Indian Motorcycle is celebrating individuals who have made their mark in the motorcycling world. The first in this series of four is motorcycle builder and customizer Randy “Detroit” Hayward, who has taken a vintage Indian Four and added an electric powertrain to make it a one-of-a-kind motorcycle. His reflections on how the Motor City has influenced him and his work are highlighted in the video and press release below.


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An electric 1929 Indian 4? Sacrilege or cool as hell?

As America’s First Motorcycle Company, Indian Motorcycle is celebrating four industry “first movers” who have made their mark in motorcycling – each with their own special vignette.

To kick off the series, Indian Motorcycle is recognizing Randy “Detroit” Hayward. As a vintage motorcycle enthusiast, Veteran, and the founder of a traveling Black History Museum, Randy recently converted his 1929 Indian 4 with an electric powertrain. To Randy, building and customizing motorcycles is art, and not something he does for attention or recognition. Randy wrenches with passion.

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