MERRILLVILLE | Starting this weekend, one Region retailer is offering the thrill of the open road and the return of a piece of Americana.
Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, will be showcasing its new 2014 Indian Chief family of motorcycles during a demonstration Sept. 27-30 at Maxim Power Sports in Merrillville.
Indian unveiled its three new models in August at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame in Sturgis, S.D.
“We’re very excited to be partnering up with Indian Motorcycle and to have this opportunity to bring another American-made bike to the riders,” Maxim General Manager Mike Henke said. “Our phones have been going crazy since the release in Sturgis.”
The original Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Co. went bankrupt in 1953. A number of successor organizations have perpetuated the name, with limited success. In 2011 Polaris Industries bought Indian Motorcycles and relocated operations from North Carolina, merging them into existing facilities in Minnesota and Iowa.
The new models include the Indian Chief Classic, starting at $18,999; the Indian Chief Vintage, $20,999; and the Indiana Chieftain, $22,999.
“When we acquired Indian Motorcycle 2 1/2 years ago we set out to capture the heart, soul and legendary heritage of this iconic brand and then infuse it with unparalleled design, engineering and state-of-the-art technology,” said Scott Wine, CEO of Indian Motorcycle parent company Polaris, in a statement.
Indian is providing Maxim 16 motorcycles during the demo weekend and test rides are available provided attendees have proper licensing.
“It’s a great opportunity for people to come out to see, touch and ride an Indian motorcycle,” Henke said.
Henke said Maxim Power Sports is currently taking open orders for the new motorcycles.
“We’re awaiting arrivals from the factory,” he said. “This event is opportunity for those to become familiar with them. The demand has been so popular that even when the motorcycle hit the floor they won’t last long. I’m as excited as the people who are calling me. It’s a great motorcycle – a nostalgic look but with modern technology.”