New Indian Motorcycle Engine Revealed To The Public March 9th In Daytona Beach During Bike week

indiannewengineThe new Indian Motorcycle engine that will power the next generation of will be revealed during Daytona Beach Bike Week in less than a month. It will happen Saturday March 9th at 9 pm Eastern Time at Dirty Harry’s bar on Main Street in Daytona Beach.

It will be the first place that the public can see and hear the actual engine that has been in constant development from a blank sheet of paper for the past two years. I will be on location to cover the event, and for those not present in Daytona I will upload the first pictures and all the specs. It’s an exciting time in the history of the brand, and I know that you are all impatient to find out how Indian designers and engineers were able to both respect the brand history while celebrating its great future under Polaris Industries stewardship.

39 Responses to “New Indian Motorcycle Engine Revealed To The Public March 9th In Daytona Beach During Bike week”

  1. 1 richard Feb 19th, 2013 at 11:37 am

    This is really getting old! What’s next? A picture of a foot peg?

  2. 2 Rodent Feb 19th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    If Indian was smart they would introduce the whole runing bike in Hollister “the birthplace of the American Biker”. But I don’t think they’re that smart.

  3. 3 G-Four Feb 19th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Let me guess; it will be a 45 degree v-twin, air cooled, engine, with push rod actuation. It will be counter balanced, but will still shake like a dog shitting chicken bones. The R&D involved will jack the price up another couple of thousand, on an already over priced machine, and only nostalgic suckers will buy it.

  4. 4 Doc Feb 19th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    @G-Four – Roger that. Couldn;t have said it better myself.

  5. 5 666 Feb 19th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Geez enough already…What did these jerks do hire a bunch of the marketing staff from indian gilroy ?? Whats next branscome richmond holding a throttle cable ??
    The more I see the less I want to see more. Indian died 50-60 years ago..Let them rest in peace

  6. 6 Boots Feb 19th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I can’t wait for the debut of the battery box!!!!

    I’m afraid this “Polaris Indian” is going to be one expensive motorcycle!
    Hope I’m wrong!

  7. 7 Lyle Landstrom Feb 19th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    It’ll be interesting to see what the above folks are saying about all this in a few weeks. I’m betting it won’t be a 45 deg. V- Twin (Indian never was) or air cooled. And there’s nothing wrong with pushrods. Polaris has the opportunity to design a motor from scratch and unlike HD, not paint themselves into a corner with an out dated design. My bet is they know this.

  8. 8 GuitarSlinger Feb 19th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Dear Indian ;

    Show us the entire M/C or get out of our faces until you can . This Trickle Effect marketing may work for the Dyslexic Hummingbird generation … but for those of us with dollars in hand its getting more than a bit tiresome and ludicrous .

  9. 9 Brescia Feb 19th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Indian drive you crazy with their teasing? Exactly what they want. If they don’t disappoint…

  10. 10 BlkBkr Feb 19th, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    @G-Four Victory has never used push rods. Just wondering what you have heard that would lead you to believe that Indian would use them?

  11. 11 barney fife Feb 19th, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Well if it isn’t air cooled I’m not interested. Nothing uglier to me than a big honking radiator hanging off the front of a classic bike.

  12. 12 KD Feb 20th, 2013 at 7:01 am

    The Indian haters on here are always the first to open their pie holes about how they expect nothing but failure. Shut up already and let’s see what gets debuted. If it’s ugly and Indian fails, open up and THEN you can say “I told you so”. Until then go back to your black HD (yeah, the one that looks just like all the others in a sea of HDs) and your girlfriend (yeah, the one that will stare and drool at an Indian like it’s Matthew Mcconaughey in the nude) and keep hoping that the new Indian doesn’t produce the bike that you’re scared of.

  13. 13 Boomer Feb 20th, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Definitely a defining moment in history. Yes, the teases are getting old, but this isn’t just a tease. The future of the brand rests on this motor being widely accepted. While I’m sure the marketing dept did their due diligence in researching the acceptance of it; they won’t really know until we, the public at large who cares about such things, decide whether or not it’s a keeper.

