If you love motorcycles and want something a little different, you may find yourself searching for an antique Indian.
You can read the history here:
Started in 1901, it has a long history with repeated attempts to resurrect the company. Indian Motorcycle is now owned by Polaris Industries.
For our purposes, we are talking about Indian Motorcycles built from 1901 to 1953.
First, figure out what you want to do with your bike. Ask some questions when you have a moment.
What is your goal?
A project bike that you can restore.
An original Indian that you can ride.
A restored Indian that you can ride.
What type do you want?
The Indian 4 is expensive and was a premium bike.
The Indian Chief is the large V-twin (1100 CC).
The Indian Scout is the sport model.
All of these models come in various flavors.
The classic Indians are typically 1953 and earlier.
After 1953, Indian tanked due to bad management. They then tried to import British bikes with Indian badges.
If you want to ride cross country, there is the Cannonball Run:
All bikes are welcome, but only 1936 and earlier can win the “race”.
A piece of advice I was given was to buy the best running, condition bike I can afford.
You can spend years trying to restore an old bike, and never get to enjoy it. Buy one that runs
and then get a project bike if that is your dream.
I have met one enthusiast in Europe with ten or more Indian’s in his collection. Some amazing
restorations that he has completed in his two car garage. One bay is parts, one bay is the
lift and work area.
Join this group:
Read the emails as they come through. Everything from paint to bearings gets input from the various members. They also meet up at rally’s around the world. A fantastic group of people.
Search their Yahoo group site and you can find answers to a lot of restoration questions. Everything from paint to cylinder head gaskets.