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In 1901, Indian Motorcycle riders had been on the dirt trails and the wagon-wheel ruts of America for almost a decade. Indian was the world's bestselling bike and, having introduced the first V-twin motorcycle to the world in 1907, the most technologically advanced. Originally manufactured under the corporate banner of the Hendee Manufacturing Company, it was later re-incorporated as the Indian Motocycle Company. There was no way Indian Motorcycle could have survived the Depression, given the corruption at the top. Indian Motorcycle was losing hundreds of thousands of dollars annually during the good years alone. Fortunately, miracles happen. Indian's miracle was Eleuthere Paul duPont -- occurred on the eve of the Great Depressions.



Right before the Stock Market Crash in 1929, E. Paul duPont convinced his brother Francis to cease production of luxury cars and merge the business with Indian Motorcycles. Production of military and police vehicles was the primary production during the war years. In 1945, the company is sold and consolidated into the Torque Engineering Company. Later, the company is divided, with manufacturing going to the Atlas Corporation and distribution to The Indian Sales Corporation. Following the war, Indian struggles with re-entry into the public market. The Chief, dropped for a year, is re-introduced in 1951 as a mighty 80-cubic-inch model, but sales continue to decline, and Indian is forced to halt production in 1953. In 2004, Stephen Julius and Steve Heese, after resurrecting the struggling Chris-Craft Boat Company, turn their attention to Indian. They acquire trademark rights and intellectual properties. In 2008 production begins and the 2009 Chiefs start rolling off the assembly line in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. In 2011, Polaris adds a motorcycling, legendary brand to its strong stable of Victory cruiser and touring bikes.



The Indian Motocycle currently has three models: the Chief Vintage, the Chief Dark Horse, and the Chief Classic Chief. The 2012 Indian Chief Vintage has the PowerPlus 105ci engine, "aged" and tan leather with fringe seat and saddlebags, whitewall tires and the characteristic, Indian fender light. The Chief Vintage has an MSRP of $35,999. The Chief Dark Horse, with an MSRP of $27,999, has a war bonnet headdress on the tank, black leather seat with fringe, the same PowerPlus 105ci engine as the Vintage, and tank mounted speedometer and controls. At an MSRP of $26,499, the Chief Classic comes with an Indian script tank design, the 105ci engine, long, valence fenders, and tank mounted speedometer and controls. All three motorcycle models come with Power Plus, air cooled engines, closed loop, sequential port, fuel injection systems, six speed transmissions, dual caliper with floating rotors for front brakes and single caliper floating rotor for back brakes.

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In 1901, Indian Motorcycle riders had been on the dirt trails and the wagon-wheel ruts of America for almost a decade. Indian was the world's bestselling bike and, having introduced the first V-twin motorcycle to the world in 1907, the most technologically advanced. Originally manufactured under...

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