The Indian Motorcycle Company, founded in Springfield Massachusetts in 1901 and by 1910 was the world’s largest manufacturer of production motorcycles. Originally producing large volume side valve singles in 1907 they started building twin cylinder V engines in a long wheelbase chassis that allow a comfortable, low seating position similar to its contemporary competitor Harley-Davidson. However Indian were seen as the better due to superior technology, their lower weight and higher torque.
Walter Owen Bentley rode successfully races with such Indian motorcycles before his time as a car manufacturer.
This “G little Twin” was built in 1915 and is mechanically identical to the winning machine at the Isle of Man TT in 1911 when they finished in the first three positions. Shipped to England in 1921 without a saddle, as leather was not able to be imported at the time, an English one was fitted and is still in place today.
It features the optional ‘semi-TT’ handlebars and the three-speed transmission with foot operated clutch. Although there is no front brake, there are two at the rear: one internal-expanding and the other external-contracting.
BY3882 underwent an earlier restoration and is still in very good condition and now has a gorgeous patina.
There are no reproduction parts installed on the motorcycle apart from the sidecar which has been re-planked in a contemporary style.
Highly original including engine internals. Recently serviced by the late George Cohen.
Exterior Colour Red
Chasis Number 51G316
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