Indian Motorcycle, the original American motorcycle company, today announced its plans and participation at the International Motorcycle Show in Minneapolis, taking place January 11-13 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Representatives from Minneapolis-based Indian Motorcycle and parent company Polaris Industries will be on-hand to showcase the entire lineup of 2013 Indian Motorcycle models, including the just announced Indian Chief Vintage Final Edition, which commemorates the previous era of Indian Motorcycle. The display also features a sound booth where attendees can experience firsthand the rumbling power of the upcoming, all-new Indian Motorcycle engine.
“Motorcycle enthusiasts around the world have been eagerly anticipating our plans for the new, completely redesigned Indian Motorcycle coming later this year. We’re delighted to share our progress and vision of the Polaris era with our hometown fans and members of the press,” said Polaris Vice President of Motorcycles, Steve Menneto. “Our team is committed to charting an inspired new future for this brand that fuses the iconic elements of its legendary past with state-of-the-art technology and engineering prowess. We’re proud to display our passion and excitement this week in Minneapolis.”
The all-new “Indian Motorcycle Experience” exhibit chronicles some of the brand’s most important and historic achievements and highlights select vintage motorcycles and military vehicles. It includes a 1942 Indian Model 741B Army model on loan through the National Motorcycle Museum representing the company’s commitment to the military in WWII, and an MV 850 militarized ATV representing Polaris Industries’ current products built for the U.S. Military. Also featured will be the 1935 Indian Chief purchased by Polaris in 2012 on the HISTORY Channel program “American Pickers.”
The company will also showcase an exact replica of the Floyd Emde Indian “Big Base” Scout that dominated and won the Daytona 200 beach race in 1948. The perfectly restored motorcycle represents exactly how the machine would have appeared on the starting line of the race. The sound of history will reverberate throughout the convention hall as this extremely rare motorcycle will be started up several times over the weekend (Friday – 6:30 p.m., Saturday – 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Sunday – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.).