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Old 6th December 2008, 17:02   #16
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Some more pictures of Mr Subodh Nath's collection have been moved to this thread : http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/vintag...t-present.html

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Old 7th December 2008, 21:45   #17
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I am speechless, the bike looks out of this world, its so beautiful. Excellent bike Subodh

Guys please share details
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This is possibly the best restoration i have seen and my hearty best wishes to Mr.Subodh for such an achievement.Team BHP salutes your passion and pristine restoration.
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Nath very nice pic. Good job.cheers:
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This is my V Twin 1912 Indian Motocycle immaculately restored and in 1 kick start condition. Anybody has more information on this bike please share.
This is what I found from the net, on an auction site. 6 months back, It was sold for a whooping 12250 Pounds (Approx Rs. 10 Lakhs).
Such classics have no defined value and can fetch any value desired by the seller (provided he is willing to sell)

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Oscar Hedstrom and Oliver Hendee, both active in the cycle racing world, got together to found the Hendee Manufacturing Company and build the first prototype Indian motorcycle in 1901. That first machine was powered by a single-cylinder, ?F-head? (inlet over exhaust) engine that formed part of the ?diamond? frame, in the Indian?s case it sloped rearwards to act as the seat tube. An advanced feature in motorcycling?s early pioneering days, chain drive was used by Indian right from the start. The Indian single proved immensely successful and provided the basis for the first of the powerful, large-capacity v-twins for which the marque is best remembered.

Indian?s first, 38.61ci (633cc) v-twin appeared in 1907 with an engine clearly derived from that of the single, though mechanical inlet valves - introduced for 1908 - were an early improvement. The twin?s rear cylinder continued to form part of the frame until 1909 when a loop frame of the type favoured by rivals Harley-Davidson was adopted. The Springfield company?s first ?Big Twin? debuted that same year displacing 60.32ci (988cc).

In 1911 Indian broke new ground yet again with its ohv four-valves-per-cylinder racers. The firm achieved its famous 1, 2, 3 finish at the Isle of Man TT that same year, a remarkable achievement made possible by the advantages conferred by the use of all-chain drive. The Big Twin was up-dated in 1913 with Indian?s innovative, leaf-sprung, swinging-arm frame but time was running out for this ageing design, which was superseded at the end of 1915 by a new ?flat head? v-twin - the Powerplus - thus bringing to an end a noble line.

Dating from 1912, this 7hp twin?s engine was purchased from Indian specialist Alan Forbes in 1982, remaining in storage until it was assembled into the machine we offer in 2005. The frame and cycle parts replicate those of the 1913 model, and were purchased from Christian Henn (Geloman?s Spares) in Germany. Refurbishment included new crankshaft bearings and crack testing by Alpha Bearings, new pistons from Antique Motorcycle Works; re-bored and re-plated cylinders; new G & S valves and lifters; re-sleeved carburettor; new replica clutch by Eclipse; new wheel rims/spokes; Corbin duplex band brake; and Coker ?button? tyres. Completed earlier this year, the machine is presented in immaculate condition and offered with a quantity of restoration invoices, Indian Motorcycle Club dating letter and Indian Motorcycles? (Alan Forbes) letter authenticating the engine.
Here's the link to the site, if anyone's interested. I found the one on this site a little different from the one on this thread. The one on the site has a different handle and does not have gear knobs (I assume they are gear knobs) on the right side of the handle.
The engine seems to be the same.

c.1912 Indian 7hp Single-Speed Model - Motorbase
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The Indian has a vast history in the record books from Bonneville Salt Lake City Flats, Utah
You could learn about the bike from a very famous vintage movie "Worlds Fastest Indian"
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Few more pics of the motorcycle, while the restoration was on. I am trying to find the photo of the bike when it was unrestored. shall post that as well soon.
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Interesting that such rare classics can be restored in India. Where is this garage?

I also see that the restoration photo was taken in 1996, way back. Are the pictures on page 1 the latest or were they taken long back?
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I am speechless! beautiful! kudos, kudos and more kudos!
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Interesting that such rare classics can be restored in India. Where is this garage?

I also see that the restoration photo was taken in 1996, way back. Are the pictures on page 1 the latest or were they taken long back?
Those pictures in the 1st page are latest, they were taken last summer.
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Few more pics of the motorcycle, while the restoration was on. I am trying to find the photo of the bike when it was unrestored. shall post that as well soon.
Have you found the photo of the bike unrestored? That will be very interesting. And did you get the tyres?
One reason that many of these bikes were scrapped is that the tyres were not available for years. So these bikes were scrapped or the rims were altered. I was fortunate to get a 1926 Sunbeam bike with the original rims. We had to get the tyres from USA. A friend contacted Universal tyres and then got them to send 2 tyres by FedEx. It did cost a bomb but the bike now looks complete. Tyres are available in USA. Later on Rushe tyres in Bangalore started to offer these.
This is a lovely Indian, there is another early Indian also red in colour in Khandala.
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finally I could find one photo of the Indian before it was restored. ths was the condition of the bike when I bought it.
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Few more pics of the motorcycle, while the restoration was on. I am trying to find the photo of the bike when it was unrestored. shall post that as well soon.
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finally I could find one photo of the Indian before it was restored. ths was the condition of the bike when I bought it.

What a difference between the two. Exceptional job done for this bike.
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Wonderful restoration.

How much time did it take to restore it to its current condition? How and from where did you manage to get the parts, and how long did it take? Was the engine in working condition?
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I am speechless. This bike is priceless
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