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.
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.