Indian Motorcycle was in the spotlight throughout Daytona Bike Week 2014. The brand had displays and retail outlets at several locations, had an action-packed display at Daytona Int’l. Speedway, treated thousands of demo riders to their first rides on the 2014 models, and launched the new Indian Motorcycle® Riders Group™. Company personnel also connected with vintage Indian Motorcycle enthusiasts at their annual Bike Week gathering, and rode along on a group ride up the coast to St. Augustine.
The new Indian Motorcycle® Riders Group™ (IMRG) was introduced during Daytona Bike Week 2014. The I.M.R.G. provides Indian Motorcycle owners and their friends with special member benefits and the opportunity to connect with fellow riders. Local I.M.R.G. chapters are forming in conjunction with Indian Motorcycle dealerships, and these chapters help dealerships host open houses, demo events, and charity rides, they hold chapter meetings and parties, enjoy group rides, and more.
trip across America in the Cannon Ball Centennial Ride was “Elnora,” a specially equipped Indian Chief Classic. The bike, which was beefed up for the extensive off-road riding in remote desert and mountain areas, was ridden from San Diego to New York City. Riders accurately traced the legendary route first ridden 100 years earlier by Erwin “Cannon Ball” Baker on a 1914 Indian V-Twin.
Motorcycle.com named the Indian Chief as its 2014 Cruiser of the Year, and in the process honored both the Indian Chief Classic and Indian Chief Vintage. The editors praised the brand “for creating such an authentic machine. Authentic, that’s the right word for the Indian Chief, the proper blend of history and technology seemingly without compromise.”
American Luxury rolled onto the open road in late July when the all-new Indian Roadmaster™ was introduced. Christened with a historic Indian Motorcycle model name, the Indian Roadmaster carries riders into a new generation of luxury touring. It is equipped with comfort and convenience features that deliver an incredible ride experience; ample storage space, including a large, lockable trunk; and advanced electronics such as premium audio and Bluetooth® connectivity.
The talk of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was the historic unveiling of the all-new Indian Scout. It marked the return of one of the most esteemed names in high-performance motorcycle history. The sporty new Indian Scout was introduced on a Saturday night at a special downtown Sturgis site that featured a Wall of Death. The Wall of Death riders took a custom-painted new Indian Scout up on the wall. The 2015 Indian Scout is a stylish, modern cruiser with a 69ci liquid-cooled engine churning out 100 horsepower.
The Indian Motorcycle Inaugural Ride for I.M.R.G. members featured perfect October weather, scenic Tennessee hills and country roads, an incredible BBQ lunch at the Jack Daniels Distillery, and great new Indian Motorcycle friends. The Inaugural Ride in late October was a tremendous success as hundreds of riders logged thousands of great miles during some unforgettable days in Nashville and rural Tennessee.
Steve Menneto, Vice President Motorcycles, was named Motorcyclist of the Year by Motorcyclist Magazine. The editors honored him for his vision and leadership as Indian Motorcycle was relaunched with a new model lineup in 2013 and continued its momentum and lineup growth in 2014. He also received the V-Twin Excellence Award as 2014 Industry Leader of the Year, and was elected in 2014 to serve a two-year term on the Motorcycle Industry Country Board of Directors.
As part of the lead-up to the introduction of the new Indian Motorcycle models, Indian Motorcycle displayed and started the powerful new Thunder Stroke 111 V-Twin engine in March at Daytona Bike Week. “Honoring Our Past. Powering Our Future” was the theme of the event, which included TV star Mike Wolfe. The Thunder Stroke 111 was unveiled on a stage at a party on Main Street in Daytona Beach, and when it was fired up, the overflow crowd was thrilled. Plus, a replica of the Munro Special streamliner – powered by a Thunder Stroke 111 – was driven into the party. The engine and streamliner were subsequently displayed at the Indian Motorcycle exhibit at Daytona Int’l. Speedway throughout Bike Week.
History was made on the night of Saturday, August 3, outside the Sturgis [S.D.] Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame, where the new generation of Indian Motorcycle models was unveiled to an audience filling Main Street and a global audience following the action online. Company officials rode the all-new 2014 Indian Chief Classic, Indian Chief Vintage, and Indian Chieftain onto elevated platforms outside the museum, with TV star and Indian Motorcycle collector Mike Wolfe among those taking part. All three models were powered by the all-new Thunder Stroke 111 V-Twin. As soon as the new models were introduced, a large fleet of the bikes was unloaded from trucks at a demo ride site at the edge of town, and the first Indian Motorcycle Demo Rides were offered the following day.
A fleet of demo trucks began bringing the latest Indian Motorcycle models to riders from coast to coast starting in 2013. Each year, tens of thousands of riders enjoy the Indian Motorcycle riding experience at demo events held at motorcycle rallies and Indian Motorcycle dealerships.