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MDOT halting construction projects to minimize holiday weekend traffic – FULL LIST

The Michigan Department of Transportation is lifting most lane restrictions for the Fourth of July weekend.

More than half of road and bridge projects will be on hold to ease traffic delays for holiday travelers.

MDOT said Fourth of July traffic is expected to hit its highest mark in more than a decade.

Those lane restrictions will be lifted from 3 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Tuesday on 102 of MDOT’s 144 projects across the state.

However, equipment and certain traffic configurations, like temporary shifts, may remain in place, so drivers should stay alert.

MDOT has provided a list of current project updates:

Upper Peninsula

– I-75, Chippewa County, has one lane closed in each direction under the Dafter Road bridge with a temporary concrete barrier wall.

– M-28, Gogebic County, has one lane of alternating traffic open over the Presque Isle River with a temporary traffic signal.

– M-94 in Manistique, Schoolcraft County, has a posted detour at US-2.

– US-41 in Hancock, Houghton County, has a posted detour for northbound traffic.

– US-41 in Ishpeming, Marquette County, has one lane open in each direction with a traffic shift between Third Street and Second Street.

For more information, contact MDOT Superior Region Communications Representative Dan Weingarten at 906-250-4809. Follow the Superior Region on Twitter at

Northern Lower Peninsula

– M-27, Cheboygan County, has northbound traffic detoured on I-75 and M-68.

– US-23 in Cheboygan, Cheboygan County, has one lane open with a temporary traffic signal.

For more information, contact MDOT North Region Communications Representative James Lake at 906-250-0993. Follow the North Region on Twitter at

West Michigan

– Cascade Road in Grand Rapids has one lane closed over I-96 with a traffic shift.

– I-196 in Grandville, Kent County, has the westbound ramp to M-11 (28th Street/Wilson Avenue) closed.

– M-45 (Lake Michigan Drive) in Walker, Kent County, will have lane closures in each direction between Kinney and Sunset Hills avenues.

– M-66, Ionia County, has the southbound bridge over I-96 closed with traffic shifted onto the northbound bridge.

– US-31, Ottawa County, has two lanes open in each direction between Ransom Street and Lakewood Boulevard with a traffic shift. The southbound US-31 entrance and exit ramps at I-196 Business Loop (Chicago Drive) are closed with a detour posted.

– US-131 in Grand Rapids has one southbound lane closed between Ann Street and Leonard Street. Also, the Ann Street ramp to southbound US-131 is closed, as well as the southbound US-131 exit ramp to Leonard Street.

For more information, contact MDOT Grand Region Communications Representative John Richard at 616-262-1565. Follow the Grand Region on Twitter at

Southwest Michigan

– I-94, Berrien County, has one lane closed in each direction between Stevensville and Bridgman. Also, the Red Arrow Highway ramp to westbound I-94 (Exit 16) in Bridgman is closed with a detour posted.

– I-94, Kalamazoo County, has a traffic shift in place at 40th Street. All ramps at the interchange are closed with a detour posted.

– US-12, Cass County, has a lane shift at Old M-205 for roundabout construction. Old M-205 and Five Points Road are closed with a posted detour.

– US-31, Berrien County, has one lane closed in each direction over the St. Joseph River between Niles Buchanan Road and Walton Road.

– US-131, Kalamazoo County, has one lane closed in each direction between U Avenue and I-94 in Portage. Also, the Centre Avenue ramp to northbound US-131 is closed with a detour posted.

For more information, contact MDOT Southwest Region Communications Representative Nick Schirripa at 269-208-7829. Follow the Southwest Region on Twitter at

Central Michigan and Thumb

– Taylor Road, St. Clair County, has the bridge over I-69 closed.

– I-69, Genesee County, has one lane closed in each direction under Belsay Road.

– I-69, Lapeer County, has one lane closed in each direction between Clark Road and Lake Pleasant Road.

– I-75, Saginaw County, will have traffic shifted between Dixie Highway and Hess Road.

– M-18 in Beaverton, Midland County, has southbound traffic detoured.

