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1949 Indian Arrow 149

Posted on January 15th, by Scott in Bobber. 19 comments

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When Clayton Schaefer from Street Spirit Cycles received a phone call from a customer asking whether he would “café my Indian?” his first thought was “there’s no way, it would be a sacrilege!”. He just couldn’t imagine taking the sawzall to a piece of motorcycle history. “But as we went back and forth I learned that we weren’t just talking about any Indian”, says Clayton. “We were talking about the Indian that bankrupted the company: the slow, awkward, 213cc cousin of the beloved big twins”. You see, the Arrow 149 was one of the last bikes to roll out of the original Indian factory floor before they went out of business. It seems the development costs and teething problems of this little motorcycle may have actually been the final nail in the coffin. So with that in mind Clayton took on the job – but decided to leave the sawzall alone.

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1950 Triumph Indian – Peace Frog

Posted on July 21st, by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. 33 comments

Triton. The name raises the hairs on the neck of any dyed-in-the-wool café racer. Often cited as the genre’s ultimate engineering expression, it came into being due to the fact that the 60’s best engine and frame just so happened to exist in two completely different bikes. Norton’s Featherbed frame was more than a match for their temperamental 650 and 750 twins, yet Triumph’s T120 650 engine was well known for reliability and a fondness for mods, but alas it was trapped in an average frame. Then hey presto, the Triumph-engined, Norton-framed ‘Triton’ was born. And the Tribsa, the Norbsa, the Norvin… and the Trdian. No, we hadn’t heard of it either, until a few days ago. And now we can’t get enough. Meet the world’s first Triumph Indian, Peace Frog’s rather amazing new ‘Trdian’.


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Indian Retro 47

Posted on August 18th, by Scott in Bobber. 12 comments

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Earlier this year we featured an Indian Bobber built by Shane at Speed Demon Cycles, and now after 600 hours of “busting his knuckles and burning brain cells” he has finally completed this immaculate Indian project. “The bike has a vintage pushbike theme, with its wide pull back bars, curved frame rails and mid mount foot controls that forces the rider to be transported mentally, back to the past” Shane says. Like many before him, Shane chose the PP100 engine to be the centrepiece for the build. “Many of the top bike builders in the world, have chosen the PP100 engine as the heart and soul for some fantastic build projects. My vision was to design a frame and fork that would compliment the Indian heritage. The hand crafted exhaust system incorporates a punched louver baffle at the top to aid in reversion, while the curved perforated core is packed with ceramic wool to help mellow the bark of this beast. A Biltwell leather seat is mounted on spring dampened shocks for that little bit of ride comfort. The Billet exhaust tip, Gas tank cap, oil filler cap, and outer primary cover, where machined to match the bottle cap rocker boxes”. Shane believes this is “definitely some of my finest work” but is already planning his next Indian build “I’m thinking a salt flat racer, but who knows what will develop”. We look forward to seeing it – whatever it is.

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Indian Bobber

Posted on May 8th, by Scott in Bobber. 2 comments

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This old school Indian Bobber was built by Shane Cooper from Speed Demon Cycles who are based in Queensland, Australia. Shane started customizing his own motorcycles in 1976 and hasn’t stopped since. Over the years he has owned nearly 30 motorcycles, and every one of them has been customized in some way. “You’re looking at the culmination of about 10 months work” explains Shane. “The plan was to build a modern hot rod Bobber. I chose a Harley Softail style frame and springer forks for their timeless looks and ride ability. Not because they suited any type of Indian heritage, purely because I like the look.”

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One Little Indian

Posted on April 14th, by Scott in Bobber, Classic. No Comments

Another piece of motorcycle history I admired at the Deus shop was this old Indian Scout. I know it’s not a cafe racer but it would have been one hell of a ride back in its day.
In the 1920’s the Scout gained reputation for strength and reliability, which led to the old Indian saying: “You can’t wear out an Indian Scout, or its brother the Indian Chief. They are built like rocks to take hard knocks; it’s the Harleys that cause grief.” Them are fightin words!


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Ace History lesson

Posted on March 24th, by Scott in Classic, Racer, Video. 1 Comment

I found this shot of a beautiful old 4 cyclinder Ace Motorcycle from 1920 and had to post it. The Ace Motor Corporation didn’t last long after numerous owners. It changed hands for the last time in 1927, when it was purchased by the Indian Motocycle Company. The Ace name was discontinued after a few years. Indian motorcycle production continued for another 25 years until 1945.

This old black and white shot of these guys riding the Ace motorcycles makes me want to race em…

 

 


Watch the vid if you want to hear how they sound and ride.

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