First Motorcycle designed as a motor vehicle

A total of 3 Indian Motorcycles were built in 1901 and on June 1st were publicly Demonstrated at a hill-climbing exhibition. The following year, production increased to 143 motorcycles. The engines were from Aurora Machine Company, Aurora, IL, USA and then mounted on a Motorcycle frames in Springfield, MA, USA.

      June 1st, 1901
      George M. Hendee
      Springfield, MA, USA
      Hendee Manufacturing Company

Additional Information:

  • History of the motorcycle – Wikipedia
    The history of the motorcycle begins in the second half of the 19th century. Motorcycles are descended from the “safety bicycle,” a bicycle with front and rear wheels of the same size and a pedal crank mechanism to drive the rear wheel.
  • Indian Motorcycle | Canada
    Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle is America’s first motorcycle company. Modern bikes are designed to reflect Indian’s traditional styling & engineered to be …
  • Indian Motocycle Manufacturing Company – Wikipedia
    Indian is an American brand of motorcycles originally produced from 1901 to 1953 in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States. Hendee Manufacturing Company initially produced the motorcycles, but the name was changed to the Indian Motocycle Manufacturing Company in 1928.
  • History Based upon the Corperation
    1901 -Bicycle racing promoter and former bicycle racing champion George Hendee hired Oscar Hedstrom to build gasoline engine-powered bicycles to pace bicycle races. In February, Hedstrom began work on the motorized pacing bicycle in a shop in Middletown, Connecticut.

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