During its time, the Indian Chief reigned supreme. An
offshoot of the Big Indian Chief model, it was renowned around the world. The
brainchild of Charles B. Franklin, the Indian Chief boasted features that
were copied by many other motorcycle manufacturers. Its frame was
typically American with a big gasoline tank, curved handlebars and a heavy
duty frame. And with its unique skirted fenders and personalized colors,
it truly was a piece of art.
In 1927, Indian modified the "Ace
Motorcycle" to create "the Four" - a motorcycle with 4 cylinders. The new Four motorcycle featured a more contemporary look, which explains why Indians were the most popular motorcycles of their time. Though the Indian factory in Springfield struggled during the depression, Indian bounced back in the
40's thanks to military contracts. The company later enjoyed a brief
resurgence under the leadership of Ralph Burden Rogers.
Finally, after numerous restructurings, Indian Motorcycle Company of
Springfield, Massachusetts closed its doors in 1953. Now, many years
later the Indian legend lives on with the Indian
Chief, Spirit and Scout motorcycles. See them at our location in
Gilroy and start riding the Indian way!