By Wade Thiel
Get Ready for a War, Harley
With all the issues Harley has the last thing it needs is more competition. That’s exactly what Indian Motorcycle is giving the company a new bike that could use the name, Raptor. It will compete with the Harley Road Glide. It will get a new liquid-cooled engine and a frame-mounted fairing.
According to Motorcycle.com, the motorcycle appeared on various motorcycle message boards and forum website. Indian requested the images be taken down. You can still find those images online if you look hard enough. Rather than piss off Indian by posting the images, I decided to take Motorcycle.com’s route and showcase some patent drawings of the bike’s engine.
The patent for this engine actually comes from a design that was to be used in motorcycles from the brand Victory. Polaris Industries had its own name on the patents originally. This is different than other Indian Motorcycle patents. That means Polaris transferred it over to Indian.
The engine outlined in the patent filing is a 60-degree V-Twin with a single-overhead-cam and four valves per cylinder. There’s a water pump on the left side of the engine for liquid cooling. Motorcycle.com was able to work out through an unnamed source that the engine will have a 1770 cc displacement and connect to a six-speed transmission. It will put out somewhere around 120 hp.
It would make sense for Indian to use one of the names it recently trademarked, like Renegade or Raven. Motorcycle.com said its unnamed source indicated Raptor was the name of the motorcycle. The publication said it’s unclear at this time if that’s an internal codename or if it will actually be used for the motorcycle.