Indian Unveils ‘The Redeemer’ a Custom Chieftain Dark Horse

Just a 48 hours after announcing the release of the their new Chieftain Dark Horse, Indian Motorcycles has today unveiled a custom build of their new machine called ‘The Redeemer’. It has been developed by Hollister Powersports in California and is designed to show off the customisability of the new bike – something the bean counters at cruiser manufacturers love.

“When I saw the bike, I knew right away that it had a ton of potential to customize,” says Rey Sotelo, General Manager of Hollister Powersports. “We were inspired by the history of Hollister and how this great American town is coming back from an unfair bad reputation. We stayed with the matte black theme and used as many Authentic Indian Motorcycle accessories as we could because we wanted the weekend mechanic to be able to recreate something as badass as our custom. Radical customs certainly draw the eye – but we wanted to keep the bike rideable every day.”

“We wanted to put a 21-inch wheel on it so we chose an option from RC Components,” Sotelo continued. “We liked the aluminum accents on RC’s Raider Eclipse wheel, and knew it would tie in with the paint job and the brushed finish on the motor.”

Hollister trimmed the stock fender to reveal more of the custom wheel and lighten the overall look of the bike. The fender skirts were cut back and the caliper covers were removed, dramatically changing the front profile of the motorcycle. The fairing is stock, but painted with speed scallops that tie in with the front fender, tank, side panels and saddlebags. The scallops are painted on the rear fender as well, so even if the saddlebags are pulled off the speed scallops theme still plays throughout the bike.

“We installed the 14-inch accessory Indian Motorcycle Ape-Hangers, but painted them matte black,” Sotelo says. “The kit includes a longer clutch cable, and the brake cable and wiring are long enough so no modifications are needed, which makes it really easy for the weekend mechanic to install.”

The engine jugs remain as they did when they left the factory, but Hollister put a little matte paint on the otherwise gloss side covers and added highlighting to the ‘Indian’ script on the air-cleaner in matte silver to stand out.

Out back, a pair of turn signals were incorporated into the saddlebags to further visually lighten the bike. “We played with different lights, but we just really liked the look of these,” Sotelo says, “so we frenched them into the bags and matted the taillight out.” The saddlebags also received 100-watt Authentic Indian Motorcycle speakers to boost output of the already powerful audio system.

Finally, sticking out from beneath the saddlebags, a blacked out Indian Motorcycle Stage 1 slip-on exhaust with brushed billet tips was installed to offer a snappier throttle response and more bark to the already potent Thunder Stroke 111 engine.

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Jack Daniel’s Special Edition Indian Motorcycles Sell out in 24 Hours

Coinciding with the announcement of the new Indian Springfield, Indian Motorcycles also announced two special edition bikes based on the Springfield and the Chief Vintage that paid homage to Jack Daniel Distillery in the year of their 150th anniversary. Only 149 of each bike would be made available at a price of $29,999. Amazingly, both sold out within a day.

Both models featured an array of genuine Indian Motorcycle accessories and custom accessories, as well as Jack Daniel’s-inspired custom paint and logos, badging, leather saddle and saddlebags. Each fender will also be inscribed with the names of the seven Master Distillers who have overseen the Jack Daniel’s distilling process over its 150-year history. Finally, an inscription of Jack Daniel’s “Bottles and Throttles Don’t Mix” mantra reminds riders that drinking and riding are meant to be enjoyed separately.

The final unsold unit, #1 of the limited edition series, an Indian Chief Vintage version that was the custom painted prototype built by Klock Werks, will be auctioned at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas on October 6-8 at the Mandalay Bay resort, with all monies from the auction benefiting Operation Ride Home. More information can be found at and

“We knew that the pairing of Jack Daniel’s and Indian Motorcycles would be popular, but we never expected to get such a tremendous response in such a short time frame,” said Dave Stang, Director of Events & Sponsorship for Jack Daniel’s. “In special recognition of Brian Klock’s contribution to this program and his continuing support of many initiatives in the motorcycle community, Jack Daniel’s and Indian Motorcycle have partnered to give him the last motorcycle of the limited edition run. Brian Klock is now the proud owner of the Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield #150.”

“The quick sale of these commemorative motorcycles speaks to the enduring appreciation for both the Indian Motorcycle and Jack Daniel’s brands,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “These motorcycles will always have a place in history, and will certainly be some of the most treasured of the new models coming out of Spirit Lake, Iowa.”


Celebrate the 75th Annual Daytona Bike Week With Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, loves making history at Daytona, whether it’s winning the first Daytona 200 or drawing the best crowds with our Daytona Bike Week events. This year Indian again has a full schedule of events, including demo rides, new models, vintage & custom bike displays, racing, organized rides and much more during the 75th Anniversary of Daytona Bike Week, March 5-12.

