Is that a NEW Indian?

The formerly-extinct motorcycle has found new life in Polaris, and a group of them made a stop in Sapulpa.

Indian Motorcycle Riders Group, Chapter 1966, from Oklahoma City, took a brief respite from their weekend Route 66 road trip at Reece’s Corner Convenience Store on the morning of Saturday, July 20th. The riders destination was Hammett House Restaurant, in Claremore, Oklahoma.

Ron Weyand

When asked if the motorcycles were Harley Davidsons, member, Ron Weyand emphatically stated, “They’re Indians!” He told the Sapulpa Times that Polaris Industries was currently manufacturing Indian motorcycles and had been since 2014.

The Indian motorcycle is one of the earliest US-made motorcycles. They were produced from 1901 until the company went bankrupt in 1953. A British company, Royal Enfield, bought the company. In subsequent years, several companies manufactured the Indian, with little success. Polaris Industries bought the company in 2011 and moved the facilities from Massachusetts to North Carolina. Weyand says the company is ramping up production to keep up with demand. The newly-designed motorcycles retain the original styling. More information about IMRG, Chapter 1966, can be found on the group’s Facebook page.

The 1966 Chapter of the Indian Motorcycles Group, which made a stop in Sapulpa on their way to Claremore via Route 66.

About the Author

Long-time Sapulpa resident, Charles Betzler, followed his father, Charlie, into the radio and TV repair business. At age 9, he fixed his first broken radio and his first love is vintage audio equipment. In his 50 + years of technical work, graduation from OSUIT, and years of Continuing Education, Charles, in his capacity as Emergency Management Director of nearby city, designed the Emergency Operations Center, and the radio-activation system for the sirens. In his long career, he has repaired every type of consumer electronics from black-and-white TVs to the latest lap-top.

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