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Motorcycle of the Day (5/18/2017) @ $32,600 for 1930 Indian Chief 1930 Indian Chief motorcycle

By Rider | Friday, May 19, 2017 | Comments(0)

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The 1930 Indian Chief “,,,like the flight of an arrow---STRAIGHT... SWIFT... SURE...” so the factory brochure says. The early Chiefs have been called “one of the most elegant and sought-after motorcycles of all time.”No reserve auction!We are offering today a rare, cast aluminum tank 1930 Indian Chief. It has undergone a total restoration completed late last year. With magneto ignition, it usually starts on the second kick, and it runs great. We’ve shown this motorcycle just two times and it earned first-in-class trophies at both events.To be fair, these were not big time shows judged on points. For buyers interested in concours trophies, changing some of the fasteners and cable clips may be needed for maximum points. As a “rider,” we believe this is an exceptional example of this period Indian Chief. With its 74 cubic inch engine, the Chief thumps along with remarkable torque, cruising at a comfortable 45 mph. The only open issue is the generator not currently functioning, and troubleshooting it and the regulator is progressing very slowly due to unrelated personal distractions. Only the lights and horn are run by the battery. So, since I wouldn’t dare ride this thing at night, pulling the generator off to get it tested has not been a priority. In the 1920s and early 30s, Indian did not produce a workshop manual or a useful parts catalog. To restore the bike as correctly as possible, we relied primarily on excellent books written by Jerry Hatfield and the outstanding advise of this period Indian expert, Kent Thompson, and other helpful members of the AMCA. This Indian Chief is not “over-restored” with extra chrome and accessories nor a “foot deep” paint job, though the finish is a two part, single stage DuPont automotive paint for durability. (As a side-note, E. Paul DuPont purchased controlling interest of Indian in 1930.) The world’s largest motorcycle museum (Barber) in Birmingham Alabama, the National Motorcycle Museum in Iowa, and the Motorcyclepedia Museum in New York State (which emphasizes its Indian collection) among others were contacted for research for this project. None of these museums had a 1930 Indian Chief in their collections. I’m not looking for an exorbitant price for this bike, so I’m going to start the bidding with a modest price with no other reserve. We will let the market decide its value so please don’t ask to end the auction early with an offer. Once the auction begins, I believe everyone should have a fair shot. Needless to say, the warranty on this motorcycle has long ago run out and none is implied. I will gladly answer questions through eBay, by phone or text (2547154411). I encourage bidders to arrange a viewing or inspection prior to bidding. These photos were taken just a week ago. Actual mileage unknown, but estimated less than 20 miles since restoration (no speedometer/odometer). I hold a clear Texas title in my name. Shipping is the responsibility of the buyer, but I will be happy to help with loading. PayPal for deposit only within 48 hours. A detailed description is given below. Happy bidding. DescriptionThe 1930 Chief was designated the Series 301, a name started in mid-1928 when Indian decided to add improvements continually to the Chief without annual year models. 1930 was also a transition year for Indian “Motocycles" as well as the entire country as we entered the Great Depression. The devastated economy was a double whammy for motorcycle sales, as the Model T and Model A Fords with their comparative luxury and low prices took away much of the practicality of the motorcycle. Even automobile sales were down over 30%. Improvements for the Indian motorcycles were constantly being made and incorporated into models as they became available, blurring the model years. One of the unique features of the 1930 Chief was its cast aluminum fuel tanks, providing not only a tough structure with its thick walls, but preserving it now in excellent, leak-free condition for over 85 years. A few of these tanks were left over and used on the 1931 Chief before returning to the cheaper, stamped steel tanks. This was also the first year for the tanks to neatly cover the top frame tube. Due to the economic collapse in late 1929, only about 1400 Indian Chiefs were produced. Here is a list of updates and changes shown on this motorcycle, starting at the front: This new Series 301 introduced the front brake in mid-1928 and in 1929, 19” drop-center rims replaced the antiquated “clincher” rims. After 1930, 18” rims were used.The signature leaf spring, trailing link front suspension was retained on the Chiefs to the end of the ‘30s decade. 1930 was the last year for the stalk mount for the headlight. The chrome rim featured the embossed Indian logo for the first time.Pinstriping on the fenders and fuel tanks were a simple pair of very fine gold colored lines as reproduced on this bike, an often missed detail.1930 was the last year for the frame mounted Klaxon horn. The horn shown here is the similar, optional Remy model.The clutch pedal on the Chief was mounted on the engine side case until 1932, when the generator was moved to the aft end of the engine.The radial patterned cylinder heads were used on the Chief until the 1932 model.Because of the popularity of the sidecar, the standard location of the kick lever was on the left. However, the export model was available for those countries driving on the “wrong side” of the road with the sidecar on the left. Like this one, many bikes over the years have been converted to right side kicker for easier solo starting.Of course, Indian had to be different than Harley, so the throttle is on the left, with spark advance on the right grip. For riders who feel the need to have the throttle on the right, the controls can be quickly & easily swapped in minutes.The 1930-31 shift levers had this unique aluminum shift knob soldered rather than screwed on. This bike’s knob is screwed on as a custom made replica.This exhaust system is the one year only design for this motorcycle.Finding the correct tool box and battery box was challenging. Ultimately, examples of the proper boxes were borrowed and custom duplicated.1930 was the last year for the external band rear brake.

Sold at: 5/18/2017 19:00
Sold Price:$32,600
# of Bids:11
Seller:covey53468
Location:McGregor, Texas


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