badndn Posted August 7, 2013 Share Posted August 7, 2013 I was in Harbor Freight in Gastonia NC last night and an employee there came up and said "nice shirt". it was an Indian Motorcycle of Charlotte shirt. I said thanks and he asked if i rode an Indian. I said yes of course. He said look to see if it has my name on it. WTH...your name? He said yeah, I was a bike builder at Kings Mountain. Said he was there from day one till they shut the doors. We got in a conversation about Indian and of course the new bikes. He said he liked the new bikes but they are different. He said "Indian will never be the same. Gone is the small niche market and the bikes look "cheaper". Indian will be mass produced and will not have a soul". I agree to an extent on the cheaper part and agree 100% on the niche market. Tend to agree about the "no soul" too, but will hold judgement for a bit on that. Same thing I have said from day one since the Polaris purchase. i still have mixed emotions about the whole thing. Like your sister going out with a rich playboy. You know she will have a better life in some ways, but the rich playboy may not respect her. I fear that the brotherhood many of us have enjoyed will take effort to sustain. Just because of the "new" factor with Polaris and sheer volume. Anyway, he said they put their heart and soul into building those bikes and were proud to sign every single one of them. I know what he is saying is true. I was there. I witnessed it. I am going back up and see if he can come to The Ride to the Barn and maybe he can tell some stories. Should be interesting. Just wondered what others think will happen to this "culture and brotherhood" we have enjoyed with Gilroy and Kings Mountain owners and bikes. Do you think Indian riders will become fragmented and distant? I have seen signs of it already on this forum. 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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