January 2016 Vol 2 • Issue 1

Circa 1910 - A track cyclist is shown in practice behind an early Indian motorcycle.  Image by © Underwood & Underwood.

Historical Timeline

1901
Indian Motorcycle founded in Springfield, Massachusetts

1907
Indian produces their first V-twin engine

1910 - 1920
Indian becomes largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world, dominating both the marketplace and racetrack

1953
Indian declares bankruptcy and ceases operations

1998
A group of investors acquires Indian Trademarks and starts producing motorcycles in Gilroy, California

2003
Gilroy Indian declares bankruptcy and ceases operations

2004
Stellican acquires Indian Trademarks

2008
Production of Indian Motorcycles is started in King's Mountain, North Carolina

2011
Polaris acquires Indian Motorcycles; production is shifted to Spirit Lake, Iowa and engineering immediately begins work on next-generation Indian

2012
Last ''King's Mountain era'' motorcycle rolls of the line in Spirit Lake

2013
 Launch of the All-new Model Year 2014 Indian Historical Time LineMotorcycle
in second half of the year!

2016

- Mike Wolfe

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