Indian Big Chief

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1924 Indian Big Chief

Introduced in 1920, the 37 cu. in. Scout was a brilliant new design that resulted in record sales for Indian. To capitalize on this sales success, a larger capacity model was released in 1922, the 61 cu. in. Chief. To compete with the Harley-Davidson big v-twins the 73 cu. in. Big Chief was announced the following year. With a new frame complete with sidecar attachment lugs, Indian finally had a versatile touring model that could compete with anything on the market.

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Indian Big Chief
Production 1923
Class Classic
Air-cooled, four-stroke, twin cylinder
Bore / Stroke 83.8mm x 83.8mm
Horsepower 24.0 HP (17.9 KW) @ 3000RPM
Fuel System Carburetor
Transmission Gear box: 3-Speed, manual

Final Drive: Chain

Clutch: Wet multi discs
Suspension Front: Trailing fork
Rear: Hardtail
Brakes Front: Drum
Rear: Drum
Wheelbase 60.51 inches (1537 mm)
Manuals Service Manual

The Indian Big Chief was a Air-cooled, four-stroke, twin cylinder Classic motorcycle produced by Indian in 1923. Claimed horsepower was 24.0 HP (17.9 KW) @ 3000 RPM.

Engine[edit | edit source]

A 83.8mm bore x 83.8mm stroke result in a displacement of just 1213.0 cubic centimeters.

Drive[edit | edit source]

The bike has a 3-Speed, manual transmission. Power was moderated via the Wet multi discs.

Chassis[edit | edit source]

Stopping was achieved via Drum in the front and a Drum in the rear. The front suspension was a Trailing fork while the rear was equipped with a Hardtail. The wheelbase was 60.51 inches (1537 mm) long.

1923 - 1928 Indian Big Chief[edit | edit source]

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The 1923 Indian Big Chief was one of the most powerful and fastest machines in its time, thanks to its air-cooled, four-stroke, 1213 cc, twin cylinder engine, which can produce 24 hp (17.9 KW) and helps this two-wheeler reach its top speed of 90 mph. features included laced wheels, a hardtail rear suspension, a single seat, pulled-back handlebars and rider floorboards plus large fenders.