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Barber's Best

A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.


1935 Indian Chief

1953 Indian Chief

1935 Indian Chief

Country: United States
Engine: Air-cooled, 42-degree, V-twin four-stroke
Ignition: Battery and coil
Power rating: 40bhp estimated @ 4,000rpm
Bore x stroke: 82.5mm x 112.7mm
Displacement: 1,206cc
Valves: Side
Fuel system: Schebler carburetor
Transmission: 4-speed hand shift
Suspension: Front trailing link with leaf spring, rigid rear
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 480lb
Top speed: 85mph

1953 Indian Chief

The open fender, rigid-frame Indian Chiefs are rarer than the later full-skirted fender models. These rigid-frame Chiefs had superior acceleration than the later models, where relatively light weight and a larger capacity engine were a good combination.

1953 Indian Chief

1953 Indian Chief

1953 Indian Chief