– M-19, Sanilac County, has one lane of alternating traffic open at the South Fork of the Cass River with a temporary traffic signal.

– M-57 in Chesaning, Saginaw County, has one lane open over the Shiawassee River with a temporary signal.

– US-10, Clare County, has one lane open over Chippewa Creek with a temporary bridge.

– US-10 Business Route/M-20, Midland County, has one lane open in each direction over Saginaw Road and Waldo Road.

Southern Michigan

– I-75, Monroe County, has two lanes open in each direction with a traffic shift between I-275 and Dixie Highway.

– I-96 in Lansing, Ingham County, has two lanes open in each direction with a traffic shift between US-127 and M-99.

– M-14 in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, is closed between Main Street and the Miller Road/Maple Road interchange. A detour is posted.

– M-50/US-127 Business Route (West Avenue) in Jackson, Jackson County, is closed between Ganson Street and North Street with a detour posted.

– M-52, Washtenaw County, will have one lane maintained at Werkner Road with a temporary signal just north of Chelsea.

– M-100 north of Potterville, Eaton County, has one lane open with a temporary signal near Billwood Highway.

– US-12 in Saline, Washtenaw County, has one westbound lane open between Maple Street and Monroe Street with eastbound traffic detoured.

– US-127 in Lansing, Ingham County, has the northbound auxiliary lane closed between Grand River Avenue and Lake Lansing Road.

Metro Detroit

– Evergreen Road, Wayne County, will have one lane open in each direction over I-96.

– Larned Street in downtown Detroit will have one lane closed over I-375 for bridge work.

– I-94, Wayne County, has all ramps at Trumbull Avenue, including the eastbound service drive, closed.

– I-275, Wayne County, has all southbound lanes closed between the I-96/I-696 interchange and I-96/M-14.

– M-1 Rail work in downtown Detroit continues, with lane and shoulder closures in each direction on M-1 (Woodward Avenue), I-75, and I-94.

– M-24, Oakland County, will have lane shifts at Silver Bell and Clarkston roads.

– M-53 (Van Dyke Avenue), Macomb County, has lane closures in each direction at 16 Mile and 18 Mile roads.

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How to protect your lawn during our dry, hot summer

We’re getting plenty of sun and plenty of heat but we’re seriously lacking in rain.

It’s great for enjoying the outdoors but not so great for our lawns. Homeowners all over metro Detroit are frustrated with dry, crusty, brown grass.

So what can you do, without racking up a huge water bill? Under the hot blazing sun Tom Miller is doing his best to keep his lawn looking good.

But Miller admits so far it’s a struggle thanks to a recent span of high temperatures and little to no rain.

“It’s terrible in Royal Oak, water prices are out of sight, you can’t water it like you should,” said Miller.

Miller is not alone, drive down any street around Metro Detroit and you see more brown than green grass and vibrant flowers growing from the soil.

“Put a little bit of lawn food on it not sure it that will help or not,” Miller said.

But lawn care experts say there is a prescription for helping to resuscitate your lawn.

First rule of thumb – turn the sprinkler system on more often but when you turn it on is key.

“You want to water in morning because it’s less heat,” said Kristin Eisbrenner, from Lawn Doctor. “If you water at noon, it is so hot it would be very difficult and it’s just going to burn the grass. All the moisture and the heat is going to cause more damage.”

Turning your sprinkler on when the sun goes down in the evening can also cause damage.

“If you water in the evening it can cause fungus to grow,” Eisbrenner said.

Cutting your lawn when the soil is dry also requires a change in technique. Experts say start by using a different blade so you don’t cut the grass too short.

“You want to make sure when you have someone mowing your lawn to make sure they’re cutting it longer,” she said. “(Keep it) maybe two or three inches. Mulching also helps to keep moister in the soil.”

And be careful if you do any weed whipping

“If they weed whip along edge of lawn be careful not to scalp it, it will burn and your lawn will just be gone,” she said.

If you can’t afford to run your sprinkler system or even hire a lawn service experts say do the following:

“Try to make sure you give it some fertilizer so that it has a supportive system for its roots and it will come back,” Eisbrenner said.

