Grand Opening Of Indian Motorcycle Of The Twin Cities

indianmotorcycletwincitiesD Day for Art Welch, a long time Cyril Huze Parts Dealer and faithful reader of this Blog. This Saturday February 28th he is opening Indian Motorcycle Of The Twin Cities, Minnesota, Midwest largest Indian Motorcycle dealer. Quite an accomplishment for him from his humble beginnings in the business as Twin City Custom Cycles in a 800 sq. foot shop. In addition to the traditional festivities, the interesting part of the story is that his Indian dealership is just next door to the St Paul Harley-Davidson dealership. Capitalism and competition at its best! Which door will clients exit when riding a brand new bike? I will know very soon. The party starts at 10 am till’ 5 pm. Indian Motorcycle Of The Twin Cities:  2967 Hudson Road in St Paul, MN.  Tel: 615-765-9988.    .

15 Responses to “Grand Opening Of Indian Motorcycle Of The Twin Cities”

  1. 1 Fred Feb 26th, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Congrats Art! Hard work pays off!

  2. 2 Lyle Feb 26th, 2009 at 10:08 am

    What happened to the Indian dealer on Concord Rd. in St. Paul?

  3. 3 Nicker Feb 27th, 2009 at 12:10 am

    How cool would it be to have the same dealer floor both the new Indians and the old flatheads.

    Sort-a like a continuum of Indian motorcycle history under the same roof.

    Seems to me there would be a good business case for someone who builds classics to floor or consign them in an environment where the right buyer, seeing them together, might want both old and new versions in his own garage.

    Just a thought.


  4. 4 Karen Feb 27th, 2009 at 7:28 am

    This question is not related to Indian but is related to Minnesota. Does the Polaris Company who manufactures atv’s own the Victory Motorcyle Company and if so has Victory ever been in such financial trouble that they almost had to file bankruptcy ? Sorry for any distraction from Indian here but looking for an answer to Victory motorcyles.

  5. 5 Cyril Huze Feb 27th, 2009 at 7:36 am

    Victory is a division of Polaris. No trouble for Victory.

  6. 6 Karen Feb 27th, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Thank you so much and I appreciate you and your blog here.

  7. 7 Mike Kiwi Tomas, Kiwi Indian M/C Co Feb 27th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    It would round out the dealers quite nicely to have new Indians and our classic line of Kiwi Indians on their floor. It all depends on what Indian has written into their agreements as to the new dealers handling others or our products. A full line of parts to service the vintage owners would also add to their dealership.

  8. 8 rodent Feb 27th, 2009 at 11:56 am

    It’s the best news I’ve heard since the A/A got elected our leader!!

  9. 9 1550tc Feb 27th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Good luck to Indian, they have to just make sure they are not going to compete with HD and carve out their own niche in the market.

  10. 10 Minnesota Jeff Feb 27th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Art, I wish you nothing but the best, good luck. I will be there Saturday to support you and you venture!

    Lyle, in reference to the “old” Indian dealer on Concord. That is Fury Motors/Fury Motorcycles. They are now a Big Dog dealership. Look for B-I-G things from these guys in the next year and a half, trust me on this one!

    -Minnesota Jeff
    Bottoms Up Bike Fest

  11. 11 RJ Feb 28th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Congrats and good luck to the new Indian dealer! I am just not sure this is a great recipe for success. Indian motor co. is a new start up company and there are plenty of motorcycle shops/dealers that would make great Indian dealerships and offer great service for their motorcycles and customers. Instead Indian has chosen the route of big elaborate stand alone dealerships, and there are 6 or 7 of these delaers at this point. Indian plans on manufacturing 900 motorcycles for 2009. 900 motorcycles as well as appearal split between 6 or 7 dealerships does not seem like enough of income to support a stand alone dealership. The Indian factory web site also offers factory direct motorcycle sales and an online store were Indian appearal can be purchased. To me this seems a bit erogant on Indians part to be in direct competition with its own dealers. I only say this because I looked into becoming an Indian dealer and I thought there demands were a little steep and did not seem like a recipe for long term steady growth, but more a recipe for a short painful death. Am I missing something or can someone shed some light on this for me. Thanks.

  12. 12 Nitrious Phil Feb 28th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Good luck guys. there always room for Indian.

  13. 13 Rocky Mar 1st, 2009 at 9:58 am

    It would be nice to see new Indian parts for the old indians sold at a new Indian dealership as well. Who knows maybe the new Indian Motorcycle company would be interested in setting a world land speed record?

  14. 14 jeff & Robbie Mar 2nd, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    RJ, points well taken. Looks like a path to oblivion to us.

  15. 15 To RJ - From Snoboardgirl Mar 31st, 2009 at 9:52 am

    My husband works for the new Indian Dealership. They have put a lot of time and energy into building a quality shop, and my husband’s #1 priority (Been a motorcycle enthusiast since age 16) is to give the best customer service and product knowledge, and to give Art Welch the best service year he has ever had. Art already has a wide customer-base who has supported him from the 800 sq. ft. shop he once occupied. He did quite a bit of research about the possibility of becoming an Indian Dealership and took every measure necessary to ensure a successful opening. That opening surpassed their expectations – including an open house with over 1,000 people. Additionally, while they are Indian, the service department can service ANY model bike (and I know that first hand, including vintage models).

    As a correction, there are 11 dealerships (including this one in MN) across the nation. They are on schedule to produce approx. 665 bikes – assuming they fully produce. Each dealership will then get about 60 bikes, to which I already know approx. 10 have been sold?

    They received factory direct training – the bikes speak for themselves-only 2 people assemble each bike by hand and each bike has over $15,000 alone in chrome (which many bikers desire).

    Yes, you can purchase factory direct-but for any motorcyclist that would choose to purchase an Indian, spending upwards of $30,000, many want to SEE the bike in person and many want more information from someone who the bikes and can visually point out things for the customer. Additionally, the customer and the shop can build a relationship for future service and needs, and beyond that, Art as an Indian Dealership has the unique opportunity to continue to sponsor rides/runs and his commitment the community through cook outs, helping schools, children’s hospitals, etc.

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