1914 Indian 7HP 61ci Twin Engine no. 86F028

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Lot 162
1914 Indian 7HP 61ci Twin

Engine no. 86F028

Sold for US$ 39,100 inc. premium
1914 Indian 7HP 61ci Twin

Engine no. 86F028

Hendee Manufacturing was at a highpoint of their history at the end of 1913. They had become the greatest motorcycle company in the world. They possessed the best technology and the largest capacity to manufacture two-wheeled motor vehicles. Their machines began with relatively small displacement single cylinder engines in lightweight diamond frames, to quickly evolve into industry setting engine displacements using advanced engineering and novel frame developments. They were solid, dependable transportation on the road and all-conquering on the competition circuits around the world.

Entering the 1914 model year, Indian unveiled their astounding Hendee Special, the first motorcycle with full electrics including electric start. However, the Indian was far superior to the current battery technology of the period and the endeavor became an expensive failure to the company, forcing Hendee to fall back on its standard models such as this example.

Growing competition from that Midwest upstart, Harley-Davidson, and also from Henry Ford's Model T that just began to lower the cost of a car, would begin to carve into Indian's world. Production would fall from a high of 32,000 motorcycles the year before to 25,000 that following year.

Indian manufactured a 4hp single in 1914 but their bread and butter was this 7hp 61ci twin that was available in several variants, including this 3-speed version. The transmission worked through a hand change situated on the right side of the gas tank, something that would remain with Indians until their last days. Hand controls included a left hand throttle and a right hand spark advance, both using Indian's double link control with mechanical linkage. The engine sat low in Indian's loop frame and road jars were uniquely quelled by their Spring Cradle Frame utilizing leaf spring suspension in both the front and rear of the motorcycle.

This 1914 Indian Twin is composed of original Indian parts and is a strong runner, with the motor only having required new pistons and two new valves to get it running. Last run in 2009, it will require the standard recommissioning before heading back onto the road and, as a century old machine, offers a superb opportunity to own a functioning piece of Indian's golden history.

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  • Please note that this motorcycle is titled under its engine number.
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1914 Indian 7HP 61ci Twin Engine no. 86F028
1914 Indian 7HP 61ci Twin Engine no. 86F028
1914 Indian 7HP 61ci Twin Engine no. 86F028
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