Reorganization At Kiwi Indian Motorcycles

It never been officially disclosed until now. Ivar Natin, a former customer a long time friend of Mike Tomas at Kiwi Indian Motorcycles and later a technical writer for his Indian Replica components, has taken over the company parts division, now a separate entity under the name of Kiwi Indian Motorcycle Parts Co. The new company is located in Minneapolis and is the subsidiary of another Natin’s company named IDN.  IDN is a full service technical documentation support company writing motorcycle technical manual’s, user’s guides, illustrations, part catalogs, etc. Ivar Natin has also a long experience in the organization of warehouses and warehousing.

As Mike Tomas and Ivar developed a relationship, it became apparent that they could help each other. Under a new arrangement between Kiwi Indian Motorcycles Co. California and Kiwi Indian Motorcycle Parts, Minnesota, Mike Tomas continues to work at his South California facility to develop new components, which is where is his real interest, with Ivar Natin taking over the parts manufacturing and distribution from Minneapolis. 

Of course, in addition of developing new parts, Mike continues to pursue the same activities: building custom bikes, doing full restorations, completing engine rebuilds, new engine building, manufacturing replacement parts for Classic Indian Motorcycles built from 1901 to 1953 and of course creating new Indian Retro Replicas. Sub-component rebuilding services for carburetors, cylinders, flywheels and connecting rods, oil pumps, wheel hubs, etc. are now services available at either location in California or Minnesota. In Minneapolis Ivar Natin has spent the last months organizing and streamlining a new modern and efficient inventory system and is already taking orders and shipping parts to Mike Tomas’ clients. Kiwi Indian Motorcycles. (pictures courtesy Kiwi Indian)

17 Responses to “Reorganization At Kiwi Indian Motorcycles”

  1. 1 gina woods Dec 16th, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Congratulations to Mike, Carolyn & Ivar! This prtnership frees up Mike & Carolyn to do what they do best …run their business, building, restoring etc! Best of luck to all hope it exceeds your expectations!! Love you guys ~ GW

  2. 2 Lyle Dec 16th, 2010 at 8:31 am

    I’ve had dealings with Mike and most lately Ivar, they are both good folks and treated me right!

  3. 3 deadwood1783 Dec 16th, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Ivar was the tech writer at Excelsior-Henderson. Good luck with your new venture.

  4. 4 Jeff Nicklus Dec 16th, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Good luck guys with the new venture … all the best!

    Over & Out,


  5. 5 burnout Dec 16th, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Looks like a sign of success to me! peace

  6. 6 loony Dec 16th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Congrats Mike and Ivar, all sound good to me.

    Happy Birthday MIKE !

  7. 7 Darin Maltsberger - Instructor @MTI Dec 16th, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Congrtas to Mike and Carolyn…… maybe you guys will have time to do the stuff that got you in the business all those years ago. The things that you enjoy. Best of luck.

  8. 8 LENNY SINNET ASTC PERFORMANCE Dec 16th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Mike and Carolyn great deal and most important Happy birthday mike.

  9. 9 JZ Dec 16th, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Mike Tomas is a real gentleman, through and through. I’m sure anyone he chose to do business with would be like-minded.

  10. 10 Mad River Motor Company Dec 16th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Ivar is the reason I can repair my Super X – thank you for what you’ve done Ivar keeping them alive

  11. 11 Mike Kiwi Tomas, Kiwi Indian Motorcycle Co Dec 16th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Our business continues to grow and I enjoy designing and building cool retro styled motorcycles and taking old original piles of junk and turning them into stunning masterpieces. With Ivar taking control of the parts division, it frees me up to persue futher developing our engine and designing several new models which orders have been placed sight unseen. Another happy time will be when our new 6,000 sq ft addition is completed in 2011.
    Our business allows us to enjoy meeting and being with great folks both in and out of our industry.
    Ivar has a lot of experience with Indians and was a key man at ExHen right till the end. True dedication to further the Kiwi Parts brand.
    See you all on the show circuit during 2011.

  12. 12 Wiz Dec 17th, 2010 at 4:38 am

    The midwest is the place to be, just ask Samson Exhaust. Not that I’m partial or anythin’!! Wiz

  13. 13 Doc Robinson Dec 17th, 2010 at 7:22 am

    More power to you Kiwi. M8.

  14. 14 jatinder pal Dec 17th, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Always had a soft spot for Indian,good to know that Kiwi is on roll.Congrats.

  15. 15 aft customs Dec 17th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Good job Mike. You are in an inovater & a source of inspiration to us all. Merry Christmas to you, Carolyn, & Ross

  16. 16 Jezza Jun 13th, 2011 at 4:54 am

    It’s great to see Mike doing well and expanding. He’s an inspiration to all of us to follow or dreams and our passion. Mike and Carolyn are lovely people too. More power to them! Just hope I live long enough to afford one of their 1930s replica bobbers!

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