Most custom building creations are deviant works violating the social norms of what are formally-enacted rules of the way a motorcycle should look and work. You all know that Mike Tomas specializes in building new Indian motorcycles, mixing heritage with reliable modern engineering. It doesn’t exclude his admiration for the early 20’s board track racer bikes. So, how do you pay tribute to Harley-Davidson without betraying your unconditional love for everything Indian? By being “deviant”, creating from the ground up a bike whose “Hendee Deviant” name is making reference to Indian co-founder George Mallory Hendee and using on purpose the H&D initials. of Harley-Davidson.
Of course, Mike Tomas didn’t use any Harley parts, old or new. Mostly the new re-engineered Indian proprietary components that he creates at his Kiwi Indian shop in California and that he uses on all his custom projects. It starts with a single loop frame with a 28-degree rake. Powerplant is his own proprietary 84″ Flathead Kiwi Engine (42 deg, with 3 1/4 stroke 5″ bore) using a CV carburetor and connected to his 4-speed overdrive and synchromesh transmission Foot clutch and hand shift were a must have. “Hendee Deviant” rolls on a pair of 21″ Spoke wheels from Ride Wright fitted with Kiwi narrow hubs, 10″ discs and JayBrake calipers. Front suspension is provided by a Kiwi HD type front end (tubes are modified for a classic look.)
Other Kiwi parts include old racer type 3″ dropped down handlebars with internal controls, a spring solo seat Of course, gas tank shape and mount is typical of the 20’s era. Notice the oil tank built into the front of the rear fender (as marketed by Fat Katz), Last August In Sturgis, this modern race board track racer ranked third in the Production Manufacturer Class of the AMD World Championship Of Bike Building. Kiwi Indian ( (photography copyright Onno Wieringa for AMD Championship Of Bike Building)