Indian Sighting

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Sure it's only an artist's rendering, but Indian Motorcycle offers up the first images of its proposed dealerships in an e-mail newsletter sent out in January. The re-startup OEM also includes a drawing of a customized event truck.

The rendering is of Indian's flagship dealership currently under construction in Gaston County, North Carolina. "This first of several dealerships planned to open in the next 36 months merges historic Indian themes and 21st century functional design and will be exclusively devoted to Indian motorcycles, accessories, riding gear and apparel," says the company. The stores will be stocked by experienced motorcycle store managers and factory-certified technicians, the newsletter adds.

The big rig will be the OEM's "wheeled wigwam," bringing motorcycles and company information to rallies and bike weeks come summer time. It will also features a "multimedia trip through Indian's 107-year-long time tunnel."

Indian announced late in 2007 that while production of its motorcycle line would be pushed back about a year, a line of Indian-branded apparel and related products will launch this month.

According to the company, the apparel and accessories line will be developed and distributed by Iconic American Brands, a new company set up for this purpose. Apparel industry veteran Steve Miska will oversee the clothing project. The apparel collection will consist of riding gear and sportswear and be sold through Indian Motorcycle dealers and select department and specialty stores.

Meanwhile, the Indian Chief, the first of the resurrected brand is scheduled for mid-2008. The company announced the production delay on its website www.indianmotorcycle.com, which also features an area where buyers can plunk down a $1,000 deposit to reserve a 2009 Indian Chief.