1900 – 1910
Prototype and two production units successfully designed, built and tested.
First Indian Motorcycle, featuring innovative chain drives and streamlined styling, sold to public.
Indian co-founder and chief engineer Oscar Hedstrom sets world motorcycle speed record (56mph).
Crimson Steed of Steel paint scheme introduced; Indian wins Gold Medal for Mechanical Excellence at St. Louis Exposition.
Indian releases first American production V-Twin after several years of development and testing; 101 years later V-Twin remains most popular cruiser-motorcycle engine design.
George Holden and Luis Muellr ride an Indian from San Francisco to New York City in 31 trouble-free days, breaking the existing record by over 18 days.
An Indian Twin wins the first English 1000-mile reliability trial. The New York City Police Department buys two Indian Twins to chase down runaway horses.
New York Police Department selects Indians for first motorcycle police unit.
Indian "loop frame" positions gas tank on front horizontal frame member, other makers eventually follow suit; basic configuration still used by virtually all motorcycles.