Indian Motorcycles started manufacturing motorcycles in 1901, and is considered to be one of the oldest motorcycle manufacturers in the world. In the past, the ownership moved from one group to another, until 2011, when it was acquired by Polaris, better known in India for its all-terrain vehicles. Soon, the line-up was revamped and a state-of-the-art engine was developed that forms the core of all the three models India will soon be able to ride. The three new cruisers - Chief Classic, Chief Vintage and Chieftain - will all powered by the modern, air-cooled and fuel-injected Thunder Stroke 111 engine which has, as the name suggests, a displacement of 111 cubic inches which roughly equates to 1,811 cc. Not much has been said about the power of this engine, but it delivers, believe it or not, a massive 139 Nm of torque at 2,600 rpm.
The showroom that will be at Info City, Gurgaon will be at par with its international siblings, and will display and sell accessories and apparels along with the motorcycles.
Unlike its biggest rival Harley Davidson, Indian Motorcycle doesn't plan to localise and intends to bring its entire range to India via Completely Built Units (CBU) route which makes these bikes an expensive affair.
The cheapest of them all is Indian Chief Classic that comes with ABS, cruise control and keyless start as standard, and costs Rs 26.5 lakhs. The Indian Chief Vintage priced at Rs 29.5 lakhs flaunts stylish leather saddle bags and a quick-release windshield. The most premium one - the Chieftain - can't be confused with anything else because of its fairing and hard saddlebags. It also comes loaded with tyre-pressure monitoring and even 100W speakers that can stream music from a smartphone, and the price you pay for this magnificent piece of engineering is a staggering Rs 33 lakh.
After the dealership in Gurgaon, Indian Motorcycles plans to open its second dealership in Bangalore sometime towards the end of the year.