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


1950 Indian Warrior with Skis

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1950 Indian Warrior with Skis

Country: USA
Engine: Air-cooled, twin-cylinder 4-stroke
Ignition: Edison Splitdorf magneto
Power Rating: 25hp
Bore x Stroke: 2.54 x 3 inches
Displacement: 30.4cu (499cc)
Valves: Overhead, pushrod activated
Fuel System: Single Del-Orto 22mm carburetor
Transmission: 4-speed
Suspension: Front telescopic fork, rear plunger
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 315lb.
Top Speed: 90mph

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In an attempt to boost slow sales, Indian designed this ski bolt-on conversion that would allow the rider to operate an Indian motorcycle in the winter season. The "optional" rear tractor tire was a necessity if you wanted forward motion. It is not known how many of these kits were sold or how successful they were.

1950 Indian Warrior with Skis

From an Indian advertisement: "Entirely new, thrilling, snow-time sport for cycle riders. Simply fit a pair of skis to your motorcycle — then sail over hill and dale, on roadway or cross-country, wherever good skiing snow exists. Skis support the machine, operate independently according to foot pressure and allow you to lean and turn with perfect control.

"Amazing performance and real fun all winter long. Practical, too, allows you year-round use of a motorcycle for transportation purposes.

"The skis are made of best-quality ash, protected on the bottom and side with full steel runner. Fitted to the frame with spring-loaded, tubular swinging arm suspension that lifts the ski for riding on clear roads. Specially designed for Indian Arrow and Scout models.

"Try 'Ski-Cycling.' It's Great Fun. Only $59.95 per unit at your Indian motorcycle dealer.

"NOTE: The special Indian 'Super-Grip' snow tire, Part 1878005, is recommended for use with skis to obtain best traction and drive and better performance. List price $16.80 plus tax."