    If nothing else; it has to be better than the current Twin Cam design in use by HD. I personally hope they have adopted an overhead cam design for both power and reliability. If the designers of the Victory motor are involved with this one they will want to keep the use of gaskets to a minimum as well. The more gaskets the more chance for leaks. The current TC HD uses 60+ gaskets and seals. The current Vic power plant uses 9.

  14. 14 Bago Feb 20th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Polaris did in essence the same thing when they were pre-releasing the Victory Vison. However, they had a final prototype before production run at the International Motorcycle Show – Minneapolis Convention Center as a full blown teaser. You could sit on it, but you couldn’t buy it yet.

    Remember this…………

    Now in the fall of 2013 (probably at Sturgis) you can sit on one AND buy it. That’s pretty damn fast from buyout to production time. So all Indian has time for is teasers now. And it’s working as it drives eyeball traffic to Indian.

    The launch is revolving around Indian’s heritage from the good old days and especially ads you keep reading and seeing for when Indian was very cool and the king of racing. PAY ATTENTION. Now for the last year, HD is doing the same damn thing. Copying Indian. Go to HD dealers and you will see things from the 20-40’s era in the stores. Facebook stuff for HD is also gong that way too. The release of the new Indian by Polaris on HD’s 110th anniversary is friggen amazing timing. 2013 will be an exciting year for American made motorcycles!


  15. 15 Rick Lossner Feb 20th, 2013 at 8:48 am

    LMAO .. they’re not going to get rich off a few dozen whining cowboys keyboarding in here.. but they will off the thousands that will be lining up to buy ….

    you know.. the mass market that drools at the pretty paint jobs and chrome on HDs and lines up to buy and wear HD underwear, HD belts, HD bandanas, HD boots, HD glasses, HD leather chaps and jackets ( on sunny warm days ) … and paints their trucks orange and black with massive HD decals in the rear windows?

    Polaris’s Marketing machine s humming boyz……. and as nauseating as it may be to a minority, the majority are salivating and going to line up for the opportunity to be different. Indian will be a minority player for many years ( compared to HDs market share) and that alone will fuel people that want to ride and stand out from the HD crowd.

    I feel the Indian – HD wars heating up again….

  16. 16 Steelchoppin Feb 20th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    KD: I don’t think that anyone on this thread is being a (per-se”) “Indian hater”. If anything they are being Indian purists. The fact remains that it is impossible to say exactly “what” an Indian motorcycle would be today if Indian was still in business, because Indian went belly up in 1953! I don’t understand why this is even relevant. It isn’t like the Twinkie that will now be produced by Little Debbie. No…this is like naming something completely different a name that is already dead. Maybe Ford Motor Company can revive the Kaiser name and build a new Henry J on the Taurus chassis…how is that playing into any “legacy”?

    Polaris has no tie to the original Indian Motorcycle Company and therefore all this will ever be is a modern bike named after a vintage motorcycle company…basically the same thing as the Kawasaki Vintage Nomad that looked more like an Indian than the Softail Based Scout that bore its name.

    Hell even Lynyrd Skynyrd (which is essentially the most successful cover band ever) has an original member or two and is at least fronted by Ronnie VanZant’s brother.

    Naming their new motorcycle company Indian is a mistake and if there is any success it will be only because Polaris has deep enough pockets to cram this thing down the throats of the industry and force Victory dealers to carry them on their floors. This is a mistake and it will fail.

    The only people that will buy these things are Harley haters that want to ride an American (laugh) bike that is not a Harley, people with more dollars than cents and old rich white dudes that missed the last bagger boom.

    Polaris is a great Snowmobile maker and ATV maker…their Victory line is a decent running bike but the plastic parts are cheap and look it and the controls are too Japanese looking. You can throw the entire Arlen Ness catalog at one and be into a bike for 30-grand that will depreciate faster than an 883 Sportster.

    Sorry but it is true!

  17. 17 Robert Pandya Feb 20th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Thanks all for your interest in Indian Motorcycle. It’s been only since April of 2011 that Polaris Industries purchased Indian from Kings Mountain. In that time we moved the production line and had it back up in 8 weeks delivering new motorcycles to current dealers in a couple months, dove deep into the brand, developed a 100% new engine that is going to be revealed in less than a month and only about two years after the real work on the new engine started, built a sales and marketing team as well as staffed up engineers for the development of the new model, brought in brand partners such as Mike Wolfe and the National motorcycle Museum and other still to be announced.

