Are Indian motorcycles basically same as Victory bikes?
The Indian motorcycle models that I saw like 10 years ago were all like very classic and old style bikes but I was so surprised to see their very modern looking cruisers on their website. But I also know that both Indian and Victory are owned by Polaris.
Some of the Indian models look like Victory bikes. Do they...
The only commonality between Indian and Victory, was the 1200cc water-cooled engine, that was used both the Indian Scout and the Victory Octane.
The other engines were totally different:
Victory Freedom engine - 1,731cc (106ci), SOHC 50-degree V-twin, 4-valve heads, air / oil-cooled.
Indian Thunderstroke engine - 1,811cc (111ci), pushrod 49-degree V-twin, 2-valve heads, air-cooled.
No other components from either brand were interchangeable - the frames, transmission, wheels, electrical system, fuel system, brakes, etc. were all different.
However, since the production of Victory motorcycles ceased on January 9th this year, there will be a stockpile of Victory parts, that could well find themselves appearing on forthcoming Indian models.
YUP they are owned by the same CO. like Chevy and Buick
Identical as far as you are concerned.
The label on Victory Motorcycles, first made in 1998, has the date 1954, which is when Polaris Industries started.
The label on Indian Motorcycles, made by Polaris Industries starting in 2011, have a 1901 date.
Both lie about when their motorcycles started.
Victory Motorcycles were built by Polaris Industries, at 1900 US-71, Spirit Lake, IA 51360.
Indian Motorcycles are built by Polaris Industries, at 1900 US-71, Spirit Lake, IA 51360.
Q. Are Indian motorcycles basically same as Victory bikes?
All irrelevant as the Victory brand is now out of production
If you want a real motorcycle then it's Moto Guzzi.
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The current Indian Motorcycle Company (Polaris) logo says "since 1901". This is BS. Indian motorcycles died in 1953 when the company folded. Polaris purchased the NAME and started making Indians in 2011, which is what their logo should say as there is little connecting today's Indians with the originals.
The "Indian" motorcycle brand has bounced back and forth between dozens of owners and manufacturers over the past 20 years or so, including at least one actual native american (Indian) tribe. Polaris is just the most recent LEGAL owner of the brand name, and they are attempting to introduce THEIR version of an antique classic motorcycle to the American public.
It would appear that Polaris has halted the manufacture of their Victory brand of motorcycles and are concentrating their efforts on the introduction of a new Indian line for the next riding season.
Look at them. Victory only shares a common company and a Vee Twin engine. Vics look more like a Jap bike than an Indian or Harley.
But they do go 83 K between tune us. If the new Indians are half as good, they are the best American make.
Early 1940's Indian Chief. My Grandfather had one of these. Beautiful old girder.
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