TWO FIFTY MAGAZINE The Last of the Indians

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Indian Scout Cruiser

The Last of the Indians

A Legend is

Hedstrom posing with his Indian Prototype

It was 1902 the Hendee Manufacturing Company of Massachusetts started production of its motorcycle. It was a 1.75bhp 213cc with a (then revolutionary) drive. They called it the .

It would be another four before William Harley and Davidson produced their motorized bicycle and one year the Ford Model A started

The company was the product of two great George Hendee, a bicycle and manufacturer of some renown (he won 302 of his 309 and engineering genius Carl Hedstrom who designed and hand-built the Indian prototype in less six months.

Under the guidance of Hendee and The Indian Motorcycle Co. as it came to be was at the very forefront of engineering, and production of motorcycles. In the 1910s it was the motorcycle manufacturer in the world.

Indian Scout

With came corporate structure and and Hendee and Hedstrom’s company to slip away from In retrospect it should come as no that the decline of Indian with the departure of its two founders. left in 1913, Hendee in both because of disagreements the board of directors over the of the company.

With the onset of World War I the decided to sell most of its to the US government effectively eliminating availability of the brand. By the 1920s had lost its top spot to Harley

Nevertheless, the 20s were a boom and Indian rode the wave to success producing its best models: the now legendary Scout, and Four.

With the advent of War II Indian tried to get a foothold in the market. Although they Chiefs and Scouts for the war effort, were never able to the Harley Davidson WLA as the motorcycle of for the military.

In 1945, with the war the Indian Motorcycle Co. was on shaky ground and was sold to Ralph B.

The Last of the Indians

1949 249 Super Scout

Under direction Indian ceased of the Scout and in 1949 began small displacement lightweight Perhaps he was taking a page BMW who in the same year came from the brink of bankruptcy to its small displacement bike the But for Indian this was the beginning of the end of had been the first and greatest motorcycle company.

Indian three new models: The 149 Arrow and Scout 249, both in and in 1950 the 250 Warrior. These were not developed to the standards of predecessors, and were plagued by and reliability issues. They tarnished Indian’s reputation.

At the same time the post-war of the British pound resulted in imports from the likes of BSA and Indian simply could not

It came as no surprise when in the Indian Motorcycle Co. stopped all and shut down.


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