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1924 Indian Motocycle Co – Motobike Model 151

1924 Indian Motocycle Co – Motobike Model 151

A 1920s Indian ‘Motobike’ is not an easy bicycle to find. And, when you do spot them for sale, they’re invariably expensive and over-restored. So when I found this project bike I snapped it up. It has taken all this year (2010) to find parts and build it, and it’s still not finished. But here are photos of its progress.

Above, you can see the bike when it arrived. The paint has been rubbed back to its original.

As you can see in the 1924 Indian catalogue I’ve further down the page, the only difference between the Model 151 and Model 151T is the tank and lighting set. When I looked closely at tanks on other Indian bicycles, I realized that the majority had been fabricated. So Barry fabricated one from a car exhaust pipe, which provided a pleasant curve towards the front of the tank.


It now sports (very expensive) solid tyres. The picture below is the latest. The tank will now be resprayed, then rubbed back to blend in with the rest of the bike. Finally, the ‘Indian’ logo will be applied by hand onto the tank.





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