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.
Note: all specifications subject to change
Power Plus, Air-Cooled
105 Cubic Inches
Bore x Stroke
3.966″ x 4.25″
9 to 1
Closed Loop Sequential Port Fuel Injection
Gear Ratio (overall)
High tensile steel
Dia. 41 mm/Travel 4.25″
Single shock/Travel 2.90″
Dual Caliper w/Floating Rotors
Single Caliper Floating Rotor
Two into one Stainless Steel
Analog speedometer & multi-function digital display
Tear drop head lamp, fender light
Thunder Black Smoke w/colored head dress
Long Fenders; Solo Seat
http://www.kiwiIndian.com 2011 Kiwi Indian Board Track Racer, 84 cubic inch flat head, 4 speed gearbox, CV carb, Principal of Old School, Riverside CA