Family, passion, accomplishment, and satisfaction…. This is why we do this!

As our 1929 Indian 101 mechanical restoration comes to a close, a few I would like to remember at the starting line next September:

  • You can never get enough time with your family, so when you get that time, it should be enjoyed.
  • Hard work does pay off when the work is done right.
  • Everyone in this hobby can relate, the Cannonball is an ADDICTION!!!
  • Believe it or not, this bike started on the second kick after the rebuild 🙂

There are still several things left to get this machine ready for the Cannonball, but the list is definitely getting shorter.  Here are some pictures of the finished product.



Rider # 6 2020 Cannonball – Indian 101 Scout Rebuild

Buck’s Indian is getting started early on their projects this year!  Here is Justin’s 1929 Indian 101 Scout that he and his father (Steve) worked on recently.  The mechanical restoration included a complete motor and transmission rebuild, as well some front end improvements, front/rear wheel rebuild, and front/rear brake overhaul.  The gas tank was repaired and coated and a new set of tires went on to round out this project.  Many more things yet to do on the bike to make it Cannonball worthy, but this was a fantastic start by Justin and Steve (with a few helpers along the way 🙂 )





Little Miss Red is Finished! – 741 Bobber Project

After starting on my Indian 741 Bobber project over a year ago, I have finally finished.  The bike turned out better than I could have dreamed.  I spent many long weekends in my garage, but the hard work has paid off.  At the bottom, I’ve attached some pics of the project shortly after I started mocking the bike together.  It has come a long way.  My son Karson takes the first ride on the completed 741 Bobber 🙂





Almost Complete – 741 Bobber Project

It’s been almost one year since I started on this project and it is nearly complete.  I got some minor motor adjustments to make, magneto to rebuild, and send the exhaust out for chrome plating.  All and all, it is essentially done.  I think Dad, Granddad, and brother like the bike too!  They all look pretty proud in these photos.


Except for the Headlamp – 741 Bobber Project

Mocking up this bike and making all the sheet metal fit up properly is starting to pay off in a big way.  The bike is going together nicely (for once).  I’m satisfied with the progress to date, EXCEPT FOR THE HEADLAMP.  I don’t like the mounts for the headlamp.  The light sets up way too tall.  I’ll have to find different mount or make something.



This does not fit…. – 741 Bobber Project

As many of you readers know, the great thing (or not so great) about a custom bike is that nothing fits and you have to modify/make most of you parts.  So far, the bike is progressing very slowly and I’m starting to fit, refit, refit and fit up my sheet metal.


When all else fails… get you Chief out and go for a quick spin.  That will make you feel better.




Justin’s 741 Bobber Project

Today (1/5/15) marks the offical start of my Indian 741 Bobber project.  For a couple years now, I’ve been wanting to build a custom bike.  I finally got enough parts together to mock up a project.  Modified 741 motor and transmission (built with my father), 741 frame and rear wheel, and a late 1920’s leaf spring front end.  What do you think?  I have a long way to go…….img_1