The iconic American motorcycle manufacturing company, Indian Motorcycles, will be featured on an upcoming episode of Good Morning America.
Indian Motorcycles’ resurrection will get national TV exposure with an appearance on Good Morning America. ABC’s morning news and talk show will be highlighting the iconic American motorcycle manufacturer’s revival on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009. While America’s automotive and motorcycle manufacturing industry is mired in turmoil, Stellican Ltd., a private equity firm that specializes in restoring iconic brands to past glory, is slowly working its magic on Indian Motorcycles.
Good Morning America’s Bill Weir will get the opportunity to ride a 2010 Indian Chief to Deal’s Gap, one of the most revered stretches of asphalt for motorcyclists affectionately dubbed the ‘Tail of the Dragon.’ He will be joining members of the Indian Motorcycle team for a ride through the epic fall scenery of the North Carolina mountainside. He will be also be joined by motorcycle historian Dale Walksler who will be riding a classic 1944 Indian Chief and providing insight on American motorcycling history.
Stellican Ltd. Bought the rights to Indian Motorcycles in July of 2004. Since then, it has methodically been working to reestablish the company without repeating the mistakes that doomed its predecessors. It opened up a 40,000 square-foot manufacturing facility on 11 acres in Kings Mountain, NC and released its first new motorcycles in 2009.
Indian Motorcycles was the first American motorcycle company, established in 1901 in Springfield, Massachusetts by a champion bicycle racer, George Hendee, and an engineering genius, Carl Oscar Hedstrom. At one time it was the worlds’ best-selling motorcycle and were champions on the racing scene, sweeping the podium at the Isle of Man TT and setting land speed records on the salt of Bonneville. Since its early success, though, the company has gone through its share of bankruptcies and hardships. Stellican Ltd. Aims to change all that. The private equity group has helped restore respectability to other iconic brands like Chris-Craft boats, Riva yachts, and the Italian soccer team, Vicenza.
Good Morning America is produced live from Time Square in New York City. On the air since 1975, it has won several Emmy Awards and is one of the top-viewed shows in morning television. The new Indian Motorcycles have gotten recent exposure on the big screen as well in the new GI Joe Movie, The Rise of Cobra.