Indian Motorcycles showed at Sturgis this year with all three models of their 2014 lineup.
I had the opportunity to take a 15-mile test ride on a "Chieftain" (handlebar fairing and hardbags) and, I have to say, I am impressed with the bike. The fit and finish is first rate, the ride is quite comfortable (the Chieftain model has air-adjustable rear suspension), and the power is way beyond adequate with119 lb/ft @3000rpm from the 111 cu in (about 1860cc), liquid cooled V-twin.
Other amenities include ABS brakes, tire pressure monitoring system, cruise control, on board computer, 100 watt stereo, remote locking hard bags (removable), keyfob ignition, electronically adjustable windshield, 26" seat height, and a base price of $22,999 which is about $13K less than the previous generation Chieftain. Wet weight is about 850 lbs, GVWR is at 1385 lbs.
There is no travel trunk availibility yet, but, that will probably be offered in on future models. A heel/toe shifter would be nice also. There are a few "dress-up" accessories available which add nicely to an already beautiful machine.
I would like to have the bike for a 200 mile run to gauge the long distance comfort of the driver and passenger seat.
Would I buy one if I had the $25K (including a few accessories)?........in a heartbeat.
IMHO, the Chieftain is, hands down, the nicest looking bike on the road, has all the technological features to satisfy an old-school guy like me, and Polaris has included a 5-year, unlimited mileage, fender-to-fender warranty. Their bikes appeal for me lies in their distinctive, immediately recognizable style and you are not riding another Harley clone. Also, people tend to forget the Sturgis Rally & Races was originally founded by a group of guys racing Indian cycles, not Harleys; Indian possesses a pedigree Harley will never have.
Time will tell if Polaris is successful with the Indian........I certainly hope so. They have made a very commendable first year debut with the Chieftain, Chief Classic and Chief Vintage.