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Old 12-09-2008   #1
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Ok, so they are going to try again to drag out the Indian Chief. BFD.Yeah, it looks good, So what.Is anyone ever going to bring back the inline-four Indians (or other makes) from our rich American motorcycling past? Or a halfway decent single? (not the Buell Blast, which should have been a 650)?I like V-twins as much as the next guy,don't get me wrong!But is every"new"American motorcylce (Victory, Confederate, re-deceased Excelsior) doomed to be a V-twin, just cuz Harley won the WW2 contract with one, 60 years ago? To me, if they don't want to compete with Harley for the market (and image) shouldn't they make a different type of bike? It just seems lazy and copycat-ish.BTW, I really like Buells, Victorys and Confederates. But if their is another new company using an old name, planning on launching another American v-twin, it's just a yawnfest to me. Especially when that brand had other interesting motor configurations.Excuse me Kato, blame the"public"?Which public is that? Surely not the (American) one that buys millions of non-v-twins from countless foriegn manufacturers.With the exception of the Buell Blast, those who want to buy American are not given a choice other than V-twin.It would be nice to have the option of buying a non-twin cruiser.Who says a cruiser has to be a twin? Especially one from an American company who once made inline fours! Right now, the Triumph Rocket is the closest thing to a modern, non-twin, inline Indian.Even BMW, known for its iconic"Boxer Twin,"makes several other motor types, and they sell fine. To the public.
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Old 12-15-2008   #2
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Dont think it will fly. There aint no more room for V twin cruisers on this block. Titan went under and the other Harley clones are strugling to sell bikes. The new indian? YAWN!!!! who cares.
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Old 05-17-2009   #3
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I agree with you, the V-Twin fad has worn things pretty thin.There should be (and so, probably will not) be other offerings, as you suggest. I have no interest in a"new"Indian. Yet I like the old ones a lot.Since you mentioned the military contract, I bring this up before the bashers do: HD beat out Indian by submitting a motorcycle that was larger displacement than the contract specification, thereby having a more powerful engine. Indian played by the rules. ------
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