History: Unveiling an Art-Deco Masterpiece
The Indian Chief 1935 holds a significant place in the history of Indian motorcycles. It was part of the iconic Indian Chief line. Introduced 1922 and in production until 1953. The Chief series was known for its powerful engines, stylish design, and comfortable riding experience.
The Chief featured a distinctive Art Deco styling, characterised by its streamlined briggs weaver fenders and beautifully styled fuel tanks. The deep, rich colours of any kind were available to Indian customers as Dupont owned Indian at the time, and you could have any colour on the Dulux colour chart for a very small fee. It was a true embodiment of classic American motorcycle design and many other manufacturers followed this styling.
The Indian Chief series, including the 1935 model, became renowned for its reliability and durability. These motorcycles were not only popular with civilian riders but were also adopted by law enforcement agencies and even saw military service during World War II.
Performance: Powering through the Decades
The Indian Chief 1935 embodies raw power and precision that captivates its riders. The 74cu in (1,212 cc) V-twin engine roars to life. With 40 horsepower under you, this beauty can effortlessly conquer any terrain, providing exhilarating acceleration and a top speed of 85 mph (137 km/h). The three-speed sliding gear transmission ensures smooth and seamless gear shifts, while the 4.5-gallon (17 litres) fuel capacity allows for extended journeys filled with excitement.
Features: The Craftsmanship of Functionality
The Indian Chief 1935 was heavily influenced by the Art Deco design movement, which was prominent during the 1930s. This is evident in the bike’s streamlined appearance, featuring smooth curves and clean lines that exuded elegance. It was further characterised by the iconic teardrop fuel tank and meticulously crafted fenders.
But it’s not just about looks this motorcycle, it’s a technical marvel.
The chief had a distinctive speedometer design made by Corbin. These were popular during this time.
Another feature was the Lifelong Primary Chain Tensioner. A unique chain tensioner design that contributed to its smooth and reliable ride. This feature made for easier chain maintenance, reducing wear and tear on the bike’s components.
Handling: Grace and Control in Motion
With its well-balanced rigid frame and leaf spring front fork gave the bike responsive steering, the Indian Chief 1935 offers a sublime riding experience. The meticulously engineered geometry and suspension provide superior stability and control, allowing riders to navigate corners with ease. It had patented Leaf Spring Fork, with this innovative feature the bike had improved suspension and a more comfortable ride compared to the leading designs of that era. Whether cruising along scenic roads or manoeuvring through city streets, this vintage masterpiece remains steady and agile, ensuring a confident and enjoyable ride.
Let’s take a closer look at the specifications that define the Indian Chief 1935:
- Engine Displacement: 1,210 cc (73.6 CU)
- Horsepower: 40-45 HP
- Torque: 80-90 NM
- Top Speed: 145 km/h (90 mph)
- Weight: (249 kg) (550 lbs)
- Fuel Capacity: 15 litres (3.96 gallons)
- Seat Height: 800 mm (31.5 inches)
- Wheelbase: 1,500 mm (59 inches)
- Suspension: Leaf Spring-type front suspension
- Brakes: Mechanical expanding drum brakes (front and rear)
- Transmission: 3-Speed. hand-shifted, sliding-gear
- Tires: 4.00×18 tires (front and rear)
This particular motorcycle is an Antique Motorcycle Club of America (AMCA) WINNERS CIRCLE award winner achieving 99.25 points at the Australian Bulli AMCA Motorcycle Weekend in 2019 judged by a representative from America.
Awards are given based on how the motorcycle left the factory. This particular bike is a restored example and only lost 0.75 points out of 100, and therefore a near perfect example.
Verdict: Embracing the Timeless Beauty
In conclusion, the Indian Chief 1935 is an extraordinary motorcycle that combines history, performance, and style in one captivating package. Its rich heritage, awe-inspiring power, exquisite features, exceptional handling, and impeccable specifications make it a true gem for collectors and enthusiasts alike. Riding this vintage masterpiece allows you to step back in time, where every twist of the throttle invokes a sense of adventure and nostalgia.
Don’t miss the opportunity to own a piece of motorcycling history. Experience the Indian Chief 1935 and let its timeless Art Deco masterpiece ignite your passion for the open road at the Naked Racer Moto Co Museum
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