The Indian Rides Again
Now is the time of year that all the Motorcycle Manufactures all announce their new model year line up. The American offerings for Harley-Davidson, Victory and Indian have all be announced. While the new bikes have many of the styling cues of the rides of yester-year, much of the technology has been updated to modern standards. Unfortunately, those electronic controls for fuel injection, engine management, braking and 'infotainment' all take away what I truly love about motorcycles – being able to wrench and work on my own bike.
I will admit to owning a Kawasaki Drifter 800 that mimicked and copied the lines of the original Indian, it remains one of my favorite bikes that I ever owned.
While Harley-Davidson is the immediate Iconic American Motorcycle, Indian was actually manufactured and sold prior to the Milwaukee offerings. In the early days of motorcycling, all were closer to bicycles than what we consider motorcycles today. True moto-enthusiasts know the long duels and battles between the manufactures for sales, race trophies and speed / endurance records. For me, the 'Indian' will always be the full fender Chief. The curve of that front fender is perfectly executed and has stood the test of time for moto-lore. I am not a big fan of too much chrome, so the Black Hawk edition, with muted accents in dressed in black ~ rather than drenched in shiny triple plate, is the bike of my choice.
I like my bikes with a bit less IBM/Dell/Microsoft on them. The Chief of yesteryear blacked out, drenched in brown, clad in distressed saddle leather and bags, stripped of all amenities – just give me the power, than handlebars and a direction to point them. There is great satisfaction in customizing your iron horse and keeping it running in top shape is a well trod badge of honor for many bikers. While the big three only give a nod to the iconography of days long gone by, a small independent shop out of Arizona is building motorcycles that are to period specs, and roll down the road without several feet of cabling for sensors, chips and relays. Bikes are handbuilt to custom order and still have the feel of original bikes from the day, while upgrading for safety and performance ~ and leaving the whizzy widgets off the bikes. Just my style.
Introducing the Old School Motocycle Company's Time Warp Chief:
To be unleashed upon the road this year, the Time Warp Chief pays tribute to the original Indian, but gives you the updated performance and safety of today.
Past meets Present, Iconic American Motorcycles Engineered for Today
Smoothing out the road is a dampened rear suspension and a frame that cradles 84 cubic inch Flat head motor matted to a 4 speed transmission, while out front the hydraulic forks level out the bumps. Choose your own custom color and accents to suit your personal style and vision. Dress it out in the accessories or leave it stripped and bare. Which ever you choose, you can ride down the road in confidence with a 24 month unlimited miles warranty. You save thousands over renovating a barn find classic, but still get the soul of the original.
More Details and information as they hit the showroom. Find their other models at their website
And a sneak peak at their Girder Front End Indian Rendition Ride: