The news that Polaris have dropped their Victory brand and are concentrating solely on the Indian is now well published, a move that makes sense. I have put up 2 videos on this 2017 Indian Reviews post, a 2017 Indian Scout, and a short test ride on the 2017 Indian Roadmaster. Both are fine bikes and it is good to see the traditional American Indian style and model names of yesteryear being retained, along with the competition of their old arch rival Harley Davidson that existed up till around 1950 before Indian started going on a downhill slide to broke.
With Victory gone the main competition is now between Indian and Harley Davidson and this has to be good for buyers of both brands. Healthy competition is king, and doesnt matter if your preference is Indian or Harley, keen competition will keep both manufacturers very much aware of what they must concentrate on to ensure their bikes are at least as good as the opposition and always strive to build them better and better.
I have noticed since I first started this blog near 2 years ago and having put up a number of reviews of new Harley’s there are more positive comments and less negative ones coming from the rider, and the same with the reviews of Indian models, particularly the 2016 and 2017 Indian reviews, with similar comments for Harley Davidson reviews. What I am saying is regardless of which you consider the better bike, and both make a good product nicely suited to their market, you can surely look forward to both continually improving as time goes on.
Here is a test ride review with a difference, enjoy it. But will Indian like it?
Thanks to MotoBoboJones for this review. Photos are screen shots from the videos.
This is the newest review on the Indian Roadmaster I can find. Thanks to Shawn Smoak for his usual high standard video review.