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The legendary Indian Motorcycle company has had its ups and downs. Arguably one of the oldest motorcycle manufacturers still in existence, they have always had to fight another old and established American manufacturer, Harley-Davidson.

Both companies have been taken over several times, but Indian has had more knock downs. But every time they have risen, they have come back stronger. Last week in Sturgis they launched their new motorcycles. With big capital behind them in the shape of Polaris industry, they seem to be on the right track.

But will it last? Polaris make notably ATVs, but they already have one premium motorcycle brand, the Victory. Can Polaris keep pumping in money for two motorcycles brands? Currently Wall Street does think so, since Polaris’s share price keeps rising.

The Sturgis launch was a gutsy but very smart move. You reach a very large audience who ride the right kind of motorcycle; cruisers made-in-the-USA. It is a predominantly Harley-Davidson market, and Indian’s TV introduction teaser was targeted directly at the typical Harley rider.

Have a look (and a giggle) at the video:

The new Indian Motorcycle line-up looks the business, and should appeal to many bikers, and not only in the USA. If Harley-Davidson has been expanding royally abroad, it could benefit Indian as well. But at prices that allows many people to buy a good sized car (between $19,000 and $23,000), you need to be wealthy or fanatical to afford one.

So will all this help the old but classic brand? Money helps, that is for sure. But will a large population that is forcefully loyal to the Milwaukee brand switch? Time will tell.

Let us hope they do. There is always place for more manufacturers and iconic brands.

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McQueen’s Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon is an up-close and personal look at a motorcycle and car racing enthusiast who also just happened to be a movie star: Steve McQueen.

It’s fitting that a book about Steve McQueen should have an introduction written by his son, Chad McQueen who offered this quote:

“When we got home from the motorcycle races every weekend, it wasn’t dinnertime; it was time to hose down the bikes, clean the air filters and tighten all the nuts and bolts. We always put things away clean, tight and ready to ride the next weekend. Then we ate dinner.”

Readers get a behind the scenes view of Steve McQueen as a man who loved his family, loved motorcycles, cars and racing. The book has many photographs from his travels, races and movies that illustrate his love of bikes and cars as well as providing insights into his life storie through their histories.

Steve McQueen was the owner of many cars, airplanes and motorcycles including two classic motorcycles which recently were sold at auction for record bids: a 1937 Crocker “Hemi-head” V-Twin and a 1920 Indian Powerplus Daytona.

Best known as an actor for movies such as “Bullitt” McQueen’s Hollywood career was filled with wild car chases and mad motorcycle dashes and soon he became known as the “King of Cool.”

Author Matt Stone reveals initimate details about McQueens’s amateur racing career: no other movie star has enjoyed the same publicity for their love of motorcycles and cars. Although there have been other books about this actor who is famous as master of the ride, “McQueen’s Machines” tells his story from a biker/driver perspective and it’s fascinating.

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