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The Indian Legend Lives

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!



 
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