Indian Motorcycles were originally manufactured from 1901 to 1953 by a company in Springfield, Massachusetts. Initially, the company was known as the Hendee Manufacturing Company, but was renamed the Indian Motocycle Manufacturing Company in 1928. During the 1910s Indian became the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world. However, the company went bankrupt in 1953. A number of successor organizations have perpetuated the name in subsequent years, with limited success. In 2011 Polaris Industries purchased Indian Motorcycles and relocated operations from North Carolina, merging them into existing facilities in Minnesota and Iowa.
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