Indian Motorcycle opens Winchester dealership

WINCHESTER – Indian Motorcycle is set to open a new location in Winchester today.

The new dealership, which is located at 2098 Berryville Pike off of Route 7, is only the company’s fourth dealership to have opened in Virginia – and the first in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

Michael Quint, owner of Indian Motorcycle of Shenandoah, said, “I chose the location based just on my personal experience in Northern Virginia. I’ve lived in Northern Virginia off and on for about 47 years.”

Quint added, “This particular location was appealing given that it’s in the Shenandoah region, which is a very popular motorcycling area.”

The building Quint selected was used for a Shenandoah Honda dealership in another life. He said that the building’s showroom was renovated “to accommodate our media hearth and our merchandise displays.”

The more open showroom will feature Indian bikes, Victory Motorcycle brands and used motorcycles sections as well as Champion Motorcycle trikes, Quint said.

He noted that these new amenities have been previewed under a soft opening since Aug. 15. He indicated that he was surprised at the steady turnout from area residents.

Indian Motorcycle, which opened for business in 1907, has provided bikes for consumers and the military for World Wars I and II. The company came under the ownership of Polaris Industries in 2011 and is looking toward an expansive future.

“They have the industry presence and the financial backing, being a $4 billion-plus (publically traded) company … to invest in the product lines to make them the very best in the industry,” Quint said.

Today’s grand opening will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature a live performance from Bobby Will and the Bordello Bandits – a country rock band from Bluemont, Virginia – as well as demo rides of Indian bikes for licensed riders.

“It’s going to be a lot of festivities, a lot of people taking a look at our dealership for the first time,” Quint said. “We’re excited and delighted to prepare for that event.”

More information about the Winchester location can be found at: IndianShenandoah.com.

Contact staff writer Kevin Green at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kgreen@nvdaily.com