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Kiwi Indian, started in 1988 by Mike & Carolyn Tomas, has progressed from the humble beginnings out of a garage (working evenings only) to become one of the largest reproducers of v-twin Indian Motorcycle parts. Long known for his quality, ‘Kiwi’ (as Mike is known as, since he is originally from New Zealand) has been working very hard to bring the Indian customer not only the highest quality parts, but also the best value for money.
Kiwi Indian has also been the leader in new product development, and among the new parts are major pieces like nodular iron Chief flywheels (in 74”, 80” & 84”), Chief cylinder heads, Bonneville cams & followers (and new pushrod guides too), H-section Chief rods and new Chief crankcases with cam cover. Because these parts are state-of-the-art designs produced on modern machine tools (some of the top shops in the industry have been involved in several KI projects) in large series, the prices are a lot lower than what we have been used to for comparable parts. The rods are $299.95, heads are $299.95 (pre-order for the first batch), CNC machined 356-T6 crankcases with cam cover are just $999,99 pre-order for the first batch! (Links to more info on these Kiwi parts below -Also discount to VI mailing list subscribers!)
Another major trend in Kiwi's range is neat all-you-need-for-the-job kits. These go from complete transmission kits (everything inside the case, $959.95), complete ready-to-mount wheels and complete lower ends with Kiwi flywheels, rods and shafts ($995.95) to smaller things like fender mounting kits and bolt kits, all making restoring an Indian and ordering parts for it easier. Tools is another area of much Kiwi activity. From tappet adjuster wrenches ($15 for two) to seven piece rod race replacement tools ($59.95), there will soon be a complete range of quality Indian tools at affordable prices from Kiwi Indian. More about these parts here.
Upcoming parts include a new modernized design cast piston as well as an updated forged piston using proprietary Kiwi Indian forging dies.
Here's how Mike states the basic Kiwi philosophy: We're committed to manufacturing the highest quality parts for Indian motorcycles. Our slogan states, "quality parts, built to ride" and we mean that!
Kiwi is committed to promoting vintage Indians and their durability by constantly riding one of several personal bikes (averaging about 10,000 miles a year), and by sponsoring a bevy of Scout racers, both on the dirt and on the pavement. Kiwi Indian is also in the process of putting together the “Century Ride Home”, a charity motorcycle road run from Southern California to Springfield, MA. to celebrate Indian’s 100th Birthday and raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For more info, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (or click link to this month's update in the VI below).
Traveling across the country several times a year with his Freightliner full of his parts and motorcycles, Kiwi Mike gets to meet and greet the Indian enthusiasts, and get feedback that helps in making Kiwi Indian even better in serving the customer.
Kiwi Indian has recently expanded and now
also offers a full range of repair and restoration services for your v-twin
Give Mike, Carolyn or one of the knowledgeable
staff a call today for that part you needed to finish off your project.
More from Kiwi in the VI magazine (use your "back" button to get back here)