And that’s good news for people who want green grass over hay.

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2016 Jeep Renegade

There was some skepticism regarding whether or not the rugged Jeep styling and trail-blazing performance could translate to a subcompact car, and it was silenced with one test drive in the 2016 Jeep Renegade. With its off-roading capabilities, bold styling, and its comfortable and compelling interior, the Renegade is something to get excited about.

Whether you’re cruising down I-275 on your daily commute or heading to Lake St. Clair for some beach fun, the 2016 Jeep Renegade has all the power you need. The standard powertrain is the 1.4L MultiAir® Turbo engine, which gives drivers 160 horsepower, 184 lb.-ft. of torque, and a fuel rating of 31 MPG hwy1. For even more power, the 2.4L Tigershark® moves you with 180 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque from the class-exclusive2 9-speed transmission. Despite its surplus of power, it still delivers a fuel rating of 31 MPG hwy3, plus a 2,000-lb. tow rating4.
Jeep engineers silenced the critics by giving the 2016 Jeep Renegade one of two 4×4 systems for best-in-class5 capability. Sport, Latitude, and Limited models have Jeep Active Drive, while Trailhawk® trims exclusively are paired with Jeep Active Drive Low. Both offer a rear axle disconnect system to switch from two to four-wheel drive, but only Jeep Active Drive Low has a 20:1 crawl ratio. No matter which 4×4 system you have, both come with the class-exclusive2 Selec-Terrain® dial. With a simple turn, select from Auto, Snow, Sand, Mud, or Rock settings.

One look at the 2016 Renegade and the iconic Jeep brand styling is made clear. Not only is the exterior stylish, but with functional features like fog lamps and heated side mirrors, your visibility is never compromised. Even more impressive is the windshield wiper de-icer. The heating elements keep the blades free of ice so you always have a clear view of the road ahead. Another dynamic feature is the available My Sky® open-air dual-panel roof6. The panels can retract, or you can remove them completely, and can be easily stored inside the rear cargo area.

Beyond feeling a warm breeze throughout the cabin, you’ll also have available leather-trimmed seats for a luxury feel, or standard cloth seats made from heavy-duty mesh fabric. You can easily fill the Jeep Renegade with tons of gear thanks to the second-row seats with either a 60/40 split or a 40/20/40 split. In any case, leave them in place for 18.5 cubic ft. of storage space7, or fold them down for an impressive 50.8 cubic ft. of cargo room7. There’s also the height-adjustable rear floor to conceal the MySky® roof panels6, or any other types of belongings. And to always remain comfortable, you’ll enjoy features like the available dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.
No matter how far you travel, the Renegade makes it easy to stay connected with the available Uconnect® 6.5 NAV infotainment system. This bundles a 6.5-inch full-color touchscreen, GPS Navigation, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio8, a USB port9 with iPod® compatibility, Uconnect® Voice Command, hands-free phone10 and voice texting11, and more. And to make the most out of your music, opt for the BeatsAudio™ 9-speaker sound system with 506 watts of power.

All this, and so much more, can be yours today when you’re behind the wheel of the 2016 Jeep Renegade.

How to Protect Your Car’s Interior

Try to add up the hours you spend in your car. It’s a lot, isn’t it? Commutes, errand runs and road trips can have you sitting in those bucket seats for hours on end, and during that time, you and your passengers are actually living in the interior. That means smudges on the windows, scratches on the dash and food in the seat crevices accumulate and leave you wondering what happened to the spotless interior you swear it had when you first bought the car.

A Quick Clean

Luckily, it’s not that difficult to keep a car’s cabin from looking a little too, well, lived in. First things first, get something to stuff your trash into. Just use a plastic bag or a container you don’t use around the house and throw it in the backseat. You can even affix a temporary hook to the door or seat to keep things even neater. Every once and awhile, take it out and relish in the fact that you haven’t spent an hour cleaning up. Keeping trash off the floor also preserves your carpets, which can get stained from any number of items.

