SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - It was a celebration of Springfield history on Sunday. The annual "Indian Motocycle Day" attracted visitors from all over to the Springfield History Museum.
Fans say Indian motorcycles are one of the most popular motorcycles in the country.
"One of the most famous motorcycles of all time. Still today, after 89 years, it's still one of the top 10 motorcycles out there," said Tim Baer of Monson.
These bikes have their roots right here in western Massachusetts. Indian Motocycle Company began manufacturing their bikes in Springfield back in 1901.
And yes, that's "Motocycle" without an "R".
The company ended its Springfield operation in 1953, but hundreds of Indian motorcycle fans continue to gather once a year on "Indian Motocycle Day".
The bikes take you back in time to the early 1900's when Indian motorcycles were manufactured right here in the City of Springfield.
Many people told 22News these are user-friendly bikes.
"Whatever goes wrong, you can get out and try to fix it. You can see it. Oil pump, you can see it. You can take it off and work on it. Carburetors, just one carburetor," said Warren Compton of Chicopee.
And the bikes can be passed down from one generation to the next.
"My grandfather worked for the company. I still have two bikes. He bought it from the factory. My father rode them. I ride them. My daughter now rides them," said Dennis Bolduc of Chester.
And just like that, the tradition continues.