After all of the hard work and no small investment, Indian Motorcycle Company is set to open its first U.S. dealership in North Carolina. It looks like they’ve done a great job of producing a high quality bike in the Indian tradition, what remains to be seen is how customers respond.
This is also a perfect example of how a company can build a fine product, plan for every contingency, schedule their opening and they’re greeted with this financial mess being over-reported by news anchors doing their best to get everyone to panic. Who says business isn’t exciting? I really do hope Indian gets off the ground in fine style, another successful motorcycle manufacturer helps everyone.
If you’re in the area, or could be, be sure to stop by. There will be live music, food, refreshments and factory tours, too. So, mark your calendar and check out the new Indians.
Indian Motorcycles press release follows:
Charlotte, North Carolina—Mark A. Moses, owner and general manager of Indian Motorcycle Charlotte announced that the Grand Opening of the first Indian motorcycle dealership in the nation will occur on Saturday October 4. A spectacular new showroom and service facility has been built along I-85 at Exit 22 in Lowell, North Carolina. The opening marks a return of the fabled Indian brand name to the marketplace.
The day-long celebration begins with factory tours at Kings Mountain beginning at 11 am and continuing until 5 pm. Motorcyclists touring the factory at 11 are encouraged to join a back road ride to Indian Motorcycle Charlotte beginning at 12:30. Festivities at the dealership begin at 1 pm with live music, food and refreshments, with beverage sales to benefit the Gaston County Shrine Club.
“We are thrilled to be the very first Indian dealership in America” said Mr. Moses “and look forward to offering this legendary motorcycle to those enthusiasts who share our passion for the Indian brand. Our new multi-million dollar facility was designed and built to be the flagship of Indian Motorcycle and a place where all motorcyclists are welcome.”
Indian Motorcycle Charlotte is a 11,300 square foot facility, with about 65% of the space devoted to showroom, conference room and offices and the balance devoted to a pristine 4-bay service area, parts and accessories, and
inventory storage. The service area will open in November, offering service on a variety of American V-twin motorcycles including Harley-Davidson, Big Dog, Thunder Mountain, Bourget and others.
The new 2009 Indian Chief is an ultra premium luxury cruiser and will be produced in limited numbers. Indian Chiefs are available in four basic levels of trim with a wide range of color and accessory options. Prices will start at $30,999. It is expected that the first year’s production will be no more than 750 motorcycles, with plans to increase production in the second year. Each Indian Chief is assembled by highly skilled two-man teams, who also personally sign each motorcycle’s build certificate.
Indian Motorcycle Company has its headquarters and manufacturing plant at Kings Mountain, North Carolina, about 30 miles west of Charlotte. The company spent five years in research and engineering development to produce the finest quality, most powerful and durable Indian motorcycle ever. Each and every component has been analyzed, evaluated, re-designed and tested for maximum performance. While the instantly recognizable classic shape has been retained, the 2009 Indian Chiefs are all new. There are virtually no parts interchangeable with previous Indian motorcycles.
This new dealership is the design model for approximately twenty-five+ additional Indian dealerships to be opened in the next twelve months in key locations across the country.