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Indian Actually Planning To Make Motorcycles in the USofA

Polaris Industries Inc., the holders of the Indian motorcycle trademark, plan to add 89 jobs in Wisconsin to meet the demand for production of Indian motorcycles. Polaris acquired Indian last year and now produces the motorcycles in Spirit Lake, Iowa.

Engines, both Indian and Victory, are currently produced at the plant in Osceola which employs about 100. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation says some $595,000 in tax credits are forthcoming for the company. The Osceola plant once had a workforce of more than 500, and Polaris had planned to shutter the factory in 2010 as part of a plan to move some production to Mexico.

Polaris say they plan to begin full-scale production of Indian motorcycles next year in Spirit Lake and are in the process of expanding facilities there.

As for the history of the Indian brand?

This news is certainly a good sign. Message to Polaris: just get it done and make some bikes.

Specifications

Note: all specifications subject to change

engine

  • Engine Type

    Power Plus, Air-Cooled

  • Displacement

    105 Cubic Inches

  • Bore x Stroke

    3.966″ x 4.25″

  • Compression Ratio

    9 to 1

  • Fuel System

    Closed Loop Sequential Port Fuel Injection

drivechain

  • Primary Drive

    Chain

  • Gearbox

    Six Speed

Gear Ratio (overall)

  • 1st

    3.77:1

  • 2nd

    2.56:1

  • 3rd

    1.87:1

  • 4th

    1.44:1

  • 5th

    1.15:1

  • 6th

    1:1

  • Final Drive

    Belt

chassis

  • Frame

    High tensile steel

  • Suspension/Front

    Dia. 41 mm/Travel 4.25″

  • Suspension/Rear

    Single shock/Travel 2.90″

  • Brakes/Front

    Dual Caliper w/Floating Rotors

  • Brakes/Rear

    Single Caliper Floating Rotor

  • Tires/Front

    130/90-16 Black

  • Tires/Rear

    150/80-16 Black

  • Wheels

    Wire spoked

  • Exhaust System

    Two into one Stainless Steel

dimensions

  • Length

    100.5″

  • Width

    40.5″

  • Height

    50.5″

  • Seat Height

    27.25″

  • Wheelbase

    68.4″

  • Dry Weight

    746 lbs

  • GVWR

    1220 lbs

  • Rake/Trail

    34°/5.92″

electrical

  • Instruments

    Analog speedometer & multi-function digital display

  • Charging System

    42 Amps

  • Lamps

    Tear drop head lamp, fender light

colors

  • Color

    Thunder Black Smoke w/colored head dress

standard

  • Standard Equipment

    Long Fenders; Solo Seat

price

  • Pricing

    $27,999

warranty

  • Warranty

    2 Years

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