Thats a great looking bike. I bet 97% of people can't tell the difference. I think the rigid fork models had the cut fender like that. Does it have the hand grip spark control? Must be a blast to ride.
Thanks for the nice replies fellas, to answer a few questions, yes the front fender was short on the rigid fork pre 1905, the throttle is on the LEFT grip, and the spark/compression release is on the RIGHT. most of the people that see it don't know it's mostly replica. there really wasn't many parts available when I built it in the late 1980's, and I couldn't afford them anyhow, so I built the tanks, and the frame from scratch. The saddle is an authentic . I'll see if I have some engine pics to post, it's fun to see what was "state of the art" 100 years ago. I have a couple more bikes up my sleeve I'll dig up some photos. ........Bob
Man, it's really hard to believe that's not an original Indian! I've build this 1945 Chief replica, that quite a few people here (San Antonio, Texas) have thought was an original, but yours is hella convincing!!! SIMPLY MAGNIFICENT!!!