A big part of the VI Magazine website is
the archives. Apart from every article from every issue (arranged both
in date order under the "Back issues" heading, and by subject), there's
also a lot of pages that never appeared in the magazine. A number of "Theme
Pages" among them with subjects like Rust, Indian Tools, Sirens and Oil
Pumps. If you are relatively new to the Virtual Indian you'll find hours
of reading material in the VI Archives.
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|Manufacture of motorcycles with "Indian"
on the tank didn't stop in 1953, of course. Apart from the various British
bikes (Royal Enfields and such) which got a new tank transfer and new identity
as Indians, there's the small 2-stroke models of the 1970s. Several
models were imported to the US (and elsewhere??) by various people including
Floyd Clymer. These bikes frequently turn up at meets and places like eBay,
often for very little money. They may not have the charisma of the US-built
heavy iron, but they make nice, cheap fun bikes. And if you've got kids,
they're perfect! This site is an online community for all the '70s models
and there's plenty of info and resources on the well organized site
1970s Indian 2 strokes
|Iron Wigwam is a new Indian site,
but some pretty interesting stuff is mentioned there! How about "antique
and used racing parts for Indian and HD motorcycles" or Koslo OHV heads
or "aftermarket speed equipment". Rocky, the man behind Iron Wigwam, clearly
has some interesting parts, even if his site only mentions them briefly
-but there's both phone number and email address there so just get in touch
with him! There's prints for Rocky's 1910-13 motor mounts on the VI Blueprint
page, but if you don't want to make them yourself, Rocky's got them in
|Most of us know about Michael Breeding's
amazing range of reproduction castings and Indian tools. Michael was one
of the first parts suppliers with a full online catalog, and his site is
still one of the best of its kind. Clear, pretty fast loading and
quite frequently updated. Michael's site is an absolute must, no matter
what. Apart from all the cast parts (from a full range of stands and fittings,
over frame castings for repair to special parts like horn, siren
and generator mounts), some of Michael's specialties are sidecar parts
and Indian tools. Lots of other nifty Indian parts too. Go see for yourself!
|Gabe Korthy's Nostalgia Promotions
in Portland, Maine is fairly new to the web, but Gabe's been restoring
antique motorcycles for 25 years. His website is well laid out. Information
cool but not enuff to crash most browsers. Apart from some good looking
restorations and a wide range of interesting restoration services, Nostalgia
Promotions also lease out antique motorcycles (including Indians) as props
and decorations, but it doesn't sound like you're allowed to ride them...
Site's well worth cheking out!
|Thanks to Steve Blancard for this link.
coating is becoming a standard finish for many "practical" restorations
(i.e. bikes meant to be ridden), but there's still some confusion about
what powder coating is and what it can do for you. This great article goes
a long way towards explaining the finer points of powder coating for motorcycles.
It covers various options, and among other things preparation, care and
repair. There's also good feedback on folks' own experiences. If you're
thinking of having your Indian powder coated, check this site out.
Powder coating info