Though Indian Motorcycle has been off the radar for quite a few years, Polaris Industries is bringing back the name in a big way.
Having purchased the Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company three years ago, in 2013 they began producing the iconic motorcycles once again, and approached Headingley Sport Shop Ltd. about carrying the line.
“We were honoured when Polaris approached us to take on this iconic line,” says Mitch Ruth, co-owner of Headingley Sport Shop. “We feel it’s a great fit to what we are already doing with other motorcycle lines in our store and the addition of Indian motorcycles will only enhance and strengthen the relationships we have developed with many Manitoba motorcyclists. The Indian motorcycle line attracts the enthusiast who respects fine workmanship and wants a product that has more to offer than anything else he or she has been able to purchase in recent years.”
The exclusive dealer for not only the city of Winnipeg, but also for Saskatchewan and Northwestern Ontario, the dealership has secured the name “Indian Motorcycles of Winnipeg., Headingley, MB.”
Prior to Polaris owning the brand, it struggled with underfunding and quality issues, as well as being able to keep prices to an affordable level. However, with their ownership, they hand-picked a team of engineers to redesign the bikes while maintaining the original style and heritage.
If the public reaction to the new line says anything, it’s that Indian Motorcycle is here to stay.
“It has been overwhelming! After the 2015 Indian motorcycle demo event in early Sept, we decided to keep a model just for people to ride,” says Ruth. “Word is out on the street and everyone who gets off that Indian Motorcycle showers it with praises. ‘What a motor, I can’t believe how smooth it is,’ ‘Wow, has that thing got power!’, ‘I love the seat, it’s so comfortable.’ There really is no other way to truly understand the power, and the smooth delivery of that power through the drive line, than by driving one. We are somewhat concerned about how we will be able to keep up with the demand next spring based on the comments we have received this fall. We will be working closely with the factory to secure as much inventory as we can. Exciting times for sure!”
Indian Motorcycle of Winnipeg is 14,000 square feet of sales, service, parts and accessories for the entire lineup of Indian Motorcycles, including the Indian Chief Classic, Indian Chief Vintage, the Indian Chieftain, as well as the all-new Indian Roadmaster. They also carry a full selection of genuine Indian Motorcycle parts, accessories and apparel.
All-new Indian Chief models now available for demo rides and purchase at Indian Motorcycle of Winnipeg:
2015 Indian Roadmaster
Originally manufactured from 1947-1953 and heralded as one of motorcycling’s most comfortable and durable touring bikes, the new 2015 Roadmaster reclaims that heritage with styling that is thoroughly Indian Motorcycle and an almost endless list of premium amenities for comfort, convenience and luxury. It offers:
The proven performance and reliability of the 111 cubic inch Thunder Stroke 111 power plant
Nearly 38 gallons of weatherproof storage including dual hard-sided saddlebags and a roomy quick-release rear trunk
Power-adjustable Horizon Windscreen, heated grips featuring 10 temperature settings, heated seats and adjustable airflow lower fairings for all weather comfort
High-resolution Anti-Lock Brakes, tire pressure monitoring system, keyless ignition with remote locking storage, electronic cruise control, advanced infotainment system, Bluetooth capability for hands-free multi-device connectivity.
2015 Indian Chief Classic, Indian Chief Vintage and Indian Chieftain in Two-Tone Paint
Powered by the acclaimed Thunder Stroke 111 engine and draped in endless chrome, Indian Chief models include the classic styling and head-turning looks of the Chief Classic, the vintage look and fringed leather saddle bags of the Chief Vintage, and the all-day comfort and superb handling of the Indian Chieftain. New for 2015, the iconic Indian Chief lineup features gorgeous, vintage-inspired two-tone paint schemes that set them apart from anything else on the open road. Available color palettes include:
The Indian Chief Classic available in Indian Motorcycle Red and Thunder Black.
The Indian Chief Vintage available in Indian Motorcycle Red and Thunder Black, Indian Motorcycle Red and Ivory Cream, and Willow Green and Ivory Cream.
The Indian Chieftain available in Indian Motorcycle Red and Thunder Black, Indian Motorcycle Red and Ivory Cream, and Springfield Blue and Ivory Cream
2015 Indian Chief Classic
Features iconic styling like valanced fenders, rich genuine leather saddle, classic tank-mounted instrumentation, tear-drop fuel tank design, and sculpted and lighted front fender war bonnet. The Indian Chief Classic comes standard with a host of premium features including endless chrome, keyless ignition, ABS, cruise control, throttle-by-wire, true dual exhaust, high quality chrome laced spoke wheels, brake caliper covers, cast aluminum frame with integrated air intake, and much more.
2015 Indian Chief Vintage
The Indian Chief Vintage offers top-quality quick-release soft-sided leather bags, leather fringe, chrome fender tips, vintage chrome badging on the front fender and a quick-release windshield for easy installation or removal. It includes the same premium standard features as the Indian Chief Classic, and sports the same iconic design elements like valanced fenders, laced wheels, whitewall tires, tank-mounted instrument cluster and extensive chrome finishes throughout. It is also powered by the new Thunder Stroke 111 engine.
2015 Indian Chieftain
Unlike any Indian Motorcycle ever made, the Chieftain features a fairing with integrated driving lights, and its power windshield is an industry-first for a fork-mounted fairing. Standard features include hard saddlebags featuring remote locks and quick-release anchors, a high-output audio system featuring integrated Bluetooth® smartphone connectivity, and a tire pressure monitoring system.