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Indian Is Creating New Technology to Make Riding a Motorcycle at Night Safer

As fun as motorcycles are, they are also full of safety hazards. One of the biggest safety hazards is visibility. Seeing and being seen is a key component to keeping each ride safe. Indian Motorcycle has recently filled out a patent application that indicates that they’re working to develop new lighting technology that would make riding a motorcycle safer. Indian hopes …
The rear 3/4 view of a black 2022 Indian Chief in a sunlit garage

Hail To the Indian Chief: The 100th Anniversary Brings New Looks and Tech

Vintage-inspired designs are found in every corner of the motorcycle world. That’s especially true for many of the cruisers Harley-Davidson and Indian offer. However, even historic models evolved over their lifetimes—why should their modern versions be any different? That’s why, for the 100th anniversary of the Chief, Indian is giving it a redesign. And it’s …
The rear 3/4 view of a black-and-red 2022 Indian FTR

Will the 2022 Indian FTR Leave the Harley-Davidson Custom 1250 in the Dust?

While the Custom 1250’s future was uncertain, Harley-Davidson is indeed putting the concept bike into production. And while it broadly follows the cruiser formula, the motorcycle has a few flat-tracker elements, too. But until it officially debuts, the only street-legal American factory flat-tracker is the Indian FTR. And for 2022, Indian is giving it an …
A red 2012 Triumph Street Triple R in front of a maroon 2021 Indian Scout Bobber

Riding Minimal: Indian Scout Bobber vs. Triumph Street Triple R

While cruisers and standard motorcycles are fairly different, they’re both commonly-chosen riding options. And they’re both available in ‘stripped-down’ forms: cruisers have bobbers, and standards have naked bikes. I own one of the latter: a 2012 Triumph Street Triple R. But after my recent time with a 2021 Indian Scout Bobber, I’ve grown to appreciate …
The front 3/4 view of a maroon 2021 Indian Scout Bobber on a shady street

The 2021 Indian Scout Bobber Converted Me To Cruisers

Up until recently, if I had to choose between a cruiser and a standard motorcycle, I’d typically pick the latter. That’s why I bought one, a Triumph Street Triple R. However, after spending some time with a 2021 Indian Scout Bobber, I’m not so sure which kind I’d pick. Because while it isn’t perfect, it …
The side view of a maroon 2021 Indian Scout Bobber parked on the street

The 3 Drawbacks of Riding a 2021 Indian Scout Bobber

The rise of the retro motorcycle segment doesn’t just mean more scramblers and café racers. It also touches on cruisers in the form of factory bobbers. For example, the latest version of the Indian Scout Bobber. I recently spent a few weeks with the 2021 model riding in and around Chicagoland. And during that time, …
Frankie Garcia with Roland Sands

For Frankie Garcia, King of the Baggers Was a Dream Come True

It’s safe to say that the King of the Baggers race has gotten a lot of attention from motorcycle racing fans. Even from ones who previously wouldn’t have been interested in cruiser bikes. We recently chatted with the winner, Tyler O’Hara, who raced on an Indian Challenger prepped by S&S Cycle. But there was another …
A dark-blue 2020 Harley-Davidson Street Glide parked on a beach

Is the 2020 Harley-Davidson Street Glide the Best Cruiser To Buy?

The Pan America adventure bike is joining the Harley-Davidson lineup soon. But for now, the vast majority of the brand’s sales come from cruiser motorcycles. And while companies like Royal Enfield are getting into the segment, Harley’s bikes are typically the standard. In fact, Popular Mechanics considers the 2020 Harley-Davidson Street Glide the best cruiser …
The Indian Challenger modified by S&S for King of the Baggers on the racetrack

The 2020 King of the Baggers Is the Indian Challenger

After making its return to flat-track racing, Indian is expanding its motorsports participation even further. For example, it recently got back into hill climbing for the first time in 70 years. Seeing one of Indian’s cruisers and touring bikes, like the Challenger, racing is a fairly rare sight, though. However, that’s exactly what happened at …
A black 2021 Indian Vintage Dark Horse with optional tall handlebars in front of a train

Does the 2021 Indian Vintage Dark Horse Gallop Past the BMW R18?

With the release of the R18 cruiser, BMW’s motorcycle division has something to take Harley-Davidson head-on. But Harley-Davidson isn’t the only bike company with cruisers; it’s not even the only American one. Indian has a long and historic rivalry with Harley, and it similarly focuses on cruiser-style bikes. And for 2021, it might have something …