SPRINGFIELD, MASS. HOME OF INDIAN MOTOCYCLES CHESTERFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY WILL BOUTELLE SEPT. 20, 2007
References <ul><li>A Century of Indian by Ed Youngblood 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Indian Motorcycle Photo History by Jerry Ha...
<ul><li>Springfield, Mass was a manufacturing hub from mid-19th century </li></ul><ul><li>Large pool of skilled labor, ple...
<ul><li>1893 Duryea, Springfield Mass </li></ul>
DURYEA <ul><li>Brothers Charles & Frank built first car </li></ul><ul><li>Second car, won 1st auto race in USA (50 miles r...
Late-Model Duryea
Knox Automobile  1900-1914
KNOX AUTOMOBILE <ul><li>BUILT CARS, TRUCKS, TRACTORS AND FIRE ENGINES </li></ul><ul><li>USING KNOX ENGINES, SPRINGFIELD BE...
Springfield Rolls Royce
 
 
 
 
 
<ul><li>INDIAN PRODUCTION FIGURES </li></ul><ul><li>1901   3 </li></ul><ul><li>143 </li></ul><ul><li>376 </li></ul><ul><li...
Indian #268 (early 1903).  With engine and gas tank, it’s a bicycle!
From 1906 Indian catalogue, showing various products: Tandem, triplet, tri-car, tricycle and van
1907--First cataloged twin cylinder Indian 42 degree angle between front and rear cyl. ALL Indian twins through the end re...
1909 Loop Frame No longer a bicycle with a motor
Steering head of 1909 Indian single.  Note U-joint controls for gas and spark.
Indian always concentrated on police business.  Here is a 1910 two-man patrol twin in
Cincinatti.  NYPD placed their first order in 1903.
 
Indian Factories
1911 Isle of Man TT Race (Britain) <ul><li>Indian came in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place </li></ul>
Board track racing Los Angeles, 1912 1/3 mile tack, 90 mph
Eddie Hasha with “big base” 8-valve twin, Sept. 1912, on steeply banked board track, just
before an accident killed him, another racer and six spectators in Newark, NJ
This was the only time that Motorcycle racing ever made the front page of the NY Times
1912 Indian with “Colonial sidecar” made of wicker
1914 Indian with Indian sidecar
1913 Indian twin with spring frame Major Innovation, but nobody else followed Note early “buddy seat” hanging off the back
Ford Model T Hauled five people Kept you dry with top up Got cheaper to buy every year Killed market for motorcycle as che...
Oscar Hedstrom, Indian’s engineering father, retires at age 42 in 1913
Oscar Hedstrom, about the time of his retirement
Hendee special.  Electric Starting, but no generator.
Pancho Villa.  It’s hard to understand why needed electric starting, with no place to charge his batteries for miles aroun...
George Hendee Leaves Indian in 1915.  Now both the founders are gone.
1915 gun car, marketed to British army
1919 spring-frame military Indian.  Note gas lamp and brass levers.
1917 Model O First Indian Attempt at a lightweight twin Cylinders opposed, front and aft Harley riders called it the “Mode...
Erwin “Cannonball” Baker.  Not  to o  bright, but he could stay awake for days <ul><li>May, 1914  San Diego/New York </li>...
Publicity photo of Baker on Indian
Great Motorcycles, bad business
1921 Scout Starting to look like modern motorcycle
Scout primary drive--helical gears in oil bath.  Led to the chant: “You can’t wear out an Indian Scout”
1923 Chief.  First 74 cubic inch motor
1922 Chief with sidecar
Orie Steele Pre-eminent hillclimber with trophies, on 1924 Scout
1925 Indian Prince 2nd attempt at lightweight motorcycle
1926 souped up overhead valve Prince (Still didn’t sell)
Typical small-town Indian agency of 1920’s <ul><li>Dealer and wife in front of showroom </li></ul>
Lineage of the future Indian Four Motocycle <ul><li>Will Henderson, designer of: </li></ul><ul><li>Henderson, 1912-1917 an...
1912 Henderson First year of mfg. First motorcycle to drive around the world (driven by C.S. Clancy)
Mr. & Mrs. Will Henderson on 1912 Henderson Motorcycle
1917 Henderson Company sold to Schwinn Dec, 1917 Will and Tom Henderson kept on as consultants, but Will soon left to star...
Ace <ul><li>Designed by W. Henderson </li></ul><ul><li>Sept. 1922: Cannonball Baker rode Ace LA-NY (3332 miles) in 6 days,...
1927 Indian Ace
Indian Car <ul><li>Indian Car </li></ul>
Silver Arrow Outboard Motor
Non-motorcycle Products fail
1930-1939 duPont to the Rescue
Dupont Letter, 1930
1930 Hillclimber
1932 Scout Pony
1936 Chief (restored 2005)
<ul><li>1936 Chief </li></ul><ul><li>View from saddle </li></ul>
1938 Four Cyl. (restored 1999)
1938 Four Cylinder
<ul><li>1939 </li></ul><ul><li>Traffic </li></ul><ul><li>car </li></ul>
 
