PIECES OF HISTORY American picker Mike Wolfe shows Greg Brew, Director of Indian Motorcycle® Industrial Design, some of his favorite Indian Motorcycle® picks from over the years, as the two discuss the brand’s significance in American motorcycle history.
PIECES OF HISTORY American picker Mike Wolfe shows Greg Brew, Director of Indian Motorcycle® Industrial Design, some of his favorite Indian Motorcycle® picks from over the years, as the two discuss the brand’s significance in American motorcycle history.

DRAWN INSPIRATION

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DRAWN INSPIRATION Pull up a seat alongside Mike Wolfe, American picker and avid Indian Motorcycle® rider, and Greg Brew, Director of Indian Motorcycle® Industrial Design. Listen as they discuss the importance of honoring the iconic style and performance elements that have defined Indian motorcycles throughout the brand's rich history.
DRAWN INSPIRATION Pull up a seat alongside Mike Wolfe, American picker and avid Indian Motorcycle® rider, and Greg Brew, Director of Indian Motorcycle® Industrial Design. Listen as they discuss the importance of honoring the iconic style and performance elements that have defined Indian motorcycles throughout the brand's rich history.

HONORING OUR PAST, RIDING INTO THE FUTURE

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HONORING OUR PAST, RIDING INTO THE FUTURE Check out these photos from the Heritage Ride our motorcycle development team took to better understand the Indian Motorcycle® riding experience after Polaris® acquired the legendary brand in 2011.
HONORING OUR PAST, RIDING INTO THE FUTURE Check out these photos from the Heritage Ride our motorcycle development team took to better understand the Indian Motorcycle® riding experience after Polaris® acquired the legendary brand in 2011.
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HONOURING OUR PAST, RIDING INTO THE FUTURE

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HONOURING OUR PAST, RIDING INTO THE FUTURE When Polaris Industries acquired Indian Motorcycle® in 2011, we knew that to successfully design an all-new Indian® motorcycle, we had to get out and ride. We needed to truly understand what had made the riding experience so unique. Our designers and engineers spent countless hours researching and riding Indian motorcycles to capture the brand’s style, performance and ride experience DNA for the new bike.
HONOURING OUR PAST, RIDING INTO THE FUTURE When Polaris Industries acquired Indian Motorcycle® in 2011, we knew that to successfully design an all-new Indian® motorcycle, we had to get out and ride. We needed to truly understand what had made the riding experience so unique. Our designers and engineers spent countless hours researching and riding Indian motorcycles to capture the brand’s style, performance and ride experience DNA for the new bike.

INDIAN® WAR BONNET LAMP - A TIMELESS ICON

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INDIAN® WAR BONNET LAMP - A TIMELESS ICON It's the most iconic styling note in motorcycle history and it has led Indian Motorcycle® down the open road since early in the brand's rich history. And it will lead future generations of Indian Motorcycle® riders on the adventures of a lifetime. It's the War Bonnet, the backlit lamp found only on the front fender of an authentic Indian Motorcycle®. On dirt roads, on racetracks, into combat, across town and cross-country, the War Bonnet has been there. The lamp's regal profile reflects the pride and strength of the Indian Motorcycle® brand. It serves as a timeless reminder that there is no substitute for a genuine Indian Motorcycle®, and no other riding experience can compare with what Indian Motorcycle® riders enjoy.
INDIAN® WAR BONNET LAMP - A TIMELESS ICON It's the most iconic styling note in motorcycle history and it has led Indian Motorcycle® down the open road since early in the brand's rich history. And it will lead future generations of Indian Motorcycle® riders on the adventures of a lifetime. It's the War Bonnet, the backlit lamp found only on the front fender of an authentic Indian Motorcycle®. On dirt roads, on racetracks, into combat, across town and cross-country, the War Bonnet has been there. The lamp's regal profile reflects the pride and strength of the Indian Motorcycle® brand. It serves as a timeless reminder that there is no substitute for a genuine Indian Motorcycle®, and no other riding experience can compare with what Indian Motorcycle® riders enjoy.

