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BLURRED FUR. Bonneville Custom’s ‘Flying Squirrel’ ’41 Indian Scout Bobber

Posted on November 5, 2018 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic, Racer. No Comments

“I grew up in Montana fixing cars and rebuilding engines with my brothers,” reminisces the owner of Idaho Falls’ Bonneville Customs. “I have been building custom motorcycles for 8 years. I started out building bikes with my Father-in-law and friends in a small shop, which grew into Bonneville Customs is…”

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FORWARD SCOUT. Chi-Jer’s Sleek Indian Cafe Racer

Posted on August 23, 2018 by Andrew in Bobber, Café Racer. No Comments

For any motorcycle enthusiast, the idea of being given a brand new motorcycle for free and cash to customise it is a dream come true. But when it happens and you’ve finished pinching yourself, that yes this is real, there comes a moment when you realise now you have to produce the goods…

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PRAWN STAR. Anvil’s Wild ‘Shrimp’ Indian Scout Tracker

Posted on June 15, 2018 by Andrew in Racer, Tracker. No Comments

Indian Motorcycle company has turned to one of Europe’s premier custom workshops and the World’s best suppliers to honour Albert ‘Shrimp’ Burns. The Glimmer Twins of Anvil Motociclette have handcrafted a Flat Track Scout Sixty Racer that’s world unveil will happen today in France…

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DIRT FLIRT. Indian Motorcycle Teases with a Scout Street Tracker

Posted on November 7, 2017 by Andrew in Tracker. 47 comments

In the biggest hint yet that Indian could finally deliver a production Street Tracker, the major American comes correct with this incredible road racer to be unveiled at EICMA this week. With the all-conquering Wrecking Crew on hand in Milan to lift the cover, Indian are set to present to the world a street legal variant that has mouths watering. Known as the Scout FTR1200 Custom, could this one-off build be the basis for a dream machine coming to a showroom near you.

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2017 BROOKLYN INVITATIONAL: A Motorcycle Diversity Masterpiece

Posted on September 17, 2017 by Andrew in Event. 29 comments

Could you imagine the art world if its exhibits were held in strip mall parking lots? Imagine having to go to a swap meet or burger joint to see the latest from Cindy Sherman or David Hockney. It’d feel off, right? That’s how the motorcycle world treated two-wheeled works of art, at least until 2008 when custom bike builder Keino Sasaki, artist John Copeland and photographer Jeffrey Schad combined forces to create the Brooklyn Invitational: at its roots a motorcycle show, but much more culturally ambitious.

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PLAYING CHICKEN. A Nitrous Indian Scout Sprinter by Young Guns

Posted on June 16, 2017 by Andrew in Racer. 16 comments

A headless chicken earning $50,000 a month, a female racer beating up on the boys and an Indian Scout with a 1:1 power to weight ratio. These are not old wives tales, stories from someone three sheets to the wind or plucked from an episode of Ripley’s Believe It or Not. All these things are true and they form the foundation of one incredible machine that took home the top trophy at its first race meeting. Having been selected by Indian to undertake the build Nik, Fabien Ale and Zesi at Switzerland‘s Young Guns Speed Shop haven’t let down the big American maker. Delivering a tyre shredding 2016 Indian Scout Sprint Racer known fondly as ‘Miracle Mike’.

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‘The Outlaw’ Indian Scout – Gasser Customs

Posted on June 30, 2016 by Andrew in Bobber. 20 comments

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For the first half of the 20th century, the Indian motorcycle company was flying high. They took all three podium spots at the 1911 Isle of Man TT, won the very first Daytona 200 in 1937 and so good was the handling of the Scout 101 that it was used everywhere from hill climbs to dirt track and is still the bike of choice for wall of death riders the world over. But when the company went bust in 1953, the only achievement of note for the next half century was Burt Munro’s famous 20’s Scout breaking land speed records. But when the giant automotive company Polaris acquired Indian in 2011, fans of the marque could smile; finally Indian‘s would be built right again and when Adam of Gasser Customs was called upon by Rebel Yell to build them a custom bike he picked a 2015 Indian Scout, nicknamed it ‘The Outlaw’ and has knocked this build out of the park.

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1949 Indian Arrow 149

Posted on January 15, 2014 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 21, 2013 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. 34 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 18, 2010 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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