A 1933 Indian Motorcycle In Jay Leno’s Garage

With the launch of the new Indian, 2013 will probably be a big year for motorcycle history. As explained again and again, this time by Jay Leno, Indian boasts an extremely rich history, a past that Polaris is leveraging to re-introduce the brand with the up coming launch of a brand new model. Listen to Jay front of his 1933 Indian. (12.43)

14 Responses to “A 1933 Indian Motorcycle In Jay Leno’s Garage”

  1. 1 Kirk Perry Jul 6th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Watching and listening to this display of motorized common sense, why cannot their be a modern class of emissions-exempt motorcycles with mandated stock mufflers?

    Why can’t the Indian-4 be remade, carbon credits paid for or traded instead of “watching” fun, that you’re never going to ride or participate in. There’s a jillion vehicles and planes that pollute more. XXXX that! 🙂

    I’m going to go smoke a bowl of lightening and head-out on my rigid Pan and try to make some sense out of it.

  2. 2 Fritz Jul 6th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Polaris Indian will have tough historical precedence to beat with their new bike. They should think about making an inline four but not a Dakota clone either.

    Good luck to them! We all wait with anticipation!

  3. 3 LarryC Jul 6th, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Good plan Kirk !

  4. 4 Trail Boss Jul 7th, 2013 at 8:14 am


  5. 5 Pat Simmons Jul 8th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Jay knows his stuff. Always has some great insights, and makes you chuckle along the way. Thanks Cyril, and Jay! Oh yeah, incredibly beautiful bike!

  6. 6 Kirk Perry Jul 8th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Here’s what I’ve learned so far, progressing through a $25. inline M/C Safety course about old bikes:

    1. When you’re stopped at a traffic light and no one is behind you, tape your rear brake pedal (or your front brake lever) to activate the tail light several times and make it blink.

    2. Carry a flatten aluminum can in your back pocket to use a a kick-stand coaster (and sound like the Tin Man walking). 🙂

    3. Don’t fixate on a pothole or road hazard in your path…. instead, look up and towards an escape path. (good one).

    note: this was the top m/c safety school that popped-up on a google-search, there are others. Flo’ at Progressive told me that taking an online course will lower your insurance rates, when the question gets asked, “have you ever taken a driver safety course?

  7. 7 CafeSportyTC Jul 8th, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    has that progressive check come in yet Kirk?

  8. 8 Kirk Perry Jul 8th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    And for those that flat-out refuse to “take some course” here’s the meat & potato’s of it:

    1. (correction) ..tap your rear brake pedal to blink the tail light when a vehicle approaches.

    2. There’s 3-different braking systems out there: Integrated, Linked, and Anti-lock, but they all brake differently. I’d need to look in my Clymer’s manual to know which – not in the 2013 OEM manual that I could find without a degree.

    3. For immediate emergency stops, activate both brakes simultaneously, keep body centered, and look well ahead, not down. Helps greatly, if you can keep the m/c in a straight-line while activating both brakes – like when you’re about to over-shoot a tight turn – but stopping w/ the wheels straight, before the turn, then turn the handlebars and proceed.

    4. Braking during a curve takes special considerations, since some the “braking” tire traction is also needed for the cornering. (Gravel? Don’t use the front brake in a curve with gravel on the road. And, cross wet railroad tracks at 90-degrees, not at a slant-angle).

    5. The M/C Safety Foundation creed is: SEE (Search, Evaluate, Execute) all conditions.

    Of note, in this M/C Safety Foundation video-course, were several pages of Alcohol warnings, and it’s stunning to realize how much society is rooted in the platform of alcohol, and being killed by it. So here are the M/CSF guidelines for dealing with drunks on two-wheels: 🙂

    1. Enlist others in an on-the-spot-intervention. [Argue with a drunk? 🙂 ]
    2. Arrange a ride.
    3. Slow the pace of drinking.
    4. Delay departure. [knock ‘im out?] 🙂
    5.Keep the bike parked and hide keys. [swear to god, verbatim script] 🙂
    There was a list of 60 meds that could also bite you. No mention of Weed though oddly enough – only that “herbal remedies could interact with alcohol and the other (60) sparklers & screamers included in the list”

  9. 9 Kirk Perry Jul 8th, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    “has that progressive check come in yet Kirk?”
    🙂 Just send it to SD, HD, Flo’… I’m running a tab.

    No schek, but I do have one correction to make. I received a notice from Harley-Davidson Progressive that I needed to sign-off on not accepting the “uninsured motorist” policy and send it back to them. I called. Flo’ said, “Yup, another 300 bucks, Kirk and nope it’s not against Calif. law if you refuse it. It just means that if you or your riding buddy get popped by an insured (fleeing smuggler on state route 94) motorist, you or him/her get nothing. So tell them that.”
    I started to back out of the office as she was walking slowly toward me, then pointed her finger and said, “You’re not letting your little friend ride the bike more than (12) times a year are you?” Of course not, I replied, “Most of the people I know are done with riding, or I wouldn’t trust them on 1200 cc of raw power without “training”.

  10. 10 Kirk Perry Jul 8th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    ““Yup, another 120 bucks raises it to $322. a yr.”, she said.

  11. 11 Kirk Perry Jul 9th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Watching the Indian video and Jay moving along on his merry way – the torque seems almost gyro-stabilized with the inertia produced by the in-line cylinder arrangement.

    When gas is fed, it seems the only factor that would cause a delay (or hiccup) in forward movement, would be any rear-chain slack that might develop over time.

    The Indian-four’s response to “more throttle” (in the video) looks to have the same “worm-drive” qualities as a drive-shaft & gear driven Ace in-line four.
    An area resident that has a split-level structure full of running classics of every stripe, let a world speed-record holder light-up his Ace four at Del Mar one year.
    I was standing right there on the paddock grass
    (see pic) http://vintagetwin.com/topic.php?id=324
    when a tall fellow of ruddy complexion kick-started the motor and threw a leg over. Once the oil pressure needle pegged, he twisted the throttle and burned a harrow in the turf for 10 feet or so, and then stopped.
    I was first to reach him, within four giant steps, and asked if he thought that a gear driven rear wheel produces the same torque as a chain driven rear wheel?
    He looked at me with watering-eyes for about 5 seconds 🙂 (like he was mulling it over) and then replied, “No….not at all”.

  12. 12 Kirk Perry Jul 9th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    And while still clinging by tentative grip to the antique oil lamp of obsolete fun, where would we be (and we currently are) without an exoskeleton for old Harley’s?
    To those enthusiast, is this mornings message from the top:

    Hey Kirk,
    Thanks for your reply; sounds like you’ve got your hands full and keeping pretty busy as usual. I forwarded your email on to Ted, and I spoke with him also. We may be promoting a Panhead video soon and could probably use your help to critique…interested?

    Ted was also saying any of the older frames we bring back to the market, will have the correct seat posts, axle plates, tank mounts, etc. aligned in place. Looking forward to receiving the maps, thanks, & thanks for the invite.

    Jennifer – Purchasing

  13. 13 Polaris Power House Jul 11th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Awesome bike! Sweet that Jay knows his stuff too! Check out the Polaris’s we have to offer at polarispowerhouse.com

  14. 14 cbarter Jul 12th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Really enjoy watching Leno. Beautiful bike. Thanks.

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