Author(s): Darwin Holmstrom
Indian Motorcycle(R): America's First Motorcycle Company(tm) tells the complete story of Indian, America's first mass-produced motorcycle maker, from its start as a bicycle manufacturer to the purchase of the brand by Polaris Industries in 2011 and the subsequent new Indian motorcycles. In the early years of the 20th century, Indian dominated the world's racetracks, earning the brand a worldwide reputation for quality, performance, reliability, and technical innovation, but the once-mighty company fell on hard times and in 1953 was forced to file bankruptcy. The Indian brand never quite died, though, thanks in large part to fanatically devoted enthusiasts, who tried to resurrect it for over half a century. Finally Polaris, maker of the highly regarded Victory(R) brand of motorcycles, purchased the brand and released the Chief(R) and Scout(R), models that once again restored Indian to its rightful place in the motorcycle pantheon.
DARWIN HOLMSTROM has written, co-written, or contributed to over 30 books on subjects ranging from Gibson Les Paul guitars and extraordinary goats in mythology to motorcycles and muscle cars, including the best-selling Let's Ride: Sonny Barger's Guide to Motorcycling;Top Muscle: The Rarest Cars from America's Fastest Decade; Camaro: Five Generations of Performance; BMW Motorcycles; The Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Archive Collection; GTO: Pontiac's Great One; Hemi Muscle Cars; Camaro Forty Years; Muscle: America's Legendary Performance Cars; The Complete Idiot's Guide to Motorcycles; and many others. He is the senior editor for Motorbooks, where he has worked for the past fourteen years.