Indian Motorcycles


Indian cruiser motorcycles are an American classic that has been revived and features classic styled cruisers like the Chief Vintage and Roadmaster. While the other Motor Company has become the defining American V-Twin manufacturer, Indian is the older marque claiming a founding date of 1901. While Indian experimented with other engine configurations, the company is known for its V-Twin models, like the Chief and Roadmaster. The largest rival to Harley-Davidson, Indian fell apart in a post-WWII decline. Since its demise, two significant rebirths have been attempted. The first was the Gilroy, California-based Indian Motorcycle Company of America, which folded in 2003. The marque lay dormant for a number of years until a London-based equity firm, Stellican Limited, began producing Indian Chief motorcycles in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. While updates such as fuel injection and a redesigned engine were employed in the “King’s Mountain” models, reception was underwhelming. In 2011 Polaris Industries Inc. purchased the historic marque and in 2013 the Minnesota-based brand released a Vintage Final Edition, which paid respect to the Gilroy and King’s Mountain manufacturers to come before. For the 2014 model year Polaris developed a new engine, the Thunder Stroke 111, and revealed three updated models to the world at the 73rd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

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2015 Indian Roadmaster Review Video

Indian Motorcycle Co. debuted the first luxury-touring motorcycle under its new owners, the 2015 Roadmaster. Find out how it rates in our 2015 Indian Chief Roadmaster Review video and discover even more details in our review article.

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2015 Indian Chieftain vs Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special

2015 Indian Chieftain v H-D Street Glide Special

It's a bagger battle royale as we pit the upstart 2015 Indian Chieftain against the 2015 Harley Street Glide Special in this comparison of American-made, V-Twin-powered motorcycles.

2015 Indian Scout Comparison

2015 Indian Scout Comparison

The new Scout left a positive first impression, but we were eager to see how it stacks up against one of its primary rivals, the 2015 Harley Sportster 1200 Custom. Here's what we discovered.