“Seventy-five years after Ed Kretz dominated the first Bike Week race, our team is inspired to honor that legacy and showcase our future,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “Whether you’re a cruising enthusiast or long-haul tourer, into customs like those shown in our Project Scout contest or a race enthusiast cheering on the SuperHooligan Scout Sixty bikes, we know that anybody hanging out with Indian Motorcycle will have great stories to tell.”

Below are highlights of the Daytona Bike Week action Indian Motorcycle has planned.

Demo Rides at Daytona International Speedway (International Speedway Blvd., across from the Florida Hospital Gate)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Daily; Last Ride Leaves at 4:30 p.m.
Bike Week attendees will have the chance to ride the entire 2016 line-up of Indian motorcycles, including the Indian Scout® Sixty cruiser, Indian Chief® Vintage bagger, Indian Roadmaster® tourer and a very special new model. Ride multiple bikes, compare, and decide which Indian Motorcycle models best suit your riding style. Demo rides are free and available to those with a valid motorcycle endorsement and proper attire.

Indian Motorcycle Display at Daytona International Speedway (Richard Petty & Midway Blvd.)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Daily
In addition to the demo site at the historic Daytona Speedway, a display in the Midway area will feature the entire 2016 Indian Motorcycle line-up, as well as engine cutaways, custom & vintage bikes, accessories and apparel. Register for your chance to win a 2016 Indian Scout Sixty, check out the finalists from the ‘Project Scout: Build a Legend’ custom contest, see how an Indian Chieftain® with performance accessories handles the dyno, and make sure to pick up an exclusive Indian Motorcycle Daytona 75th patch simply by showing your Indian Motorcycle proof of ownership (key-ring, badge, etc.)

Hooligan Race Night (Ocean Complex West Parking Lot, downtown Daytona Beach)
7 p.m. – 9 p.m., March 8
Enjoy live music, food & refreshments as Roland Sands and fellow Team RSD racers battle handlebar-to-handlebar in pursuit of the checkered flag on their RSD SuperHooligan Indian Scout Sixty dirt trackers. Winners of the Project Scout contest will be announced at this event, and you’re welcome to join a celebratory after-party at the Boot Hill Saloon.

Indian Motorcycle of Daytona Beach (290 North Beach Street)
9a.m. – 8p.m., Daily
Visit the dealership in the heart of Daytona Beach for all of your bike, accessory and apparel needs, as well as a variety of special events.

Indian Motorcycle Rider’s Group & Veterans Ride (Indian Motorcycle of Daytona Beach, 290 North Beach Street)
9 a.m. – 2 p.m., March 10
Owners of Indian motorcycles join veterans from the Veterans Ride program in an organized tour that begins at Indian Motorcycle of Daytona Beach and travels to Orlando for lunch. Owners can roll alongside a Vet rider from last year’s inaugural Veterans Charity Ride as he captains a new custom Indian Trike. Kickstands go up at 10 a.m.

Celebrate The 75th With Indian Motorcycle (Boot Hill Saloon, 310 Main Street)
6 p.m., March 11
Put a stamp on the end of a legendary week by joining Indian Motorcycle at the Boot Hill Saloon to ‘Celebrate the 75th‘.

Indian Motorcycle to Display the ‘Spirit of Sturgis’

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, is proud to present the “Spirit of Sturgis”, a custom Indian® Scout® built by Klock Werks Kustom Cycles of Mitchell, S.D., as a modern day interpretation of the Indian Scout owned by J.C. “Pappy” Hoel, founder of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Klock Werks based the “Spirit of Sturgis” motorcycle on an original painting, titled “Pappy”, created by renowned artist David Uhl using a well-known photograph of Hoel and his #56 Scout in front of Hoel’s Indian dealership in Sturgis, S.D. Hoel opened the retail location and formed the Jackpine Gypsies in 1936. Two years later, the Jackpine Gypsies held the first rally known as the Black Hills Classic that has now become the largest and most iconic motorcycle rally in the world.

Up front on the “Spirit of Sturgis” Klock Werks utilized a modern front fender with classic braces, a newly designed number plate holder surrounding a D.O.T. headlight, a Klassic handlebar style with Motogadget bar-end turn signals, and Klock Werks’ new mid controls.

Out back, there’s a Klock Werks Outrider bobbed fender with number plates and fender pad color-matched to the seat, and a Vance & Hones Grenade exhaust that has been Cerakoted black and complements the black spoke wheels sourced from the Indian Motorcycle Accessories catalog.

Finally, a red and cream paint scheme by TExEfx was topped with reproduction tank decals and patina on the number plates to further supply an authentic look.

