Polaris, the owners of the “Indian” brand of motorcycles have pulled the plug. When I talked to Don from Metro Racing this week to place an order he told me that Polaris will no longer license them to print and sell “Indian” products. It’s a shame, as Don and his small company have year after year faithfully kept the spirit of many old and now defunct motorcycle brands alive.
We here at Suncoast Classic Bikes/Habermann & Sons have sold their apparel for years, almost any brand from BSA to Zundapp was available. This was the place to get the old style Yamaha-yellow/black graphics from the time of Kenny Roberts or Kawasaki-green as it was worn by racers in the 70’s and 80’s.
But we also saw the end of Yamaha, Kawasaki, Husqvarna, and now Indian as far as apparel licensing goes. Apparently it was not worth the trouble of going thru the licensing process for these corporations for the “small” return of royalties from our friends at Metro Racing. We had similar problems when we wanted to get a license from Chevron Oil to produce Gulf apparel as the legalities and obligations for us were just too much - insurance for a possible recall of product for $ 2,000,000! We were planning to sell T-shirts, what’s there to recall?
It seems the big corporations really don’t care about the fans of their products. Stay classic and RIP Indian.
Marc and Markus