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Thread: Indian vertical single, or twin

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    Default Indian vertical single, or twin

    I bought a twin the early 60's for 5.00. I spent a lot of time getting it looking and running good. Other Indians came along, and it just sits now. It was never a good starter. Anyone else have one? Stan

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    Stan:
    I love the opposed and have been trying to piece together a model k (single) for years now,
    Dan

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    A perfect example of not enough info in the original post. Only a few decades separate them....
    Robbie Knight Amca #2736

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    I was referring to the 49 to 53 models. To my knowledge Indian didn't make a vertical twin engine, until the 49 53 years. Stan

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    Indian's Roger's era vertical models were always considered the red headed step child of Indian but I think that has changed. Just speaking for myself, I think they were beautiful motorcycles that had the stress of competing with proven post war British bikes, but also the legacy of decades of gorgeous Indian V-twins. That whole vertical Indian program was well conceived, but horribly, and terminally executed by people that had good intentions, and visions that tragically failed. I think bike people today can make the Indian verticals into good reliable bikes that will prove the concept and exonerate Roger's vision. Having said all that, Indian should have made the Chief into an OHV, 4 speed using affordable engineering, and available resources. . . But, Packard could have also done that and survived. That's history as seen by people today.
    Eric Smith
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    Agreed.Conglomerates like AMF were just around the corner and things would of played out differently for Indian.

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