Every successful business owner or professional whom we know has at least one hobby that they are crazy about.  Their passion seems to move seamlessly from the boardroom to the backyard.  To that end, we thought you might enjoy reviewing some of the newest toys that are out there to take pleasure in. We believe in the old axiom to “work hard and play hard.” Today, we offer a look at the latest American Indian.

The New Indian

At a base price of USD $20,000, the new Indian Motorcycle family might finally be poised to take market share from Harley Davidson.  Maybe….  They certainly shook previously conceived notions of production motorcycles. Their last attempt to move this iconic American company forward saw their bread and butter product – the Indian Chief – priced close to USD $40,000.  Worst than being priced way above its rival was the questionable mechanical reliability of their product.  with reports of nuts and bolts being literally vibrated off the solid frame proliferated. As a result, sales dropped and dealerships closed which compounded mechanical difficulties with a lack of service.  In any event, the 2014 lineup has huge potential and remains true to the always pleasing lines of Indian Motorcycle.

History


Since 1901, the Indian Motorcycle Company – originally known as the Hendee Manufacturing Company until being renamed in 1928 – has constructed bikes that the pubic revered building an iconic American brand.  Perhaps, however, no other major US corporation has been so snake-bitten with bad luck following poor decisions.   Click for History   From the time it went bankrupt in 1953, the company has seen a consistent turnover of ownership while its archrival Harley Davidson – two years its junior – dominated market share. Most recently Polaris Industries bought the Indian brand in 2011 and immediately set out to revamp and relocated production facilities. The result of these efforts is the 2014 Indian line-up.  

Conclusion 

Whether or not you ride the Indian motorcycle is a showstopper that will demand your attention.  It is just plain beautiful.  The devil, nonetheless, is in the details.  Indian will need to demonstrate an acceptable level of mechanical reliability before dreams of touching Harley’s success will follow.  We hope this was fun read and look forward to bringing other “perks” of success to your attention.


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Posted in: Lifestyle, Miscellaneous, Uncategorized on July 16, 2014

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