You too can drive an Indian Chief Vintage sidecar

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You too can drive an Indian Chief Vintage sidecar

Post by Leftka » Wed Dec 16, 2015 11:03 pm

Not mine, wouldn't part with my rig for anything...barnone sent me this link...it's a beauty...
http://fortmyers.craigslist.org/lee/mcy/5345945936.html
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Re: You too can drive an Indian Chief Vintage sidecar

Post by Tin Man » Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:23 am

I'll take a pass.... :foilhead: ....it would not look as good covered in rock dust and mud.... :lol:
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Re: You too can drive an Indian Chief Vintage sidecar

Post by chaos2 » Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:30 am

Tin Man wrote:I'll take a pass.... :foilhead: ....it would not look as good covered in rock dust and mud.... :lol:
My thoughts exactly!
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Re: You too can drive an Indian Chief Vintage sidecar

Post by 4Paws » Thu Dec 17, 2015 10:54 am

It's a beauty.
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Re: You too can drive an Indian Chief Vintage sidecar

Post by gobium » Thu Dec 17, 2015 11:06 am

She is way too pretty .
I m blue collar man. I m not worthy, beside I ride my machines hard I could not see myself abuse that Indian can't ride in mud or snow :cry:

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Re: You too can drive an Indian Chief Vintage sidecar

Post by BigJames » Thu Dec 17, 2015 1:56 pm

Pretty, one of my Grand Fathers road an Indian about 100 years ago, I like it, in the market, wife likes it, can afford it, but just can't get past being able to buy a Retro and a Patrol for the same money. Leftka, being the owner of a big beastly rig too, can appreciate where you are coming from and glad you love your Indain! I am the same way about my old HD... Gobium, it's just a used bike, just think of it that way...
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Re: You too can drive an Indian Chief Vintage sidecar

Post by Leftka » Thu Dec 17, 2015 3:58 pm

gobium wrote:She is way too pretty .
I m blue collar man. I m not worthy, beside I ride my machines hard I could not see myself abuse that Indian can't ride in mud or snow :cry:
No snow here... :lol:
I'm a pavement rider and I don't think they come more blue collar than me, that said even my Ursula only saw dirt trails and sand occasionally. Went on a 4 hour ride last weekend...some interstate mixed in...cruising in comfort at 70 mph with the engine revving at 2300 rpm was really nice. Just couldn't do that with my Ural. Every bike/car/boat is to some extent, purpose built...
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Re: You too can drive an Indian Chief Vintage sidecar

Post by stagewex » Thu Dec 17, 2015 6:24 pm

Nice. They have really captured the essence of the original bikes.
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Re: You too can drive an Indian Chief Vintage sidecar

Post by Roadking » Thu Dec 17, 2015 7:01 pm

It's beautiful. And sounds like a decent deal for someone with $30k
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Re: You too can drive an Indian Chief Vintage sidecar

Post by Snakeoil » Thu Dec 17, 2015 7:12 pm

That's not an Indian! That's a snowmobile.

THIS is an Indian.

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Re: You too can drive an Indian Chief Vintage sidecar

Post by silverdog » Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:39 pm

Snakeoil wrote:That's not an Indian! That's a snowmobile.

THIS is an Indian.

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Re: You too can drive an Indian Chief Vintage sidecar

Post by Snakeoil » Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:08 pm

Thanks. It's a 1939 Four. It was found along with another in a field outside of Watkin's Glen. There was no motor in the bike. The other was pretty much a total loss from rust.

The bike was purchased by a well known local vintage four cylinder guy and he in turn sold it to my friend. My friend had the bike restored using as many original pieces as possible by several experts in the NE. He found a '39 Engine at Oley and had it rebuilt by Irv Truax, another local Four expert (has since moved to Vegas and no longer rebuilds engines) and Irv actually went thru the engine twice because it sat for a very long time while the rest of the bike was completed.

The bike was finally finished around 2005/2006. But it was never truly completed. My friend picked it up before it was done and just rode it. He was a very impatient and impulsive guy.He passed away in 2008 and I bought the bike from his son 3 years ago. I had to go completely thru the bike because there was not a tight nut or bolts on it. At first I thought it had been sabotaged, but then as I met all those who were involved in the restoration, learned it had been picked up before it was done.

I've since put a solid state reg/rect that is housed in an exact copy of the original cut-out relay housing, and even the numbers on the label are right for a '39. I had to made a few other mods and improvements to the build and have been riding it since. 2 years ago, it returned to Watkin's Glen and made two laps around the track during the Vintage Sports Car Gran Prix weekend.

She runs like a watch... well more like a John Deere, actually. Gearbox is really a crash box with 2nd a sliding gear that you have to mesh with the mating gear. Guys complain about the trick to getting a smooth shift on a Ural would have nothing to complain about if they tried shifting one of these. It's all about timing.

We are pretty certain that the bike was originally a NY State Police bike. This is because during the repainting process, the original paint on the frame was found to be silver. The only Indian Fours made with silver frames were NYSP bikes. But my friend wanted a black frame and hence, black it is. He actually wanted the entire bike painted black. But the painter, Duffy, a crusty guy with strong opinions told him he was nuts. He said he would paint it the way he believed it should be painted and if my friend did not like it, THEN and only then would he repaint it black. Needless to say, my friend was quite pleased with the paint job.

And folks here talk about the UDF. You have not seen a delay factor until you ride one of these. I have told folks I don't think I'd get more attention if I rode it naked. Not sure anyone would even notice I was naked. :wink:

Here's a few more pics.

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Re: You too can drive an Indian Chief Vintage sidecar

Post by isldtime » Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:28 pm

That is a work of art!
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Re: You too can drive an Indian Chief Vintage sidecar

Post by siberman1 » Thu Dec 17, 2015 10:53 pm

So when are you going to run the Cannonball with rtwDoug?

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Re: You too can drive an Indian Chief Vintage sidecar

Post by stagewex » Fri Dec 18, 2015 11:19 am

Gorgeous piece of Art.
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Current Herd all running amok:
2019 Honda CRF450L (Elec Start)
2008 Vespa 150S (Elec & Kick Start)
2007 Ural Patrol (2WD, Elec & Kick Start)
2006 Honda "Big Ruckus" PS250 (Elec Start)
1991 Honda XR250L (Kick Start Only) *NOT running amok, out for Bottom & Top-End Rebuild.
1986 Yamaha BW200ES (Elec & Kick Start)

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