The idea of taking a rag to your dash and leather seats is made easier if you have them on-hand. The key here is to just use a little bit of soapy water to wipe the surfaces of your car – some cleaning products contain alcohols that prematurely dry and age the materials by reducing the flexibility in the vinyl. Store a small spray bottle of your homemade cleaning fluid and a rag under your seat or in a storage bin for access when you’re waiting for your kids to get out of school or sitting in that crazy-long drive-through line. This will also come in handy when an emergency spill happens. Lastly, keep your car smelling like roses (or at least a laundromat) by adding dryer sheets under the seats.

Weather Resistant

You can’t discount the impact weather has on your vehicle either. In summer, sandy feet can quickly make a mess of an interior, and dare we mention the destruction caused by mud and snow? If you spend a lot of time ducking in and out of the elements, you might want to grab some all-weather floor mats. They’re easy to clean and do a great job of keeping the muck in one place.

The sun’s rays can also wreak havoc on your car’s surfaces, causing vinyl to crack over time and materials to fade. A simple solution is to regularly put a sunshade on the windshield. They’re inexpensive and help to keep your interior looking new.

Saving money on repair work and cleaning comes more easily when you take the time to make preventative care a priority. Not only will these tricks make your car a nicer place to be, keeping grime out of your ride will cut down on large maintenance costs in the future and will help to retain its value over time.

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Is Your Car Ready for a Road Trip?

If you are planning a road trip this summer, it’s important to remember that you shouldn’t just put gas in your car and go, says the non-profit Car Care Council. A pre-trip vehicle check can determine how road-ready your vehicle is so you can take steps to have any problems fixed before heading out for vacation.

Before you hit the road, the Car Care Council recommends a vehicle check to help avoid the inconvenience, potential safety hazards and unplanned expense of breaking down miles away from home.

– Check filters and fluids, including engine oil, antifreeze/coolant, windshield washer and power steering, brake and transmission fluids. Dirty air filters can waste gas and cause the engine to lose power.

– Check the hoses and belts and replace if they become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear. These are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system.

– Check the brake system and make sure the battery connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.

– Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Under inflated tires reduce a vehicle’s fuel economy and uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.

– Check the engine to make sure it is delivering the best balance of power and fuel economy and produce the lowest level of emissions.

– Check that the gas cap is not damaged, loose or missing to prevent gas from spilling or evaporating.

“With summer vacation season upon us, a thorough inspection of your vehicle will give you peace of mind and help make your road journey safer,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Taking a few minutes to ‘be car care aware’ will make for a less stressful and more fun adventure.”

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a copy of the council’s Car Care Guide, which is now available electronically, or for more information, visit

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Command the Trail in the 2016 Wrangler

When you think of the all-American SUV, the Jeep Wrangler is bound to make the short list. No trail is too tough, and with so many ways to configure the exterior, you’re bound to stand out from the crowd. Better yet, with tons of exciting features, every drive is better than the next. To get your hands on the 2016 Jeep Wrangler for sale visit Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Plymouth or Dick Scott Motor Mall in Fowlerville.

The 2016 Jeep Wrangler is Trail Rated® tough, and that is made clear once you have a seat inside. Start the engine, and the Pentastar® V6 powertrain kicks to life as it produces best-in-class 285 horsepower, as well as 260 lb.-ft. of torque. It not only has a powerful performance, it’s efficient too with a fuel rating of 17/21 MPG city/hwy. The Wrangler can be paired with one of two 4×4 systems. Your first option is the Command-Trac® 4×4 system, perfect for four-wheel off-roading power. With equal power to all four wheels, you’ll have best-in-class winter performance, which is sure to come in handy when I-275 is coated with snow. When you choose the Rock-Trac® 4×4 system you’ll have best-in-class off-road performance with a 4:1 low-gear ratio, so you can crawl at lower speeds. And to ensure safe trail exploring, the Wrangler has Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist.

There’s no denying that the 2016 Jeep Wrangler is one of the most noticeable vehicles out on the road today – which is pretty impressive when you take into consideration how many ways the exterior can be configured. For instance, remove the tops and doors for a more open-air feel, and even choose from one of the four options for the top: no top, soft top, Freedom Top® hardtop, and color top. Other exciting exterior features include the full-size spare tire, fog lamps and heated power side mirrors for visibility no matter the weather, and available side steps for easy entry and exit.