    That is amazing timing, and the staff at Indian Motorcycle will push on to deliver.

    Yes we do know that some of you do not want to see any more bits and pieces, but it does actually take more than two years to develop a motorcycle that fully complies with the international regulations and domestic restrictions, as well as delivers on the promise of the brand. For those you not interested in what’s up with America’s first motorcycle I have a warning – we will continue to release news as we can to keep those of you who want to stay connected informed.

    I have a feeling that if we were all clammed up and NOT releasing anything until the bike is 100% done, we would be seeing complaints from many of the same people. We chose to be more public, and believe that the silent majority are appreciative of our news, and industry reporters covering it for the benefit of their readers.

    Thank you again Cyril and all the best to you riders out there.

    Robert Pandya
    External Relations Manager
    Indian Motorcycle

  18. 18 BobS Feb 20th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Steelchoppin, Polaris has as much in common with the original Indian company as the current Harley Davidson has with the company founded by William Harley, Aurthur Davidson, and William Davidson. Polaris can’t force anyone to buy a bike they don’t want, but if they build a bike people want it will sell no matter what badge is on the tank. Maybe I’m just a Harley hater but since I kinda like them I don’t feel like a hater. But I do hate that they have no power, and I do hate that so many of their riders act like idiot sheep. I didn’t buy a Victory because I hate Harley, I bought it because I love the way it rides, plastic side cover and all. Guys that dress up like pirates, have corporate logos tatoo’d to their bodies, and think the term “badass” is a verb…probably not going to buy a lot of new Indians. But theres a lot of us out there that just love motorcycles and will make purchasing decisions solely on which one we want to ride. Indian will have just as much opportunity to sell to this crowd as any other brand does.

  19. 19 spaz Feb 20th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Steelchoppin, you’re such a bitter, pessimistic, opinionated whiner. HD has been bought and sold a couple of times too, but no complaints from you! Rick Lossner thanks for your intelligent comments. Robert Pandya, you show restraint when addressing the whiners, and appreciation to the rest. Cool. Competition makes everything better, folks. If you like HD’s new (09-up) bagger frame, and the larger 103″ motor, thank Victory for the competition that put a fire under HD’s collective butt! Let’s say that we’re bikers, riders, and people who are fans of all motorcycles owned and built on American soil, and let’s whine less on the internet and ride more. Spaz has spoken…. LOL

  20. 20 Red Feb 20th, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I agree with Robert Pandya. Indian has done much in a short time and I wish them the best. After all their success can only help us. Better pay attention MOCO.

  21. 21 Hamilton. Feb 20th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Go Indian. Go…

  22. 22 Texx Feb 20th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Enough already with the Indian promotion. Next they will have Danica Patrick standing next to the new motor and it will officially be the most over publicized promotion in the history of Daytona!

  23. 23 Doc Robinson Feb 20th, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I have total confidence that the new Indian developed by Polaris will be true to the heritage of the original Indian as far as it is possible to be with a motorcycle built in the second decade of this century. I say this after following the development of the bike as closely as possible from a public perspective and also from speaking with some Polaris engineers who, although they gave away no design details whatsoever, let their passion to honour the original marque shine through. I for one, say keep on teasing Polaris, it’s a long proven marketing technique.

  24. 24 Woody Feb 20th, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I’m GLAD Polaris moved in and is giving the brand another chance. Not a hater, just tired of this drawn out BS. Nothing wrong with a striptease, but if she still has her pants on 2 hrs. into it, the audience will move on or start snoring. Personally I’d have preferred a simple description of the overall bike concept whenever Polaris was REALLY ready to spill the beans, and then a zillion pics when it finally debuted at a show. Peace.

  25. 25 Bill Eadie Feb 20th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Seems odd that this event is taking place at a bar on Main Street, when the actual Daytona Beach Indian dealership, owned by Enzo Almeida, is mere minutes away on Beach Street.

