You too can drive an Indian Chief Vintage sidecar

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Re: You too can drive an Indian Chief Vintage sidecar

Post by Snakeoil » Fri Dec 18, 2015 12:30 pm

Thanks guys. I'm just the current caretaker and had nothing to do with her restoration. So, I don't have to be humble. She is gorgeous and I enjoy going out to the garage and just looking at her.

Zoom in on the second photo and look at the inspection plate mounted by the rear crash bar. That was my contribution to the bike. I could not bring myself to put a NYS inspection sticker on the paint and simple square plate just did not seem right to me. So, I got out the Dremel and about 4 hours later, had a proper inspection sticker plate.

I don't think the bike makes the cutoff for the Cannonball. Too new.

By the way, the guy that bought the bike from the guy that found it in the field runs the Cannonball every year. He owns more 4 cylinder motorcycles than anyone else I know.
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Re: You too can drive an Indian Chief Vintage sidecar

Post by silverdog » Fri Dec 18, 2015 1:05 pm

How does it handle, stop etc.? Can you keep up with traffic?

Thanks for pictures, story.
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Re: You too can drive an Indian Chief Vintage sidecar

Post by Daytripper » Sat Dec 19, 2015 1:10 am

:bow: I'm jealous, missing my 48 chief.
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Re: You too can drive an Indian Chief Vintage sidecar

Post by steelsmith » Sat Dec 19, 2015 8:25 am

That's just motorcycle PORN, plain and simple! That was my favorite year Indian although I had aspired to own an 80" Chief. Never did get a '39 but, did have a '40 and did the ground up restoration in my own hot rod/bike shop (in another life ...)

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Re: You too can drive an Indian Chief Vintage sidecar

Post by Snakeoil » Sat Dec 19, 2015 12:45 pm

silverdog wrote:How does it handle, stop etc.? Can you keep up with traffic?

Thanks for pictures, story.
Handling-wise the bike is pretty nimble. The CG is very low and when you are on it, it feels more like a dirt bike. Ride is a little rough. I got whiplash a couple years ago when I hit a hidden depression in the road just a mile or so from my house. I thought I broke my neck.

First time taking it any distance I hit a similar depression where a crew had paved over a pothole without filling it it. I hit it at about 60 mph and it actually launched the bike into the air. She came down and went straight down the road. It was as much a terrifying experience as it was a comforting experience, if you get my drift.

It stops pretty good. Back brake is very effective given the weight of the bike. So with front and rear, I can probably stop better than my drum brake Ural. I also own a couple of SLS Brits and we all know how well they stop. So, I'm calibrated and ride accordingly.

It will keep up with traffic fine. But I'm not one to flog an engine that would cost 5 figures to rebuild. Remember, it used to be a police bike so I would assume they got flogged pretty hard in their day.

The crashbox also makes for less than spirited departures. Rule of thumb is go from 1st to 2nd around 15 mph and then into 3rd shortly thereafter. Once you are in 3rd, you stay there unless you have to stop. The engine has so much bottom end and a low CR that you can lug it like a tractor engine. Making a turn is simply a matter of slowing down and then chug, chug, chugging down the road. I'm told that there are a number of these out there with no 2nd gear from guy beating on the bikes and tearing 2nd gear teeth off. So all they have is 1st and 3rd and are quite content.

It's not the kind of bike you would want to beat on anyway. It has a certain dignity about it and it was made for cruising back roads and taking in the scenery while you listen to the engine chug away. It is electric motor smooth.

When I had it on the track at the Glen, I did wind her out a bit. I probably hit 75 or 80 and then caught up to the pace car.

Owning this bike is like having the hot girlfriend everyone else wants. Only they don't seem to hate you as much for owning the bike. :roll:

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Re: You too can drive an Indian Chief Vintage sidecar

Post by barnone » Sat Dec 19, 2015 10:31 pm

Back to the original Indian in the CL ad.
"2014 Indian Vintage with side car only 500 miles.
I purchased both new and spent over $38,000.00 to complete. This is stunning and for sale at $31k"
I would like to hear the owner's story on the $38k spent and why only 500 miles on the rig.
2014 Indian Vintage MSRP $20,999. Where did the other $17,000 come from?
Did the sidecar handling scare the hell out of him?

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Re: You too can drive an Indian Chief Vintage sidecar

Post by gobium » Sat Dec 19, 2015 10:35 pm

barnone wrote:Back to the original Indian in the CL ad.
"2014 Indian Vintage with side car only 500 miles.
I purchased both new and spent over $38,000.00 to complete. This is stunning and for sale at $31k"
I would like to hear the owner's story on the $38k spent and why only 500 miles on the rig.
Did the sidecar handling scare the hell out of him?
More than likely , he dog gets car sick. :lol:

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Re: You too can drive an Indian Chief Vintage sidecar

Post by Blue Ridge Wheeltor » Sun Dec 20, 2015 8:31 am

Roadking wrote:It's beautiful. And sounds like a decent deal for someone with $30k


$30,000? Heck, I could buy a Ural from Ural NE and save about a hundred fifty dollars. :shock:
95% of all Urals built in the last ten years are still on the road....The other 5% made it home.

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Re: You too can drive an Indian Chief Vintage sidecar

Post by barnone » Fri Dec 25, 2015 11:16 pm

Another Indian rig. $54880 (Indian Motorcycle Las Vegas)
http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/mcd/5371676010.html
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Re: You too can drive an Indian Chief Vintage sidecar

Post by planeflyer21 » Sat Dec 26, 2015 8:40 am

We're getting into very good, airworthy Cessna 182 prices with that one.
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