Motorcycle, Indian Model E
Motorcycle, Indian Model E
Motorcycle, Indian Model E
Motorcycle, Indian Model E
Motorcycle, Indian Model E
Motorcycle, Indian Model E
Motorcycle, Indian Model E
Motorcycle, Indian Model E
Motorcycle, Indian Model E
Motorcycle, Indian Model E
Motorcycle, Indian Model E
Motorcycle, Indian Model E
Motorcycle, Indian Model E
Motorcycle, Indian Model E
Motorcycle, Indian Model E
Motorcycle, Indian Model E
Motorcycle, Indian Model E


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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Transportation ➔ Motorcycle, Indian Model E

Identifier:
193968
Description:
The 1000cc cycle contains a V twin 2 cylinder, 7 horse power engine. The license plate number is 2048 (Michigan plate from 1913). The bike has 1220 miles on the odometer. It reads; Indian, Hendee Manufacturing Co., Springfield, Mass. Serial # 70E434 Coker Tire Co. Hedstrom Motor Stewart & Clark Speedometer. The original price was approx $250.

The Indian Motorcycle Company produced approximately 32,000 bikes in 1913, the peak of its production. The Indian Model E Motorcycle in the Museum’s Collection was manufactured in Springfield, Massachusetts, and the odometer reads only 1,220 miles. Indian was an innovative company, constantly looking for ways to make the motorcycle more efficient. It was the first major American manufacturer to offer front- and rear-wheel suspension. By reducing fatigue and increasing comfort, Indian was able to make the motorcycle more appealing, allowing for greater acceptance of the motorcycle as a replacement for the standard bicycle.   The company developed an innovative piece of engineering, the cradle spring frame which allowed for a smoother riding experience (the company advertised, “like riding on air”).
 
Date:
1913
Materials:
Metal, Rubber, Glass, Leather
Dimensions:
42" h 24" w 81" d
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Gift Of Robert L. Davis;Photo Credit: Tom Wagner and ArtifactGR
Rights:
Links:
http://www.indianmotorbikes.com/features/waddell/100yrsIndian.htm
Exhibit/Program
Big Stuff (November 12 2011 – February 29 2012)
BIG STUFF from the Permanent Collection
An inspired selection of favorites chosen by the Museum Staff

For more than 150 years, the Public Museum has been collecting STUFF.  We’re the keepers of important “one for the record books” stuff; quirky “what were they thinking” stuff; fragile “from a bygone era” stuff; patent-related “don’t forget whose stuff this is” stuff; small to the point of being overlooked stuff; and BIG “how did you get that through the door” stuff.  In short, we keep track of history through the physical objects our society has amassed along the way.  
But stuff requires more storage space than anyone cares to think about.  As a result, a mere 10% of the Museum’s collection is on display here at any given time.  This is our attempt to correct that.  We’ve pulled back the dust covers, opened the drawers and invited Museum staff members into the archives to vote on their favorites in one category - BIG STUFF.  Conjure up all the adjectives you can come up with to replace BIG, then have a look inside!

Makers/Donors
Hendee Manufacturing Company

Robert L. Davis
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