Visit ‘The Vindian’ on the Twin Shire Ride and Drive
In 1949 Australian motorcycle legend Phil Irvine was part of an American/English project with Indian Motocycles and Vincent Motorcycles (yes, when talking Indian there is no ‘r’ in motocycle).
As a result of this project only one prototype was produced, an Indian bike powered by a Vincent motor.
After the vehicle was test ridden and ready for sale, the whole project was abandoned, which saw the motorcycle disassembled, never to be seen again.
In 2007 local Indian enthusiast Peter Birthisel decided to replicate the original prototype.
The Indian frame and accessories come from the shed but the Vincent motor was only acquired with the help of local Bundalong man Max Vipond.
Six months of chopping and changing, and the ‘Bundalong Vindian’ was born.
The bike was built from studying history and three black and white photos from the original project.
Being as there are only four Vindians in the world, the project was well worth it, and has since travelled the UK, Ireland and Belgium.
Motoring enthusiasts will get an opportunity to see The Vindian at Peter and Toni Birthisel’s Motorcycle Museum in Bundalong museum as part of the Twin Shire Ride and Drive Tour on Saturday, February 4.
The ride, visiting locals in Moira and Federation shires, starts at midday with visits to the Mulwala Pioneer Museum and Yarrawonga Clock Museum also on the agenda.
For more information on the Twin Shire Ride and Drive contact Barry Bennett on 0358 73 4267.
Janice Watson will show off her 2005 Triumph America at the Sun Country Motorcycle Show ‘n’ Shine, Swap Meet and Lifestyle Fair on February 5.
Peter Birthisel with the ‘Bundalong Vindian’.