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    Default My grandfather's 1916 Indian Power Plus coming back to life

    Hello,
    I am beginning to restore my Grandfather's 1916 Indian PowerPlus that he drove from Charlotte VT to Woodriver NE and back in the fall of 1919.
    He used the bike for many years on our farm in Vermont and has made a few modifications. The scaryest is the brakes.
    The bike originally had lights but the current mag does not have a generator.
    The mag is currently out for repair.
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    I am starting to restore the control linkages and am looking various parts.

    This is my first post, so thats all for now.
    Regards,
    Stephen

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    Default Luggage Rack & Boxes

    Here is the luggage rack, passenger seat, and boxes my Grandfather used.
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    G day Stephen thats a great looking old bike congrates , are you going leave it original paint ??? you dont see them like that very offen , good like enjoying your grand fathers bikes,, Rob

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    Beautiful motorcycle Stephen. By restore, I assume you mean a mechanical resto. and not cosmetic. It's just to nice to tamper with the way it looks now. Keep us posted on your progress.
    Eric Smith
    AMCA #886

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    Fantastic machine, good luck !

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    Echoing the sentiments of previous responders, please, please don't change the beautiful patina on your '16, unrestored examples are very difficult to find. Even if it's not original paint, it has earned its look and that appearance is, in itself, a historical document. By the way, very nice motorcycle.
    Mike Carver
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    Wow! I love it! Dale

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    Wow Stephan. What a great bike and a great story. I'm guessing your grandfather rode the Lincoln Highway, which opened in 1913. I say that because Woodriver is on highway 30 which in those days was part of the Lincoln Highway. I live in Nebraska, just about 140 miles east of Woodriver, near the town of Fort Calhoun, which is very near to Highway 30, the old Lincoln Highway. So, if you decide to recreate your grandfathers ride, we have a spare bedroom you can use when you come through. In fact, I would consider bringing my 1916 Indian to Vermont and riding with you.

    I spent about 3 years putting my Indian together and I rode it in the 1916 Motorcycle Cannonball. I learned a lot in the process. If there's anything I can do to hell with your project, let me know.




    Kevin


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    pretty neat history and indian, looking forward to more. gary
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    Hello Kevin,
    Thanks for the invite I may take you up on it in a couple of years.
    I have been watching your progress with your bike and that is what got me convinced I could restore my bike.
    My grandfather did indeed take the Lincoln Highway.
    Regards,
    Stephen

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