Indian Mototcycle

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RUcrAZ
RUcrAZ Veteran Member • Posts: 5,467
Indian Mototcycle

Can anyone shed any information on this vintage machine? Seen a couple of days ago in Auburn, California.

dinoSnake Senior Member • Posts: 2,718
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It is a Scout, as Chiefs had full skirted fenders.  From the details I can reference, like the Girder forks, it appears to be a 1934-1939 Scout Sport

DaveOl
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I think they have started making Indian motorcycles a few years ago.

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happysnapper64 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,417
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DaveOl wrote:

I think they have started making Indian motorcycles a few years ago.

I think you are right Dave. They are also making the old Royal Enfield in India. The RE was my last bike back in 1967, an old Crusader. I wanted the Crusader Sports but my dad wouldn't get me one. he thought I would kill myself, he was probably right! I had enough close calls with the old "plodder". Great times though.

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dinoSnake Senior Member • Posts: 2,718
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I think they have started making Indian motorcycles a few years ago.

The modern history of Indian is a horror story, from the "Gilroy" Indians to that Indian investor who collected venture capital and then disappeared....

In the motorcycle world, we knew that the Indian name had been dragged through the mud. The magazine articles that covered the next Indian story instalment always took a 'now what?' attitude - for the past 15 years, it was a soap opera.

But the Indian trademark is now owned by Bombardier, the parent company of Victory, Can-Am and Ski-Doo. Victory had poured hundreds of millions into the new Indian and now, after years of promises that (almost) never came true (except for a short time), Victory had an all-new, proprietary drivetrain in the brand new, 2014 Indians. Hopefully things will go well from here.

Severn Bore Regular Member • Posts: 126
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See the feature film The Worlds Fastest Indian with Sir Anthony Hopkins. A late Uncle of mine had an Indian motorcycle in the 1930s

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mjp29 New Member • Posts: 1
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Nice motorcycle pic!

RUcrAZ
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Thank you, here's another view

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happysnapper64 wrote:

DaveOl wrote:

I think they have started making Indian motorcycles a few years ago.

I think you are right Dave.

Indian motorcycles, in its latest continuous run, has operated since 2006.

They are also making the old Royal Enfield in India.

The actual Indian company doesn't. Only three models are currently produced, and in America.

The RE was my last bike back in 1967, an old Crusader. I wanted the Crusader Sports but my dad wouldn't get me one. he thought I would kill myself, he was probably right! I had enough close calls with the old "plodder". Great times though.

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dinoSnake wrote:

I think they have started making Indian motorcycles a few years ago.

The modern history of Indian is a horror story, from the "Gilroy" Indians to that Indian investor who collected venture capital and then disappeared....

In the motorcycle world, we knew that the Indian name had been dragged through the mud. The magazine articles that covered the next Indian story instalment always took a 'now what?' attitude - for the past 15 years, it was a soap opera.

But the Indian trademark is now owned by Bombardier, the parent company of Victory, Can-Am and Ski-Doo.

No, it's owned by Polaris, who also own Victory. Bombardier, as far as I know, has never made or owned a motorcycle company.

Victory had poured hundreds of millions into the new Indian and now, after years of promises that (almost) never came true (except for a short time), Victory had an all-new, proprietary drivetrain in the brand new, 2014 Indians. Hopefully things will go well from here.

hjr13
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RUcrAZ wrote:

Can anyone shed any information on this vintage machine? Seen a couple of days ago in Auburn, California.

I love the suicide shifter on the old Indian bikes.

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dinoSnake Senior Member • Posts: 2,718
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hjr13 wrote

I love the suicide shifter on the old Indian bikes.

It was workable 70 years ago, on 2 lane 'highways' and a 45 MPH average traffic speed.  In today's world, "suicide" would be an excellent descriptive of their usage.