 
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  • HELP A GIRL PLEASE!!! I have a 1974 Indian motorcycle. i think it could be an 80 or 100cc..maybe a MT. I do have the serial number that was on the forks
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  • Mel Gibson owns one of these I think, or at least, did in 1984. Guy gets a lot of shit. Sure he's made mistakes but, kinda seems like people are ganging up on him out in Hollywood crapola land. Anyway, In the article, he was talking baout how he and his dad fixed up a old Indian (like 1920 I think) and he was riding it around coughing smoke and doing a FAST speed of about 50 tops. Still, nice bikes. I know they went much faster in some cases.
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Indian Motorcycles Talk

  1. 1. SPRINGFIELD, MASS. HOME OF INDIAN MOTOCYCLES CHESTERFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY WILL BOUTELLE SEPT. 20, 2007
  2. 2. References <ul><li>A Century of Indian by Ed Youngblood 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Indian Motorcycle Photo History by Jerry Hatfield 1993 </li></ul><ul><li>Golden Age of the Fours by Ted Hodgdon 1974 </li></ul><ul><li>Classic Indian Motorcycle by John Carroll (no date) </li></ul><ul><li>Hendersons, Those Elegant Machines by Richard Schultz 1994 </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Springfield, Mass was a manufacturing hub from mid-19th century </li></ul><ul><li>Large pool of skilled labor, plentiful power, available capital </li></ul><ul><li>At least three cars (Duryea, Knox and Rolls Royce), bicycles and motorcycles </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>1893 Duryea, Springfield Mass </li></ul>
  5. 5. DURYEA <ul><li>Brothers Charles & Frank built first car </li></ul><ul><li>Second car, won 1st auto race in USA (50 miles roundtrip Chicago-Evanston) </li></ul><ul><li>First production run (13 units) </li></ul><ul><li>1896 First auto accident (NYC, Henry Wells hit bicyclist in his Duryea, went to jail overnight) </li></ul><ul><li>Mfg at least until 1913 in IL, NJ, and PA </li></ul>
  6. 6. Late-Model Duryea
  7. 7. Knox Automobile 1900-1914
  8. 8. KNOX AUTOMOBILE <ul><li>BUILT CARS, TRUCKS, TRACTORS AND FIRE ENGINES </li></ul><ul><li>USING KNOX ENGINES, SPRINGFIELD BECAME FIRST MECHANIZED FIRE DEPT. IN USA </li></ul>
  9. 9. Springfield Rolls Royce
  10. 15. <ul><li>INDIAN PRODUCTION FIGURES </li></ul><ul><li>1901 3 </li></ul><ul><li>143 </li></ul><ul><li>376 </li></ul><ul><li>? </li></ul><ul><li>1905 1000+ </li></ul><ul><li>3000+ </li></ul><ul><li>6000+ </li></ul><ul><li>32000+ </li></ul><ul><li>25000 </li></ul><ul><li>21000 </li></ul>
  11. 16. Indian #268 (early 1903). With engine and gas tank, it’s a bicycle!
  12. 17. From 1906 Indian catalogue, showing various products: Tandem, triplet, tri-car, tricycle and van
  13. 18. 1907--First cataloged twin cylinder Indian 42 degree angle between front and rear cyl. ALL Indian twins through the end retained this angle
  14. 19. 1909 Loop Frame No longer a bicycle with a motor
  15. 20. Steering head of 1909 Indian single. Note U-joint controls for gas and spark.
  16. 21. Indian always concentrated on police business. Here is a 1910 two-man patrol twin in
  17. 22. Cincinatti. NYPD placed their first order in 1903.
  18. 24. Indian Factories
  19. 25. 1911 Isle of Man TT Race (Britain) <ul><li>Indian came in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place </li></ul>
  20. 26. Board track racing Los Angeles, 1912 1/3 mile tack, 90 mph
  21. 27. Eddie Hasha with “big base” 8-valve twin, Sept. 1912, on steeply banked board track, just
  22. 28. before an accident killed him, another racer and six spectators in Newark, NJ
