Motorcycles roll into the Speedshow

The Indian brand has been well received by Kiwis says NZ manager Peter Harvey.
The Indian brand has been well received by Kiwis says NZ manager Peter Harvey.

The annual Speedshow, that kicks off at ASB showgrounds this weekend, is more than just a car show: you'll find a huge range of two, and even three-wheeled vehicles on display.

It is a great chance to have a look at brands old and new and we thoroughly enjoyed the chance to snoop around ahead of the punters.

Not only did we get a sneak peek of the show before the crowds pack in, but we got the chance to catch up with the team behind Victory and the relaunched Indian brands.

The newly launched Indian bikes have the familiar look and feel, and thanks to the Kiwi connection with Burt Munro, the brand is off to a great start here in New Zealand.

Indian have had an incredible turnaround in fortunes. They've taken a brand that was essentially retired and, in just two years after Polaris took over, have three brand new bikes on fully display at the Speedshow.

Mixing the classic heritage of the Indian brand with modern engineering, the bikes look incredibly well made. The heads look like something you'd find in an artisan metal shop and not on a mass-produced motorcycle.

Starting at $28,995 the Indian bikes are looking at expanding their Kiwi dealership presence further south from their current base at Cyclespot in Takapuna.

If, for some reason, the gorgeous Indian cruisers aren't your thing, you'll easily find a something to your taste at the Speedshow. Harley-Davidson, Ducati, and even a couple of the new Erik Buell Racing (EBR) 1190 superbikes are all on display, only a stone's throw from the Indian and Victory stand.

In the classic pavilion, there are also a huge range of classic bikes ranging from Norton Commandos to Meriden Triumphs on display, including a resto-mod BMW R90S that you'd be hard pressed to spot the differences from factory. In Hall Two, there are a full set of bikes and trikes to wander round as well.

A handy perk of showing up to the Speedshow on your bike is that you get free parking and free gear check in at the main information stand, so your kit is safe and sound while you wander through the pavilions.

- NZ Herald

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