Indian Motorcycles 1901-55 Originally and Currently The New Polaris Indian
A 1948 Indian Chief replete with a rhinestone fringe seat was the first real American big-twin I ever owned. I had a brief stint with a Gilroy Indian, that, after I had fixed everything, was a fun bike. That 48 gave me an appreciation for being a part of a machine. It was a left hand throttle right hand shift with the foot clutch on the left so it was tricky at first, but I grew to love the connection I had with that machine. It wasn’t just about sticking a key in and getting somewhere (although that has it’s benefits as well). It gave me a sense of accomplishment to get the spark arrestor set just right, and kick through a few times until it came alive. I respect the Indian name enough to know that the current incarnation is here to stay and has some great benefits. Aesthetically I still prefer the ones out of Springfield Mass. Here are a variety of Indians, new old and custom. Enjoy!