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The opinions expressed in this editorial are 100% other folks. I'm just passing the info along. If ya don't like what they have to say...write to 'em. See if I care, jeez!
Every now and then ya get a letter in your in box that smacks so much of the truth ya just gotta print it for the world to see. This is exactly as I got it - and it tells a story typical of the greed in the motorcycle industry.

Doing service to American Motorcycles...
Fri, 11 Dec 1998 20:16:14 EST

The image I've sent you is the picture of what would have been the next Indian Chief, a project funded by casino profits of The Cow Creek band of the Umqua tribe of Oregon (real native americans), built by Eller Industries of Colorado, and powered by an engine (1480cc) looking much like the original and having been built by Roush Industries (of NASCAR racing fame) of Michigan. For the fact, my friend scanned it off of my Nov. 15 Automobile section of the NY Times. (I'm from Jersey)

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At the same time of the building of this wonderful machine, Canadians and the California motorcycle company (leader of the cloners) had also planned to buy the rights to the Indian Name. Their bike, which I've seen and am not impressed by (you can find it on the Internet at, will use off the shelf parts like S&S engines, which I personally do not believe

After waving $17 million dollars in the court judge's face, the California
plan went in, giving the rights of Indian, a real American Icon, to the likes
of Canadians, Japanese, and other nations. What could have been one of the most awesome all-American engineering efforts & comebacks in a long while turned into a product of the commercialist, over-pecuniary age that dominates the current era.

I would suggest to Eller, Roush, and Umpqua either the appealing of the unfair and very late court ruling, or starting a new motorcycle company with a name like Cow Creek or Eller motorcycles. Their motorcycle prototype is not any type of Harley clone, the type every other american motorcycle company makes (even the new '99 Super -X by the new Excelsior-Henderson company bases it's design and technology on the evolution of Harley-Davidsons), but a real machine unlike any other bike in this world.

I'm sending this info to you because your website is a popular one with influence. Broadcast the views of this bike enthusiast to help defeat the encroachment of foreigners onto the Indian name and popularize the movement of Eller, Umpqua, and Roush. This image I have sent you originates from me; I've scanned it within my hometown during the last three days. But spread it around. I have not found an image of this bike anywhere else on the 'net. I too have a website, but it is not popular nor is it easy to find.