Timeline Of The History Of Indian Motorcycles

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After Harley-Davidson. no manufacturer of American motorcycles has had as of an impact on the industry as Indian. is a timeline that chronicles rise to prominence, mid-century and many attempts at revival.

1897 – “Indian Motorcycle originally founded as the Hendee Company by George M. Hendee. produces bicycles under the “Silver King” and “Silver but soon switches to “Indian” for brand recognition.


– First Indian motorcycle to the public. Features a single-cylinder built by the Aurora Firm and drive.

1904 – Indian trademark deep red color on

1905 – First V-twin racer built.

1907 – releases street version of the factory racer, as well as a model featuring a twist throttle.


1911 – The V-Twin racer is updated with valves and four valves per Indian riders Godfrey, and Moorehouse finish first, and third at the Isle of Man TT .

1916 One of Indian’s most legendary the Powerplus, is introduced. The 1000 cc is a 42-degree V-twin flathead side-valves. The powerful engine speed 60 mph) was attached to hand-operated gearbox and foot clutch.

1919 – The first with a 606 cc engine, is introduced as a model in October.


– Indian Chief hits the with a 1000 cc engine on the Powerplus.

1923 – Chief engine to 1,200 cc.

1927 – Indian Ace Motor Corporation and releases the Ace based on the Ace inline four-cylinder

1928 – Indian Ace replaced by the 401.

1928 – Original replaced by the Scout 101 featuring a new with more fork longer wheelbase, and lower

1929 – Indian 402 improves on the 401 stronger twin-downtube frame and crankshaft.


1932 – Scout is released with a new and heavier frame which was received.

1934 – Models of year featured the famous logo on the gas tank. 1934 – The Scout is Indian’s response to the reception of the Standard Scout. It with a lighter frame, carburetion, alloy heads, and forks.

1936 – Indian changes the engine configuration to EOI (exhaust intake). While more it made the cylinder heads, and the rider’s seat, very This and valve train caused sales to drop.

– Sport Scout wins the Daytona 200


1940 – Chief and Four receive large skirted fenders, as as new sprung frame to compete Harley’s unsprung rear

1941 – Indian develops the 841 for the US Army. The 841 was powered by a longitudinally air-cooled 90-degree V-twin shaft drive, which was popularized by Moto Guzzi.

1942 – Indian Four is

1949 – Under Ralph B. the Scout is discontinued and lightweight such as the 149 Arrow and the Super 249 are manufactured.


1950 – lightweight bike, the 250 Warrior is

1950 – The Chief’s V-twin is to 1300cc, but few bikes were due to financial problems.

1953 – Motorcycle Manufacturing Company bankruptcy and discontinues production of all

1955 – Brockhouse Engineering rights to the Indian name and imported Royal Enfields the brand until 1960.

1963 – Entrepreneur Floyd manufactures a popular Minarelli-engined minibike under the Indian

1967 — Burt sets a land speed of 183.586 mph on a modified 1920s bored out to 950cc.


– After Clymer’s …, Alan Newman buys the trademark and continues to sell bikes (between 50cc and until going bankrupt in


1999 – The Indian Company of America is created by a of nine companies. Chief, and Sprint models are produced SS Engines.


2002 – A Powerplus engine is used in and 2003 models.

2003 – Motorcycle Company of America into bankruptcy and ends of all models.

2009 – The Indian Motorcycle formed in 2006, releases a number Indian Chiefs 1720cc Powerplus V-Twin and fuel injection.


– Polaris Industries, parent of Victory motorcycles, takes production of Indian motorcycles.


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