching, chassis flexing, pushrod pounding (in the case of the Challenger, tappet tapping) first in many respects. No one ever expected baggers to battle it out in an official AMA, MotoAmerica road race scenario on an historic championship road racetrack. But it’s happening this year supported by industry leaders such as S&S, Barnett, Saddlemen and Drag Specialties.

Fourteen teams committed to racing in the inaugural King of the Baggers event at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Bikernet is going to watch a couple of teams going forward, and today focused on the only Indian entry into this magnificent competition.

Indian launched a new model this year, the Challenger, proclaimed to be the ultimate American Bagger with a Fixed Fairing, Inverted Front End, the Most Powerful Motor in its class.


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Indian Motorcycle 2020 Sturgis Update

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Indian Motorcycle will be at the 80th Sturgis Rally. Due to the current circumstances, there will be no official owners ride or event. If you are planning to attend Sturgis, here are some additional details:

Sturgis patch will be available at the dealership

Demos will be available at the dealership and on Lazelle Street

VIP Demos for owners will be at the dealership

Owners that sign up for Elite Status at the dealership during Sturgis will get a special gift while supplies last

Ride safe & we hope to see you at the Sturgis owners event in 2021!

This year at the 80th Sturgis Rally, Indian Motorcycle has a VIP Demo Experience that is only for our owners. You have to sign up online before the event to reserve your spot.

An invite-only VIP demo experience for Indian Motorcycle Owners.

About this Event – August 7 to 15.

Because you’re an Indian Motorcycle Owner, you’ve been invited to an exclusive VIP Demo Experience hosted by Indian Motorcycle at the Sturgis Rally.

With this invite you get:

– A thorough walk around of whatever model you choose to ride

– A self-guided, one-hour demo ride

– A special gift

Date: VIP Demos are available almost every morning of the Sturgis Rally from 7:30 – 8:30am. *Please arrive early.

Where: The Indian Motorcycle Sturgis dealership, 2130 Main St, Sturgis, SD 57785

To sign up for the VIP Demo Experience, click the green register button above to sign up for a motorcycle to demo (while they last).

There is limited availability, so please RSVP quickly!

When: Arrive 15 minutes early. Kickstands up at 7:30 am and return at 8:30 am.

Bikes that are available to reserve:

3 – Indian Challengers

2 – Indian Chieftains

2 – FTR 1200s

1 – Indian Roadmaster

1 – Indian Springfield

1- Scout Bobber

Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled VIP Demo and make sure to bring proper riding gear: closed-toed shoes, long pants, and eye protection.

We will NOT HAVE helmets you can borrow.

This is an owner opportunity only.

Always wear a helmet, eye protection, protective clothing, and obey the speed limit. Never ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Sign up today. Spaces are limited and must be reserved before the rally starts. CLICK HERE


Indian Motorcycle of Sturgis

2130 Main St

Sturgis, SD 57785

United States