Indian Motorcycle rolls out new limited edition Black Hills Silver motorcycle
SPEARFISH — Indian Motorcycle is producing a new special edition Black Hills Silver bike which honors the storied past of the Black Hills as well as Indian’s long standing connection to them.
The Indian Chieftain Elite style bike is a limited release of only 350, and boasts an award winning V-twin motor, which delivers 119 pounds per square foot of torque; a seven-inch glove compatible touchscreen display; Pinnacle mirrors, aluminum billet floorboard, genuine leather seats, and a tinted flare windshield as standard, along with a slue of customizable upgrades and add-ons.
However, the true star of the special edition bike, are the one of a kind marbled inlays, which are each hand painted in Spearfish and are 100 percent unique to each bike. The accents are produced through a process of applying thin plastic sheets to the wet paint, crinkling the plastic to create a textured, marbled look, then buffing the section to make it a perfectly smooth surface. The whole unique paint job takes 12 coats of paint and over 20 hours to complete.
Ryan O’Connor, plant manager at Polaris Industries, where the bikes receive their unique detailing, said in addition to the one-of-a-kind accents, the crushed glass finish to the body is the “loudest” Indian has ever produced and is meant to catch the reflection of the sun and bring to mind a streak of silver as you cruise through the Black Hills.
“It’s right in our own back yard; named after our own back yard,” Lauren Hensley, general manager of Indian Motorcycle in Sturgis said of the bike. “To celebrate the heritage of our country and the hard workers that were in the Black Hills.”
Indian Motorcycle has been very closely tied to the Black Hills, and Sturgis in particular ever since a fellow by the name of Clarence “Pappy” Hoel purchased an Indian Motorcycle franchise in Sturgis in 1936, and two years later started a tradition that would evolve into the largest motorcycle rally in the world.
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