You could say this 2014 Indian Chief Vintage is a motorcycle that enthusiasts have been waiting 61 years to ride.
Indian motorcycles, the historic brand founded in 1901, has seen its share of short-lived, under-financed and over-promised revival attempts since it went out of business in 1953. READ ON
Seven months after the re-launch of the Indian brand and a few weeks after the introduction of a new 2015 Victory model (the Gunner), while in Daytona for Bike Week. I sat down with Steve Menneto for an interview. - READ ON
The day dawned with visions of grandeur, a couple hundred mile loop through St. Augustine, Palatka and the Ocala National Forest before landing back in Daytona Beach. The sun was a striking yellow, the blue of the sky broken by a few wisps of white, temperatures creeping toward idyllic. READ ON
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce that Indian Motorcycle will be celebrated as the 2014 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Marque of the Year, July 11-13, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days featuring Indian Motorcycle as Marque of the Year will include special recognition, displays and race classes for historic Indian-brand motorcycles (including Indian "Motocycles" from the early days), as well as participation from the new Indian Motorcycle. Attendees to the three-day festival of vintage motorcycling will experience a special Indian Motocycle-themed tent on the Mid-Ohio infield featuring beautiful examples of classic Indian machines, as well as the latest machines from the new Indian Motorcycle. In addition, a full demo fleet of Indian Motorcycles will be at the event, allowing attendees to get a feel for the Indian Motorcycle line-up."Few of motorcycling's great brands have as much history as Indian Motocycle, which began in 1901 and helped define the pre-WWII motorcycling era with iconic models like the Indian Scout and Chief," said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. "With the modern revival of the Indian Motorcycle name being backed by Polaris Industries, we're excited to celebrate the brand's iconic motorcycling history, as well as its future."Indian Motorcycle Vice President Steve Menneto says the company is looking forward to showcase its new models to some of motorcycling's most die-hard enthusiasts."It is a real honor to our entire team for Indian Motorcycle to be selected Marque of the year for AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days," said Menneto. "We know that enthusiasts of all brands come to this event, and the chance to not only celebrate where the Indian Motorcycle came from but to display and ride where we are heading is going to make a for a fantastic weekend."AMA members can purchase a weekend pass to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days for $45, or a one-day pass for $25, saving $5 off the regular advance purchase rate. The AMA member discount is in addition to the regular $10 savings on advance ticket purchases, and there is no service charge for AMA members when purchasing through the AMA, making the savings even greater.AMA member pricing, available through , is only available by calling the AMA directly at
(800) 262-5646.Advance tickets are available to the general public at www.midohio.com, with all kids under 12 admitted free with a paying, supervising adult.A fundraiser for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days features classic motorcycles of all makes and styles, and honors the riders who made them famous. Activities include the AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships, which include amateur national championship road racing, motocross, hare scrambles, trials and dirt-track; North America's largest motorcycle swap meet; bike shows and awards; stunt shows; demo rides of current production bikes; an AMA Life Member breakfast; and seminars on a number of topics by noted motorcycling experts. For updates about events and activities, as well as information about past AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, visit www.AMAVintageMotorcycleDays.com. If you're not an AMA member, we invite you join the nation's largest grassroots organization that fights for your freedom to ride and race -- visit www.AmericanMotorcyclist.com > Join the AMA.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world's largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders' interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.
About Indian Motorcycle
Indian Motorcycle, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), 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.
About Polaris Industries
Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2013 sales of $3.8 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles. Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian Motorcycle brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid powered vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris Engineered parts, accessories and apparel and Klim branded apparel. Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "PII", and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index. Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytimewww.polaris.com.
Weeklong celebration welcomes the start of the North American motorcycle riding season and Indian Motorcycle brings a full slate of activities and features to the event
MEDINA, Minn. —— Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced its complete schedule of events for Daytona Bike Week 2014, which takes place -15 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Fans of the brand and motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country are encouraged to join our community as we celebrate the historic launch of the 2014 Indian Chiefs with parties, demo rides, giveaways, celebrity guests, special events, and much more.
Indian Motorcycle Demo Rides @ Daytona International Speedway (Enter at Gate 70) – daily
Indian Motorcycle will feature demo rides for the first time in recent history at Bike Week. Since the historic launch of the all-new 2014 Indian Motorcycle lineup in August, overwhelming media and rider praise have set the industry abuzz, and eager Daytona attendees will have the chance to ride. The Indian Chief Classic, Indian Chief Vintage and Indian Chieftain will all be available for solo or tandem demo rides throughout the week’s events. Demo rides are free and available to those with a valid motorcycle endorsement and proper attire.
