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Capacity : 1000
Model : Big twin
Production : 1909 - 1915
Category : (R) Street Bike


1000cc Big Twin - 1913

The sports bike that conquered the world

In 1909, it was time for Indian to find a successor to its first V-twins, created in 1906, by mounting two tall single cylinders on a common crankcase.

The First "Racer Replica"

The new model, which shared many features with the works racers created for Jake de Rosier, a rider famed across the world, was marketed in two displacements – the "Light Indian" of 620cc and the "Big Twin" of 1000cc – and used a new long-wheelbase, continuous-loop frame identical to that of Jake de Rosier's racers. The 42-degree V-twin engines used a race-bred layout, too, with overhead intake valves and side exhausts.

Racing across America

These two models were made from first-class materials with the greatest possible care, and demonstrated their reliability with long-distance records. In 1916, Erwin G. "Cannonball" Baker used an Indian twin for a celebrated "sea to shining sea" dash, crossing the US in 11 days, 12 hours, 10 minutes on a machine he had not even seen until three hours before the drop of the flag! In 1911, Indian sent a team of racing 500cc "Light Twins" to England, but it was a privately-entered Indian ridden by O.C. Godfrey that gave Indian its first victory in the Isle of Man TT that year. It was the first-ever TT victory by a foreign machine. Production rocketed back in Springfield, Mass. In 1912, Indian built 20,000 machines; by 1914 production reached an astounding 60,000, sold through a worldwide network of 2,000 dealers.


Engine: 963cc (86x82.5mm) air-cooled 42-degree V-twin four-stroke

Power Rating: 8 hp

Valves: side exhaust, overhead intake

Fuel System: carburetor

Transmission: 2-speed (3-speed from 1915), chain final drive

Suspension: leaf-sprung trailing link (front); rigid [leaf-sprung swing arm on deluxe model from 1913] (rear)

Brakes: band (rear)

Wheels: wire clincher (front & rear)

Maximum Speed: 80 mph

Preserved in wonderful original condition, this Indian Big Twin of the 1913-15 series is the deluxe model with rear suspension and three-speed transmission.

Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

Disponible sur demande :
- Les fiches originales sur papier
- Les photos et archives signées de mon nom en haute définition ou les documents originaux.
Me contacter sur info@moto-collection.org pour les conditions et droits d'utilisation.