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Indian Motorcycles

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1. The "Indian Motorcycle Co." was founded by George M. Hendee and Carl Oscar Edstrom.  What was the company name?

  • Hendee Manufacturing Company
  • Jerome Motors
  • Mantooth Motors

2. In 1907, Indian built its first V-twin, and in following years made a strong showing in racing and record-breaking. One of the firm's most famous riders was, who set many long-distance records.  In 1914, he rode an Indian across America, from San Diego to New York, in a record 11 days, 12 hours and ten minutes. Who was the rider?

  • George "Speedy" Irwin
  • Mark "Lead Foot" Reynolds
  • Erwin "Cannonball" Baker

3. V-twin motorcycles were introduced in the early 1920s, became the Springfield firm's most successful models. What was NOT a Indian motorcycle

  • Scout
  • Chief
  • Medicine Man

4. In 1930 Indian merged with a automotive company. What was the company

  • duPont Motors
  • Dodge Motors
  • Rambler Motors

5. In 1927, Indian purchased the ownership of the name, rights, and production facilities of what motorcycle company?

  • Ace Motor Corporation
  • Beaver Motorcycles
  • Ranger Motorcycles

6. During World War II, the US Army requested experimental motorcycle designs suitable for desert fighting. In response to this request, what model did Indian design and build?

  • 841
  • Renegade
  • Marshall

7. In 1945, a group purchased a controlling interest of the company. On November 1, 1945, who did duPont formally turned the operations of Indian over to?

  • Ralph B. Rogers
  • Ira �Happy� Jones
  • Jim Cramer

8. Manufacture of all products was halted in 1953. Brockhouse Engineering and Royal Enfield bikes were imported from England and badged and sold as Indians through the rest of the 1950s.

  • True or False?

9. Who was he 1960s entrepreneur who began using the Indian name, apparently without purchasing it from the last known legitimate trademark holder.

  • Robin Roberts
  • Johnny Callison
  • Floyd Clymer

10. On July 20, 2006, the newly formed Indian Motorcycle Company, owned largely by Kolberg, Kravits, Roberts, a New York private equity firm, announced its new home in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, where it plans to resurrect the iconic Indian Motorcycle Brand.

  • True or False?

Indian Motorcycles
[Answers]

  1. Hendee Manufacturing Company
  2. Erwin "Cannonball" Baker
  3. Medicine Man
  4. duPont Motors
  5. Ace Motor Corporation
  6. 841
  7. Ralph B. Rogers
  8. True
  9. Floyd Clymer
  10. False. It was the London-based private equity, Stellican Limited.

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