The Indian Motorcycle Company is the oldest motorcycle company in the United States but it was on the verge of financial ruin in the early years of the Great Depression. The company survived through those tough years primarily due to E. Paul DuPont’s efforts who took over running the company in 1930. It was during this time that Indian introduced the style of the Indian Chief that many motorcycle manufacturers still copy in their design. The “Chief” was introduced 1922 and it was known for its strength and reliability but production was ended in 1953.
This featured 1934 Indian Chief was originally obtained as a partial basket case in Kansas. Many unobtainable parts were hand fabricated from scratch to restore this bike to its present near perfect condition.
Special thanks to Ross Van Etten from Colorado Springs, CO who has restored several Harley-Davidson and Indian motorcycles for preserving this piece of our motorcycling history and giving us a glimpse of the past and what it was like to ride a motorcycle ~ back in the day!
This bike is currently on display at the Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum located at 5865 N. Nevada Ave., in Colorado Springs.