Lets talk Indian Motorcycles. I received a card in the mail introducing the new 2015 Indian Motorcycle lineup. The models listed are Scout, Chief Classic, Chief Vintage, Chieftain and Roadmaster. The name of the business is Mission City Indian Motorcycle located in Boerne, Texas! The above mentioned models are to arrive in December 2014!
My dad, Earl White Sr, once told me that he owned an Indian motorcycle, I don't recall what year model it was. However, I thought at the time it was a bit odd. I could not see my dad on a motorcycle rolling a Prince Albert cigarette while riding! Or could I?
Anyhow, when I was cleaning out the old garage, I never found any motorcycle parts, just automobile parts, ie Packard, Buick, Chevy, a nice old Western Auto six volt battery that went in a 1950 Buick. I did find an old bicycle frame that I am sure was not an Indian bike.
The Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company was originally founded by George M. Hendee in 1897. In 1898 the name "Indian" was adopted. Carl Oscar Hedstron joined in 1900. Both men were former bicycle racers and manufacturers.
The first Indian motorcycles, having chain drives and streamlined styling, were sold to the public in 1902. In 1903 the co-founder and chief engineer Oscar Hedstron set the world speed record on a motorcycle of 56 mph. In 1904 the company introduced the deep red color that would become the Indian's trademark.
During the 1910s Indian became the largest manufacture of motorcycles in the world! Their most popular models were the Scout made from 1920 to 1946. I am certain that model was the one my dad owned. The other was the Chief made from 1922 to 1953. The company went bankrupt in 1953.
Well, apparently they are back and looking good as ever! It is very possible that I might get a chance to check out my favorite model, the Scout, this December.
• Sadly, I must report that my oldest feline friend passed away 13 Aug 14. Her name was Sissy. She lived here since 1994. Yep, she was 20 years old, and in cat years that computes to 96 years! She was a wonderful cat and had beautiful green eyes. She will be missed.