100+ Years of Indian Motorcycles

Riding their 2020 offerings, we find the century-old motorbike brand continues to deliver

Founded in 1897, the Hendee Manufacturing Company would produce bicycles under the name “American Indian” and then simply “Indian.” The brand then assumed the name Indian Motorcycle Co in 1901 and launched a prototype and two production units. They began to sell motorcycles to the general public in 1902, and one year later co-founder Oscar Hedstrom set the then motorcycle world speed record of 56mph. In …

Test Ride: Cake’s Street-Legal Kalk&

Made for commuting and adventuring, the new bike is ready for the road

Just a few minutes south by plane from Stockholm is Gotland, a lush green island in the middle of the Baltic Sea. At the north end of the island, there’s the wildly serene seasonal fishing village of Hallshuk, where the Swedish electric motorcycle brand Cake developed, honed and officially launched its first production model: the Kalk OR. (We rode that bike along the island’s trails …

BMW’s Retro-Influenced Concept R18

With a clean silhouette and classic inspiration, a motorbike for the digital age

While the weekend of events that make up the Conc at Villa d’Este and Villa Erba are predominantly car-centric, motorcycles are certainly given their due. In addition to their own display area and Concours competition at Villa Erba, two-wheeled machinery is honored annually by BMW Motorrad with the unveiling of a new concept bike. This year, that bike was the stunning Concept R18, designed by …