Vintage Indian Motorcycle used by Longmeadow P.D. found

Piece of local history manufactured in one of Indian's last years

Image Courtesy: Longmeadow Police Department

LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – A unique piece of Longmeadow’s history will be on display during upcoming parades. An Indian Motorcycle dealer in Westfield has purchased a 1951 Indian Chief, which was once used by the Longmeadow police.

According to the department, the new owner of the bike says he will be happy to display the motorcycle during community events such as Long Meddowe Days, and in parades. The motorcycle, which is not for sale, runs well, and will be kept in its present condition.

Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycles were produced in Springfield until the original company went bankrupt in 1953. The present Indian Motorcycle Company is a subsidiary of Minnesota-based ATV and snowmobile manufacturer Polaris Industries.

"Officer John Barkman on what is believed to be this exact bike, the difference in color is believed to be due to the photography of the time." - Image Courtesy, Longmeadow Police Department
“Officer John Barkman on what is believed to be this exact bike, the difference in color is believed to be due to the photography of the time.” – Image Courtesy, Longmeadow Police Department
Image Courtesy: Longmeadow Police Department
Image Courtesy: Longmeadow Police Department

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