Indian Motorcycle's history started over 100 years ago as America's first motorcycle manufacturing company. A customer purchased the first Indian Motorcycle in 1902, the same year that an Indian motorbike won an endurance race from Boston, MA to New York, NY. From the beginning, Indian has been advancing motorcycle technology to create bikes that were both powerful and reliable. Their innovations won numerous races and broke various records throughout the years. In true American fashion, Indian Motorcycle served its country by supporting the Allies with motorcycles in WWII.
After the war a group of legendary racers known as the Indian Motorcycle Wrecking Crew dominated dirt and road courses. Bobby Hill, Bill Tuman and Ernie Beckman secured 3 consecutive Springfield Mile victories among other events. In 1953 the Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company stopped producing motorcycles and the rights were sold to Brockhouse Engineering in 1955. The following years were tumultuous as the future of Indian Motorcycles seemed uncertain. Fast forward to the 2010s and th Polaris Industries acquisition of Indian Motorcycle breathed new life into the unfortunate manufacturer. New models like the Indian Chieftain, Roadmaster and Scout bought classic Indian design and principles back to the market. Even a modern day Indian Wrecking Crew is ripping American Flat Track races. Indian Motorcycle has waxed and waned throughout the years, but they continue to live on.