This 1938 Indian Four cylinder motorcycle (DDH) is a pedigreed motorcycle from the Harry V Sucher collection. Harry’s main avocation which he pursued all his life was finding, restoring, and riding antique motorcycles. He wrote the definitive histories of the Indian and Harley – Davidson motorcycles and has been called the foremost American motorcycle historian. He was one of the early members of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America.
Harry authored The Iron Redskin and he considered the 1938 production model Indian motorcycles the best of the Indian production line. This Four cylinder motorcycle is written about and pictured in his books. It is reputed to have originally been a California Highway patrol motorcycle. The bike was originally restored by Johnny Eagles in the late 1970’s. The family has had this bike in storage prior to Harry’s passing in 2009. Harry V Sucher Johnny Eagles has just completed a service and tune-up of this fine motorcycle and it is ready for riding and show by its next curator.
Working speedometer indicates 3780 total miles on the restoration. 50 miles applied since the Eagles tune-up.
The original restoration paint and striping by Johnny Eagles has held up well. Excellent quality and great sheen. Paint polished right up and has a few chips from road use, especially on the luggage rack. This is near perfect paint with minimal flaws.
Sheet metal is original material and of excellent fit and finish. Minimal dings if any.
Minimal chrome but well done and bright and shiny.
This engine is mechanically sound with an original rebuild/restoration by Johnny Eagles followed by a recent tune-up by the same. This is a first kick mag powered start and it runs flawlessly through the gears. Oil pressure is steady at 45 pounds when warm. Close examination does not reveal any prior damage to the cases.
Wheels & Tires
Tires are early production Dunlop Gold 400 X 18 fitted on a painted rim with Stainless spokes. Minimal miles showing on the tread.
Clean, clear, Arizona Title current registration.
Valuation Resource Guide
This motorcycle would rate as a 1- with a suggested value of value of $59,055
Documentation of the bike's history including book references and a video of Johyn Eagles taken after tuning the bike.