INDIAN MOTORCYCLE CLASSICS
AMERICAN IRON IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
Motorcycle Video Footage
1947 Indian Chief Models
Part 1 7:14
Jerry, from Fairmount Indiana (James Dean territory) talks about the beauty of the flowing line of the Indian.
The ride is original, “as close as you can get”. “Everything’s on there that’s supposed to be” says Jerry.
He became interested in Indian motorcycles as his father owned a 39 four cylinder, “he was always an Indian man”.
Jerry’s owned it for 17 years and has been riding it 17 years too!
In the 2nd Video you see Jerry ride the motorcycle. An interesting guy and a proud owner.
1947 Indian Chief (A narrative video)
An owner narrated video describes how years ago these beautiful bikes would cruise the highways of America and do it in style.
Rebuilt by Ray Nemarer 15 years ago it was then purchased by the current owner.
There is however a lot of non-standard detail on the motorcycle. The rims are painted non standard. The control lines have been covered with non standard braided hose. Bolts generally are non standard, and some extra chrome plating has been done… The rear suspension has been incorrectly painted … so do not use this motorcycle as a rebuild template.
The Video is, however, very useful as the History of the Indian Motorcycles is narrated very concisely whilst the motorcycle is panned and zoomed. This makes this a valuable addition to this video library.
Part 1 5:30
Van Slams talks about the bike and how to start the motorcycle.
Van goes through the salient control elements of the bike in fine detail.
Van uses a step by step approach to starting the motorcycle… and ‘hey presto’ , third kick and the bike bursts into life!
After starting the motorcycle he takes it for a short ride, explaining how to engage the gears, release the clutch to engage drive.
Part 2 6:14
The 2nd Video is a continuation of the ride… explaining the advance retard positioning as well as the throttle use.
The ride shows off the bikes handling and riding attributes as the ride progresses… as well as discussing the correct use of front and rear brakes.
Some time is spent showing gear changes and how this co-ordinates with the use of the clutch and handlebar controls.
An excellent introduction to the Indian Chief.
This 1950 Chief is owned by Mac Williams of Ohio. We ran into Mac at the Wauseon flat Track racing and Swop meet in July 2010.
Part 1 1:40
Mac has rebuilt this motorcycle for a military friend of his who has since sadly passed on. It’s built to Mac’s own agenda incorporating many nonstandard features.
To name but a few, upswept exhausts, front fender, paintwork, grips, steering damper head, rims, headlight, rear fender, front and rear fender aluminum ends.
Part 2 0:50
The 2nd Video see Mac start the Indian, which had a different sound produced by the high level exhaust pipes.
Thanks to both the guys for showing us around the bike.
You can see the detailed photographs on ‘Motorcycle Page 2’ accessed through the Gallery Index.
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