Mini is owned by BMW, uses their engines, but have important design differences too. The revised Minis were designed in the UK. Triumph actually never completely stopped production; it was a mere trickle of bikes for a while, but it never completely stopped. Yes, the new bikes (even the Bonneville) are clean sheet designs. But I'd say "no similarity to the originals" is an overstatement, as far as the Bonneville line is concerned. And lots of them (mine included) are made in the UK.The mini cooper is a BMW. The original Indian and Triumph are in name only. They have NO connection to the original companies and the products' designs, fortunately, bare no similarity to the originals. The previous brand trademark owners just sold the trademarks to the new owners. Indian even marketed S&S engined bikes as Indian until they got their own designs, as I've read anyway.
As for Indian, it died completely. No question. And I personally have no respect for anything with an Indian badge and a Harley clone engine. None whatsoever. But Polaris bought the rights, did a clean sheet design that screams Indian from the crankshaft up, and they nailed it. Everything Polaris has sold under the Indian name has had a clean sheet engine design. But it's actually some impressive engineering. Any motorcyclist waking up from a 70 year nap would take one look at the engine and say "that's an Indian." And the Thunderstroke meets all the emissions regs and other requirements while simply being air/oil cooled. And it doesn't have to be hotted up to be worth riding. Mine is bone stock in engine terms; not so much as a K&K filter, and it's a great ride.
So of these three brands, Triumph is probably the most relevant to this discussion. They were in bankruptcy (it's the UK, so the probably call it something weird like financial insolvency mumbly pickles), but they kept pushing out a tiny stream of bikes until John Bloor bought the company and brought it roaring back. And I do mean roaring. They have had their failures - competing with the Japanese in four cylinder 600cc sportbikes is a very, very tall order - but they've changed the market for the better in some very real ways. My Daytona can hold it's head up proudly next to any other remotely similar bike, and it's going strong at almost 69,000 miles.
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