Polaris forays into motorcycle segment by launching Indian Motorcycle Thunder Stroke 111

Polaris India Private Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc of the US, the world leader in off-road and All-Terrain Vehicles forayed into motorcycle segment by launching the iconic Indian Motorcycle® brand in India today, according to a company statement. The company has brought in the entire Indian Motorcycle’s Chief range – Indian® Chief® Classic, Indian® Chief® Vintage and Indian® Chieftain™ to India. A short, sneak peek video of the new 2014 Indian Chief is available on the Indian Motorcycle website (indianmotorcycle.com/en-in).
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With classic styling, true heritage and modern technology, the launch will excite and entice the enthusiasts in India. The Chief range is powered by Thunder Stroke™111™ engine that churns out 139 Nm of torque at 2600 rpm. The range will be sold through completely-built-up (CBU) route.
The Thunder Stroke 111™ engine features 111™ cubic inch displacement and delivers the raw power and iconic styling that have long been hallmarks of the legendary Indian Motorcycle brand. The 49-degree V-Twin engine is the new heartbeat of Indian Motorcycle and marks the first clean-sheet Indian Motorcycle engine design in seven decades. With parallel pushrod tubes, finned heads, down firing exhausts, left side air intake, and the proportions and layout familiar to Indian Motorcycle fans around the world, the Thunder Stroke 111™ is sure to inspire both experienced and new riders.
Engine Specifications:
Engine: Thunder Stroke 111™(1,811 cc)
Torque: 139 Nm of torque at 2600 rpm
Architecture: 49-degree V-twin, air-cooled with integrated oil cooler, left-side air intake, down firing exhaust system, parallel pushrod tubes
Crankcase: Unit design featuring a high capacity semi-dry sump oil system, oversized oil radiator
Timing System: 3 camshafts, pushrods, 2 valves per cylinder acting through maintenance-free hydraulic valve lifters, forged crankshaft
Fuel System:  Electronic sequential port fuel injection and Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)
Compression Ratio: 9.5: 1
Transmission:  6-speed overdrive, constant mesh, helical gearbox
Clutch: Low-effort, multi-plate wet clutch, aluminum basket, integral torsional damper
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While speaking after the launch, Pankaj Dubey, Managing Director, Polaris India said: “This launch holds great importance for us. We launched the marquee bikes in the US early last year and were appreciated immensely for reviving history. The Chief line enthralled the bikers and created an aura for itself within few days of the launch. Reviving the legend with a new heart but its same soul, Polaris India has ended the long wait for Indian Motorcycle enthusiasts with this launch. We are now giving enthusiasts a chance to own a piece of history in a modern package”.
Indian Motorcycle is an iconic brand that gained immense popularity across world geography. In April 2011, Polaris Industries acquired Indian Motorcycle and in August 2013, it unveiled the all-new range of Indian motorcycles. Since the April 2011 acquisition of Indian Motorcycle by Polaris Industries, the company has made an unprecedented commitment of time, resources and passion into the design of the all-new power plant. From the outset, the goal was to capture the iconic design and styling aspects of the 113-year old brand’s most historic models and fuse that heritage with state-of-the-art technology and progressive design elements. The new design reflects an unparalleled investment into researching the complete history of Indian Motorcycle power train development.
Indian Motorcycle, a wholly-owned division of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is America’s first motorcycle company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivalled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited in India. To learn more, visit indianmotorcycle.com/en-inand.
Polaris India was established as a wholly owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc (USA), (polaris.com) which designs, engineers manufactures and markets innovative, high quality Off Road Vehicles (ORV’s), innovative All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), the Polaris Ranger®, (for recreational and utility use), Snowmobiles, Motorcycles and Electric powered vehicles. Polaris India Pvt Ltd. launched its flagship products including ATVs, Polaris Ranger RZR, Side x Side Vehicles and Snowmobiles in India on 24th August, 2011.
Polaris India, has taken one giant step to revolutionize the Indian market for catering to very culture of the Indian Territory with a wide array of diversified off-road vehicles designed exclusively for our elite customers and various utility use. Polaris India has a strong network of 16 Dealerships, 10 PRS (Polaris Riderz stop) &20 Polaris Experience Zones (Tracks) to take the off road riding culture way ahead. They are state of the art and offer a workshop for service. These dealerships located at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Dehradun, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Srinagar, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Nagaland and New Delhi. Information about line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available at polarisind.in or from authorised Polaris India Dealers.

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