Why are Indian motorcycles called Indian?

Who came first Harley or Indian?

Indian Motorcycle was founded in 1901, and Harley-Davidson two years later. Both companies built groundbreaking bikes, delivering motorcycles to police forces, racing them on the dirt track, providing a simple alternative to the automobile, and serving in both world wars.

Is Indian owned by Harley?

In 1981, 13 Harley execs bought their company back from AMF. And in 2011, Polaris Industries bought Indian. All has been well with both companies since.

Does Polaris own Indian?

Over a century later, Indian Motorcycle joined the Polaris family in 2011. The Indian Motorcycle lineup includes cruiser, bagger and touring models, as well as the Scout and FTR 1200.

Did Indians sue Harley?

Indian did sue Harley-Davidson in the mid 1900’s because Indian saw that on Harleys new model was a carburetor of his design and Indian accused Harley of plagiarizing their design of a the carburetor so Indian sued them for steeling their carburetor design.

Are Indian Motorcycles good quality?

Indian motorcycles are some of the highest quality bikes on the market, as Polaris engineered the modern Indian line with performance-oriented attention to detail. Polaris was well aware of the popularity of its American competitors while developing modern Indian tech.

Do Indian motorcycles sound like Harleys?

Indians sound as good as any Harley side by side with the same exhaust. Yes it’s a bit different but not that much. Cams are what gives it more of that loping sound nothing else.

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When did Indian come back?

Indian Motorcycle back on the trail – Sep. 28, 1999. NEW YORK (CNNfn) – After nearly 50 years, the Indian motorcycle is coming back. Once known as “the pride of the American road,” the Indian is an icon among cycling zealots.