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British Motorcycles

Indian

Indian were motorcycles produced in the UK from 1950 to 1955. It was an American make associated with Brockhouse of Southport in Lancashire.
  • 1910 Cycle and Motorcycle Exhibition

    Hendee Manufacturing Co.
    184 Gt. Portland Street, London, W. Stand No. 58.
    The "Indian" motor-cycles have made a great name for themselves during the past season, and the patterns for 1911 will certainly increase their fame. In the first place it will be noticed that the fixed drive has been entirely done away with both in the single and twin-cylinder types. The clutch is fitted to the bottom bracket immediately behind the engine. The countershaft is driven from the engine, and the power can be transmitted or not as the hand clutch lever is moved. In addition to an actual engagement, after the free position any amount of slip can be obtained for starting purposes, owing to the clutch being of the metal-to-metal disc type. . The same clutch is employed on the two-speed gear machines and in the case of the latter it should be noted that the top gear is direct, the lay shaft running idle. The gear is contained in a very neat case and is simplicity itself, and although amply strong, does not add materially to the weight of the machine. The 'Indians are, of course, provided with excellent spring forks. A feature that at once catches attention is the wide mudguards employed, and the fact that the front wheel guard is provided with side flaps, which should greatly protect the engine and also the rider's legs. There has been no alteration the overhead inlet valves mechanically operated, nor yet in the mechanical lubrication. We certainly think that the days of automatic inlet valves are over in the case of motor-cycle engines, just as they are in car practice.
  • 1950 having already produced the Corgi, the firm introduced the 247cc Indian Brave. It had a rigid frame with telescopic forks and conventional lines, but the sv engine had the three-speed gearbox built in-unit, an alternator, and the gear and kickstart pedals on the left - this was not the norm for British machines at that time. The Brave was not much of a success on either side of the Atlantic as it proved to be commercially unsuccessful and mechanically troubled..
  • 1954 The addition of a version with rear suspension did little to help sales. Indian then turned to Royal Enfield and started badging them for sale in the USA.
  • 1955 Although there had been a prototype with a 125cc two-stroke engine based on the 250cc bottom half, nothing came of it and all models were dropped.
Sources: Grace's Guide



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