Arlen Ness Front Brake Calipers For Indian Models

IndianClassic1-VI_3202_00L2-VI_3203_00LThese replacement brake housings will fit 2014-up Indian models (except Scouts) and all 2010 & up Victory models (except Vision) Only front applications, available for right and left side. Available in chrome or black. Includes seals and instructions (replacement seals must be purchased separately. Made in the USA. MSRP $249.95. At Arlen Ness.

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23 Responses to “Arlen Ness Front Brake Calipers For Indian Models”


  1. 1 Rodent Apr 5th, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Wonder what other Victory/Indian parts are interchangeable

  2. 2 Mike Apr 5th, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Ok, so I am guessing no braking benefits over stock units, but just shinier?

  3. 3 smm Apr 5th, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    PI claimed that absolutely nothing was interchangeable…but we all knew that made no sense from a manufacturing cost perspective. I think they made this statement as many of the loyal Indian riders hate Victory.

  4. 4 Mike Apr 5th, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Yes, it makes sense for the “loyal Indian riders” to hate Victory, the very company upon which all of Polaris’ know-how about modern motorcycle engines and chassis was built, AND upon which knowledge Polaris relied to build the present Indian motors and chassis that are apparently so loved over Victory.

  5. 5 Matt W. Apr 6th, 2015 at 7:37 am

    smm: I seem to recall a statement like that being made by Robert from Polaris possibly just before the Cheif was introduced. However I think it’s more likely he said “most parts” or he might have been referring specifically to just the Thunder stroke engine.

  6. 6 Eric PK Apr 6th, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Most brakes are outsources anyway, sometimes they get a brand stamp. What else could they have in common? Same fuse box?

  7. 7 Harlan Apr 6th, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Team Ness, ahead again……..

  8. 8 Robert Pandya Apr 6th, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Mounting points may be the same, but the calipers are different in branding and I believe finish.

    Of course there were learnings from all aspects of our very diversified product portfolio. What lots of people don’t seem to get – is that is the STRENGTH of Polaris. We can tap into technical and production resources that very few brands can.

    Bored? Looking for bad-ass stuff that helps defend the country – here you go.

    http://www.polaris.com/en-us/military

    There is plenty of other cool products too. If you think that Polaris making these things is a negative, your blinders might be screwed on too tight.

    Have a smooth week – and thanks to the Ness Family for continuing to support Indian and Victory Motorcycles with aftermarket accessories that customers want.

    Robert Pandya
    External Relations Manager
    Indian Motorcycle

  9. 9 CC-Indian Rider Apr 6th, 2015 at 10:28 am

    These calipers are they more effective than the originals ?
    Because if it’s just for the look, nothing to do on the front of an Indian Chief, we do not see them…

  10. 10 Zach Ness Apr 6th, 2015 at 11:47 am

    The billet caliper housings are billet aluminum housings that accept the factory brake caliper internals. You remove your factory pistons, pads, and seals and insert them into the new billet housings for a full custom look at around half the price.

    Regarding the Indian/Victory interchangeability. Yes…internally the calipers are the same, externally the finish & branding is different. The performance and reliability of these calipers and braking systems are second to none. Polaris engineers are impressively aggressive, intelligent and dedicated to their product. Over and over again I am surprised with the innovations the company sets out to accomplish and does accomplish.

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But to be blunt, the notion that “loyal Indian riders” should hate Victory is very surprising. Without Victory, the multi-billion dollar AMERICAN company would not have thought to invest in bringing “the loyal Indian riders” company back to life. The company has repeatedly started back up and failed. Victory is a great American motorcycle company that has succeeded against the odds. It success undoubtedly is a direct factor of Polaris investing in the Indian brand. If anything the loyal Indian riders should be thanking Victory for bringing their brand back to life and making sure it stays for the long run.

    Loyalty can very easily be confused with ignorance. By all means love, support, and scream on top of a mountain how much you love your motorcycle brand. But…don’t let your personal attachment to a certain brand inhibit you from researching and knowing the industry.