A LEGENDARY PAST

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A LEGENDARY PAST Legendary. That defines Indian Motorcycle®. America’s first motorcycle company, Indian Motorcycle® has the richest heritage on two wheels. From global racing dominance, to leading the charge in the fight for freedom, to innovative engineering and visionary thinking that changed motorcycling forever, Indian Motorcycle® has set the pace for over a century. Enjoy browsing through this photo album featuring highlights of our storied past.
A LEGENDARY PAST Legendary. That defines Indian Motorcycle®. America’s first motorcycle company, Indian Motorcycle® has the richest heritage on two wheels. From global racing dominance, to leading the charge in the fight for freedom, to innovative engineering and visionary thinking that changed motorcycling forever, Indian Motorcycle® has set the pace for over a century. Enjoy browsing through this photo album featuring highlights of our storied past.
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A CLOSER LOOK AT THE 2014 INDIAN ® CHIEFTAIN ™

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A CLOSER LOOK AT THE 2014 INDIAN ® CHIEFTAIN ™ The new Indian® Chieftain™ offers a new look but boasts the same soul of Indian® motorcycles of the past. Traditional styling cues - valanced fenders and the leather saddle - reflect the brand’s rich heritage. All-new features like hard saddlebags, formed fairing, integrated audio system and power-adjust windshield define the Indian® Chieftain™ as the most progressive Indian Motorcycle® ever. And the new Thunder Stroke™ 111 V-Twin engine delivers an incredible 138,9 N·m (102,4 ft-lb) of torque. Take a closer look. There’s never been a motorcycle like the Indian® Chieftain™.
The new Indian® Chieftain™ offers a new look but boasts the same soul of Indian® motorcycles of the past. Traditional styling cues - valanced fenders and the leather saddle - reflect the brand’s rich heritage. All-new features like hard saddlebags, formed The new Indian® Chieftain™ offers a new look but boasts the same soul of Indian® motorcycles of the past. Traditional styling cues - valanced fenders and the leather saddle - reflect the brand’s rich heritage. All-new features like hard saddlebags, formed fairing, integrated audio system and power-adjust windshield define the Indian® Chieftain™ as the most progressive Indian Motorcycle® ever. And the new Thunder Stroke™ 111 V-Twin engine delivers an incredible 138,9 N·m (102,4 ft-lb) of torque. Take a closer look. There’s never been a motorcycle like the Indian® Chieftain™.

Fueled By Determination - The Incredible Burt Munro

In 1922, Indian Motorcycle® introduced its first Chief® motorcycle, a 1,000cc bike, and followed up with the 1,200cc Big Chief® introduced in 1923. As the 1,200cc (74 cubic inch) engine became standard fare - outselling the previously-launched 600cc Scout and the aforementioned 1,000 cc Chief - the word “Big” was no longer necessary, leaving “Chief” as the touring and luxury flagship of the Indian Motorcycle® line. The famous Indian® Four later followed, but in terms of weight and sticker price, the Chief® remained the more practical and popular among the marque’s big motorcycles.

During the Great Depression, Indian® turned to styling updates and cosmetic improvements to maintain the interest of customers in the face of declining sales. Indian® had already gone to a more graceful gas tank and stylish fenders by the late 1920s, and introduced skirted fenders and a saddle tank in 1932, which hid the frame and foretold the profile of the “modern” motorcycle. A long and graceful chain guard was introduced as well.

In 1934, Indian Motorcycle® adapted streamlined automotive styling to its model line.  Lightly valanced fenders were given deeper side panels that year, and two-tone paint schemes became available in nearly unlimited varieties.

The coup de grace came in 1940 when the Chief® appeared with distinctive full-skirted fenders and a beautifully shaped tank. Even the engine was styled to complement the overall theme, which was a first in the American motorcycle industry. Graceful, eye-catching, and bold, the whole package was beyond anything that had been seen in a serial production motorcycle.

