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Second Indian Motorcycle dealership opening doors on Saturday

December 18th, 2008

A second Indian Motorcycle dealership is set to open its doors, marking the first shipment outside the manufacturers home state of North Carolina.

Paducah Kentucky is the place for Indian enthusiasts as the first shipment of the new motorcycles are unveiled in a grand opening this weekend. Mike Smith Indian will hold its grand opening on Saturday, December 20th at 3790 Hinkleville Road in Paducah, KY.

Motorcycley Motorcycle enthusiasts rode in from around the country earlier this year in October to celebrate the opening of Indian's first dealership in Charlotte and enjoyed a tour of Indian Motorcycle's North Carolina manufacturing plant. Hundreds of Indian enthusiasts came together for a tour of the manufacturing facilities, Battleground Road plant, a 40,000 square foot complex that is the all-inclusive workplace for 30 engineers as well as a marketing and sales staff. Visitors made their way around partially constructed motorcycles as they went from station to station speaking with company representatives.

Later, riders joined in a ride from the plant to the retail store in nearby Lowell, led by Indian Motorcycle CEO Stephen Julius.

Mike Smith Indian Motorcycles has beens building excitement and interest for it's grand opening with a chance to win a leather jacket. The newly renovated store will also feature dozens of new Vespa and Piaggio motorscooters, as well as United Motors motorcycles and 4-wheelers. In addition to offering parts and service on all its products, Mike Smith Indian will also have clothing, helmets, and accessories available in the more than 5,000 square foot facility.

With their motorcycles expected later in December, Indian Motorcycles in Pittsburgh are located north of Pittsburgh. The car capital of the world will get some two-wheeled attention from Dick Scott's Indian Motorcycle of Detroit, a member of the Dick Scott Automotive Group while Mesa Arizona will be the home for Chester's Indian Motorcycle of Phoenix.

Originally founded in 1901, Indian was the first domestic motorcycle manufacturer. It folded in 1953, and a Gilroy, Calif., company built and sold Indian motorcycles from 1999 to 2003. The current company is the third to use the Indian name, with a production plant in Kings Mountain and the first dealership in Lowell, both in North Carolina.

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