Via your comments I know too well that Indian is a brand every biker is passionate about. In this Blog I read all kind of comments (especially after I reported on my Kings Mountain factory visit and expressed positive feelings regarding the new venture), everything from skeptical comments to unconditional encouragement and support. Now is the time for facts and numbers. The 45 employees North Carolina plant produce about 16 motorcycles a week and Indian Motorcycle is on track for selling 800 Indian Chief motorcycles this year (700 was the initial objective given to me one year ago to break even in the 1st year of business). Plans are currently made to double production in 2010.
Mark Moses, owner of the Flagship Indian Motorcycle of Charlotte has sold at least one model every week since the first bikes rolled out of the factory in January. He sold 3 last Saturday. The company now has 10 US dealerships already opened with locations in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Phoenix, St. Paul, St. Petersburg, Omaha, Wichita and Paducah. Two others in Scranton, Pa. and Dallas-Fort Worth, Tx should open later this year. As I reported here a few days ago Indian Motorcycle has also announced the appointment of its first exclusive importer/distributor in Europe to promote the selling of the Indian Chiefs, Indian Motorcycle Accessories and Indian Motorcycle Apparel in France, Monaco, Luxembourg and Belgium. Indian Motorcycle.