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February 26th, 2013, 05:17 AM   #1
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Lineaweaver shop - Indian Dealer!

I've been rading up on what happened to the British Motor cycle Industry (BMI) for over a year now. I've read 60 books related to the subject and sometimes I read about non-UK marques to see how they do it.

I'm particularly interested in the fact that I feel that it was the designers that let everyone down first then there was a lack of investment. It is this view I've persued so far.

anyway, I've been reading one of the best books of those 60 and finished it just over a week ago.

it is about an Irish-Englishman called Charles B. Franklin who was the design engineer at Indian. on one page in the book it shows an Indian advert from the 1930s by "Lineaweavers".

I don't even bother to ask if Dale is related, with a name like his there is no need to even ask.

changing back to the BMI. If any of you have views, books you recommend or anecdotes you'd like to share please go ahead!

I'm also in love with the Indian! what a Motor Cycle! I then look on the internet to see what they are worth and one Indian will be $50,000 and another minter will be $4,000. does anyone get it? is that a 10% deposit?

Steve McQueen's 1941 Chief is for sale for $4,000 for chrissakes! help me out here? what is the trap?

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February 26th, 2013, 10:28 AM   #2
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Hi Taffy,
I have also read a lot of books on what happened but my conclusion is simply things changed,motorcycles became more of a sporting goods and less of utility transport,buy the time the British industry really understood, it was over.But only for a while,today there is a British industry again with Triumph and who can predict the future.
As for looking for an Indian,first you need to become familiar with the model line through the years and decide which one you want.They made a lot of sporting models like the Scout and also the big tourers.
The factory was in New England and for a long time the northeast US was the largest motorcycle market in the world.
If you seriously want to find a good restorable pre 1950 model,you should be checking all the "craigslist" cities in the northeast everyday as they often show up.As for pricing these are machines that are all 65 plus years old and it is hard to find unmolested (stock) machines and the pricing often reflects not only scarcity but specification.
remember Indians always placed their controls opposite to the Harley's,throttle on the left ...not always easy to relearn to ride at you old age.
I think I see the error you have been making re: pricing
You are probably using oodle.com ,these prices are only the opening bids as they are listed,or have been listed on e -bay. Not even close to the selling prices...
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Re: Lineaweaver shop - Indian Dealer!

I'm with you guys...while I've owned and built a number of very nice Harley's, I'm a big fan of Indian, old and to a point new.

It seems there's no real balance on a resto price / project, right place right time I guess. I've got a mate whose got a good 30 years on me and he spends a ton of time in the south Island of New Zealand, shared photo's from a recent trip, the relocation and set up of a Mr. Burt Munro's work shop and spare bikes....Taffy those pics would make you fall sideways let me tell you....seems Mr. Munro also saw the incredible value in his 1920 scout (modified to munro style and tuning of course)...there was a guy with big nuts and brains to think outside the circle....like John Britten.....something about Kiwi's that like to build and ride rally fast bikes
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I managed to scan this in. the book is brilliant BTW. It is called Franklin's Indians by Tom Pickering.

I can't get Gum Tree anywhere in the States. maybe I need to be a member? All I get is an advertisement page.

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A quick google maps check of the whereabouts of North eighth st comes up San Francisco.
Since that is where D Lineaweaver is basically from seems that the connection is more than just possible..
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