Which came first Harley Davidson or Indian?

Is Indian made by Harley?

Indian is the vintage motorcycle brand that its parent, Medina, Minnesota-based Polaris (NYSE: PII), has positioned as a competitor to the big bikes from Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Inc.

Is Royal Enfield older than Harley-Davidson?

Here’s another fun fact about Royal Enfield. When it comes to motorcycle production, they’re older than Harley Davidson. Harley launched their first bike in 1905. Royal Enfield beat them by four years by launching their first motorcycle in 1901.

Is Indian Motorcycles older than Harley-Davidson?

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.

Why are Indian motorcycles called Indian?

A young designer named Oscar Hedstrom built his own American pacer. He met up with a racer named George Hendee who had his own bicycle manufacturing plant in Springfield, MA. … Thus was born the Hendee Manufacturing Company and the Indian motorcycle. They chose the name Indian since it would signify an American product.

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