Polaris Industries offered the first preview of the next generation of Indian Motorcycle, releasing an audio clip of the new engine that will power an all-new model.

Indian is offering a a line of 2013 Chief models but all of them are continuations of  models offered by Indian’s owners. The new Polaris-era Indians are still a year away, but Polaris decided to start promoting the brand and teasing the new models ahead of a 2014 re-launch.

Unsurprisingly, the engine has a throaty V-Twin rumble; V-Twins have been powering Indian motorcycles since 1905, and the brand’s new owners Polaris have extensive experience with V-Twins as well, with Victory Motorcycles.

The video was one of five clips released to coincide with the Long Beach stop of the International Motorcycle Shows. All five videos feature Mike Wolfe of the History show “American Pickers”. That they used host of a show about antiques and collectables is an indication Polaris will focus on the Indian brand’s heritage.

As Wolfe says in the video, we’ll see more of the next generation Indian motorcycles at Daytona Bike Week in March 2013.

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[Source: Indian Motorcycles (YouTube)]

  • John A. Stockman

    A small peek into the next chapter of Indian. Finally, a company that can pull it off. One who’s actually interested in what they did & what they can do by giving motorcyclists a machine that’s not so stuck in the past that new models are compromised by it. Best of all, manufacture a motorcycle that’s NOT a harley w/an Indian badge on the tank. It deserves it’s own identity, it’s own engine and it’s own style. Hopefully, it will be like the Victory offerings regarding it’ll have some good suspension with adequate cornering clearance and not compromised for the sake of a low seat height. They seem like great guys and have a good show, but someone tell Mike and Frank to wear their gear so they don’t look like poseurs.

  • JR Pelletier

    New Heart, Same Soul……Harley should be shaking….I’d bet more parts for Indian are built in the USA than Harley does…….but I could be wrong…..I was once in 2006

  • Steve T

    This looks like a nice ride. The sound is good too. But, I have a love affair with my Gen 1 Vmax. Everytime I get on it makes me think of no other.

  • mike delval

    Always loved the Indian style but felt the bike was going nowhere till it had it’s own engine and not an HD clown and also topld all my friends that ride this too.
    I have to say that your beautiful engine just nailed it straight away. I look foward to the completed package along with many friends that ride and want a better choise.
    We just can’t wait. Thankyou so much for doing this. This is very very exciting. Mike DelVal