Indian says the air-cooled and fuel-injected 49 degree twin accumulated over 1 million miles of dynamometer and on-road testing, and that the development process also involved reviewing historical documentation, dissecting classic Indians, and riding a slew of old bikes. This 111 cubic inch (1,811cc) two valve-per-cylinder, pushrod-actuated engine's specs are robust: it produces more than 115 lb-ft of torque (versus Harley's 112 lb-ft figure) while running a 9.5:1 compression ratio on premium fuel. A wet clutch manages power to a 6-speed transmission with overdrive, and final drive comes courtesy a carbon fiber reinforced belt.
This Burt Munro tribute streamliner was commissioned commissioned by Indian and built by Jeb's Metal and Speed Shop to showcase the mill, another signal that Polaris, Indian's corporate parents, are putting a concerted effort into hyping the upcoming Indian lineup.
But as with most things bike-related, the final analysis won't come until we've laid eyes on, thrown a leg over, and ridden what will essentially become the only American motorcycle manufacturer to challenge Harley-Davidson. Can Indian steal a big enough slice of the pie to make a dent against the Motor Company? Wait and see; I'm looking forward to reporting more on this upcoming battle of the two-wheeled titans.
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