Classic Indian Motorcycles

Red Eliason

Reader Pete Dopson builds a custom Indian motorcycle.

End of the Line: 1953 Indian Chief

Only 350 or so 1953 Indian Chiefs were ever built. This one was restored by marque expert Matt Blake.

Randall Wagner’s Indian Warrior and Royal Enfield INT650

A reader shares a photo from 70 years ago of his Indian Warrior and a current photo of his newest ride: a Royal Enfield INT650.

Built for the Street: Indian FTR 1200/1200 S

Born on the dirt and built for the street, the Indian FTR 1200 Street Tracker is clearly inspired by the race-winning FTR 750 flat track racer.

Military Mission: 1942 Indian Model 741

Part of the collection at the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, California, the World War II-era Model 741 was Indian’s primary military motorcycle.

Indian Revival: Kiwi Indian Motorcycles, Inc.

Kiwi Indian keeps vintage Indians on the road by supplying parts and expert help.

Put to Pasture: 1948 Indian Chief Roadmaster

This lovely 1948 Indian Chief sidecar rig was restored in the 1980s and still wears all its period-correct accessories today.

1922 Indian Scout

This 1922 Indian Scout was one of hundreds of classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama.

1935 Indian Chief

This 1935 Indian Chief was one of hundreds of classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama.

1905 Indian

This 1905 Indian motorcycle was one of hundreds of classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama.

1932 Indian Model 403

This 1932 Indian Model 403 was one of hundreds of classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama.

Upside-Down Indian: The 1937 Indian Four

The 1937 Indian Four has support despite the controversy surrounding it and its upside-down 4-cylinder design.

American Sport: 1923 Indian Scout

This 1923 Indian Scout was one of America’s first sport bikes.

Indian Motorcycle to Reveal the 2014 Indian Chief

Indian Motorcycle to electrify Sturgis, History, and the motorcycling world with the 2014 Indian Chief.

The 1948 Indian Chief

A look at the ins and outs of the 1948 Indian Chief.

U.S. 101 by 1948 Indian Chief

Clement Salvadori rides the famed U.S. 101 aboard a 1948 Indian Chief.

Indian Motorcycles Reveals the Thunder Stroke 111

The new Indian motorcycles engine, Thunder Stroke 111, debuts.

Indian Motorcycle Showcases Spirit of Munro Streamliner

One-of-a-Kind Vehicle Powered by All-New Thunder Stroke 111 Engine Pays Tribute to Burt Munro’s ‘Munro Special’.

Indian Motorcycle Introduces the Thunder Stroke 111 Engine

Indian Motorcycle, the first American motorcycle company, has announced the details of the all new Thunder Stroke 111 engine that will power the model year 2014 Indian Motorcycle.

The Star Power of Steve McQueen’s 1942 Indian Sport Scout

This 1942 Indian Sport Scout may have belonged to Steve McQueen, but it’s still a motorcycle, and motorcycles are meant to be ridden. 

Indian Model 841: War Horse

The shaft drive, transverse V-twin Indian Model 841 was Indian’s pitch for the perfect military motorcycle.

1950 Indian Warrior with Skis

A 1950 Indian Warrior equipped with winter skis and on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

Cross Country Motorcycle Trips in 1949

George Protopapas shares his experiences making cross country motorcycle trips on a 1948 Indian Chief in a time before freeways, fiberglass helmets or all-weather gear.

1940 Indian Four

A 1940 Indian Four on display with a wide array of other classic motorcycles at the Barber Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.

Indian Powerplus — Plus

This 1921 Indian Powerplus was a truly modern motorcycle in its day. Riding one now is a different story.

Irish Motorcycle Racer Charles B. Franklin, Designer of the Indian Scout & Chief

Franklin’s Indians looks at the life of Irish motorcycle racer and Indian Motocycle designer Charles B. Franklin

1946 Indian Chief

1946 Indian Chief on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

Centenary Celebration: Riding a 1911 Indian Racer Replica

No remnant remains of the Indian racer motorcycles that finished 1-2-3 at the inaugural Isle of Man Tourist Trophy race in 1911, but a close replica was part of the centenary celebration

Jay Leno's 1933 Indian Four

Jay Leno speaks at length about his 1933 Indian Four in this video from "Jay Leno's Garage."

1933 Indian Four

Four-cylinder motorcycles were a top-end luxury in the 1920s and 30s, and the Indian Four was built as such from 1927 until production ended in 1942.

On the Road: Cross Country on a 1948 Indian Chief 60 Years Ago

What it was like to go on a cross-country motorcycle road trip with a 1948 Indian Chief 60 years ago.