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Severn Bore wrote:

See the feature film The Worlds Fastest Indian with Sir Anthony Hopkins. A late Uncle of mine had an Indian motorcycle in the 1930s

Wonderful movie.

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dinoSnake wrote:

hjr13 wrote

I love the suicide shifter on the old Indian bikes.

It was workable 70 years ago, on 2 lane 'highways' and a 45 MPH average traffic speed. In today's world, "suicide" would be an excellent descriptive of their usage.

It was an excellent description even back then. I said i loved that they did that, as in a weird fascination. I myself wouldn't want to use it.

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happysnapper64 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,417
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Basalite wrote:

happysnapper64 wrote:

DaveOl wrote:

I think they have started making Indian motorcycles a few years ago.

I think you are right Dave.

Indian motorcycles, in its latest continuous run, has operated since 2006.

They are also making the old Royal Enfield in India.

The actual Indian company doesn't. Only three models are currently produced, and in America.

The RE was my last bike back in 1967, an old Crusader. I wanted the Crusader Sports but my dad wouldn't get me one. he thought I would kill myself, he was probably right! I had enough close calls with the old "plodder". Great times though.

Basalite, I apologize as I said "they" Indicating that I meant the Indian Co. I actually meant or should have said, that the Royal Enfield is being made in India.... My mistake. I always associate the Indian bikes with The keystone Cops & old Gangster movies, where the bike had the left hand throttle grip, so the cop could use his gun with the right hand.

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Clay King Regular Member • Posts: 306
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hjr13 wrote:

dinoSnake wrote:

hjr13 wrote

I love the suicide shifter on the old Indian bikes.

It was workable 70 years ago, on 2 lane 'highways' and a 45 MPH average traffic speed. In today's world, "suicide" would be an excellent descriptive of their usage.

It was an excellent description even back then. I said i loved that they did that, as in a weird fascination. I myself wouldn't want to use it.

Actually it is not a suicide shifter.  It is a jockey shift with a suicide clutch.  The suicide part refers to the tendency for the clutch to let the bike take off on you.  The suicide clutch is foot activated.  This set up is similar to driving a car.

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dinoSnake Senior Member • Posts: 2,718
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Clay King wrote:

Actually it is not a suicide shifter. It is a jockey shift with a suicide clutch. The suicide part refers to the tendency for the clutch to let the bike take off on you. The suicide clutch is foot activated. This set up is similar to driving a car.

Indeed.  We riders are fortunate to live in a time wirh standardized controls, makes life a lot easier (and safer too)!  That, and universal front disk brakes.

Clay King Regular Member • Posts: 306
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dinoSnake wrote:

Clay King wrote:

Actually it is not a suicide shifter. It is a jockey shift with a suicide clutch. The suicide part refers to the tendency for the clutch to let the bike take off on you. The suicide clutch is foot activated. This set up is similar to driving a car.

Indeed. We riders are fortunate to live in a time wirh standardized controls, makes life a lot easier (and safer too)! That, and universal front disk brakes.

God love my front brake!!  I hate to think what it would be like without it...

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stevo23 Forum Pro • Posts: 18,681
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dinoSnake wrote:

It is a Scout, as Chiefs had full skirted fenders. From the details I can reference, like the Girder forks, it appears to be a 1934-1939 Scout Sport

Is that a static clutch pedal?

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(unknown member) Veteran Member • Posts: 5,593
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dinoSnake wrote:

Clay King wrote:

Actually it is not a suicide shifter. It is a jockey shift with a suicide clutch. The suicide part refers to the tendency for the clutch to let the bike take off on you. The suicide clutch is foot activated. This set up is similar to driving a car.

Indeed. We riders are fortunate to live in a time wirh standardized controls, makes life a lot easier (and safer too)! That, and universal front disk brakes.

Doesn't help reduce the idiot drivers and poor roads. I learned how to ride motorcycles before I learned how to drive a car and it didn't take me long to realize my life expectancy would be greatly increased if I stuck to cars. 

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