By Darwin Holmstrom
«Indian Motorcycle(R): Americas First bike corporation» tells the total tale of Indian,
Americas first heavily produced bike maker, from its begin as a bicycle producer to the acquisition
of the emblem by way of Polaris Industries in 2011 and the following new Indian bikes.
In the early years of the 20 th century, Indian ruled the worlds racetracks, incomes the emblem a global
reputation for caliber, functionality, reliability, and technical innovation, however the once-mighty corporation
fell on tough instances and in 1953 used to be compelled to dossier bankruptcy.
who attempted to resurrect it for over part a century. eventually Polaris, maker of the very hot Victory(R) model
of bikes, bought the logo and published the Chief(R) and Scout(R), types that when back restored Indian
to its rightful position within the motorbike pantheon.
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Indd 40 Trade_Edi Job:10802 Title:#211581_Indian Motorcycles (octopus) Page: 40 16/12/15 8:50 am Once ethyl hit the scene, the side-valve’s days were numbered. It would be more than a decade before rival Harley-Davidson produced an overhead-valve V-twin, but eventually it did. The original Springfield-based Indian Motocycle company, on the other hand, never would produce an overhead-valve V-twin, a direct result of the lack of foresight on the part of its managerial team. But in 1923, Indian, which was being mismanaged into oblivion, had no idea that a new fuel additive would eventually spell the company’s demise.
Like the Scout, two camshafts actuated the Chief’s valves, rather than the single camshaft used on the Powerplus. The Chief’s cylinders and cylinder heads, which would be nickel-plated through 1931, were cast as a single unit. A removable dome holding the spark plug provided access to the valves. This arrangement was similar to that used on the Scout, but the Chief’s 61-cubic-inch engine ran with milder cam timing than the high-strung Scout, limiting engine rpm to 4000. Even though somewhat restricted compared to the free-revving Scout, the Chief’s engine still produced 25 percent more horsepower than the Powerplus engine: 20 horsepower in the Chief versus 16 hp in the Powerplus, making the Chief engine sort of a Powerplus plus.
The company also upgraded the Ace’s antiquated pocket-valve cylinder heads, improving the combustion chambers that utilized a design not unlike the one used in the soon-to-be-defunct Excelsior-Henderson Super-X. indd 51 Trade_Edi Proof 1 22C ment of the disastrous no-model-year policy instituted several years earlier. 51 Job:10802 Title:#211581_Indian Motorcycles (octopus) Page: 51 16/12/15 9:05 am SIGNS OF IMPROVEMENT The 1930 Chief was one of the most elegant The du Pont brothers hired investment consultant B.