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antique-rider

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100+ years ago nuts like us were doing the same thing. this is one of my babies. I started with just the engine, and built the rest. so its considered a replica 1904 Indian.
 



Tom

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That is badass. Its hard to belive that these things have been around for so long.
 




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Saabsonettguy

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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.
 

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antique-rider

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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
 





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antique-rider

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Luke, the early engines were built by Aurora, and the same engines showed up on other bikes too like Thor and a few others. Bob
 


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tomcatfranks

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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!!!
 





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