America’s First Motorcycle Company

A local motorcycle dealer organized a rally/show of vintage, and modern, Indian Motorcycles. One of the organizers explained to me that Indian more or less went in and out of business several times, eventually becoming acquired by Polaris, the ATV and snowmobile manufacturer. They started in the early 1900’s, in Springfield, MA. Indian made a pop culture resurgence a few years back, with Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal of motorcycle legend Burt Munro in “The World’s Fastest Indian”.

I had no idea this event was taking place. Bikes are really not my thing. But they are beautiful to look at, with their chrome and bright colors, and colorful paint schemes. I drove by the dealer, after having some lab work done at the doctors. As it was close, I continued home, grabbed the Canonet and one roll of Portra 160, and started shooting. The participants are shown here receiving information, before getting on their bikes-

Planning the ride.

Planning the ride.

Old and new were both on display, and taken to the road.

Old and new were both on display, and taken to the road. This was the only orange Indian Motorcycle that I saw in attendance.

Front wheel detail, complete with wooden Indian.

Front wheel detail, complete with wooden Indian.

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Comparing Rides.

Red seemed to be the most popular color.

Red seemed to be the most popular color.

Hitting The Open Road.

Hitting The Open Road.

Lots of red, and lots of polished chrome.

Lots of red, and lots of polished chrome.

By 9:30 or so in the morning, the New England summer sun was starting to get harsh. The sky color temperature, bluish. And, the photographer was on his last few frames. This event was so much fun to capture. Almost too much to take in all at once.

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