    When is the last time multiple brands from AMERICA have been causing this much stir? For the first time in a very long time we have multiple American motorcycle companies doing very well. This not only shows the world American motorcycling is innovative and here to stay, but it also brings jobs and revenue to our economy.

    On a daily basis I work on accessories for all 3 American brands of motorcycles, and you would be surprised which brand I spend the most time on. I’m not going to play favorites, but what I can tell you is I couldn’t be happier 3 American brands are actually successful and growing. Without their success we couldn’t be make a living doing what we love everyday.

    There is a lot of emotion involved with motorcycle brand arguments, that is great. It shows how emotionally invested we are to these two wheel machines. Before you comment, do your research and remember we’re attached to the industry because of the positive effect & emotion it brings us. Competition is healthy and I love to hear the debate…lets just do our research and make the debate constructive. I believe you should be leaving a motorcycle discussion with a smile and with more information or insight then you came in with…not angry. If you leave angry…Get on a bike, go ride, and remember why your attached to a motorcycle.

    So…about those caliper housings….

    http://www.arlenness.com/prodcat/Brake4.asp

  11. 11 BobS Apr 6th, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Thanks Zach. I can understand why people would choose to love other brands but I can’t see why anyone would hate Victory. H-D has only gotten better with the competition and Indian is alive because of it. Victory should be thanked, not hated.

  12. 12 smm Apr 6th, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Zach I agree 100%. I’m surprised by the negative views of Victory given that if it wasn’t for the work PI did with them, Indian wouldn’t be what it is today (e.g., cast alum frames,..). I think PI makes amazing bikes both Vic and Indian and I’m looking forward to see whats coming next from both brands.

  13. 13 morpion Apr 6th, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    ROBERT PANDYA,,,is the stock brake system on indians is US MADE,,,,

  14. 14 1550tc Apr 6th, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Zach

    For the first time in a very long time we have multiple American motorcycle companies doing very well. This not only shows the world American motorcycling is innovative and here to stay, but it also brings jobs and revenue to our economy.

    amen

    Keep up the good work and attitude cause your going to be great for this industry for many many years!!

    As for innovation in motorcycles leave that to the; Germans, Italians and Japanese..Please take that new Ducati 1299 Panigale for ride …….kid your going to have a smile from ear to ear 🙂

  15. 15 BobS Apr 6th, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Morpion I think that’s a mine field of a question. I don’t know about Indian, but I have two Victorys. One has Brembo calipers the other has Nissins. Both have USA made pads and rotors, but I have no idea about the master cylinders, levers, lines, or fluid. I bet the answer to your question is some parts yes, some parts no. Kinda like the industry as a whole.

  16. 16 David Calp Apr 6th, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Its not that me (an Indian loyalist) hate Victory, it just that Victory’s design is not my style…Polaris picked up the Indian brand because of the Indian Loyalist and slowing sales in the Victory brand… They knew that there was a great interest in the Indian brand and style…….

  17. 17 Robert Pandya Apr 6th, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Morpion, We don’t disclose suppliers for competitive reasons. Few manufacturers do.

    The fact is, it’s a global economy, and if you want to parse things apart you can do that all you want. We design and build great motorcycles that owners are proud to ride. You’re certainly proud of yours too I’m sure.

    Some Fords are built in Mexico. Some Chevy’s in Canada. Some Toyota’s in San Antonio. Some Triumphs in Thailand. Some BMW’s were built in Italy. Some Mercedes in Alabama. Some American Flags are made in China. Some Republicans live in San Francisco. Some American brands have engines designed in Germany. Some European brands have models names after US states.

    The good people in Osceola Wisconsin who build the engines, and those in Spirit Lake Iowa who do final assembly are all working hard to continue to deliver the promise of both Indian Motorcycle and Victory Motorcycles as designed in Medina Minnesota. If you want to pick a fight about how something is not “American” enough for you – I’d suggest you not do that in those cities. They might have a strong opinion about that. If you need a job – they are hiring.

