Seen In Daytona. Vintage Indian Motorcycles.

1-Indian19152-Indian19263-Indian4-Indian5-IndianDuring the 1st annual Indian Motorcycle Bike Show held last week during Daytona Bike Week, I had the opportunity to admire these antique motorcycles. On top, a rare unrestored 1915 Hendee Indian (During the 1910s Indian became the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world.) Then below 2 Indian Scout racers from the 1920’s that raced  in Daytona (AMA Class C Racer) from 1938 to 1951. They also competed on 1/2 Mile, T.T., Short Track and Hill Climb.

17 Responses to “Seen In Daytona. Vintage Indian Motorcycles.”

  1. 1 Rodent Mar 18th, 2014 at 9:20 am

    If it’s the 1st, it ain’t annual and any way beautiful bikes, where was this show?

  2. 2 Frosty Mar 18th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Corbin’s parking lot in Ormond Beach, last Friday

  3. 3 Jeff Keizer Mar 18th, 2014 at 9:47 am

    If Polaris would do a new Scout with 30’s vibes, would buy immediately.

  4. 4 Sharkey Mar 18th, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Polaris Industries is really trying hard; good job so far but still waaay short in qualified dealers for me. You can buy a name but you can’t buy history…

  5. 5 Woody Mar 18th, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    c’mon Rodent, you know better’n than that. If you stage an event with the full intent of doing it again every year, it CAN be correctly called a First Annual event. (Love the Yellow Racer!)

  6. 6 Jeff Keizer Mar 18th, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    1st annual is correct. Rodent gives English lesson to everybody, but look at a dozen of his comments.His spelling and grammar are almost always incorrect!

  7. 7 Terence Tory Mar 18th, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    1st annual.

  8. 8 Kroeter Mar 18th, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    I’d hate to ride the pedal bike into the wind with those giant airscoop fenders.

  9. 9 Rodent Mar 18th, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    First Annual is sometimes rejected by newspaper editors because it’s predictive and doesn’t describe the present state of affairs which reporters should report. You could say ‘first of a planned series of annual’ but until the event has occurred twice it isn’t actually being held annually.

  10. 10 Woody Mar 18th, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Sorry Rodent, sometimes doesn’t=”it ain’t annual”. Just because something isn’t always correct doesn’t mean it’s always wrong. BTW Are those the same newspapers that tell me the President is “open” and hates class warfare? 😉

  11. 11 Biker Leather Jackets Mar 19th, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Nice collection of Indian Bikes.

  12. 12 BobS Mar 19th, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    What’s the over under on a newspaper editor rejecting “…it aint annual and any way beautiful bikes, where was this show?”

  13. 13 Sheridan Mar 19th, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    That yellow racer looks like a ton of fun! Polaris build something like that, and with no plastic covers, and I’ll buy it

  14. 14 Steve Hog Radio Show Producer Mar 20th, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    H-D doesn’t build their bikes like they did back in the day, not does any other manufacturer so why would Polaris.

    If you want an old style New Indian then buy from Kiwi Indian, where Mike Thomas continues to manufacture and sell vintage Indians.

  15. 15 Brett Sherman Mar 20th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Steve Hog. You are wrong. Kiwi occasionally may restore an old Indian, some with replica parts. Kiwi builds from the ground up replica Indians using its own parts. But they are not genuine Indians, can’t have an Indian title. They are “custom assembled motorcycles assembled from parts”. They are Kiwi motorcycles, not Indians.

  16. 16 Kamikaze Mar 20th, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Agree with Brett. Personally, a replica car, motorcycle or whatever has absolutely no value in my book. Buy the real thing…or save for it.

  17. 17 Pat Simmons Mar 28th, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    I have to chime in on this since you brought up Kiwi. Mike’s bikes are truer to the historical Indian styling that I think Jeff, Sheridan, and Steve are talking about. They are built to have the aesthetic features of vintage 30’s and 40’s Indian’s, with updated features such as modern braking, starting, shifting, etc. Basically way more dependable than bikes from theat era. In many ways more “Indian” than the modern Polaris bikes, since they have developed more directly from the original designs, and they really perform well! He can also take an old indian, and bring it back to it’s original glory if that’s what you’re looking for. He’s one of the best restorers I know. That being said, I love the new Indians, and what they have brought to the marketplace. But, remember George Hendee, and Oscar Hedstrom had nothing to do with the present company, in terms of engineering, or design. That doesn’t mean the new Indians aren’t legitimate inheritors of the marque. They’re keeping alive the name of a company that has brought so much pleasure to so many for over a hundred years. Kiwi Mike is part of that history for so many Indian enthusiasts. An unsung hero if you will for the Indian brand. As genuine as they get.

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