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    Post 1953 Literature

    I found this manual when cleaning up some my father's stuff. He never owned one of these bikes, only his '46 chief. I don't know much about the post '53 bikes. Were these part of the Royal Enfield line? A good book to have for someone who owns one of these. Lots of great diagrams. Anyone know anything about this book or these bikes? Or about the "Speed Center" in Costa Mesa CA?
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    Ha! My daughter gave me a book for Christmas, Indian Motorcycle, America's First Motorcycle Company by Darwin Holmstrom. I'd not heard of this book, but it does have 5 paragraphs on the British Indians. Apparently, in 1955 The Royal Enfield Bullet single cylinder was re-badged as the 496cc Tomahawk. And the Royal Enfield Super Meteor 692cc overhead valve twin was re-badged as the Trailblazer.

    The book tells of some complicated deals including John Brockhouse and Indian Sales beginning in 1949, Brockhouse controlled the British makes of Norton, Vincent, Royal Enfield, Matchless, Douglas, and AJS and used the Indian dealer network to sell some these brands, but as far as I can tell the only ones re-branded as Indians were the Royal Enfields. Oh, and the company that owned Indian Sales, England's Associated Motorcycle Cycles (AMC) went bankrupt in 1962 and they had stopped re-branding bikes as Indians in 1960.
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    The history went on longer, there were Matchless built bikes sold as Indians as well along with Brockhouses own built bike, the "Brave". Indian Sales Corp continued after Indian Manufacturing died. Keep in mind that there was a worldwide recession going on in the mid '50s and everyone was struggling to get customers.
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    Duff, did your dad have a parts manual or owners manual for the Indian Braves? I have Brave 3 frames and 2 motors and some other bits and pieces that I will restore one of these days. Two frames are rigid and one has rear suspension and swing arm. Would be really cool to get them going...

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    My dad never had or rode a bicycle let alone a motorcycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlejohn View Post
    Duff, did your dad have a parts manual or owners manual for the Indian Braves? I have Brave 3 frames and 2 motors and some other bits and pieces that I will restore one of these days. Two frames are rigid and one has rear suspension and swing arm. Would be really cool to get them going...
    Are you talking about Brockhouse Braves or do you mean the Vertical Twins built by Indian, the Arrow, Scout, and Warrior?
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    My Brave Manual is in poor shape, don't even remember where I got it.
    I have sales brochures for '56 and '57.
    I also have an accessory catalog from the post American era.



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    Quote Originally Posted by duffeycycles View Post
    My dad never had or rode a bicycle let alone a motorcycle.
    My dad was like your's, and mine didn't know what end of a sparkplug went where.
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    Robbie, if your scanner ever quits, I’ll start a Go Fund Me to get you a new one, thanks for sharing all that you do!
    1946 Chief - take apart and put back together
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