I like it but still seems like a pretty good bash to me.
Funny thing is, in the wash ad the highlighting the hawg was key. I'm saying that prior to the unveiling they couldn't show the Chief so without that hawg you would have had a bike ad with no bikes.
This new ad and the marketing to come can now focus on the Indian. Still, they managed to stuff 40 Harleys into an ad with 5 Indians.
Part of the ad says Indian cool. The other part says sheep. They are both valid marketing. What Polaris knows and apparently welcomes is the MoCo having a huge warchest. The first rule of bar fighting is get your licks in early. How will you know that Indian is succeeding? You'll know when HD starts in about legacy and loyalty and continued history and so forth. They have been distancing themselves from that in their efforts to broaden their base, but now Polaris is after that secure base. Hell, couldn't happen to a more twofaced bunch of predatory buttondown shitheels.
This is something that Harley hasn't faced since the Asians got all V twinny. Indians prior owners for whatever reasons had elected to operate in the shadow of Harley. Polaris is putting it straight to them. No quarter. We're not here to pick up your table scraps. We're here to take your dinner. I like that.
In the war for hearts and minds of big American V's, once you get the look and the sound and you make your case, you have to have geegaws. Not just bolt on shiny and dead cow gear though gawd knows there will be plenty. You got to have guts, internals and a motor that peeps ain't afraid to get all up in. You can sell the kitch to those with space in their closet for Indian logos, but it's really game on when you have kitchen tables strewn with pump guts and crate motors showing up LTL to stash away for winter builds. Builders choosing an entirely different platform to build up. I wondered out loud before about SAE or metric hardware. Not that it makes much dif as a practical matter but philosophically it speaks volumes. If this machine is primarily SAE the message is undeniable.
Keep chiseling away Pop says. Harleys will always be near and dear to me but the MoCo is a bunch of Learjet golfers. While they been trying to hit par on the back nine Polaris has been busy building motorcycles.
I see a play off a Harley commercial a while back where there were a bunch of white sheep with one black sheep that went his own way. Then there were another bunch of white sheep and another black sheep went it's own way. Eventually all the back sheep met up heading down the road and went to a field where it was all black sheep. Indian replaced the phyiscal black sheep with black Harleys and their riders in black leather.
The funny thing I thought of when watching it was the old saying "I'm unique...just like everybody else"
Here's a link to a very informative and interesting ride review of the new Indian Challenger by Cycle World. Sounds like it deffinitely warrants consideration if one has a case of 'NBF'. Cylcle World Review
About what I expected. The Challenger wins, but not by much. Proper tune should give it a much better power advantage.
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