On Monday, November 9, 2009, ABC News will film a feature on Indian Motorcycle Company, highlighting the revival of this historic brand amid America’s struggling automotive and motorcycle manufacturing industry.
Good Morning America’s Bill Weir will ride a 2010 Indian Chief as he joins Indian Motorcycle on a trip through the North Carolina mountains to Deal’s Gap, the famed "Tail of the Dragon" hailed by many as the best motorcycling road in the USA.
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Rolling south toward Kings Mountain, N.C., the smooth, three-lane interstate gently twists and bends, slowly climbing ahead of me into the distance. Edged by a lush wall of trees shouting out their early summer colors, the moving picture is framed with a perfectly blue, cloudless sky.
Motorcyclist enthusiasts around the country are applauding the re-launch of Indian Motorcycle Company. With a brand new factory located in Kings Mountain, NC, a management team that has spent the past two years studying the trends in the American motorcycle market and shareholders who know exactly how to engineer the re-launch of an icon like Indian, because they did the same for Chris-Craft boats, Indian is on a successful track to make it all work.
The all-new, reengineered Indian Chief is a powerful work of art.
The Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company, the first American motorcycle company, held sovereignty from 1901 to 1953. The first reincarnation of Indian motorcycles occurred in 1999 when a group of investors purchased the trademark in bankruptcy court. Indian motorcycle production again began shortly thereafter in Gilroy, California.
As the oldest brand of American-made motorcycles, born in 1901, Indians have always carried a special cachet. Although production grounded to a halt in the Springfield, Mass., plant in 1953, the Indian name and mystique lives on among passionate enthusiasts, who keep more than 25,000 pre-1953 bikes registered and running on American roads.