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  Liberty Motorcycle Specialties
As show-goers in the heart of the Midwest have witnessed, the Peoria Area of scene of enthusiasts show often and place well, thanks to a diverse and experienced motorcycle industry that flourishes there.

Just up river in downtown Lacon, Illinois, Liberty Motorcycle Specialties, Inc. first registered in 1979 to provide personalized collector services, including extreme salvage machine work as well as motor and transmission blueprinting and chassis restorations. Licensed by the Secretary of State as a Repairer, Liberty avoids conflict with its collector patrons and commercial accounts by not dealing in vehicles or used hardware. In this way, appraisals, estimates, and consultations can be accurate and uncompromised. In addition, Liberty networks with other cottage industries which provide the finest in powdercoating, painting, leather work, and detail art to enhance the the enthusiast's enjoyment of his or her machine, as well as the machine's performance and investment value.

Although the showroom is open every weekday afternoon to display examples of unearthed resurrections and one-of-a-kind radical repairs, most business is conducted by personal appointment in order to provide eye-to-eye individually tailored services that keep the future in mind.

Liberty does not make client's decisions for them. Whether vintage or street, every vehicle is a personal expression to which Liberty is dedicated to making easy and more rewarding. Liberty believes that only when the enthusiast reaches the limits of his or her tools, experience, or patience should professional assistance be called. Liberty's policy is that information is given freely to anyone in need; private or professional. Also, exotic tooling is kept in stock, although most often fixtures, pullers and presses, etc., must be constructed to order for rare models and marques.

The foundation of Liberty's collector services is nearly 2400 square feet of one of the most complete and diversely equipped machine shops devoted exclusively to American machines from 1930 through 1969. Examples of extinct or custom fabtricated tooling hang next to modern technology to offer the full scale of multi-disciplined, in-house, repair ability.

In addition, Liberty rotates several on-call part-time employees and subcontractors with specialized expertise in the fields of chassis straightening, performance, detailing, and electrical systems. But with more specialized work than the individuals can handle. Liberty is looking for more people with similar unique qualificatons.

Shop policy is to break down all work to offer for the client's approval a flat-rate estimate before proceeding with repairs. In this manner, surprises are kept to a minimum, and parts are procured on time. Notes on constantly updated service schedules for specific models are kept on each job and filed for future reference. In this manner, methods and techniques can be evaluated and improved as well as supply a "case history" of a machine's maintenance. Indians are flat-rated the same as other marques; Liberty refuses to gouge prices merely because of the rarity of the service. In addition, employees share half of the labor charge, but only upon successful completion. Therefore dedication and pride go into every service. 

Although factory-engineered originality is preached for vintage collectibles, reality and the customer's wishes prevail. Repairs are aimed to provide "runners", not just parade machines. Updating to modern materials and internal mechanical design is very much a part of solid motor building, particularly for custom or novelty collectibles.

In an industry where the average non-franchised service shop rarely survives two years, Liberty credits its success to one factor: the best customers in the world!
A Personal Note from the Liberty Nightshift:

Less than two years ago I first plunged blindly into this phenomenon we call the 'Net. My very first e-mail was to the StarkList asking what was missing from a completely reproduced Chief.

The activity that resulted prompted Moen to create the VirtualIndian List, and the spontaneous cooperation of enthusiasts from around the globe has since spawned a community where I have learned very much not only about Indians, but have also enjoyed the rewards of networking with folks from far beyond the reach of normal business.

I am obliged to support this effort: Liberty would be proud to offer Listers discount advantages on reproduction parts, as well as to showcase and foster the development of new products. If other dealers will join me in recognizing the VI Network as vital to promoting vintage motorcycling, the benefits could be dramatic.

The vintage scene implodes each year at the Chief Blackhawk Chapter AMCA Meet at Davenport Iowa Aug 31 - Sept. 3. Liberty's annual "hospitality" booth shall be dedicated to hosting Virtual Indian fans and wares. Let all of us who can attend gather to exchange ideas as well as hardware to further our VI Network endeavor.
.... Cotten 

Update September 2000: Read all about the VI booth at Davenport!

Update December 2000: New manifold seals from Liberty!

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 Liberty Motorcycle Specialties,
118 N. Washington Street
Lacon, Illinois, USA 61540
Phone: 309-246-3509
Email: Liberty@npoint.net

Prototype Cycle Electric 12-Volt Conversion: Concieved on the Virtual Indian List and brought to market by Liberty. See more here.