At the end of the Second World War, Indian Motorcycle® was acquired by a new owner and in 1950; the Chief® reappeared with a larger 1,300cc engine, telescopic front suspension, more chrome, and other styling improvements. Sheet metal was restyled a bit in 1953, but this was the last year for the Chief® - and the last year of manufacturing for the original Indian Motorcycle® company based in Springfield, MA.;

Indian® Chief®: It is a name that still sparks the imagination of designers, custom builders, and entrepreneurs a nearly a century after its inception.

INDIAN MOTORCYCLE® HISTORY: CHAPTER 1

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INDIAN MOTORCYCLE® HISTORY: CHAPTER 1 HISTORY® looks back at the rich history of America’s first motorcycle company, Indian Motorcycle®. Shortly after taking to the open road in the early 1900s, Indian Motorcycle® began dominating on the racetrack, and its motorcycles provided invaluable support for allied forces in WW I and WW II. Celebrate Indian Motorcycle’s storied past in this short vignette. HISTORY® is a registered trademark of A&E Television Network
INDIAN MOTORCYCLE® HISTORY: CHAPTER 1 HISTORY® looks back at the rich history of America’s first motorcycle company, Indian Motorcycle®. Shortly after taking to the open road in the early 1900s, Indian Motorcycle® began dominating on the racetrack, and its motorcycles provided invaluable support for allied forces in WW I and WW II. Celebrate Indian Motorcycle’s storied past in this short vignette. HISTORY® is a registered trademark of A&E Television Network

INDIAN MOTORCYCLE® HISTORY: CHAPTER 2

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INDIAN MOTORCYCLE® HISTORY: CHAPTER 2 Join HISTORY® for a fascinating look at the passionate people and impressive innovation behind America’s First motorcycle company, Indian Motorcycle®. America fell in love with the freedom, adventure and excitement Indian Motorcycle provided. Learn the story of riders like the legendary Jackpine Gypsies, who put Sturgis® on the map. And learn about innovative Indian Motorcycle® technology, including the first V-Twin engine and the first twist grip throttle. HISTORY® is a registered trademark of A&E Television Network
INDIAN MOTORCYCLE® HISTORY: CHAPTER 2 Join HISTORY® for a fascinating look at the passionate people and impressive innovation behind America’s First motorcycle company, Indian Motorcycle®. America fell in love with the freedom, adventure and excitement Indian Motorcycle provided. Learn the story of riders like the legendary Jackpine Gypsies, who put Sturgis® on the map. And learn about innovative Indian Motorcycle® technology, including the first V-Twin engine and the first twist grip throttle. HISTORY® is a registered trademark of A&E Television Network

INDIAN MOTORCYCLE® HISTORY: THE NEXT CHAPTER

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INDIAN MOTORCYCLE® HISTORY: THE NEXT CHAPTER HISTORY® looks ahead at The Next Chapter in the rich history of America’s first motorcycle company, Indian Motorcycle®. The brand has a bright future with the stable ownership of Polaris® Industries and its dedicated teams focused on building exciting new Indian Motorcycle® models. Learn more about Polaris®, the Indian Motorcycle® team, and the Spirit Lake, Iowa, final assembly operation. HISTORY® is a registered trademark of A&E Television Network
INDIAN MOTORCYCLE® HISTORY: THE NEXT CHAPTER HISTORY® looks ahead at The Next Chapter in the rich history of America’s first motorcycle company, Indian Motorcycle®. The brand has a bright future with the stable ownership of Polaris® Industries and its dedicated teams focused on building exciting new Indian Motorcycle® models. Learn more about Polaris®, the Indian Motorcycle® team, and the Spirit Lake, Iowa, final assembly operation. HISTORY® is a registered trademark of A&E Television Network

PIECES OF HISTORY

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