Indian Motorcycle has announced that it will exhibit at Retromobile 2024, Paris Expo Porte de Versailles from January 31 to February 4, 2024, as the event will, for the first time, reserve exhibition space for exceptional motorcycles. An opportunity to discover an area especially dedicated to collectible motorcycles.
Rétromobile has always welcomed motorcycle manufacturers, dealers specialized in collector motorcycles, auctions and exhibitions that bring together some of the most beautiful machines of the 20th century.
But for the first time at the event, 2,000 m² will be dedicated exclusively to two wheels, bringing together manufacturers and accessory makers in Hall 2.2, the heart of the show, near the Artcurial stand.
Romain Grabowskidirector of Retromobile 2024 comments: “The entire Rétromobile team loves collectible vehicles and, of course, also motorcycles that have also marked the history of locomotion. This passion is shared by at least 29% of our visitors who already own collectible motorcycles.”
Concludes: “The retrospective during our 47th edition dedicated to the centenary of the historic French motorcycle brand Dollar, widely acclaimed in 2023, convinced us to bring together the two-wheeled players in the same space and give them a privileged place for future editions. The two watchwords will be passion and coexistence.”
Rétromobile 2024: A space dedicated to the history of two wheels
When Romain Grabowski proposed participating in Indian Motorcycle, the response was immediately positive. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle is America’s first motorcycle company and one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands.
In 1897, George Hendee He founded a bicycle manufacturing company called Hendee Manufacturing Company. One of the bikes bore the name “American Indian”, abbreviated to “Indian”, which became Hendee’s main brand: thus a legend was born.
To bring bicycle racing to life, George Hendee joined forces with Oscar Hedstrom to build motorized bicycles. The first “Indian” was born. Together they created the Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company. 1901, birth of Indian Motorcycle. A year later, the first Indian Motorcycle model was sold to the public.
What followed was a world speed record, the creation of the first American-produced V-twin engine, Indian Motorcycle equipping the New York police, the export of the brand to England, the first bid for the Tourist Trophy, and then , the first successes in competition.
Indian Motorcycle riders break all the speed and distance records in the United States. Indian Motorcycle sweeps the podium in the Isle of Man in the first race on the Mountain circuit. In addition, the brand can boast of many technical innovations.
Offering rear suspension in 1913 and the first motorcycle equipped with headlights and starter the following year. The company had several lives until Polaris acquired the brand in 2013. That year a new era began with the launch of the engine Thunderstroke 111.
It is in the heart of this space, in Retromobile 2024, dedicated to motorcycles, where Indian Motorcycle will tell its story by presenting some of its emblematic models. Classic versions and modern versions will be displayed in pairs of mirrors that will allow visitors to discover and understand the entire legacy of Indian Motorcycle.
He is a passionate and great collector of the brand, Guy Baster who, by exposing some rare models from his museum (located in Riom at 63), allows this fantastic exhibition with the following four classic/modern duos:
- A classic Tracker board and an FTR Carbon
- A classic Chief and its modern version reinvented
- A classic Scout and the current Scout, the brand’s best seller
- A classic 4-cylinder engine and the modern Pursuit
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