This American brand was first produced in 1901, but was originally called Hendee Manufacturing until 1923. The founder, George Hendee, resigned in 1916 as company president. The following year, the United States entered WWI and Indian Motorcycles (IMC) was very dedicated, providing much of its production to the US military. IMC provided almost fifty thousand motorcycles between 1917 and 1919. Unfortunately, this resulted in limited inventory for dealers, making retail sales drop.
In 1998, they continue on with brand-exclusive production of the motorcycles. Then, the IMC was formed with 9 companies, becoming known as the Indian Motorcycle Company of America. They opened up a production factory in California and began making models like the Spirit, the Scout, and the Chief.
Regardless of that, IMCA went bankrupt and ended production. In 2011, the company was bought out by Polaris Industries, which still owns the company. It has been reported that with sales going full throttle, Polaris has had an eighteen percent year over year growth with sales.
Along with our beautiful, handcrafted wooden Indian Motorcycle flag, here are 5 other great gifts to rep your favorite motorcycle brand!
1. Baseball Hat
“R” or not?
In 1923, the name was changed to The Indian Motocycle Company, originally without the ‘r’ in motorcycle. This was because without the ‘r’ was how it was spelled in the old days, and they wanted to set themselves apart from competition. Eventually, the ‘r’ was added back in.
Currently, all Indian Motorcycles are made in the United States in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
Win, win, win!
The Indian Motorcycle Factory team took the first 3 places in the 1911 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy races.
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Can you fly a flag on a motorcycle?
On motorcycles, the flag must be mounted at the center on the rear of the bike or to the right from the rider’s perspective when driving forward, which is referred to as the “marching right.” When flown adjacent to a state flag or another type of flag, the American flag should take the marching right position.
What color is the Indian Motorcycle logo?
The burgundy remains the main color of the Indian Motorcycle’s visual identity, as for the white — it is now replaced by a light gray, which adds a sense of style and elegance. The Indian Motorcycle logo is instantly recognizable and unique.