Indian Motorcycle Display @ Daytona International Speedway (Richard Petty & Midway Blvd.) – daily
In addition to the demo site at the historic Daytona Speedway, a display in the Midway area will feature the 2014 Indian Chiefs models plus the Spirit of Munro tribute streamliner, a collection of vintage motorcycles, and a unique “naked” display bike that gives fans an inside perspective on the unparalleled engineering prowess that makes every Indian such a solid and reliable road bike. Fans can also take in the “Big Chief Custom,” the first custom Indian Chief created around the 2014 models designed to highlight their limitless customization possibilities. Additionally, on Saturday, March 8, attendees can stop by to meet Mike Wolfe from the HISTORY Channel’s “American Pickers” series, who will be at the Midway signing autographs from
Indian Motorcycle Daytona Beach Kick-start Party; – – at Full Moon Saloon on Main Street
Fans of the brand are invited to join Indian Motorcycle for the unofficial kick-off to Daytona Bike Week at the hottest bar on the beach. Full Moon Saloon will host the party for Indian Motorcycle enthusiasts and owners – both current and future. Mike Wolfe, star of “American Pickers”, will be on-hand with plenty to celebrate as Indian Motorcycle gives away tons of swag and the opportunity for one lucky winner to enjoy an “Epic One-Year Demo Ride,” giving them the keys to an Indian Chief for a year-long lease. Riders can sign-up throughout the day at Full Moon Saloon and the winner will be drawn aton stage – must be present to win.
Must-See Location: Indian Motorcycle Main Street Store – daily, 506 Main Street
Located in the heart of downtown Daytona Beach, the Main Street store will feature a full collection of Indian Motorcycle apparel including riding products, casual apparel lines, and gift items. The official commemorative Indian Motorcycle Daytona Bike Week 2014 T-Shirt will also be on sale.
Must Experience: “Destination Daytona” – daily, Ormond Beach
Throughout the week’s events, Bike Week attendees are encouraged to stop in to Destination Daytona to experience both the rich, legendary 113-year history and the exciting future of Indian Motorcycle. Fans can explore a collection of heritage engines and vintage Indian motorcycles, plus a cutaway of the all-new Thunder Stroke 111 engine, and much more. Stop by to get up close and personal with the 2014 Indian Chiefs and check out a selection of 2014 Indian Motorcycle apparel for sale.
All-Indian Motorcycle Bike Show – , Corbin Saddles, 1433 N. Hwy 1, Ormond Beach
Indian Motorcycle owners past and present are encouraged to bring their bike and take part in a special bike show to celebrate the rich 113-year history of the brand. Participation is open to all Indian and Indian-based motorcycles from 1901 to 2014. Admission and registration are free and registration is open from, with judging from and a special awards presentation at Trophies will be awarded to a wide variety of classes. Prizes will include trophies, a variety of Indian Motorcycle gear and gift certificates from Corbin Saddles. The Bike Show is just one of the special events Indian Motorcycle owners can enjoy throughout the week, and current owners can receive a special commemorative pin throughout Bike Week by showing their key fob at any Indian Motorcycle location.
Indian Motorcycle Owners’ Tribute Activities – Ongoing, Various Locations:
Owners of new and older Indian motorcycles will receive VIP treatment throughout the Bike Week! A special owner experience will be offered at the “Kick-start” partynight, March 8, and other unique activities will be available during the week for Indian owners only. Owners are encouraged to watch their email and social media for additional information and invitations.
Fans of Indian Motorcycle are encouraged to visit www.indianmotorcycle.com, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/indianmotocycle, and Like Us at www.facebook.com/indianmotorcycle. For more information on the National Motorcycle Museum visit http://www.nationalmcmuseum.org
ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE®
Indian Motorcycle, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), 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 visitwww.indianmotorcycle.com.
ABOUT POLARIS® INDUSTRIES
Polaris isa recognized leader inthe powersports industry with annual 2013 sales of $3.8 billion.Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, includingall-terrain vehicles(ATVs)and the PolarisRANGER®and RZR®side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles,motorcyclesand on-roadelectric/hybrid powered vehicles.
Polaris is among the global sales leaders forbothsnowmobiles andoff-road vehicles and hasestablished apresence inthe heavyweight cruiser andtouring motorcycle marketwith theVictory and Indian Motorcyclebrands.Additionally, Polaris continuestoinvest in the global on-roadsmall electric/hybridpowered vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil IndustrieSA, Aixam Mega S.A.S.,andinternallydeveloped vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris Engineered parts, accessories and apparel and Klim branded apparel.
Polaris Industries Inc. trades ontheNewYork Stock Exchange under the symbol“PII”,andtheCompany is included in the S&P Mid-Cap400stockpriceindex.
Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories areavailable from authorized Polaris dealers oranytimeat www.polaris.com.
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