This 1927 Indian Big Chief Motorcycle was painstakingly fully restored over a 6 year period. AMCA judge Larry Ramos completely disassembled, inspected, and re-soldered the fuel and oil tanks, as well as doing the entire paint job. The 74 cubic inch engine, transmission, and magneto were completely rebuilt by John Bivens of Indian Engineering. The frame and fork were also placed in an alignment jig and were deemed straight. The Splitdorf DU-5H generator was completely rebuilt by the top builder in the U.S., Indian Frank. Janus Naperiala of Canada rebuilt the speedometer which is correct for this machine. The proper Schebler DLX-36 carburetor was completely rebuilt by Cotten of Liberty Motorcycle Specialties.
There were two upgrades made to the bike. First, an electronic voltage regulator was built into the generator cap to reliably control lights and battery charging. You can now ride the bike during night time without worrying about having lights, as well as eliminating the problem of undercharging or overcharging the battery.
This is invisible when you inspect the generator. The other upgrade was for safety purposes: The clincher rims were replaced with drop center rims and proper period diamond tread tires from Coker Tire were added. This enables you to safely ride the bike without the well documented concern of clincher tires blowing off the rim. The bike runs like a dream. It has only been ridden around the block once by me since the restoration was completed.
Wheels & Tires
This fine machine has a clear title.
Valuation Resource Guide
“Excellent” lists at $37,600. This fine machine is for the discriminating buyer as a 1++.
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