Lonnie Hannah’s father built an Indian® Warrior from parts he got while working in a shop. Years later, Lonnie was part of the Polaris team that built the all-new 2014 Indian® Chief® from the ground up. Watch this lifelong rider and Harley Davidson owner make the choice to commemorate his passion with an Indian® Motorcycle® tattoo.
HISTORY® looks back at the rich history of America’s first motorcycle company, Indian Motorcycle®. Shortly after taking to the open road in the early 1900s, Indian Motorcycle® began dominating on the racetrack, and its motorcycles provided invaluable support for allied forces in WW I and WW II. Celebrate Indian Motorcycle’s storied past in this short vignette.
Join HISTORY® for a fascinating look at the passionate people and impressive innovation behind America’s First motorcycle company, Indian Motorcycle®. America fell in love with the freedom, adventure and excitement Indian Motorcycle provided.
HISTORY® looks ahead at The Next Chapter in the rich history of America’s first motorcycle company, Indian Motorcycle®. The brand has a bright future with the stable ownership of Polaris® Industries and its dedicated teams focused on building exciting new Indian Motorcycle® models. Learn more about Polaris®, the Indian Motorcycle® team, and the Spirit Lake, Iowa, final assembly operation.
Heritage Ride Video
Burt Munro made history by setting a land speed record on the world’s fastest Indian®, a 1920 Indian® Scout®. To salute his passion for performance, we created The Spirit of Munro, a tribute streamliner powered by the new Thunder Stroke™ 111.
View photos of the Thunder Stroke™ 111 engine that will power the new Indian Motorcycle®, and see iconic engines from our past that inspired the design.
Photos from the Heritage Ride,
Pull up a seat alongside Mike Wolfe, American picker and avid Indian Motorcycle® rider, and Greg Brew, Director of Indian Motorcycle® Industrial Design. Listen as they discuss the importance of honoring the iconic style and performance elements that have defined Indian motorcycles throughout the brand's rich history.
It's the most iconic styling note in motorcycle history and it has led Indian Motorcycle® down the open road since early in the brand's rich history. And it will lead future generations of Indian Motorcycle® riders on the adventures of a lifetime.
American picker Mike Wolfe shows Greg Brew, Director of Indian Motorcycle® Industrial Design, some of his favorite Indian Motorcycle® picks from over the years, as the two discuss the brand’s significance in American motorcycle history.
Burt Munro of Invercargill, New Zealand, set the world's land speed record on this heavily modified 1920 Indian® Scout® in 1967 at the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats. Burt began modifying his Indian® Scout® in 1926, and by the time he made it to the salt, it was such a unique amalgam of custom-made components it needed to be torn down and rebuilt after every 10 minutes of run time. Built strictly for speed, the Munro Special was virtually void of any safety equipment. Burt was in pursuit of world-record speed, not safe travels.
The Indian Motorcycle® display at the 2012 Long Beach International Motorcycle Show featured the one and only "Munro Special." That’s the machine on which Burt Munro set a world land speed record in 1967 at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Fueled by a passion for speed, Burt used innovative, home-brewed engineering to draw explosive, record-setting...
Mike Wolfe is known as an American picker. He's a TV star, author and entrepreneur.
The Chief® Story
Legendary. That defines Indian Motorcycle®. America’s first motorcycle company, Indian Motorcycle® has the richest heritage on two wheels. From global racing dominance, to leading the charge in the fight for freedom, to innovative engineering and visionary thinking that changed motorcycling forever, Indian Motorcycle® has set the pace for over a century. Enjoy browsing through this photo album featuring highlights of our storied past.