Known as the oldest U.S. motorcycle brand, the heritage of Indian Motorcycles dates back to 1901. Throughout the past century, the machines have evolved into something quite spectacular.
Even three 1998 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductees had notable accomplishments aboard Indians:
- Erwin “Cannonball” Baker rode his Indian cross-country during the 1900s, setting several records during his lifetime.
- “Iron Man” Ed Kretz also proved Indian was the brand to be beat when he lapped the entire field of competitors at the 1937 Inaugural Daytona 200.
- Then in 1948, Floyd Emde won the first Daytona 200 aboard an Indian held on new beach/road course.
- Known as the Indian Wrecking Crew, Bill Tuman, Bobby Hill and Ernie Beckman made an indelible mark on the history books and solidified Indian’s reputation as one of the 20th Century’s greatest marques.
Over time, the brand has seen a few different owners. Most recently in 2011, Indian Motorcycle was acquired by Polaris Industries which continues to enhance the brand.
Visit the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame to see how Indians have evolved over the past century.
Indian Motorcycles currently on display:
- 1928 Indian CLS213R: donated by the Donna Hawtrey Estate
- 1940 Indian Scout: donated by Don Cornwell
- 1947 Indian Chief: donated by Donald R. Barany
- 1947 Indian Chief: restored by previous owner and purchased by the AMHF for our raffle bike.
- 1953 Indian Chief: donated by Bartow “Mac” Thompson