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Just finished my project I have been slowly working on for several years. I always wanted to ride an Indian motorcycle but was never happy with the bikes they were building and didn't want to trade in my Vulcan. So I decided to tear the bike down to the frame and rebuild it piece by piece using the Kawasaki parts together with Indian parts. So I have this custom hybrid which looks good and rides great. Too many mods to list (basically the whole bike) but I just finished building home made velocity stacks that give pretty solid numbers on the dyno. Not as high as I would like but not bad (102 hp/126 ftlb tq). I also have it lowered front and rear, euro gear mod, lithium battery, power commander, homemade coil cover from an Indian air filter cover, and much more. All the leather is custom and I made some of the fringe by hand. The Indian light and top horn both work. Everything was done in my garage and I have a good amount of homemade brackets and mounts I cut, welded, and had chromed (such as the Indian horn bracket mounted on the windshield bracket area). I would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the bike, mods, or customizations. I hope you like it!
 

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az,, you could not have picked a better motor cycle to build that gem. I am sure it is a labor of love and lots of wrench therapy doing this project. very well done! I would venture that only an indian officiando mite tell its not one the many versions. Your attention to details is top shelf.
What are the extra gas caps on the tank for? particular the one the right?

I ride both my v2k and big chief injun and I can say first hand the v2k is one of the finest motors between two wheels. Kaw would do well to reintroduce it in another chassis and trim.

You even picked the only best rite color to boot.. very well done! poncho
 

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Impressive. That scoot is going to mess up a lot of people.
 

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2006 VN200 Indian Chief Replica additional photos

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you would not believe how many Indian rider ask how I like the new model.. I brought it to the Indian dealership and they laughed so hard........ They just shook their heads saying I built a "%^&^*^&*!" Indian......... I know guys with a new 14 Chief that like mine better........ I'm really not trying to be a braggart... It's just so funny to watch the expressions on people who can't figure out what year it is..... Most people just photograph it and stare. I do enjoy that, of course....... I'm honest.... It took 7 years... The velocity stacks are my own design and they work! What else could you ask for..... The only problem is leg clearance and not having a great filtration system. Other than that, she's one sweet ride...... I'm going to be making homemade rear crash bars that will bolt on to the swing arm where the saddlebag brackets mount. They will go around the exhaust like the old Chiefs... Here are a few more detailed photos....
 

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That's been my dream if I ever win the lottery...to change the looks of the V2K Beast into a Drifter....ugh, I mean Indian!
 

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AZ, one word brother,

Beautiful!

Bragging rights are truly all yours. This beast needs to go for botm as well as bike mags.

I've saved a few pics as screen savers for my phone, hope ya don't mind.

Awesome stuff AZ.

Ando


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Very Nice

That's what I would think that an Indian should look like.
I hope Polaris doesn't give you any crap over their trademark.

JJ
 

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thats freaking impressive, lit of love in that build
 

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Thanks for the compliments!

Thank you very much for the nice comments! This is what my bike looked like when the project started. I modeled the look from the early 40's Chief and late 40's Roadmaster. I even made a windshield mount and modified stock windshield that sits with the horn out front. Looks killer, but I hate the back pressure from a large windshield.
 

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Looks awesome az! I'm very curious about the bags, just bought a tan Corbin touring for my Drifter and the bags and fender flaps would match perfect! Would a Drifter rear crash bar work for you? Again great looking bike!
 

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I believe the bags were made by Osprey Limited. I got some sample leather with my Corbin seat in case I wanted to make custom leather and of course I did, so I sent Osprey the sample leather to match. They did a wonderful ob very inexpensively and added in the Indian conchos for free. Then I had the tool bag and mudflaps made by Ledoux Leather using the same leather samples and Butch Ledoux did a fantastic job. I had to make the cardboard pattern (and it has to be perfect!) with the drillholes, fender borders and photos to see how it would look mounted on the bike and worked closely with Butch for a fantastic finished product. I used the left over corbin leather and made the other fringe myself (minus the lever fringe which is by Indian). I also made my own data tag for the bike using Photoshop and an actual Indian data tag photo from the 1940's. I added the VN2000 specs in the tag. Crazy I know......
 

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Absolutely awesome job az, very nice work. Makes me feel like I need to get cracking on mine. BTW if you or anyone is looking for a Drifter rear fender (slightly damaged lol) for a conversion I'll be putting one up here in the new year as I have finally found a replacement for mine.
 

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Wow!

All I can do is echo the universal comments made already. Fantastic!

I don't know anything about Indians, but your bike is exactly what you want, and you made it. That is what is most impressive. And your level of workmanship is top shelf.

What kind of wheels are those?

I'm guessing that with its Vulcan heart, your bike will smoke a "real" Indian? And probably not as expensive, but the time and skill you put in it is also worth a lot.

Thanks for sharing it. Very inspiring.
 

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I'm guessing that with its Vulcan heart, your bike will smoke a "real" Indian?
And probably not as expensive, but the time and skill you put in it is also worth a lot.
dm, bak in the hay day wen Indian vs Hardley ruled the 'merican roads, Injuns were the King and had the racers edge. Indian was always introducing new and technically better and faster machines. Hardleys had already been cemented in staying the course with (very) old skool designs and reluctant to change. Indian folded shop in 54 because of bad Mgmt, at the time they were still a far superior bike. Hardley was left holding the bag as the only surviving American mc co. They let it go to thier heads. The Britts blew them off the road and Hardley had to come up with that Sportsturd to answer bak. The Japs blew the Britts outa biz. and the world hasn't been the same since. Germans and Italians keep trying, socialism has crippled thier ability to reach the masses, too much tax supporting gov programs.

Butt, projects like this are long and costly (see therapy). Factor in the value of your time and it's actualy less costly to buy an Injun than to bild one to this level of detail.
Some buddy on this 4m posted a link to an old skool Injun Frame rolling chassis kit you could buy for reasonable. Stuff it with yor own motor.

Az, you did a magnificent job with this project. I bet many others are inspired to get off thier duff and get thier projects outa thier heads and onto the shop floor. poncho
 
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