1939 Indian 741

Indian 741
I first saw this lovely Indian several months ago, but was unable to track down any images. Then yesterday the owner of ‘Saltcracker’ contacted me out of the blue: it’s Lars Nielsen, the Danish owner of a Honda Gold Wing bobber that we featured two years ago. Lars’ Indian is a 1939 model with a ‘741’ engine, bored out from 500 to 600cc. He built this bike to run at Bonneville, in the 600cc Special Construction Vintage Supercharged Fuel class. (Yes, Saltcracker is not only supercharged, but also runs on methanol.) It’s sporting an AISIN supercharger from a small Japanese car, and a Keihin carb from a Harley Sportster. The front end was also originally from a Sportster, lowered 2”, but Saltcracker now runs Ceriani Grand Prix forks. (There’s barely a part on this Indian that hasn’t been heavily modified several times.) On his first time out, Lars clocked a creditable 88 mph (142 kph). Check out his build diaries here and here for the full lowdown.

Indian 741
Indian 741
Indian 741