Indian Motorcycles is like the Phoenix bird rising from the ashes. This month they are having a grand reopening of Indian Motorcycle dealerships all over the US. They are now part of Polaris Industries.
They were officially rolled out for bike week at Sturgis South Dakota. With a completely new engine and the classic Indian look they have returned with names and bikes that fit their heritage.
Returning are the Indian Chief Classic, Chief Vintage and the Chieftain these bikes are sure to turn heads where ever they are ridden.
A short history of this classic brand and iconic look starts all the way back in 1901. Indian motorcycles were manufactured from 1901 to 1953 by a company in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA, initially known as the Hendee Manufacturing Company but which was renamed the Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company in 1928. The Indian factory team took the first three places in the 1911 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. During the 1910s Indian became the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world. Indian's most popular models were the Scout, made from 1920 to 1946, and the Chief, made from 1922 to 1953.
The Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company went bankrupt in 1953. A number of successor organizations have perpetuated the name in subsequent years, with limited success. In 2011 Polaris Industries purchased Indian Motorcycles and relocated operations from North Carolina, merging them into existing facilities in Minnesota and Iowa. Since August of 2013, three motorcycle models that capitalize on Indian's traditional styling have been built under the Indian name.
Powering every 2014 Indian Motorcycle® is the new Thunder Stroke™ 111. They started from scratch and created the ideal engine for the new generation of Indian Motorcycle® riders. it embraces classic Indian Motorcycle® engine design and utilizes modern performance technology. It's smooth, efficient, and powerful, serving up 119 ft-lbs of torque.
Mike Wolf of Antique Archeology, from the History Channel is acting as one of the company spokespersons for this new launch. He has featured the Indian brand (vintage classics) on his Television show many times.
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