WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — They are an American icon and once were a symbol of Springfield industry.
After over a half century of laying dormant, the Indian Motorcycle is roaring back.
It is the rebirth of a legend. The Indian Motorycle is back.
For the first half of the 20th century, Indian Motorcycles were made in Springfield. Sixty-one years later, Dennis Bolduc has brought them back
“It’s bringing back a historical piece of the Pioner Valley, which I think is very important this is the birthplace of motorcycling here in Springfield, Mass.” Bolduc says.
The legacy and mystique are the same. The bikes are all new and all beast with a 111 inch cubic engine
“It’s super, super comfortable. It’s smooth. It’s got more power than you can ever use,” adds Sten Leigner of Tolland.
Indian would have stayed a dead brand if not for the Polaris Company, who bought the mark with the vow to make the comeback a keeper
“They made a $100 million investment in the bike. They’re almost a $4 billion a year company. They are in it for the long haul,” says Bolduc.
Indian Motorcycle of Springfield has already sold every bike in their inventory
Eric Enos, a customer at the store, says “I had to come down here. I had to come down here and get one right away.”
The anticipation for the Indian stems from the connections made throughout the generation of Indian owners.
Bolduc adds, “People still love them. They still ride them. I have this red 1946 here, which I probably have a couple hundred thousand miles on it. I ride it all the time”
And those older Indians can be worth huge sums of money. The Springfield Museums houses some of the most valuable.
Down the road, these new Indians might be in the same class
The only downside to those buying their new rides today…is the weather
“[Are you looking at the calendar now and hoping that calendar turns real fast?] Well, for the next month man, yes. I want to ride!
Bolduc says they are expecting more indians to arrive at the dealership just in time for spring riding weather