According to The Kneeslider, Polaris is moving production of Indian Motorcycles from Kings Mountain, North Carolina, to Spirit Lake, Iowa. While it isn't an ideal situation for those who build Indians in North Carolina, it will keep the historic brand American made.

Polaris is consolidating Indian into the same plant as several of its other brands, including Victory Motorcycles. Though Indian manufacture isn't expected to create any new jobs, the plant where they will be made has added 100 new employees in the last year.

With the full backing of Polaris' vast resources, Indian looks poised to make a decent comeback after years of uncertainty, and that's great news to fans of classic American-style cruising.

[Source: The Kneeslider]


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      longducdong
      • 3 Years Ago
      Im glad to see the brand live on. Im equally glad to see some jobs coming back to the Midwest.
      bethomaste
      • 3 Years Ago
      I own an 03 Indian and love it, I also have a Harley and Suzuki. I've been riding for over 40 years and the bottom line is if your on the road we are all bikers first and brand name riders second...
      JK
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice ride MADE IN AMERICA by americans. Imagine the concept if more industry thought that way . .
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man, I love their bikes. And I don't even like that style of bikes, really. Indians just have this radiating coolness to them that's lacking in Harleys imo. But that's just me. Good to see a big name backing them.
      vlady1000
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not my ride, but sure respect it and the risk these Americans are taking. If there is a market out there and made in the USA, then I wish them the very best of luck.
      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      How are the engines in these? The Bomber looks half decent
      uh34d
      • 3 Years Ago
      What Polaris should do is move Indian production back to Springfield, Massachusetts where it belongs. I know lots of owners of machine shops and fabrication shops that would love to help build the Indian...and they all do great work with most doing work for the aero-space industry. Very tight controls and great QC which equals reliability...and they would build the parts so an Indian could be priced fairly and compete in the market.
      Derick
      • 3 Years Ago
      kings mtn is 30 minutes away and we need all the jobs here we can get.. Hate yo see you go Indian.. Hopefully we can just keep the jobs in america
      Cameron Warner
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is one of the few times I hope that they are just buying the name for branding. While a new Chief cruiser might be for some people I would like to see some old brands revived. Maybe a new adventure tourer under the Scout name with a water cooled engine. Would someone in the US please make a bike that isn't a cruiser with a decent engine? Is that too much to ask, Buell got one out before they were canned maybe someone else can make a real effort.
        hollowalls
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Cameron Warner
        Funny isn't it the Chinese are turning out to be one of the biggest customers in the world for locally made (Michigan) medical replacement parts, you know stuff for your back, your knee etc. All built and developed with good old American know how. You guys that say Americans can't make any thing but junk, remember that when you can't find a job.
      abqhudson
      • 3 Years Ago
      My local Victory dealer told me that Indian Manufacturing was moving to Wisconsin. We'll see.
      harleydavid105
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you can't buy a Harley, an Indian or Victory is a good choice. All American Made excellence.
      rudeboy4685
      • 3 Years Ago
      Americans are divided enough without bikers getting in each others chit over what kinda bike they ride. People who look down on others for their choice of rides are no better than racist or other prejudice people. Love the bike that you ride and let other people make their own choices. It's funny how some people have to tear others down so they can feel superior. Here's a clue, riding a specific brand of bike doesn't make you better than anybody, that dude on the moped is probably a better human being than you are.
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