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Indian Custom Motorcycles
America’s first custom motorcycles manufacturers began life in 1897 manufacturing bicycles but within four years had spawned its first Indian badged motorbike for sale, a single cylinder machine throwing out 1.75bhp, hitting the US streets in 1902.
By the following year engineer Oscar Hedstro, who co-founded the business with Edward Hendee, had broken the world speed record on a vintage Indian motorcycle at the first official speed trials hosted on Ormond Beach, Florida. By 1912 Indian was shifting 32,000 units and had become the world’s biggest custom motorcycle manufacturer. When war broke out the US military turned to Powerplus – Indian’s first flathead – as it did for the Second World War when Chiefs, Scouts and Junior Scouts were brought into service. Indian was also responsible for launching, America’s first production V-twin custom motorcycle in 1906- and, courtesy of Scout riding Herbert ‘Burt’ Munro, smashing the under-1000cc land speed record in 1967 – a record which still stands today.
Where? After various struggles and ownership battles, the Indian Motorcycle Company was acquired by Polaris Industries (which also owns Victory Motorcycles) with the factory based in Spirit Lake, Iowa some way north west of its original home in Springfield, Massachusetts.
What? Cruisers, Sports, Tourers
Website? Click for the official Indian motorcycles website.
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