Virtual Indian 2010 Xmas Special Issue — Neil Grieve’s Norton-Chief Hybrid

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Got my first bike, a Kawasaki in Nairobi Kenya around 1975 or early ’76. On a near my school was a house I every day. One day I saw a motorcycle in the with the word Indian on the and a For Sale sign taped to the

A couple of mates and myself to see the bike which belonged to a guy John Bisley. He let us try to ride it bump-started the thing and pointed out the clutch (actually a … as it was just a small lever bolted to the worm!), hand and left-hand throttle. Needless to say we all off but the thing wouldn’t stall.

It turned out to be a 1950’s Triumph swinging-arm frame with an new 741 engine and gearbox unit. rear wheel and brake and rear mudguard. Fuel and oil were Indian.

Unfortunately was no room for the kickstart block to onto the back of the gearbox as the was in the way — which made for push starts, especially in

A school friend visiting was impressed with my little and asked where he could buy a I took him to see the Indian which he on sight. Having never a bike before he took to the no problem. He also got a partially engine in the deal.

Three months later his work was up he offered me the bike and I had a day to 1000 Kenyan shillings £50 then), so I visited my second-hand store and traded my and an old stereo for the cash.

Bought the and proceeded to ride it home on my voyage. By the time I got home I was and immediately set off on another ride. time later and after many miles, I decided to the bike for the better.

I traded the Triumph frame for a G3L rigid frame and tele

The local Kawasaki agent, Importers Ltd, had a roomful of spares in the crate with wrapping, the contents of which I was parially aware. I know he had NOS exhausts, carb parts and parts. In his shop window was a new 741 motor, complete and covered in

I had seen it before but knew it was the one so I bought it, again for 1000 This I put in the new bike which now accept the kickstart as it was a hardtail. was a sweet handling bike a crisp new engine!


The only thing apart washing off the Cosmolene was that the plates had seized together and separating, washed and reassembled. I sold this bike I left Kenya in 1978.

forward 10 years to summer I am walking to my lock-up garage I hear a familiar sound. I the corner to see a guy on a 101 Indian Scout! turned out to be Alan Forbes.

He then showed me what he had in his an immaculate 1931 Indian 4. I had my leg in from a bike accident but he me a ride on this beautiful I took the 4 up the road a couple of and back and that was it. hooked

A couple of months later I a basket-case 1947 Chief Alan and ended up working at his shop, getting paid with Indian parts. It four years to complete but bike was ridden everywhere as it was my transport at that time. regretfully, I had to sell the Chief in for financial reasons.

That was the time I thought build that Featherbed special I always used to about with my mate

741/Triumph in Kenya in the mid 1970s.

Chief in Scotland in the mid 1990s



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