Indian uprising

Words and photographs: Mark Stone

All early Indians were big V-twins, right? Not so, as this unusual single (truly half a V-twin) proves.

Riding the Indian takes some getting used to, with the clutch, in particular, taking some ‘mastering.’
Riding the Indian takes some getting used to, with the clutch, in particular, taking some ‘mastering.’

Time spent in the company of Richard Lancaster highlights this agricultural engineer’s interest in classic motorcycles has far exceeded that of a passion. Besides the tools of his trade – namely tractors and a vast expanse of farming equipment – every other inch of space is given over to his collection of old motorcycles. And while they vary between excellent and superb condition, each is in running order, although there is a Velocette that requires minor attention.

But while his PV Springframe and Matador occupy a more elevated place within Richard’s ensemble of desirable machinery, there’s one in particular that stands out from the rest. A prime example of Richard’s and his late father’s infatuation with two-wheeled machinery and now fully yet sympathetically restored, the 1913 Indian 3½hp single-cylinder has been part of the family since it was acquired more than 55 years ago.

Read more in October’s edition of TCM

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