Indian Celebrates 25th Birthday

Builders of “The Red Steed of Steel” Announce Many Refinements on 1926 Models and Will Mark Silver Jubilee Year with Unusual Sales Activity

By H.B. Rose

From the August 1925 issue of Motorcyclist magazine

This year is the culmination of a quarter century of progress of design and manufacture.

We are inclined always to give special attention to these big divisions of time. We mark the decade, the quarter century, the hali century, the century, but in reality they are no more important than is each year as it flits by. The thing that these greater divisions of time do for us is to make us pause and spend a moment in retrospection, as one climbing a great mountain range might pause on the ledges to look back upon the way he has come. In reality each step has been important. Each step has brought him closer to the height he seeks and has been a factor in bringing him to the new levels.

So is it this year with Indian. The fact that this year marks twenty-five years of motorcycle manufacture means nothing but the fact that the builders of Indian Motocycles, the dealers, the riders and the industry in general can look back now and see the great improvement that has been made in the Indian in each of the twenty-five years means a great deal.

Indian calls this their Silver Jubilee Year. They will make of it a genuine celebration in the sales field and well may every Indian dealer and every Indian rider join with the makers of the Indian in this celebration. For the marking of this “half way to half century” of Indian Motocycles is more than a looking back over seemingly slow steps of development of a machine that is remarkable for its record of quick and economic transportation; it is a promise for the future.

The writer is not familiar with the history of Indian except from a riders viewpoint. He cannot recall at this time the various models that have contributed to the present-day perfection the factory has acquired by the sure process of holding fast to that which was best and discarding the features that were not desirable. Probably the Indian factory has made greater strides in this twenty-five years than they will ever make again in a like period.

In line with Indian’s established policy, there are no radical changes in the appearance of the 1926 models. There are many refinements and improvements that add immeasurably to the comfort, appearance and performance of the Indian line. In the three models, the Prince, The Scout and the Chief the Indian factory offers a complete motorcycle merchandising line that will immediately appeal to the trade as being the best and the most complete line of merchandise Indian has ever offered the dealer in light transportation.

The greatest changes noted in the 1926 models over those of last year are in the Prince. The Prince is changed in appearance. The 1926 model Prince looks more like an Indian and more like the motorcycle that it really is than it’s predecessor. This change in appearance is accomplished by the simple expedient of larger tanks and a stream lined top frame bar to accommodate the Indian line in the tank design.

By H.B. Rose
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