Polaris Industries bought the iconic but struggling Indian Motorcycles brand a few years ago, and this summer unveiled its redesigned line of bikes at the popular Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.
Indian has since taken its new 2014 vintage-style bikes on the road for a nationwide tour that made a stop earlier this month at Fresno's Herwaldt Motorsports, one of only two Indian Motorcycle dealerships in California.
Herwaldt (www.herwaldt.com) became an Indian dealer in 2009, before Polaris — long known for ATVs and other off-road sports vehicles — bought the brand, said Josh Herwaldt.
The store moved from Blackstone Avenue, near the Herwaldt family's automobile dealerships, to Clovis and Westover avenues in December 2011. Herwaldt also sells three European motorcycle brands: BMW, Ducati and Triumph.
The redesigned Indian cycles, which began shipping to dealers in September, are proving popular with motorcyclists even before they arrive at the store, Herwaldt said. "We've pre-sold 40 bikes," he said. "Every bike we've gotten in has already been sold."
A tractor-trailer rig with the Indian script logo was at the dealership Oct. 18, and free demonstration rides of the 2014 Chief Classic, Chief Vintage and Chieftain bikes were offered.
Herwaldt said the bikes' styles, with skirted fenders and other ornaments harkening to the 1940s and '50s, strive to balance vintage looks with modern engines and features, and are unlike many mainstream motorcycle brands. "A motorcycle rider wants to be different than the guy next to him," he said.
Cash for candy
A Tulare dentist will pay children for their Halloween candy and then donate it to Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit that sends care packages to U.S. service members.
John Sullivan at Smiles by Sullivan, 925 N. Blackstone St., will pay $1 per pound of unopened candy. Children who participate also will have a chance to write a letter to service members.
"Everyone loves the fun of trick or treating, but the next day many parents are faced with children having a lot of fun candy that may not be the right thing to eat," Sullivan said.
"We chose to participate in the Halloween candy buy back to help parents limit the amount of damage that can be done to their children's teeth."
The collection will be held from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Blackstone office in Tulare.
For information, call (559) 686- 0078 or visit smilesbysullivan.com.
Ice rink returns
Time to lace up those skates. The popular Downtown Fresno Ice Rink reopens Nov. 8 through Jan. 20.
The rink, located on the Fulton Mall at the Mariposa Plaza, was a big success last year. More than 30,000 people skated on the rink during its inaugural season.
Organized by the Fresno Downtown Partnership, the outdoor rink will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Ticket prices on the weekdays are $10 for adults and $8 for children. Weekend rates are $12 for adults and $10 for children. The ticket price includes skate rentals. Season passes also are available.
For more information visit the Fresno Downtown Partnership's website at: downtownfresno.org.
Bee staff writers Tim Sheehan, BoNhia Lee and Robert Rodriguez contributed to Word on the Street. It was compiled by Sheehan. The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6319.