Indian Motorcycle announced its 2021 model-year lineup on September 15.
It’s been nearly a decade since Polaris Industries bought Indian Motorcycle, rescuing the pioneering American motorcycle nameplate from over 50 years of tumultuous ownership changes. Indian had a legitimate claim to the title “America’s First Motorcycle Company” based on its founding in 1901 as “The Hendee Manufacturing Company” (three years before eventual archrival Harley-Davidson). It ceased operations in 1953, never really recovering in the consumer market after devoting itself to military production during World War II. Multiple attempts to revive the brand — some legitimate, some scurrilous — followed over the years, but one after another failed to take hold.
The Polaris years (2011 to present) have seen the rebirth of the Indian brand, and the creation of an all-new lineup