there heavy by todays standards by quite abit , but comparing them to there competition in the 80s and 90s', i think the indy's were the best looking by far throughout the 80s and till the mid 90s before doo , cat and yamaha caught up imo.My favorite one I owned from back in the day. Also the first IFS sled I rode. It was fairly light, great handling, very quick for 400, just all around fun. Would I trade my 600 IQ Shift 136 or my hopefully arriving 650 XC 137, no…but certainly would not mind adding one to the stable.😊
Wish I had a pic of mine, but no cell phone cameras then.
handling i personally think were the best, cat really closed the gap with the aws and the early 90s zr's. some would say better, but i give the nod to the indys still.
my brothers 91' 650 triple with pipes, porting , some other stuff and studded for bear was my first taste of what i would consider a powerful sled. keep in mind i was 13 years old and used to a 340 ovation. That triple felt like a 300 hp 1400 to me back then. thing engaged at 5200 rpm.
my brother passed on just a couple years after.one of the best memories was him coming home xmass time, throwing me the keys and saying tan her, dont be a pussy.theres a xcr 600 my buddy got thats due for a tanning and your lighter then me.'
came back white as a ghost and smiling ear to ear.' thata boy.shes no fucking 340 is she ?'
needless to say, a huge role he played in getting me into sleds. I miss him man , and the sight of those old indys just triggers such great nostalgia for me and some of the best bonding moments sneaking me beers and out in the shed talking shit about sleds and what makes them fast. i was 17 when he passed and he was 23. looked up to the guy my entire life at that point and were becoming more like buddies then the typical fighting growing up as kids. it was devastating to me.
so yeah, maybe theres some indy bias in there too. either way, early wedges were sick and looked fast just sitting there. I loved those too.