The “Spirit of Sturgis” is owned by Mark Marshall, a friend of Indian Motorcycle Sturgis proprietor Bruce Eide, who proudly owns the “Pappy” painting. The bike will be introduced Feb. 5 at the Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® tour stop in Minneapolis and will go on to be displayed together with the “Pappy” painting at Indian Motorcycle Sturgis.

“The ‘Spirit of Sturgis’ is an exciting, modern Scout version of the 1936 original,” said builder Brian Klock. “Mark approached me and told me he was purchasing a Scout and wanted it to look like the bike in the ‘Pappy’ painting. The goal wasn’t to make it look super old, but to be more of an acknowledgment of Pappy and his commitment to motorcycling. I think it turned out great because it’s an absolutely ride-able custom but also tells a great story.”

“I have painted hundreds of pieces from this era and I believe the ‘Pappy’ work epitomizes the aesthetic of the era,” artist David Uhl said about his rendering used as a basis for the bike build. “This piece has an inherent understated narrative that speaks volumes about our unique American heritage. The entire background – his bike, the dealership, the rack on the wall – sums up the true spirit of Sturgis.”

“When we opened Indian Motorcycle Sturgis in 2014, we knew the ‘Pappy’ Hoel legacy would require the very best we could deliver,” added retailer Bruce Eide. “We think Pappy would be very proud to know that these many years later, his vision still inspires us.”

“We have seen many Indian Scout motorcycles customized recently,” commented Reid Wilson, Marketing Manager for Indian Motorcycle. “The ‘Spirit of Sturgis’ is another great example of what can be done to create a legendary custom out of an Indian Motorcycle.”

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Indian Scout Sixty Tempts With Value

Indian Motorcycles has a new bike for its Scout range – the Scout Sixty. Named after the cubic inch capacity of its motor, the 999cc machine is seemingly designed to appeal to newer riders or riders who don’t feel the need for the full 1,130 cc. The real reasoning behind the motorcycle however is to provide a lower entry point to the Scout family thanks to a reduced price tag.

That cost of the Indian Scout Sixty is $2,000 less in Australia and the United States, $2,600 less in Canada and a saving £1,500 in the UK. That’s a pretty significant amount of spare change for pretty small reduction in performance. The Scout Sixty produces 78 hp and 89 Nm at 5,600 rpm – only 8 Nm down on the full sized Scout.

Otherwise, the Scout Sixty is the same machine which means a really quite beautiful cruiser to ride that has a fit and finish that would make some Japanese manufacturers jealous. A complete line of accessories including fit-kit seats, footpeg locators and handlebars are designed to tailor the motorcycle to the rider. Riders can customize the Scout Sixty with additional accessories including wire wheels, Stage 1 exhaust systems, mini-apes, performance shock absorbers, and the 1920 Solo Saddle.


Indian Motorcycle 2015 Spring and Summer Gear Collection

Indian Motorcycle riders and all those with a passion for America’s First Motorcycle Company will appreciate the fit, comfort, protection, and of course the tremendous style of the new Spring & Summer 2015 Indian Motorcycle Apparel Collection.

The new collection that is available now from Indian Motorcycle dealers and online including rider wear, casualwear, gifts, and personal accessories. All of these items feature premium materials, the highest quality construction, and iconic Indian Motorcycle branding.

New Rider Wear: Gear Up for the Ultimate Ride:

A new jacket that delivers outstanding comfort, protection, and style is the Men’s Rocker Jacket, a leather jacket that features a soft and supple distressed leather and contemporary styling that makes this a great jacket on the road and on the town. The Rocker Jacket has several convenient pockets, hidden back and arm ventilation, a removable quilted plaid liner, CE-certified shoulder and elbow armor, and subtle Indian Motorcycle branding.

MSRP: $499.99

The Men’s Textile Benjamin Jacket is a lightweight all-‘rounder of a jacket with a water-repellent microfiber shell and removable lining. The Military Jacket has styling inspired by vintage army jackets and has a water-repellent canvas outer-shell and removable fleece lining. The Thunder Stroke Jacket, which combines a durable fabric body with all-leather sleeves, is a riding jacket with contemporary styling.


Benjamin Jacket: $269.99
Military Jacket: $299.99
Stroke Jacket: $299.99

Avid touring riders will find the Men’s Indian Motorcycle Tour Jacket & Pants deliver unmatched performance, comfort, and convenience in all riding conditions. The jacket’s zip-out waterproof liner will keep a rider dry in the nastiest weather, and it combines with the thermal lining to provide warmth and comfort on cold-weather rides.

In warmer temperatures, a rider can simply remove the linings and open up the jacket’s adjustable vents –at the chest, shoulder, and back – for maximum airflow. The Tour Jacket also features a zip-off storm collar and 3M® reflective piping, panels, and branding for enhanced visibility.

MSRP: $499.99

The Tour Pants also deliver all-weather comfort and protection that a touring rider will rely on mile after mile.

