Indian Motorcycle, 1902

Indian Motorcycle, 1902

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This motorcycle was designed in 1901 by noted bicycle racer Oscar Hedstrom. Hedstrom worked for the Hendee Manufacturing Company of Springfield, Massachusetts and was tasked with designing a gasoline powered motorcycle from the bicycles the company already produced. It is one of the 143 motorcycles built in 1902, the year the model was first offered for sale. The introductory model of motorcycle was called the India, which the company adopted as its name in 1923.
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Motorcycle; Road
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Associated Place
United States: Massachusetts
overall: 75 1/2 in x 41 in x 18 in; 191.77 cm x 104.14 cm x 45.72 cm
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Gift of B. E. Andre, through Indian Motorcycle Company
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
America on the Move
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National Museum of American History
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