Clymer Manuals got up close with Glen Davis’s 1946 Indian Chief police bike at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show. This classic American-made motorcycle was named 2nd Place – Best Indian by Austin Motorsports.
Clymer Girl and the crew didn’t have to go far to attend the HoAME show and rally, as it was just up the road at the Kansas City Airline History Museum in the Downtown Airport. The show was packed with classic vintage and antique motorcycles representing the best of British, German, Japanese, Italian, and American manufacturers. Some of the brands on display were Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, Harley-Davidson, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Lambretta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, and more. There was everything from 100% perfect restorations, to well worn bikes daily riders, to full-on customized cafe racers, choppers, bobbers, dirt bikes, road racers – any type or style of motorcycle you could image. As part of the museum’s permanent exhibits, there were also vintage propeller driven passenger planes, including a Douglas DC-3, a Martin 404, and, the pride of their collection, a 1958 Lockheed Super Constellation.
Indian had made thousands of Chiefs during WWII, with the updated girder forks and plunger rear suspension ,like this post war police bike, which made them better on rough roads than a hardtail or undamped springer. This particular model must have been a Canadian or European delivery bike, to judge from the speedometer marked in kilometers. Davis’s bike has also been updated with a modern CV type carburetor for easier street use, which would indicate this is not just a show bike despite its rarity.
For more on the long running Indian Chief line of bikes, check out Wikipedia.
Clymer doesn’t have a manual for this Indian or any of their classic cruisers (despite founder Floyd Clymer’s love of them) but if you own just about any other model from the 1960s until 2017, we can help. We also have manuals for ATVs, boats, outboards, and personal watercraft, farm tractors, lawn and garden equipment, snowmobiles, and more.