MSRP: $249.99

For the ultimate in head-turning style off the bike, there’s the premium Shearling Jacket. Made from 100% sheepskin with a natural shearling lining, this jacket delivers a new high level of refined luxury and comfort.

The Spirit Jacket is a casual jacket that features lightweight construction, wear-it-anywhere comfort, and bold Indian Motorcycle branding.


Sherling Jacket:  $1499.99
Spirit Jacket: $119.99

New jackets in the Indian Motorcycle women’s collection deliver the same outstanding protection and convenience of the men’s jackets, along with flattering, comfortable cuts women will appreciate on or off the bike.

The Women’s Textile Benjamin Jacket delivers classic style and versatile performance, while the Women’s Indian Motorcycle Tour Jacket & Pants provide the same versatile, all-weather comfort and convenience as the men’s versions.


Woman’s Benjamin Jacket: $249.99
Woman’s Tour Jacket: $469.99
Woman’s Tour Pants: $229.99

Casualwear With Genuine IMC Style:

The Spring & Summer 2015 casualwear collection features three new shirts that are Made In America – the Long Sleeve IMC Tee, the Pride Shield Tee, and the USA Pocket Tee. All three of these comfortable, premium-quality tees are made in California and feature powerful Indian Motorcycle branding.

The new collection also includes an expanded selection of Munro Casualwear, including four new tees and a sweatshirt with graphics and branding that pay homage to the legendary Indian Motorcycle land speed record holder.

Expanded Gift & Accessories Collection:

Indian Motorcycle enthusiasts and their friends will love the new selection of branded gifts and personal accessories, including small leather goods such as premium leather wallets, card holders and a passport holder. There’s also a collection of luggage and bags, including a Backpack, Wash Bag, Gym Bag, and Messenger Bag.

For more information:

Indian Motorcycle 2015 Spring and Summer Gear Collection

News Round-Up – Indian Chief Dark Horse Pictures, Yamaha VMAX Carbon Announced, Speed and Strength Release 2015 Range

Pictures of new Indian Chief Dark Horse Leaked

As previously reported, Indian Motorcycles is about to release a cosmetically new model this week, the Indian Chief Dark Horse. Photos have leaked ahead of its official debut, though there’s not any real surprises as to its appearance (it was going to be all black, after all).

The Dark Horse is a variant of the Chief Classic and is visually much the same save for the all matt black paint scheme plus a new single seat. Other features on the Dark Horse will include standard ABS and a keyless ignition system. Those in Chicago have the opportunity to see the bike in the metal this Friday.


Yamaha VMAX Carbon Released

Keeping with the black theme, Yamaha has announced a special 30th anniversary edition of the venerable VMAX dragster with carbon fiber fairings and an Akrapovic slip-on muffler.

Retaining the same 1,679cc 200PS V4 engine as the standard VMAX, the special 30th anniversary edition features a carbon fiber tank cover, front and rear fenders and side covers. As with the base model, the VMAX Carbon also has an aluminium diamond-type twin spar frame, dual 320mm front discs with radial 6-pot calipers, large diameter 298mm rear disc and shaft drive.

Currently the VMAX Carbon has only been announced for Europe with pricing starting at £18,749.00.


Speed and Strength Unveil 2015 Range

Budget brand Speed and Strength has released their 2015 range, which you can view here in an annoying online catalog form. Speed and Strength have always marketed themselves more towards squiddy type riders, albeit ones who like to have some protection while doing stunts on their bike.

And although their gear is definitely cheaper than the likes of Alpinestars and Dainese, a quick glance at reviews on Revzilla indicate that most people are generally happy with what they pay for.

Speed and Strength 2015 Range


Indian Scout At UK Dealerships This Weekend

Indian Motorcycles has announced that the Indian Scout will be available for sale at UK dealerships this Saturday, 17 January. The first Indian Scouts were delivered to US buyers in December and back orders are still waiting to be filled. While demand isn’t likely to be quite as high in the UK, the Scout is still expected to be a big hit in the cruiser market.

Pricing for the Indian Scout starts at £10,395 but that price can rise dramatically if optioning many of the factory accessories available, such as saddle bags, chrome detailing and a pillion seat (yes, that’s correct, no pillion seat as standard).  Available in black, red, matte silver and matte black, Indian Motorcycles claim that the Scout is the lightest bike in its class at 255 kg.

Specifications for the ‘nimble’ cruiser include a brand new 1133 cc fuel injected and liquid-cooled V-twin making 100hp and 98 Nm of torque at 5,900 rpm. Seat height is 643 mm, throttle is ride by wire and ABS comes as standard.

The Indian Scout has received near universal praise from the motorcycle press, especially from America where many see it has a true rival to Harley-Davidson and one which is actually a quality machine.

Indian Scout At UK Dealerships This Weekend