As I reported before, not much could be done by Polaris between April of this year, when the company bought all Indian Motorcycle assets, and today. The 2012 Polaris built Indians are limited to 3 models, The Vintage, The Classic and The Dark Horse. No radical changes, but all have received about 12 small technical improvements. They are all powered by the same 105″ (1750 cc) 45-degree Powerplus engine. Prices are unchanged starting at $26,499 for the Indian Chief Classic, at $27,999 for the Indian Dark Horse in matte black, at $35,999 for the Indian Vintage model in solid colors ($900 extra for 2-tone paint scheme)
The first 2012 Polaris Indian Chief carries Serial Number 000002 because Serial Number 000001 is kept for Polaris’ personal collection. Polaris confirms that it will take all time necessary to conceive and engineer a brand new Indian Motorcycle line up, but still hopes that the new Indians will be released as 2013-year models year. Indian Motorcycle.
Correction November 2, 2011. 4 pm ET: It appears that I was not informed that Polaris has now estimated that it will take them a minimum of 2 years to be ready with a new Indian line up, which doesn’t surprise me. Below is the email that Robert Pandya from Polaris sent me as soon as I published the article above.
“Cyril, Thanks for your interest and reporting on the 2012 Indian Motorcycle Line-up. I would like to state clearly that it will be at least a couple (2) years from now before the introduction of anything significantly changed from the existing design, and most certainly will not be a 2013 year model. If you could make that correction I would appreciate it. I will also post to the blog if you wish. We do not want to raise expectations that we are either rushing the process or able to bend space and time to come to market that quickly. Thank you for understanding.” Robert Pandya, External Relations Manager Polaris Motorcycles