    Regarding such a silly issue such as bolt patterns for calipers and such – there are industry standard sizes that happen over the course of time and get adopted by multiple OEM’s. Switch pods, grips, brake rotor bolt patterns batteries etc. If that is what is stopping you from buying one of our bikes – ok. Please be happy with whatever you are on, and writing to let us know what that is. Oh – where was your keyboard made? Never mind – I didn’t mean to offend you.

    I need to get online and start looking for that sweet used Ducati Indiana anyway…hey Zach – will you build me some brake calipers?

    Robert Pandya (my real name)
    Motorcycle Enthusiast
    Ride what you like…often

    Oh – PS – about those caliper housings….

    http://www.arlenness.com/prodcat/Brake4.asp

  18. 18 richards Apr 6th, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    It looks like robert panda just admitted that indian parts are purchased in the “global economy” and therefore not American produced.. Indian therefore is just like every other motorcycle/car builder in the world. This practice IS the way things are done today.

  19. 19 m0b00st Apr 6th, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    The fact that anyone is bitching about brake calipers having the same bolt pattern as those of another bike is nothing more than laughable. Fact is, if they used an odd bolt pattern people would be bitching that they can’t get any aftermarket brakes to fit their bikes. People just love to complain, that’s all there is to it, you’ll never satisfy everyone.

    For what it’s worth, I’ve not seen or heard any Indian riders hating on Vics. For that matter I would bet that a large portion of the Indian owners came from Vics. The ones that didn’t don’t hate the bikes, they just aren’t attracted to them stylistically.

  20. 20 Boomer Apr 7th, 2015 at 6:43 am

    I have lots of aftermarket parts on my 2 Vic’s. I couldn’t tell you where they were all made but I did buy them from American companies.

    At this last AZ Bike Week I had the opportunity to test ride the new Indian’s and I was truly impressed. I even had a momentary thought about selling what I have to buy one. Indian should do very well. They are a solid machine with decent handling and watch out if you test ride the little Scout. It may be small but it has lots of GO.

  21. 21 Roger Apr 7th, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    I thank Polaris/Victory for bring back the Indian. I own a Chieftain and it is a great bike. My next bike to add will be a Victory Gunner.

    Thanks for this discussion.

  22. 22 nicker Apr 7th, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Well, regardless of parts, that Indian pictured above is on seriously cool looking scooter…!!!

    -nicker-

  23. 23 Blackmax Apr 8th, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Thanks to Robert & Zach for interjecting some real world SENSE into this debate
    You can argue the sentiments, but no one can deny that both of them are true American motorcycle builders !!! Why are we disagreeing anyway?
    Yes, the styling of the Victory is not the norm.
    IT WAS NEVER MEANT TO BE IN THE FIRST PLACE !!!
    (Hell, to this day I still don;t like the Vision, although Zach’s grandfather Arlen did graft Ness
    Down n’ Out bags to the rear of his Vision & it looks like a whole nother, better looking animal)
    But that’s ok !!! Does a Mustang look like a Camaro that looks like a Charger ????
    Difference & Competition makes everything better & right now is a GREAT time to go out & buy
    (& customize) a new heavyweight American motorcycle.
    You’ve 3 to choose from & you can’t go wrong with ANY of them.
    Who cares if the brake bolt pattern is the same
    or if they are interchangeable between 2 of the 3 brands?
    Or even if they are made in the USA ? (by the way, the great majority of them are not…)
    I have interviewed Robert, Zach, Cory, Arlen & Steve Menneto at different times over the last 3 years.
    Nowhere did any of them say that would not be common minor safety systems/parts found on both Victory & Indian.The engines are very different, the chassis are very different & body styling is VERY different. But it makes good business sense since it the same assembly plant that puts them together is right here in the good ol’ US of A. The real question is do they look good & do they work ?
    I’m pretty sure the answer is a resounding, Yes !!!!

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