Indian Motorcycle Co. to Re-launch

September 23, 2006

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Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company, America’s oldest motorcycle brand, has raised $30 million dollars and is buying a 40,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in North Carolina.

This will be the second time the company has re-launched since its demise in 1953. Indian Motorcycles was once a prominent brand, in the 1940s they often sold as many as the iconic Harley Davidson.

The new company controlled by Stellican Limited, a London-based private equity firm, has promised to provide an accessory line for the abandoned 1999-2003 models.
Indian Motorcycles is currently led by President Steve Heese, and has 12 employees. Stellican Limited has promised to open two manufacturing plants in North Carolina, split between Indian Motorcycles and Chris-Craft Corp, the country’s oldest boatmaker. They plan to eventually employ more than 800 workers between the two plants.

4 Comments »

  1. Richard E. Bazzell said,

    December 4, 2006 at 11:48 am

    I can not tell you how excited I am about the return of the Indian. Currently I live in Clinton Ms. and I will move to North Carolina just to try and get a job manufacturing the greatest motorcycle ever made. See you in the spring of 2007.

  2. LOUIS BOLLI said,

    December 16, 2006 at 4:22 pm

    I BOUGHT A NEW INDIAN CHIEF VINTAGE IN 2003. I HAVE NOT HAD ANY TROUBLE WITH THE BIKE. I CAN”T WAIT TILL THE NEW PLANT OPENS I PLAN TO COME THERE TO VISIT. MABEY BUY ANOTHER BIKE. WE LIVE IN PA. KEEP US INFORMED OF HAPPENINGS. THANKS LOU.

  3. Henry Franz said,

    December 22, 2006 at 10:14 am

    After reading an article in The Horse Magazine I was excited to see that someone had the fore sight to see that the only real “American ” bike is the Indian!!! I was in the process of deciding between the Indian and Harley when Indian went out of business. Hopefully they will take a solid approche this time and see that the market is flooded with Harley’s and we are looking for a change. HTere are other so called “American” made bikes but only Indian is a real “American” made bike!! It is a solid dependable bike and has always been that, even more dependable than Harley!!! I will be happy to get one and trade in my Harley for a bike that stands out and isn’t what everyone else in the world has. You want a bike that can be admired for it’s looks—dependability–and cost. If they market the bikes correctly and bring the publics attention to the legend of the “Indian” they can make Harley move over!!! It’s an “Indian” the only true American bike just as the “Indians” are the only true “Americans”!!!!!!!! Let’s put Harley where they belong——-”In Second Place”!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank You STRIVECTIN for your foersight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wish I could be a part of this history making moment!!!!!

  4. bikerdiary » Indian Motorcycle Brand Name Rides Again! said,

    December 25, 2006 at 10:39 pm

    [...] Two Harvard B-School classmates, Stephen Julius and Steve Heese already brought back the classic boat brand after years of neglect, and they have now turned their considerable expertise towards bringing back Indian Motorcycles, which once upon a time was just as big and popular as Harley.Featured in the classic Anthony Hopkins movie The Worlds Fastest Indian, the Indian brand name is legendary among motorcycle enthusiasts and has exactly the kind of cachet among the rest of us to work. [...]

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