Back in the day, iconic personalities like Burt Munro and Steve McQueen fell under the spell of Indian motorcycles. The brand was the stuff of legends, and in its heyday battled squarely against the other American juggernaut, Harley-Davidson.
After a rocky history and several false starts, a new Indian has emerged in the form of a prototype that promises to become a reality this fall. The 2009 Chief is an ambitious venture, and while the photo seen here (click to enlarge) doesn't look exactly like the final product, the company is taking the bold step of building their own PowerPlus engines in-house and accepting $1,000 deposits on a bike that doesn't have an official release date yet.
Indian's blog assures readers that "the brand is in good hands," but can the market sustain another nostalgic American V-twin bike given Harley's recent sales struggles? Comment with your thoughts on this attempt to resuscitate a 107 year-old motorcycling legend.Photo © Indian Motorcycles