Have a seat inside, and you’ll quickly realize this isn’t your average SUV. In fact, the 2016 Wrangler has the most comfortable interior in its class. Choose upholstery in premium sedosa cloth or available McKinley leather trim to support you on your daily commute, and with available heated front seats, the long winter months won’t seem so bad. When you’re loading all your camp gear inside, take advantage of the fold-and-tumble seats. Leave them in place for 12.8 cubic ft. of cargo space, or fold them flat for 56.5 cubic ft. of storage room. And if you bring a little dirt from the camp site with you on the way home, the Wrangler is standard with a durable and washable interior that features drain plugs for easy cleaning.

Depending on the trim level, the Jeep Wrangler has one of three entertainment systems. Radio 130 comes with a CD player, MP3 capability, and AM/FM radio. Upgrade to Radio 130S, and you’ll now have a 1-year subscription to SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. The top-of-the-line Radio 430N adds on a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Garmin® GPS Navigation with SiriusXM® Travel Link, and a USB port. And to experience best-in-class audio, the 9-speaker Alpine® premium all-weather sound system plays your favorite song with crystal clear clarity.

To conquer the trail, day-to-day errands, and everything in between, get behind the wheel of the 2016 Jeep Wrangler for sale in Plymouth, MI, here at Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and in Fowlerville, MI, at Dick Scott Motor Mall. We are open six days a week, with convenient evening and weekend hours, so it’s always a good time to see what the Wrangler brings to the table.

Heat Stroke Death Risk to Children in Hot Cars

With warm weather, sadly, comes tragic cases of children being left in hot cars and dying from heat stroke. Already this year, there have been incidents in Alabama and Kentucky, and there is the reminder of past incidents with ongoing television coverage of the Ross Harris trial. But hot cars needn’t be a danger to kids, if parents can keep their cool.

On average, 37 children die of heat stroke each year after being left in a hot car, according to While it may be hard to imagine, many deaths have occurred when over-stressed parents forgot that their children were in the backseat.

These hot-car tragedies often occur when there is a change in driver’s routine, stress, or a sleeping baby in the back and a parent or caregiver forgets that a child is in the car. Some knowingly leave children “just for a minute” not realizing how quickly the temperature in a car can rise to dangerous levels. Even if it is only 70 degrees outside, a car can quickly heat to more than 120 degrees. Jennifer Stockburger, Consumer Reports’ Director of Operations at our Auto Test Center, says that researchers are working on devices such as weight sensors or heartbeat monitors to detect the presence of a child in the backseat, but nothing currently exists to warn the driver that a child has been left behind. Currently, some child seat manufacturers are also working to incorporate technologies into the child seat itself.

Tips to Prevent Hot-Car Tragedies

– Simple rule: Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, not even for a minute. In addition to being dangerous, it is against the law in many states.

– Set up cell-phone reminders for yourself to be sure you’ve gotten the children safely to their destination.

– Check the car to make sure that all occupants leave the vehicle or are carried out when unloading. If you lock the door with a key, rather than with a remote, it would force that one last look in the car before leaving it.

– Always lock your car and keep keys and remotes away from children.

– To serve as a reminder, keep a stuffed animal on the front passenger seat when carrying a child in the backseat.

– Place something in the backseat that you would need, such as a purse, briefcase or cell phone.

– Have a plan that your childcare provider will call you if your child does not show up.

– If you see a child alone in a car, especially if they seem hot, call 911 immediately to help get them out.

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2017 Ram Power Wagon Laramie caught

Brian Williams caught this 2017 2500 Ram Power Wagon Laramie while it was being tested in high altitudes in the Rockies. He wrote that it’s only missing the legacy “Macho Power Wagon” graphics and blacked out bits.


The brawny, off-road-oriented Power Wagon, revamped for 2017, will gain a more luxurious version for those who need the muscle but also want the pampering of the wood and leather-lined high-end trim offered on other Ram pick-ups.

