How many old Indians are just sitting in the garage gathering dust because their aging owners are too old, too weak with their legs to be able to kick start them? Probably a lot…Would be nice if these old Indian owners could electric start these bikes and ride them again. Indian purists, don’t feel offended. In 1914 Indian invented the 1st electric starter for a motorcycle, however it was only a 1-year option since battery technology was lacking. In 1999, when Mike Tomas at Kiwi Indian Motorcycle Company started to develop the world’s 1st Indian Flathead Replica, boosting displacement to 84″, he realized very fast that an electric starter would be welcomed by some of his clients and would considerably expand his Kiwi manufactured motorcycles market.
For those who know old Indians, the biggest challenge was of course to overcome the difficulty of fitting a starter in such a confined and tightly packaged motorcycle and make it a bolt on kit without modifications to the original bike, which would be sacrilege to most. Another big issue was to take in account the manufacturing variance from one bike to another whether it be during Indians manufacturing process or the frame moving over its lifetime. This meant there had to have adjustability into the design, hence the 1st part of the drive is via gear while the final drive being chain for the adjustability portion of the drive.
Problems resolved with the following features. *Easy installation (does not require removal of kickstart pin). *Fits neatly under chain guard and looks part of the original design. *Bolt on kit, no alterations to the original bike. *New high capacity battery still retains its original location. *High torque gear reduction starter. *High end ball bearing/keyed/sealed Sprag clutch. (Sprag only allows drive to move during starting). *Partial gear/chain drive. *Gear primary drive for torque reduction and positive engagement. Chain final drive allows for frame misalignment. *Battery remains in same position as stock. *Neutral safety switch. *American made, engineered and sold by Kiwi Indian Motorcycle Company.