Indian Motorcycles

Indian motorcycles, 'the other American motorcycle brand', actually came into existence before Harley Davidson in 1901. For decades the two companies vied for top position in the American market. Harley eventually came out on top after producing a superior, more capable machine for the military during WWII. The Indian Chief and Scout were the companies 2 most recognized models and both were powered by Indian's own v-twin engine design. Today Indian motorcycles is a subsidiary of Polaris who continue to produce a range of cruiser styled motorcycles.
Return of the Cafe Racers - Mould Breaker – Indian Scout Cafe Racer

Mould Breaker – Indian Scout Cafe Racer

Up until now most of the manufacturer build offs we’ve seen have been between professional workshops or dealerships. With ‘The Wrench – Scout Bobber Build Off’ Indian motorcycles have taken more of a grassroots approach. Recognising the importance of the ‘backyard builder’ Indian invited custom enthusiasts to submit concepts of how they’d…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Tomahawk – V-Twin Garage Indian Scout

Tomahawk – V-Twin Garage Indian Scout

After a recent stint on a new Indian Scout, I was curious to see if any workshops were customising Indian’s “mid-size” cruiser. The Scout is Indian’s equivalent to Harley’s Sportster and has a history spanning back to the early 1900’s. Compared to the Sportster though it’s rare to see one that’s been…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - The Spirit of Munro video

The Spirit of Munro video

Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock you would have already heard about the “Spirit of Munro”. The bike was built as a tribute to Burt Munro’s land speed, record breaking Indian Scout by Jeb Scolman and Indian Motorcycles. The company have produced a video showing the bike in action on a…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Motorclassica 2012 motorcycle highlights

Motorclassica 2012 motorcycle highlights

What a weekend! First up was the 2012 Motorclassica at the Royal Exhibition Center in Melbourne with Luke from Fuel Magazine, then it was off to the Camperdown Cruise for a day filled with Hot Rods, Rockabillys and Rock n Roll with Jimmy from Oil Stained Brain. While the Camperdown Cruise is…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Elkhart Lake Vintage Motorcycle Races

Elkhart Lake Vintage Motorcycle Races

Big thanks to Collin Christenbury for sending in these shots he took at the Vintage Motorcycle Races & Show in Elkhart Lake this year. Some beautiful bikes in attendance including the Honda CB550 Cafe Racer called “Cafe Overkill” that was splashes all over the web back in 2010. Organised by the AHRMA (American Historic…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Classic Motorcycle engines

Classic Motorcycle engines

Here’s a few great videos from Youtube of a couple of truly classic engines firing up. The first is of course a Vincent motor that’s been rebuilt and is out of the frame. This engine will soon be transplanted in to a custom bike being built by the guys at Machine Shed.…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Custer turns in his grave – The 2009 Indian Chief

Custer turns in his grave – The 2009 Indian Chief

Well I have to say I never thought we’d see the day when Indians were available off the showroom floor once again, especially after the failed attempts at relaunching a new Norton Commando in recent years (I’ve still got my fingers crossed though). Indian Motorcycles are back with a 4 bike lineup…

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