Indian Motorcycle, the original American motorcycle company, today announced its plans and participation at the International Motorcycle Show in Minneapolis, taking place January 11-13 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Representatives from Minneapolis-based Indian Motorcycle and parent company Polaris Industries will be on-hand to showcase the entire lineup of 2013 Indian Motorcycle models, including the just announced Indian Chief Vintage Final Edition, which commemorates the previous era of Indian Motorcycle. The display also features a sound booth where attendees can experience firsthand the rumbling power of the upcoming, all-new Indian Motorcycle engine. READ ON
In the history of American business there have been some legendary rivalries. Coke vs. Pepsi. Apple vs.Microsoft. GM vs. Ford. Sixty years ago the list would have included Indian Motorcycles vs. Harley-Davidson, but after Indian, America’s first motorcycle maker, went bankrupt in 1953 that rivalry disappeared. A succession of owners tried to revive the company over the years, but insufficient capital, along with trademark and quality issues, doomed every attempt. READ ON
May 04, 2012 (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Fans of the legendary Indian Motorcycle Co. -- for decades Harley-Davidson Inc.'s biggest rival -- have something to hope for as Indian rolls out new bikes with engines made in Osceola.
It won't rekindle the famous "Indian wars" with Harley in the 1920s, but the latest resurrection of the maker of Chief motorcycles has a fighting chance -- something not seen in decades.
The original Indian went out of business in the 1950s, with its signature Indian-head logos becoming collectors' items.
Numerous attempts to revive the company failed, but Indian has its best chance under Polaris Industries -- a $3 billion Medina, Minn., manufacturer that acquired the brand in 2011 and is known for snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles and Victory motorcycles. READ ON
It’s not “The World’s Fastest Indian” by any stretch, but it may be one of the oldest.
A 1903 Indian motorcycle claimed to be the oldest-known unrestored example in existence will be auctioned off on April 21st in Frederick, Maryland. Little more than a motorized bicycle, the 1.75-horsepower Indian was part of the estate of Charlie Alder, Jr., who passed away last year. READ ON