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1930 Indian Four Was A Bike Built to Cruise

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From CRO Member David Uhl

In our third installment this week of November’s 2016’s Ride of the Month nominations, we feature the 1930 Indian Four presented by nominee David Uhl. Here is some general information about the motorcycle.

Note: This is not information about the actual motorcycle nominated for November’s Ride of the Month, just general information on the ride itself. Please check the link at the bottom of today’s article to view all the actual motorcycles nominated for this month’s Ride of the Month.

Among the most beautiful and desired American motorcycles of its time, the 1930 Indian Four has often been referred to as the “Duesenberg of motorcycles.” Like the classic luxury car brand, the Indian Four was designed and built with unmistakable style and unparalleled mechanical craftsmanship. Despite sluggish sales figures and declining popularity at the time, it was introduced, the 1930 Indian Four has rightfully earned its place among the most well-respected and sought-after motorcycles of its period.

Climbing aboard a 1930 Indian Four has always been a special experience, and that’s still true more than eight decades after it first rolled out of the factory. Also known as the Indian 402, the Four is propelled by a husky 77-cubic-inch inline-four engine that provides more than enough power for a cruise down the freeway. Even today the bike’s handling is natural and responsive, and although it lacks the ultra-refined comfort of a bike built with modern technology, the ride offers little to complain about. Best of all, the engine terminates in a throaty exhaust note that’s as satisfying today as it was 80 years ago.

Unmistakable Style

Make no mistake, the 1930 Indian Four was built with luxury in mind. Even as the Great Depression slowly tightened its grip on America and its economy, Indian continued to roll out luxurious bikes whose hefty price tags were justified by refined performance and immediately distinctive styling. The Four was no exception, as its combination of smooth, flowing body lines, a reinforced twin-downtube frame, strikingly vivid colors and a muscular, imposing-looking engine added up to one of the most aesthetically pleasing bikes of the 1930s.

1930 Indian Four and It’s Lasting Legacy

By the time the 1930 Indian Four began production, Indian was a company in a tailspin. Harley-Davidson had succeeded in devouring most of its market share, sales numbers were struggling and the Great Depression had dried up much of the already small market for luxury motorcycles. The Four was a commercial failure at the time, but its legacy has certainly grown over the decades. Today, collectors and riders alike recognize the Indian Four as one of the most beautiful – and beautifully engineered – classic motorcycles ever made.

 

Please follow this link to see a list of all cars nominated for November’s Ride of the Month and to cast your vote.

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