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Real Classic - - Indian Chief Roadmaster -

The full story of the In­dian Chief and Scout is a fas­ci­nat­ing one, and Charles B Franklin is the piv­otal player in the tale. An early su­per­star racer on the Isle of Man, Franklin’s true tal­ents were un­leashed when he moved to Amer­ica and de­signed In­dian’s fa­mous V-twins. His in­no­va­tions to the side­valve’s com­bus­tion cham­ber were far ahead of their time, and his bikes ben­e­fit­ted from semi-unit en­gines, he­li­cal gear pri­mary drive and sub­stan­tial dou­ble-loop full­cra­dle frames in the 1920s and 30s, es­tab­lish­ing In­dian at the fore­front of two-wheeled tech­nol­ogy. This story is told in mag­nif­i­cent de­tail in the book, Franklin’s In­di­ans, pub­lished by Ve­loce. It’s one of those richly re­searched, labour-of-love pub­li­ca­tions that only comes from true enthusiasts. The book tells Franklin’s story from his early life in Ire­land to his time at In­dian. The ex­ten­sive text explores the bikes he built and sheds new light on the his­tory of the In­dian Mo­tor­cy­cle Com­pany it­self. If you’re in the least bit in­ter­ested in In­dian mo­tor­cy­cles, then this vol­ume is es­sen­tial read­ing. Franklin’s In­di­ans by Harry Sucher, Ti­mothy Pick­er­ing, Liam Di­a­mond and Harry Havelin is avail­able for £30 from ve­loce.co.uk

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