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Old 09-20-2003, 06:47 PM   #11
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Here's a link to the brochure:

http://www.indian-uk.com/indian.pdf



...and the official site...

http://www.indian-uk.com
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Old 09-20-2003, 06:48 PM   #12
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Anyone interested in the "two-wheel world" has to cringe at the closing of yet another motorcycle manufacturer of American motorcycles. Unfortunately, this current version of Indian did way too much in the way of advertising and damn little in the making of a motorcycle. Sad...very sad.
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Old 09-20-2003, 07:04 PM   #13
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Any upstart MC should try and sell Motorcycles to the masses first and then create a ultra expensive bike for the niche. Is that not how Harley started,Kawasaki,Suzuki etc.

GM sold corvettes but the chevette made the money for the company( IN the 80's). Make bikes for the average first, then tackle the rich bastards later..



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Old 09-21-2003, 03:34 AM   #14
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Hope somebody buys the name who wants to make motorcycles and sell tshirts on the side.....not the other way around.



I've been thinking this for 15 years: Why doesn't one of the Japanese Big 4 buy one of these old names like Indian or Henderson and rebadge their cruisers with it. They already make some of their bikes in the states anyway. What better way to compete with Harley? If it says Indian on the tank and Made in the USA on the sticker, the average Joe is not going to care if it was designed by Kawasaki.
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Old 09-21-2003, 05:32 AM   #15
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The inline fours look very good. I don't think the world needs another H-D clone with Indian on the tank.



Somehow the new Vincent seems OK to me, despite its Honda motor.



Yes, the Drifter was as Indian as the one that closed down.
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Old 09-21-2003, 06:03 AM   #16
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What, again?



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Old 09-21-2003, 06:09 AM   #17
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Big Dog seems (and I certainly haven't been reading their quarterlies, so this is a completely superficial observation) to be doing all right manufacturing expensive H-D clones. I suspect their organization is more efficient than Indian's was. Not saying this is a great business model, but it isn't a universal failure.



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Old 09-21-2003, 06:12 AM   #18
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Maybe AMF can buy the rights to the Indian name, they have experiance building quality motorcycles.
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Old 09-21-2003, 06:42 AM   #19
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Default and what about BigDog?

According to their last financial report they're doing just fine.



Looks like BigDog (last of the super clones) Victory (the real American alternative) and Harley are the only remaining choices for the "I'll only ride American" crowd. That is at least if you can't afford the custom clone builders from American Ironhorse to Bourgets to Confederate MC.
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Old 09-21-2003, 06:45 AM   #20
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Default If it's the T-Bird Sport I'm there!

I'll take it off their hands. Those bikes are effin sweet!
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