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Indian Cycles: on the Road Again

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KINGS MOUNTAIN, US – Almost lost in the news that the Chris-Craft Corp. is expanding in North Carolina, was parent company Stellican Ltd.’s other bombshell: The revival of the Indian Motorcycle Co. For the investment firm and cycling enthusiasts worldwide alike, Indian’s move to start production in Kings Mountain, N.C., was a momentous breakthrough.

Indian Cycles: on the Road Again

 KINGS MOUNTAIN, US – Almost lost in the news that the Chris-Craft Corp. is expanding in North Carolina, was parent company Stellican Ltd.’s other bombshell: The revival of the Indian Motorcycle Co. For the investment firm and cycling enthusiasts worldwide alike, Indian’s move to start production in Kings Mountain, N.C., was a momentous breakthrough. For London-based Stellican, the announcement capped a two-year quest to resurrect the motorcycle brand, America’s oldest.
 
For cycling aficionados, it sparked a renewed interest in one of the industry’s most storied names.
Indian intends to invest roughly US$23 million in a plant to begin production. There, it will manufacture several versions of a resurrected "Chief" cycle beginning in the second half of 2007. "We believe the Chief will be the flagship for Indian, and that’s our reason for focusing on it," said David Wright, Indian Motorcycle’s president. "The Chief is a full-sized, heavy cruising bike and a premium product."
Wright added the company is in the process of developing a 1,638-cc, fuel-injected engine measuring 100 cubic inches.
 
In its first year, Indian plans to produce a limited number of motorcycles, likely numbering about 1,000. Beginning in the 2009 model year, Indian may reintroduce "Scout" and "Spirit" models.
Indian, which stopped production in 1953, was last manufactured in California from 1998 to 2003.

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