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I was sitting in a conference room in Sturgis, South Dakota last year while Greg Brew, chief designer for Indian, was answering questions from a large group of journalists about the first all-new Indian models developed under Polaris Industries ownership of the brand. A somewhat cocky journalist challenged Mr. Brew by asking whether he had ever designed any other products nearly as significant as the new Indian Chiefs. Mr. Brew didn’t skip a beat when he immediately responded that, while at BMW, he was asked to design the first Rolls Royce after BMW acquired that brand.

I will never forget that exchange for a couple of reasons. First of all, that journalist visibly bowed his head and never asked another question   …  More

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Welcome, MO heathens. It’s Sunday yet again, which means it’s time for another Church of MO. This week, we look at the Boss Hoss BHC-3 ZZ4 and ZZ4 Super Sport.The giant behemoths of  cruiserdom, Boss Hoss has made a name for itself by essentially sticking two wheels and a handlebar to small-block Chevrolet V8 engines. In 2007, Gabe Ets-Hokin got a chance to throw a leg over not one, but two(!) Boss Hoss’. Read on to see what he thought of them. And click the link above to view the entire photo gallery.

Boss Hoss BHC-3 ZZ4 and ZZ4 Super Sport

At last year’s Yamaha V-Star 1300 intro, I could hardly believe my ears when Yamaha’s product planners described a 1300cc bike as a “middleweight”. All four Japanese manufacturers have 1800cc — or larger — cruisers on the market, and Triumph has no trouble selling their gargantuan 2.3-liter Rocket III. Where will it end?

Two words: Boss Hoss   …  More

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Erik Buell’s motorcycle assembly line has been running about a month, and already Buell is worried about not having enough space as he ramps up production and kicks his engineering efforts into overdrive.

“These are wonderful problems to have,” Buell says as he walks through the plant where the first Erik Buell Racing production motorcycles are being assembled for delivery in February.

The plant’s layout was designed by a former automotive industry engineer who was fed up with big companies and, like Buell, wanted to challenge the status quo   …  More

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At the Javits Center in New York City, Indian displayed a version of its Chief Classic customized largely with Indian Motorcycle accessories. The stunning bike features, among many other details, a 23? front wheel held by a billet aluminum girder front end custom built by an Indian team. Here is the full press release from Indian on the “Big Chief Custom”.

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today revealed a fully customized, Indian Chief Classic at the Indian Motorcycle display inside the International Motorcycle Show at the Javits Center in New York City. Conceptualized and designed by Indian Motorcycle’s Industrial Design team, the “Big Chief Custom” is   …  Pictures and more

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