  26. 26 martin twofeather Feb 20th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I agree totally with every word Steelchoppin has said….

  27. 27 Blackmax Feb 20th, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I agree with Robert !
    “Well Said, Sir” !!!!
    I’m sure it not easy to design a brand new motor
    much less everything that goes with creating a brand NEW motorcycle.
    If it was everybody would do it …..
    I’m not a big fan of the “bits & pieces” approach, but that what they decided on
    And it’s obviously working given the number of responses
    Everybody, chill out & let’s wait & see what they do.
    Some are going to love it, some are going to hate it…
    Me, can;t wait till after Sturgis to get a test ride, some how ????

  28. 28 Blackmax Feb 20th, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    And I’m sure Cyril wil be right on top of it when it does come out

  29. 29 Rodent Feb 20th, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    I agree with Bill Eadie.
    Why Dirty Harry’s?
    The street will be crowded with non-bikers, tourists, spring breakers, at 9pm Saturday night. Will the display unveiling be before during or after the wet T-shirt contest?

  30. 30 Harleynot Feb 20th, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I dis-agree totally with every word martin twofeather has said….Steelchoppin posted.


    Indian… America’s First V-twin !

  31. 31 courtney Feb 21st, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Steelchoppin has my vote, lol.

    But more importantly, as with Richard, I am really looking forward to that sneak peak of the right foot peg, although I will certainly settle for a pic of the left one instead. Maybe the clutch lever and cable will be forthcoming as well!

  32. 32 Mark Feb 21st, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I’ve said it before, more competition is better for everyone as companies push each other to the edge and make better products for us to enjoy. While the trickle effect marketing may be annoying to some I think its kind of fun to get these snippets of information as we edge closer and closer to the launch (hopefully) this summer. Harley has only been competing against itself for the last 60 years so it would be great to get another solid American bike out there to mix things up a little bit. You also have to consider that the most popular articles on Cyril lately seemed to be Indian articles, so means they are doing something right.

    Now if only I could get my ass to Daytona somehow…

  33. 33 lumpy Feb 26th, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Can’t wait to see it. Hope it’s a great motor at a Reasonable price I will be there to see it.. They should just remake the Flathead but we no that wont happen… And stop Hating if you dont like American Motorcycles move to China

  34. 34 Robert Pandya Feb 27th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    As I have posted in the past, our option is to either a) show nothing until we are completely done and ready to reveal the whole bike later on this year, at which point we would probably have people complaining that we are not showing anything despite the fact that people know we are working on the next thing. Or b) talk about what we are up to as publically as possible.

    We have chosen to show what we can, when we can, so that those who are interested in the Indian Motorcycle brand and the general motorcycle universe can stay engaged with what we are up to. In a business full of passionate enthusiasts, the re-launch of America’s first motorcycle brand is a story that many riders want to follow. It’s pretty easy to choose to not follow it – just skip the article.

    Robert Pandya
    External Relations Manager
    Indian Motorcycle

  35. 35 vin Mar 1st, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Robert Pandya- quick question will it just be 1 launch model this year or multiple like a scout or something? considering your working on the next thing already? i hope a 741 scout is in the works or a 101.

  36. 36 Robert Pandya Mar 1st, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Vin – thanks for asking,

    Unfortunately I can’t give up our future plans for competitive reasons – but you will see a whole bike launch before the end of the year, and that’s all I can say about that really. As we see it we are launching half of a highly anticipated motorcycle with the reveal of the engine on the 9th. That will certainly give the gearheads out there a clue as to the direction we are going. Do rest assured that with the backing of Polaris Industries Indian Motorcycle has never been in is such a good position to develop may types of products and will certainly create models that answer where there are chances for increased sales and growth for the brand.

    Thank for your interest – keep an eye on Cyril’s site as well as the Indian Motorcycle and website ( as we will be posting up some cool stuff including technical details and other cool surprises. I hope you riders all have a great weekend – I know for a fact that many Indian Motorcycle employees are working through this weekend all the way up to the engine reveal to give you the most information we can as soon as we can.

    Robert Pandya
    External Relations Manager
    Indian Motorcycle

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