The 1948 Indian Chief — Classic American Motorcycles — Motorcycle Classics

12 Фев 2015 | Author: | Комментарии к записи The 1948 Indian Chief — Classic American Motorcycles — Motorcycle Classics отключены
Indian Chief Classic

Related Content

Jay Leno’s Indian Four

Jay Leno at length about his 1933 Four in this video Jay Leno’s Garage.

2013 International Motorcycle Show in

Advanstar Communications Inc. that two of the industry’s leading events, the P.

Found on eBay: Indian Military Scout

One of my favorite 1940’s classic is the Indian Scout, and while love to get my hand.

Cross Motorcycle Trips in 1949

Protopapas shares his experiences cross country motorcycle on a 1948 Indian Chie.

If you to buy a new Indian motorcycle in early you only had one choice: the 74ci Chief. 1948 may have a good year for the Cleveland baseball team — they won the Series — but it was not so good for the Indian Company in Springfield, Mass. had just introduced its new Panhead, featured hydraulically adjusted valves, while Indian was do with a flathead engine had first seen the light of day in the early 1920s.

Of course, if you liked sidevalve still common in American following World War II, then was your choice. The 42-degree had a bore of 3.25 inches and a of 4.4375 inches, with a ratio around 6:1. A big carburetor fed the fuel.

Standard was via a battery and an automotive-type distributor, a manual spark retard/advance on the handlebar. Two separate pieces up the gas tank, the left holding than 2 gallons of gas, the a further gallon of gas as well as the 2.5 oil reservoir for the dry sump engine. are three caps on the tank, one on the and two on the right, with the forward cap “OIL” — that’s where the oil

Stories from the era of Prohibition of riders carrying moonshine in the tank and running on the right.

A primary chain bathed in oil a wet multi-plate foot clutch. we should clarify the difference a foot clutch and a “…” A foot clutch is not spring-loaded. takes place using the left foot to rotate the pedal backward.

If he disengaged the and then put his foot on the ground, the stayed disengaged. That’s from a spring-loaded “…” which would leap engagement with no foot to it. The Indian Chief used a (or optional 3-speed and reverse), transmission, with a hand-shift on the side of the gas tank.

Indian offered the option of a or right-hand throttle, with gearshift placement. Legend has it the police, a major market for liked the left-hand throttle so could pull out their and fire away at the likes of Dillinger. Larry’s bike has the right-hand throttle, as did mine.

Indian Chief Classic

were 16-inchers with wide tires, with an option. Brakes were single-leading-shoe with narrow A weight of 550 pounds, plus the meant a little forethought was in to pull the bike down speed.

The front suspension used a damped girder and coil Plunger-style shock absorbers the back of the “Double Action” Frame. Each shock had two the top cushioning the bumps and the lower a damping effect.

They had travel, but considering Harley’s frame and more basic fork, the Indian’s suspension was a cut the Milwaukee product.

Styling was by the famous Indian skirted which worked extremely in keeping road grime off the Rider comfort was enhanced by the post on the saddle, and if you had the Buddy it came with an auxiliary of springs that could be traveling two-up. A Stewart-Warner sat on the two gas tanks, marked to 120mph.

Not a stock Indian Chief even see three figures, but is always good. The dash included the ignition/light switch and a discharge light” that lit up the generator was not generating.

Indian only built 3,000 Chiefs in 1948, a of the 12,000 that came out of the in 1947. Ralph Rogers, the of Indian since 1945, was to introduce new models based on motorcycles (think lighter and but setting up production lines was longer than anticipated.

In of 1948, Rogers got his first new in the Indian showrooms. Called the it was an English-looking 220cc overhead single and was soon followed by the vertical twin Scout. the rush into production that these machines had not properly tested, and were not reliable. Compounding problems, in of that year Britain the Pound by 25 percent, and the cost of motorcycles in the U.S. dropped by 25

The writing was on the wall; production of Indians would cease five years. MC

Read touring U.S. 101 on this bike in U.S. 101 by 1948 Chief .

Interesting articles

Other articles of the category "Indian Chief":

Our partners
Follow us
Contact us
Our contacts

Born in the USSR


About this site

For all questions about advertising, please contact listed on the site.

Motorcycles catalog with specifications, pictures, ratings, reviews and discusssions about Motorcycles.