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We up the story from the 1955-85 era web after Floyd Clymer died in 1970) and his lawyer the trade names and marks for use on English and Italian made (culminating in the stillborn Ducati prototype of 1975), the rights licensed to a Taiwanese company to mini-bikes. After some success production ceased and by the the trade mark had sort of lost in the sense that different people, mostly restoration businesses, were the mark.

In a sense it had fallen into the domain and there was no legal to follow. By the early 1990’s the heavyweight cruiser and touring booming, several parties disputing ownership of the names and These legal battles place in the USA and Canada.

Some con-men and even the Cow band of Umpqua Tribe of Oregon claimed legal (the first time had gotten involved with motorcycles.) At least three (the native Indians plus two con men named Philip and Wayne Baughman) smoked up dreams of a new Chief, but these never got beyond the prototype

First photos show of the IMMI Chiefs made in The photos below (courtesy of Biker and Classic Bike include a wooden mockup of the Cynics called it The Wooden and they were right. I do the look of the frame and fenders (compare very wide fender on 1999-2003 Chief) and the chain was on the correct side.

The other photos are later in than the wooden mockup and are of running machines.

Viewer Jim provided the following info on the 3 Chiefs that were [Thanks, Jim.]

Although the are not refined, they did look in person. Made about 75 HP. about 100 ft. lbs. Between rpm and redline) They were engines and gearboxes, so had their of issues. But the exhaust note of the in the red bike @ 6,200 RPM sounded like a small block sprint car engine. quite a !


Engine: cooled. 1657 cc’s. Dual Ignition Coils Coil on plug design in the cylinder head) — as on a Chevy Trail Blazer

Bore. Big Block Chevy, I the … was a little shorter

Torque — about lbs from idle, 85 @ 1750 to about a peak of 107 ft lbs (@ 6500

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Gearbox — 4 speed

— Wet Clutch

Frame 4130 Chromemoly

Weight 755 lbs dry [about the same as other big V-twins, so these Chiefs as heavy as their engines them look]

Fuel. sequential port injection (same basic that powered Toyota to the GTP Championship)

The suspension was basically a design, using technology the suspension designers at Penske (front shocks and springs) and the mono shock was based on an old racing bike.

Next two are of the Eller corporation’s mockup of a (This was the group funded by the Americans.) This is not a prototype just a mockup, probably of plastic, wood, fiberglass Goofy forks are reminiscent of the Excelsior-Henderson. Having the alternator the old generator sprocket and pulley used to go is a great idea.

Note the attempts to make the look like an old side-valved even though OHC was intended. almost 90 degree edge of is unlike old Indians which C shaped. Too Harley-ish.

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