Last edited by HarleyCreation; 01-24-2011 at 02:42 PM.
Wow, that is beautiful!!!!
Do you have month of that issue so I can fully document it as a source?
This photo proves that Indian was using the spelling motocycle LONG before they made the name change in the company title in 1923. That strongly suggests me that it had nothing at all to do with possible "patent suits" like Mr. Sucher claimed. Rather it was just something that they had already been doing for years, a tradition you might say, and something that set them apart. This also makes sense with what Jerry said as the spelling without the "r" had been around for years and they just liked it better, it would seem.
Unless this being a Canadian source somehow fits into the picture. Are there any c1913 or earlier American Indian ads or literature that spell it as motocycle?
Either way, this does clarify the issue greatly for what I'm working on.
[QUOTE=Phil Mast;106110]I looked it up in Sucher's Iron Redskin. It reads as follows:
"According to company records of the board's action, this was done simply to avoid any possible legal actions arising from patent suits, which had been a continuing problem within both the motorcycle and automotive industries since the earliest days of organized manufacture." ... page 143
that quote was from november 1923 when indian was reincorperated from the hendee manufacturing company. was indian a motocycle before that - inquiring minds want ro know
1914 EXCELSIOR BELT DRIVE SINGLE
1914 excelsior belt drive single carcuss
1940 indian chief military
1965 sportster xlch
1969 sportster xlch bobber
1971 bsa A65 chopper
1960 harley topper
1963 harley topper
H model whizzer on cheiftain bicycle
H model whizzer on schwinn bicycle
1959 harley model 165
1960 harley super 10
EXCELSIOR - ALWAYS MAKES GOOD
" Indian further distinguished itself by not using the term "motorcycle" in its company name. Rather, it was "the Indian Motocycle Company" droppnig the "r" in the word "motorcycle". "Motocycle" was an archaic word that had appeared in the late nineteenth century to describe the new motor-driven vehicles that were also called "horseless carriages." Although "Indian Motocycle Company" was used for marketing and promotional purposes frm the outset, it was not until 1923 that the corporation formally changed its name from the Hendee Manufacturing Company to the Indian Motocycle Company."
Reference: A Century of Indian, Ed Youngblood. Pg. 13
This would make for an excellent article in the magazine.
Last edited by Vintage229; 01-24-2011 at 04:48 PM.
herb that's my theory.every business needs an edge. here is the word motocycle in 1910
rob ronky #10507
A quick review of the "INDIAN MOTOCYCLE COMPANY" memorabilia on our (AMCA) website shows that Indian used the name "INDIAN MOTOCYCLE COMPANY" as their company name as early as 1902 up through 1949 and maybe after. It appears that in the late 1940's they started referring to their product as "MOTORCYCLES" with an "R". Previous to that time they referred to their product as "MOTOCYCLES" without an "R".
Last edited by talbot-2; 01-24-2011 at 05:55 PM.
Is there any possibility that a french/european variation on the name was being attempted here just to be different?
une "Moto" is the common term in french for a motorbike or motorcycle.