Indian Motorcycle: 120 Years of America's First Motorcycle Company

Indian Motorcycle: 120 Years of America's First Motorcycle Company

by Darwin Holmstrom

Hardcover(2nd ed.)

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This officially licensed 120th anniversary edition of Indian Motorcycle tells the complete story of Indian Motorcycle, America's first mass-produced motorcycle maker, from its start as a bicycle manufacturer to the purchase of the brand by Polaris Industries in 2011 and the subsequent new Indian motorcycles—updated to include new photography, the story of the latest models, including the FTR1200, Chieftain, Challenger, and Roadmaster, and Indian Motorcycle's return to racing.

In the early years of the 20th century, Indian Motorcycle dominated the world's racetracks and showrooms, earning the brand a worldwide reputation for quality, performance, reliability, and technical innovation with such classic machines as the Chief, Scout and Four. But the once-mighty company fell on hard times and in 1953 was forced to file bankruptcy.

The Indian Motorcycle brand never quite died, however, thanks in large part to fanatically devoted enthusiasts, who tried to resurrect it for over half a century. Finally, Polaris, maker of the highly regarded Victory brand of motorcycles, purchased the brand and released the Chief and Scout, models that once again restored Indian Motorcycle to its rightful place in the motorcycle pantheon.

Indian Motorcycle is the most complete and up-to-date history of this classic American motorcycle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760366530
Publisher: Motorbooks
Publication date: 11/17/2020
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 207,071
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 12.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Darwin Holmstrom has written, co-written, or contributed to more than thirty books on subjects ranging from motorcycles and muscle cars to Gibson Les Paul guitars, including Indian Motorcycles, GTO: Fifty Years, Let's Ride: Sonny Barger's Guide to MotorcyclyingTop Muscle: The Rarest Cars from America's Fastest Decade, BMW Motorcycles, The Life Harley-Davidson, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Motorcycles. Darwin is a former senior editor at Motorbooks and former Midwestern editor for Motorcyclist magazine.

Table of Contents

Birth of an Icon
Beginning of the End
Great Motorcycles and Hard Times
Death of an Icon
Indian Motorcycle Rising
About the Author

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