Me and the latest dye version I completed. I mixed a few Tandy dye colors to get what I refer to as 'blood brown'. This is by far the most popular color among friends who have seen all my other dye projects. Mine too! There is one section of leather which I have never touched, during any of my dye variations - the mud flaps. They remain dirty and factory original!
My 2014 Vintage Chief with my first leather dye project, to tone it down from the original factory color, which had too much orange in it. This version (of many dye projects I did) gave it more of a saddle color.
After World War II, the only Indian model in production was the Chief. Dupont became interested in selling off Indian, so there was no advantage in taking additional risks continuing to build anything but the most popular models. The advantage that Indian had over Harley Davidson was the rear sprung frame and the skirted fenders. Indian riders were divided over the fenders, either loving or hating them.
The Indian Motorcycle was the country's first motorcycle. It was created in 1900 by two men who were both engineers and bike enthusiasts. Their partnership formed the Hendee Manufacturing Company, named after George Hendee, who was a bicycle racer at the time.