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Indiana Motorcycle Historical Society

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Originally founded in 1995, our aim is to archive the rich heritage of Indiana Motorcycle History through our extensive and growing internet database. The history of Motorcycles in Indiana is rich in culture, events, innovation, racing and manufacturing.

We strongly feel this almost forgotten part of Indiana History is worth sharing for generations to come.

Erwin George “Cannon Ball” Baker


Born in an Indiana log cabin in 1882, Baker’s family relocated to Indianapolis when he was just 12 years old. It was there that Baker would learn the machinist trade, and it was also where Baker became known for his athletic prowess in a variety of sports. After proving his skill at racing bicycles (and later, motorcycles), Baker purchased his first Indian motorcycle in 1908. Within a year, Baker would ride it to victory in one of the very first races held at the newly constructed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Baker quickly established himself as the man to beat on two wheels, racking up 53 victories and an additional 20 podium finishes in the following years, setting 11 new speed records in the process. In 1912, Indian Motorcycles hired him as a factory-sponsored rider (a job he’d keep until 1924), and Baker went above and beyond the call of duty in keeping the Indian name in…

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