Put to Pasture: 1948 Indian Chief Roadmaster

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1948 Indian Chief Roadmaster
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The Chief’s suspension was fairly basic, with twin spring girder forks up front (shown) and plunger shocks in the rear.
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1948 Indian Chief Roadmaster
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The Chief’s suspension was fairly basic, with twin spring girder forks up front and plunger shocks in the rear (shown).
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Almost as long as the bike, the optional factory sidecar was first offered in 1940.
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Restored in the 1980s, this 1948 Chief retains all the original period accessories installed by its first owner.
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The period tire with Indian script on the white sidewall is a nice touch.
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Ronald on the Indian: Proof that patience is a virtue, Ronald waited 30 years to buy it from its original owner.
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Front view of the 1948 Indian Chief Roadmaster.
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1948 Indian Chief Roadmaster
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1948 Indian Chief Roadmaster

1948 Indian Chief
Engine:
1,212cc (73.6ci) air-cooled, 42-degree sidevalve V-twin, 82.5mm x 112.7mm bore and stroke, 5.5-6.5:1 compression ratio (depending on tuning), 40hp @ 4,700rpm (standard tune)
Top speed:
85mph (est.)
Carburetion:
Linkert M344
Transmission:
3-speed handshift, chain final drive

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