When Polaris Industries bought Indian Motorcycles in 2011, the team at Aeromach USA immediately began thinking about new products that could be manufactured for the machines.
Aeromach is a Charlotte, NC,-based manufacturer of billet aluminum motorcycle accessories.
It wasn’t until late 2013 that the first all-new motorcycles arrived in dealer showrooms. By November, Paul Aiken, Aeromach’s owner, had picked up a Chief Classic and began designing products.
“The first thing I noticed on the test ride of the new bike was the lack of a heel shift lever,” Aiken said. “Many riders, especially those coming off Harley-Davidsons, were accustomed to shifting up through the gears with their heel.”
It wasn’t long before the Aeromach had a Heel Shifter for Indian Motorcycles for sale.
Demand for this first accessory was so high Aeromach couldn’t keep up and delivery time stretched to six weeks. The company bought a second CNC milling machine.
Making a heel shifter is not a quick process. The company says that once the parts are machined, they are hand-polished and chrome-plated, a process that adds four weeks to the overall production time.
“We had a waiting list of over 150 heel shifters at one point and we were running them all day long just to meet the demand," Aiken stated.
And then, as is often the case, the big guys got involved. Indian Motorcycles this month released its version of the shift lever, but Aiken says demand for the Aeromach version remains high.
He’s now waiting on a 2015 Indian Scout, “another blank canvas to design parts… as soon as we can get our hands on one.”
Aeromach manufactures a range of billet aluminum motorcycle accessories including mirrors, handlebar risers, grips and other accessories. It is also the US representative for Highway Hawk motorcycle accessories from Motolux of Barneveld, The Netherlands.