  23. 29. This was the only time that Motorcycle racing ever made the front page of the NY Times
  24. 30. 1912 Indian with “Colonial sidecar” made of wicker
  25. 31. 1914 Indian with Indian sidecar
  26. 32. 1913 Indian twin with spring frame Major Innovation, but nobody else followed Note early “buddy seat” hanging off the back
  27. 33. Ford Model T Hauled five people Kept you dry with top up Got cheaper to buy every year Killed market for motorcycle as cheap transportation
  28. 34. Oscar Hedstrom, Indian’s engineering father, retires at age 42 in 1913
  29. 35. Oscar Hedstrom, about the time of his retirement
  30. 36. Hendee special. Electric Starting, but no generator.
  31. 37. Pancho Villa. It’s hard to understand why needed electric starting, with no place to charge his batteries for miles around. Two years later, he was being chased by General John J. Pershing
  32. 38. George Hendee Leaves Indian in 1915. Now both the founders are gone.
  33. 39. 1915 gun car, marketed to British army
  34. 40. 1919 spring-frame military Indian. Note gas lamp and brass levers.
  35. 41. 1917 Model O First Indian Attempt at a lightweight twin Cylinders opposed, front and aft Harley riders called it the “Model Zero” due to its low power
  36. 42. Erwin “Cannonball” Baker. Not to o bright, but he could stay awake for days <ul><li>May, 1914 San Diego/New York </li></ul><ul><li>11 days, 12 hrs, 10 min </li></ul><ul><li>Aug., 1915 Canada/Mexico </li></ul><ul><li>3 days, 9 hrs, 15 min </li></ul><ul><li>24-hr. record: 1534.25 miles </li></ul><ul><li>All on Indians </li></ul>
  37. 43. Publicity photo of Baker on Indian
  38. 44. Great Motorcycles, bad business
  39. 45. 1921 Scout Starting to look like modern motorcycle
  40. 46. Scout primary drive--helical gears in oil bath. Led to the chant: “You can’t wear out an Indian Scout”
  41. 47. 1923 Chief. First 74 cubic inch motor
  42. 48. 1922 Chief with sidecar
  43. 49. Orie Steele Pre-eminent hillclimber with trophies, on 1924 Scout
  44. 50. 1925 Indian Prince 2nd attempt at lightweight motorcycle
  45. 51. 1926 souped up overhead valve Prince (Still didn’t sell)
  46. 52. Typical small-town Indian agency of 1920’s <ul><li>Dealer and wife in front of showroom </li></ul>
  47. 53. Lineage of the future Indian Four Motocycle <ul><li>Will Henderson, designer of: </li></ul><ul><li>Henderson, 1912-1917 and </li></ul><ul><li>Ace 1922-1926 </li></ul><ul><li>Indian bought out Ace after bankruptcy </li></ul>
  48. 54. 1912 Henderson First year of mfg. First motorcycle to drive around the world (driven by C.S. Clancy)
  49. 55. Mr. & Mrs. Will Henderson on 1912 Henderson Motorcycle
  50. 56. 1917 Henderson Company sold to Schwinn Dec, 1917 Will and Tom Henderson kept on as consultants, but Will soon left to start Ace Motorcycle Company
  51. 57. Ace <ul><li>Designed by W. Henderson </li></ul><ul><li>Sept. 1922: Cannonball Baker rode Ace LA-NY (3332 miles) in 6 days, 22 hours and 52 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>“ World’s Fastest Motorcycle” 129 mph solo, 106 mph with sidecar </li></ul><ul><li>Will Henderson Killed Dec. 1922, while testing the new Ace on city streets </li></ul>
  52. 58. 1927 Indian Ace
  53. 59. Indian Car <ul><li>Indian Car </li></ul>
  54. 60. Silver Arrow Outboard Motor
  55. 61. Non-motorcycle Products fail
  56. 62. 1930-1939 duPont to the Rescue
  57. 63. Dupont Letter, 1930
  58. 64. 1930 Hillclimber
  59. 65. 1932 Scout Pony
  60. 66. 1936 Chief (restored 2005)
  61. 67. <ul><li>1936 Chief </li></ul><ul><li>View from saddle </li></ul>
  62. 68. 1938 Four Cyl. (restored 1999)
  63. 69. 1938 Four Cylinder
  64. 70. <ul><li>1939 </li></ul><ul><li>Traffic </li></ul><ul><li>car </li></ul>

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