1903 Indian Motorcycle

1903 Indian motorcycle on display at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.

Indian Enfield Interceptor 750

With a mix of British and Italian engineering, Floyd Clymer’s Indian Enfield Interceptor 750 was the last gasp of the once famous Indian brand.

Riding the Indian Dispatch-Tow

Riding an Indian Dispatch-Tow looks like a lot of fun.

1936 Indian Dispatch-Tow

When I was growing up in suburbia, most of the kids on my block had a plastic toy called a Big Wheel. You could call the Indian Dispatch-Tow an adult Big Wheel.  

1936 Indian Sport Scout Racer

Alan Cathcart rides a 1936 Indian Sport Scout Racer - a bike he considers America's first Superbike.

The Alma Four: Custom Indian/Nimbus Hybrid

Dutchman Mads Bartholin's custom motorcycle was built to look like a late 1928 Indian Four.

Burt Munro Special takes top honors at Pebble Beach

The “Munro Special,” the 1920 Indian Scout piloted by New Zealander Burt Munro to 183.586mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967, won top honors for prewar American racing motorcycles at the Aug. 15, 2010, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. A car-only show since its founding in 1950, the prestigious Pebble Beach event opened its doors to motorcycles for the first time in 2009. The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum won top honors in 2009 for its 1954 AJS E95. One of four claimed built, that machine is featured in the September/October 2010 issue of Motorcycle Classics.

1947 Indian Chief Roadmaster

1947 Indian Chief Roadmaster American dream March April 2010 By Phillip Tooth When it comes to American style, few bikes match the Indian Chief, which continues to influence motorcycle styling decades on witness Kawasaki’s 1999 2005 skirted fender V

Found on eBay: 1941 Indian Sport Scout

How many more barn-fresh Indians are out there? While we're betting they can still be found, the number have to be getting few, and if you're looking forward to restoring one someday, now may be the time.

1939 Indian Scout Racer

A chance sighting turns up a legendary 1939 Indian Scout racer, the Kretz Indian.

The 2009 Indian Rally in Scotland

The Old Indians Never Die Rally was the brain-child of Indian motorcycle enthusiast and Edinburgh resident Alan Forbes, who also happens to own the U.K. rights to the Indian name.

John Lystul's Early 20th Century Indian Motorcycle Dealership

A reader shares a family photo of his great uncle's early 20th century Indian Motorcycle dealership and asks the wider cycling community if anyone knows more about it. Originally published as "John Lystul's Early Indian Dealership" in the November/December 2009 issue of Motorcycle Classics Magazine.

Indian Motorcycle Company Returns

You can't keep a good brand down. The Indian Motorcycle Company is making another comeback with a line of bikes reminiscent of a bygone era. Originally published as "2009 Indian Chief" in the November/December 2009 issue of Motorcycle Classics Magazine.

Two Big Indian Chief Motorcycles

How do you like your old Indian motorcycles – restored to concours condition or in their work clothes showing the wear and tear of a hard life?

Found on eBay: 1951 Indian Warrior

Original, unrestored Indians are getting harder to find. Even harder are those in presentable, original shape. This 1951 Indian Warrior is claimed to be "95% original," yet ready to ride.

Found on eBay: 1943 Indian Military Scout 741B

One of my favorite 1940's classic motorcycles is the Indian Scout, and while I'd love to get my hands one one with a nice rough patina, this freshly painted Scout would be hard to argue with.

Indian Revival? New models set to debut in 2009

The track record of would-be motorcycle manufacturers trying to breathe new life into old names has been less than stellar. Now, word comes of yet another new Indian, and this time it just might work.

Sammy Pierce and the P-61 American Rocket

Sammy Pierce was perhaps the greatest enthusiast of Indian motorcycles. And, along the way, he designed his own motorcycle — the P-61 American Rocket.

The World's Fastest Indian: Burt Munro's Indian Scout

Director Roger Donaldson pays tribute to Burt Munro's Indian Scout in The World's Fastest Indian

Old Warriors: Four Indian Sport Scout Racing Bikes

These Indian Sport Scout racing bikes hadn't received human attention for three decades until Larry Feese, Sr. found them. Originally published as "The Indian Sport Scout Racer" in the January/February 2007 issue of Motorcycle Classics Magazine.

Going the Bobber Route

What do you do when you find a perfectly good deal on a bike that's, well, not perfect? You know, the nice bike that has most of the right parts but too many of the wrong ones to do a perfect restoration?

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