Traces of origin of Indian Motorcycle Co. date back to 1897 when George M. Hendee founded a bicycle manufacturing company called Hendee Manufacturing Company. The Indian nameplate was introduced in 1898 as it lent better identity in export market.
During the 1910s Indian became the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world. The company went bankrupt in 1953 and was finally revived in 2011 when it was taken over by Polaris Industries. After Polaris acquired Indian Motorcycles, the operations were moved from North Carolina to their existing production facilities in Iowa and Minnesota. The iconic bike manufacturer made its foray into India market shortly after that and currently offers a range of bikes including cruisers, tourers and the very popular Scout model.