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The 2013 Indian Chief Final Edition Is An Instant Collector

The Indian Chief vintage Final Edition Leaves you with one question, whether to ride it or just proudly display it in your garage.

By Ben Lamboeuf
12/8/2012


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Marking the end of one chapter in our history and setting forth on the beginning of the most exciting one yet, the Final Edition is a tribute to all that was and all that will be. 
 
A stunning yet powerful bike, it features the 1939 World’s Fair paint scheme of  Thunder Black and Indian Red with gold pinstripes, along with a refined 105ci PowerPlus engine. And, to make it even more distinctive, each Final Edition features a numbered frame badge. So you know your exact place in the Indian legacy.
 
Unveiled before a gathering of the motorcycle industry press from the floor of the International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, California, the Indian Motorcycle’s 2013 Indian Chief Vintage Final Edition is of historical interest for the American manufacturer. Why? Because it’s the final version of the Kings Mountain-era of Indian Motorcycle. That’s right, the emblematic American motorcycle manufacturer has already moved on to designing its next generation models, so the Indian Chief Vintage Final Edition is available in very limited quantity.Unveiled before a gathering of the motorcycle industry press from the floor of the International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, California, the Indian Motorcycle’s 2013 Indian Chief Vintage Final Edition is of historical interest for the American manufacturer. Why? Because it’s the final version of the Kings Mountain-era of Indian Motorcycle. That’s right, the emblematic American motorcycle manufacturer has already moved on to designing its next generation models, so the Indian Chief Vintage Final Edition is available in very limited quantity. 
 
To mark an important milestone in the 111-year history of the Indian Motorcycle brand, the Final Edition Chief comes with a paint scheme emulating the iconic Indian Chief on display at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. An instant collectible for Indian Motorcycle fans, the 2013 Indian Chief Vintage Final Edition comes fully accessorized. The extremely limited number of these bikes available is sure to excite collectors and pave the way for the new era in Indian Motorcycle under the leadership of  Polaris Industries, the company says. 
 
 
 
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Features At A Glance — The 2013 Indian Chief Final Edition comes fully loaded with the World’s Fair-inspired paint scheme of Indian Red, Thunder Black, and Gold Pinstripe; auxiliary driving lamps; black leather solo seat with included detachable passenger seat; windshield; black leather saddlebags; chrome grab rail; leather fringe; engine guards; and chrome fender tips. Powered by the PowerPlus 105ci engine, this historic 2013 model will be manufactured in an extremely limited run and wears a custom- designed, numbered emblem on the frame to commemorate the brand’s historic achievements. 
 
 
The Indian Chief vintage Final Edition Leaves you with one question, whether to ride it or just proudly display it in your garage. 
 
A Word From The President — “We are working hard designing and building the new Indian Motorcycle, but we knew it was important to honor and celebrate the long and proud heritage of Indian Motorcycle, and the Kings Mountain era played a key role in that continuing history,” said Steve Menneto, Vice President of Motorcycles at parent company Polaris Industries. “When we acquired the Indian Motorcycle brand in 2011, our strategy was to retain the existing design, quality and high level of detail for which Indian Motorcycle has always been known, while making significant detail improvements in order to satisfy the continued demand from Indian Motorcycle dealers. The Final Edition is an acknowledgment of our gratitude to the team at Kings Mountain for sustaining the Indian Motorcycle story and its heritage as America’s original motorcycle brand.” 
 
Manufacturing — The Kings Mountain, North Carolina assembly line was transitioned to Polaris’ Spirit Lake, Iowa production facility in 2011. The line was transported and returned to full operation in an astounding eight weeks, and continued to produce new units for the Indian Motorcycle dealer base. The state-of-the-art Spirit Lake plant also manufactures Polaris Rangers and Victory Motorcycles, though each brand is built on its own dedicated assembly line.
 
 
 
 
 
The 2013 Indian Chief Vintage Final Edition is exclusively available for purchase in North America with a MSRP of $37,599 and $39,599 in Canada. Interested parties are encouraged to contact their local Indian Motorcycle dealer as soon as possible due to limited availability. Log on to www.indianmotorcycle.com for dealer and model information. 
 


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At one point while I was looking for a bike I had the wherewithal to purchase a new one. I called a local Indian dealer inquiring as to the price of a Chief and I was told the price was going to be in the neighbourhood of $36, 000 and that did not include bags or a wind screen.

I have always considered the Heritage Softail to be tantamount to the Chief inasmuch as it is a retro styled bike that is replicating a classic. After I heard the price I laughed at the thought of spending that kind of money on a bike produced by a company which I was hard pressed to say if they would be in business the following year, when I could purchase a bike that is very comparable, for well over $10,000 less produced by a company that had over 100 years to back them.

I really wanted to see Indian succeed, but I remembered thinking (and I still think) that if they wanted to compete they had better not price themselves out of the market. The following year that dealership had closed.
Now, I see the Chief is priced at $39,599 by a company that no one can really say will be in existence in a year or two, and with prices like that I'm not betting on longevity. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

One Eye
LaSalle, ON, Canada
Sunday, December 09, 2012
Editor Response I believe you will see a substantial change in pricing next year, once Polaris has their way with the manufacturing process.
--Bandit

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