The Brief History of Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company

Indian is one of the most popular names in the motorcycle industry in the United States of America. This company was founded in the year 1901 in Springfield, Massachusetts. However, in the beginning the motorcycles were being produced in the name of Hendee Manufacturing Company. It was not until 1928 when the name of the company was changed to The Indian Motocycle Manufacturing Company.

 

Early in the 1910 decade, the Indian company won several awards and trophy. During this decade the company was the biggest manufacturer of the bikes all over the globe. They made several very famous models. The earlier popular model was Scout, which was produced from 1920 to the year 1946. Another popular model was named as Chief which was manufacture from the year 1922 to 1953.

 

However, despite coming through the era of the Great Depression, the company’s sales and profits started dwindling. By the start of 1950, their position became extremely precarious. In the year 1953, the ill-fated company could not withstand the financial demands and was declared bankrupt.  Since then, several other companies tried to bail-out the Indian brand name, but they met with little or no success. The good times started again when Polaris Industries bought the company in 2011 and restarted the production. The sales started happening in the mid of 2013. Polaris have been marketing three modern models of the Indian motorcycle. However, they have not made any changes to their traditional sense of styling. Today, Indian motorcycles have arguably only one competitor – Harley Davidson.

 

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