SOLD!

$38,100

We are pleased to present this 1914 Indian 1000cc V-Twin Motorcycle.

Engine number 84F966.

Update 8.1.2017:

As with a lot of old items, the history can get lost in translation over multiple owners. The current owner had related the history as it was told to him when he acquired this Indian. A more complete and accurate history was kindly supplied by the builder and long-term former owner of the particular bike today. He was working at a very respected old time motorcycle shop in the late 70’s and acquired the frame, forks, and front wheel for this bike from the shop owner where it had been hanging on the wall for many years. These early frames have no numbers but it is probably from 1916. He spent 10-12 years collecting and rebuilding components to complete the bike. The engine is 1914, fitted with a 1915 Hedstrom camshaft as it is the best factory grind for this motor. It was fitted with new pistons, new valves made, exhaust fabricated, crank stroked to increase displacement past 1000cc. A 1916 transmission and shifter were installed to be more suitable for touring. The rear wheel and brake are from 1916. Linkages were rebuilt and fabricated as needed. A Bosch magneto was used because it proved to be more reliable. It wasn’t until about 1992 it became a running ridable motorcycle again. This Indian was then used on 4 or 5 pre 1916 motorcycle tours. It completed all but one and has approximately 1500 miles on the motor. It has gone thru 2 or three owners since last touring and had the period acetylene headlight and generator added to complete the bike. We are supplying this information in the interest of honesty and full disclosure. If you are a bidder and the above information is different from your expectations, feel free to retract your bid. We have also lowered the reserve to reflect the gap in the history. This is still a wonderful piece of vintage transportation assembled from all real vintage parts with love by a very competent mechanic and would be a nice addition to any enthusiasts collection.

Original description:

This is one of the most original early vintage motorcycles one can find for sale today. It is rare for such a nice motorcycle from the early age of motorized transportation that comes to market and would make a nice addition to anyone’s collection. This Indian has been maintained by enthusiasts, and was recently used to do pre-1916 motorcycle tours. It is mostly all original with a great patina that can only come from avoiding adverse storage conditions and very sympathetic owners. Apparently this one survived so well by hanging in a tavern near Eugene, Oregon for fifty years. It is a 103 year old, period-correct motorcycle with the exception of a reproduction gas tank as the original was too rusted to be serviceable. A 1915 three speed transmission was fitted to help with the tour miles, but it does come with a single speed 1914 transmission. This motorcycle is equipped with an acetylene headlamp, which is correctly nickel plated. Once a car or motorcycle is restored it puts out a different vibe. This motorcycle has survived the last 103 years and should get to continue on as-is with its worn plating, duller paint, spots of surface rust, irregular linkages, and the marks of mechanics, some not so finely trained. So if you are tempted to buy it to restore, please don’t. Leave it to proudly show its life history and scars into the future. If seriously interested in this piece of history feel free to call Bob at 541-342-1520 M-F 8:30-5:30 PST, or 541-543-6791 cell.


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