Visit ‘The Vin­dian’ on the Twin Shire Ride and Drive

The Free Press (Corowa) - - CLASSIES (03) -

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’.

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