The Laramie will get more brightwork as befitting of this top-spec Ram, with a new take on the Power Wagon’s Rebel-derived grille – a sort-of chromed mesh insert replaces black plastic. Chromed wheels are now wrapped in the chunky off-road tires, too.

Inside, the Power Wagon should get the typical Laramie treatment, which means upgraded leather with thick stitching and wood-like trim.

Expect to see the Laramie Power Wagon later this year.

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Mopar ’16 Ram Rebel

The first Mopar truck has just been launched, and there will be just five hundred of them.

The Mopar ’16 Ram Rebel starts with the Ram 1500 4×4 Rebel Crew Cab, built at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant near Detroit. Buyers can get either flame red with black, or just plain black. Mopar and Ram created the new pickup by using Mopar Custom Shop options.

The Mopar ’16 includes an aluminum, dual-bezel hood with a matte-black hood graphic, off-road wheel flares, and a Mopar-blue-and-black graphic stripe on both sides and the tailgate. The normal billet-silver front bumper skid plate was swapped out for a black one, and 17” satin black wheels were added to tie in with the blacked-out front. Inside, buyers get a serialized Mopar ’16 glove box badge and stainless-steel door sill guards; the front guards are embossed with the Ram logo.

Functionally, an extra skid plate was added for the power steering box.

The Ram Rebels chosen by Mopar have the 5.7-liter HEMI® engine with an eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission, a 4×4 transfer case, front suspension skid plates, black tubular side steps, a spray-on bedliner, and a tri-fold Ram-logo tonneau cover.

As with previous Mopar vehicles, the Mopar ’16 Ram Rebel has an owner’s kit with Mopar ’16 merchandise, a brochure, and a metal birth certificate that highlights truck specifications, date of manufacture, and the proprietary number. The kit is in a case, packaged in a Ram-branded tool bag.

The Mopar ’16 Ram Rebel will be sold in both the U.S. and Canada, with a list price in the US starting at $52,460. Buyers can find numerous Mopar options for it at dealerships, including a cold air intake and cat-back exhaust system. It is due to show up in dealerships this summer.

Past Mopar cars were the ’10 Dodge Challenger, ’11 Charger, ’12 Chrysler 300, ’13 Dart, ’14 Challenger, and ’15 Charger R/T.

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Indian Motorcycle Celebrates 115th Birthday

Indian Motorcycle is marking its 115th birthday, tracing its beginnings back to when George Hendee and Oscar Hedstrom first started building motorcycles in 1901.

Hendee started manufacturing bicycles with the name “American Indian” in 1897 but this was soon shortened to “Indian.” A former bicycle racer, Hendee was joined by fellow racer Hedstrom in 1900 and the two decided to build a motorized bicycle to be used as a cycle racing pace bike.

A prototype and two production units were built in 1901 and the first Indian motorcycles were sold to the public in 1902. In 1903, Hedstrom set a world motorcycle speed record of 56 mph and in 1904 the company introduced the deep red paint scheme that would become Indian’s trademark color. In 1905 Indian built its first V-twin factory racer, putting a road-going version of the motorcycle on sale in 1907.

Throughout these early years Indian motorcycles were officially sold by the Hendee Manufacturing Company. That was changed in 1923, when the company name was changed to the Indian Motocycle Company. Note the lack of the letter “R.”

The Indian name grew in popularity and prestige throughout the 1920s, 30s and 40s, but bad managerial decisions and a challenging post-war economy saw the company suffer bankruptcy in the 1950s. The strength of the name, however, was enough to keep the Indian spirit alive over the next half century –– with more than half a dozen attempts made at its resurrection.

Minnesota-based Polaris became the modern day custodian of the brand in 2011. In the five years since, the number of models in the lineup has grown rapidly to nine, with the most recent additions this year being the Scout Sixty, Springfield and Chieftain Dark Horse.

While it’s an American brand, the appeal of Indian has spread rapidly beyond U.S. shores. The European version of the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group was launched less than a year ago and already has more than 6,000 members.

See a timeline of Indian Motorcycle’s past 115 years here.

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