What the new Indian sounds like

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A year and a half after buying Indian, Polaris is making rumblings about their plans for the brand’s future. Literally, they just released a clip of what the first all-new bike will sound like.

To my ears, that’s definitely a v-twin and more than probably an air-cooled one. It sounds like a refined production motor rather than some tuned, straight-piped hot-rod. But even with the relatively mild roar, it still seems to evoke power and performance. What do you hear?

  • FastPanda

    I dunno, Wes. Sounds like a bunch of marketing hype and pseudo-bad-ass pose from here.

    Been working on your cruiser scowl lately?

  • http://www.facebook.com/sean.sposito Sean Sposito


  • contender

    I hear cash register rings with the purchase of fringe jackets and seats and/or chrome bolt-on geegaws. Almost the same thing as you.

    New layout is coming together, though.

  • http://firstgenerationmotors.blogspot.com/ Emmet

    seems legit, Sounds like a motorcycle. Step in the right direction?

  • http://twitter.com/LOLTJL TJ

    Dude from “American Pickers” and Daytona Bike Week = more boomer targeted crap

  • http://www.facebook.com/davidabl.blankenhorn Davidabl Blankenhorn

    A picture is worth a thousand words..or soundbytes. Just sayin’

  • http://www.facebook.com/corey.cook.549221 Corey Cook

    It doesn’t sound like an ancient HD push rod engine. Baby steps in the right direction are better than stagnation!

  • http://www.facebook.com/thisisbenji Benjamin Reynolds

    Meh, I don’t have high expectations. I hope they take the Triumph route, we don’t need more HD look alikes.

    • atgatthd

      Judging by their website with people standing around with half helmets and branded jackets, it doesn’t look promising.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.howard.9889 Michael Howard

    Indian is very likely going to be Polaris’ H-D, going after a bigger chunk of the “retro” and “nostalgia” and “patriotic American” market. On the upside, it SHOULD allow Polaris to take the Victory line of bikes in a non-cruiser direction.

  • Mark Desrosiers

    Sounds smoother than an HD, at least. Maybe its not a pushrod engine?

  • David

    If it’s not loud, slow, and leaks then the Hardley crowd will hate it!

  • http://twitter.com/GeneCash Gene Cash

    “Will you be turning the computer off and on for me now?” Wait… sound of the wrong kind of Indian?

    Actually, I’m shocked to say it didn’t sound so bad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.sagaci Jason Sagaci

    We all hope it will be something exiting , but that is risky-and scares American suits.
    Safe bet is the tired old nostalgia trip. Lucrative to be sure, but utterly devoid of substance. These are not Italians . There will be no Phoenix rising, sadly.

    • Slowtire

      Couldn’t agree more. Vintage is popular with some non US manufacturers as well but the US is the predominant and safe market by far. Just don’t see many $30,000 cruisers being bought in this economy, especially Indians. Too many recent startups/failures.

  • tbowdre

    that was, wow… So sad

  • Eric

    Oh man I dont resonate with the whole vintage vintaging imagery and the ¨see you on the backroads¨kind of thing, it is too forced for my european intraverted mind..but the sound is nice, pity they recorded on a straight which makes me hope for more Buell handling and less ¨luckiest dude on a Harley doing the Mulholland drive¨ bummerness.

  • Chris Davis

    Bike sounds great, everything else sounds terrible.

  • roma258

    Nothing says performance engineering like….a reality tv show host known for sifting through other people’s unwanted crap?

    • Steve

      Perfectly said!

    • http://twitter.com/damiengaudet Damien Gaudet

      To be fair: He does seem very knowledgeable on vintage motorcycles.

  • Ben

    Do I hear gear driven cam whine?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.jones.56481 Jordan Jones

    Geriatrics, rejoice!

    Meanwhile, a more relevant and prominent American bike pioneer receives an influx of support from… India?

  • Tyler 250

    Why oh why isn’t Polaris making dirt bikes? They have two cruiser brands, snowmobiles and ATVs, but they aren’t making dirt bikes? Maybe all the bikes on the road are Harleys, but Americans love dirt bikes.

  • http://twitter.com/bloodfalcons motoguru.

    Cut it out, Wolfe.

  • Mykola

    Yep, sounds like “a v-twin and more than probably an air-cooled one,” like Harley does, or Suzuki, or Victory, or Yamaha…

  • paul

    Not too impressed, but it better not be as ugly an engine like on the victory.

  • http://twitter.com/6and10com 6and10.com

    Saw you at PIMS where they were demoing the engine early on Friday and it certainly sounded very muscular.

  • Dave

    Sounds nice, but I’m sure most who buy one will stick straight pipes on it and ruin it for everyone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dimitri.hettinga Dimitri Hettinga

    cheesy video & cheesy sound.. cheesy presenter, probably better off selling Xerox machines, scented candles or what ever…

  • akaaccount

    “You just heard an all new motor and soon it’s going to be put into an all new bike!”

    So it fits in the same old chassis and sounds like every other cruiser. History in the making!!!!!

  • Travis

    While Polaris is on a buying spree, they should snap up US Highland motorcycles and jump in the dirt bike market.

  • disqus_4bAiYBsOtZ

    make mine a china red Indian twin that looks like the 1951 chief but this one will have electric start disc brakes and a warranty