1902 Indian Camelback
The Hendee Manufacturing Company was founded in 1898 by George Hendee, builder of Silver King bicycles, in order to manufacture a new line of bicycles to be called “Indian”. Anticipating a trend in motorized, two-wheel transportation, Hendee partnered with engineer Oscar Hedstrom in 1901 to build “motocycles” also under the Indian brand name. The following year, Hendee Manufacturing began publicly advertising its first production motorcycle, the Indian “Camelback,” named for the hump-shaped fuel tank. In 1907 Hendee introduced the first American V-twin production motorcycle, which employed the same gas tank design.
Collection of David Hansen, The Shop