This Kiwi Indian Interview – AKA Mike Tomas – is at the AMD World Championships in 2012 with Shelly Thompson. The Indian on display is one of a selection of early Indian replicas Mike manufactures, and has dedicated this one to the United States Coastguard.
Mike is from New Zealand and moved to the States many years ago, and has built up a reputable business making and manufacturing replica obsolete parts for Indian motorbikes.
Not only does he manufacture a multitude of Indian parts, but also his own Indian replica V Twin 84 cub in [1380cc] engine and gearbox, plus frames, front forks and suspension. The list of parts he makes now total over 2500, plus he still has some ex factory parts available x stock. The list is so comprehensive Mike and his team put together several replica Indian motorbikes, dating from a 1911 Boardwalk Racer up to a 1953 Indian Chieftain, for sale with a time frame of around 3 months from time of order to delivery day.
The original Indian Motorcycle Company started in 1901, and closed up shop in 1953. For many years it was the #1 American Motorbike and made a name for itself as being very comfortable to ride, and also earned itself a reputation of success on the racetrack. Now owned by Polaris Industries the modern Indian is well established and growing with several new models being released, theIndian Springfieldbeing the latest addition.
While the Indian name firmly back in todays market place with an impressive line up of modern motorbikes, Kiwi Indian is also firmly in the market place not only providing an essential service to early Indian owners, but also manufacturing replicas very close in appearance and specifications of the early year Indian bikes.
Special thanks to Mike, Shelly and World Championship of Custom Bike Building for this video. Photos are screen shots from the video.