Indian Motorcycle Philippines made its way in the country in 2016 through the Access Plus Group, the exclusive distributor of the American brand’s motorcycle local lineup. The rise of Indian Motorcycle in the local automotive scene aims to develop the market for premium cruiser and introduce more competitive products in the Philippine shores.
Going back to its roots, George Hendee started bicycle production in 1901 called Hendee Manufacturing Company with brand names such as Silver King, Silver Queen, and American Indian. The company then decided to shorten the name with “Indian”, making it Hendee’s official brand name. In the same year, Hendee tied up with Oscar Hedstrom to create gasoline engine-powered bikes for bicycle races. The machine caught people’s attention with its outstanding performance and eventually established the company’s reputation, making it one of the United States’ first motorcycle companies.
In 1902, Indian Motorcycle secured the endurance race which extended from Boston to New York City. Its first V-twin factory race bike was built in 1906 and was introduced in the public for the 1907 model year. Fast forward to the 2010s, the icon lives on as the American brand continues to produce exciting motorcycle lineup through the help of technological innovations and great business partnerships. In 2011, the brand was then acquired by Polaris Industries.
Here in the Philippines, Indian Motorcycle’s current lineup includes the Scout, Chieftain, and FTR 1200. Its showroom is located at 102 P. Tuazon St., Cubao, Quezon City.