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Indian’s long, winding

• 1897: George M. founds Hendee Manufacturing Co. in Mass. to build bicycles

1901: Hendee and business Carl Oscar Hedstrom a single-cylinder, 1.75 horsepower to a bicycle frame

• Hedstrom sets the world speed record, 56 mph

• Indian racers place second and third in the Isle of Man TT

• 1922: Indian the Chief V-twin with a cc engine

• 1928: Manufacturing is renamed Indian Manufacturing Co.

• 1960: Ace Corp. purchases Indian

• 1998: Eller purchases Indian copyright

1999: Indian Motorcycle Co. of is formed

• 2003: Indian Corp. declares bankruptcy

2006: Stellican Ltd. Indian brand in Kings N.C.

• 2011: Industries purchases Indian

• 2013: Indian begins making Indian Classic, Chief Vintage and

Under a wall of video declaring choice is here for motorcycles, three new bikes the latest incarnation of Indian rolled into public for the first time this

The thousands of enthusiastic bikers who at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Dakota were the first to see the of Indian’s 27-month ownership by the power sports brand Industries. The cruiser and two touring shown Saturday all come in Indian history and fused advanced technologies.

Priced from $18,999 to the base model is the Chief trimmed in leather and chrome. The Vintage comes with a windshield and a distressed-leather saddle and while the Chieftain is a touring with a hard fairing, adjustable windshield and Bluetooth

Each bike draws from the iconic Indian introduced by the original manufacturer in with skirted fenders, head ornamentation and an all-new, engine. That engine the look of a vintage 1950s V-twin, with a downward-firing but modernizes it with more and fuel injection.

Indian Chieftain Cruiser

We do believe rightful home is with said Steve Menneto, president of motorcycles for the Medina, company.

In April 2011, became the latest in a long of owners of America’s oldest Since Indian’s founding in and bankruptcy in 1953, about 10 have attempted to revive the only to eventually abandon the or declare bankruptcy themselves.

The Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Co. had a for speed and innovation. It introduced in 1913 and a passenger seat in and made the electrical round standard in 1923. In the 1910s, it was the motorcycle manufacturer in the world.

But went bankrupt after War II when its management deviated the brand’s popular heavyweight format and began making machines the public didn’t So began a revolving door of that eventually landed in the hands of California Motorcycle Co. in which manufactured a new version of the in 1999, only to declare four years later.

This newest effort is by a solidly profitable company $3.2 billion sales year – which has motorcycle believing that an Indian could actually stick.

Otto, 63, of northern Iowa, was the rally-goers nudging his way through the Saturday to get a closer look at the new Chieftain, with its saddlebags and stereo.

I think this is a thing. Harley needs a competition, said Otto. He a Harley Limited, but he planned to ride the Chieftain the next It’s got a good look to it.

Otto and others will buy in to the new won’t be clear until September, when the bikes are at dealers. But one thing is for sure: is betting big.

Polaris has been growing its and development efforts 20 percent since 2009, Menneto The company’s goal is to reach $5 sales by 2017. A large of its RD on the motorcycle side has been reviving Indian as a brand can rival Harley, the market

Harley-Davidson, based in Milwaukee, is its 110th anniversary this and sells 55 percent of all motorcycles in the with displacements larger 650 cubic centimeters. Retail of new Harleys grew 5.2 percent during the second quarter of compared with a year

That’s in contrast to much of the which has been struggling. falling 41 percent in 2009 and 14 in 2010, sales of new on-road in the U.S. are down 5.2 percent the first six months of 2013, 183,332 on-road motorcycles so far this year, according to the Industry Council in Irvine.

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