The moment this bike appeared at the vintage festival an instant crowd gathered to investigate the iconic Indian motorcycle. Founded in 1901 the company manufactured in Springfield, Massachusetts, the factory's nickname, the wigwam. By 1911 the machine held every speed and distance record in the USA and took top three positions in the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Senior 500cc race (the Snaefell Mountain Course). Second place was taken by Charles Franklin who went on to design bikes for the company including the original Indian Scout of 1920,
However I think this bike is one of the 1930s Indian Chiefs but as I have no expertise so don't take my word for it. The Indian company went bankrupt in 1953 but in 2011 Polaris Industries took over the mark to produce machines again. The Indian time-line is on their site, or if thinking of splashing out and have the odd $37K to spend on travel perhaps the chief vintage 2013 is for you. But for the authentic 1930s experience
take up the helmet, jump on and zoom away
and of course I'll say "So long till ABC Wednesday!"
An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet