Hendee Indian

Discussion in 'Antique Bicycles Pre-1933' started by bear, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. #1 Posted Dec 1, 2010

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    We just got this more into old tractors, trucks and engines but cool factor on this sparked my interest in old bikes found this site while searching for info. Any way to tell age of this? approx value? I realize thats hard without pics but camera is in getting fixed. It has a Troxel seat tool bag off the back of the seat, wooden wheels need to be trued but not bad, original paint and striping cleaned up nice, flared at the bottom front fender, light bracket, no battery tank, 11 spoke chain sprocket, Indian on the pedal rubbers, open face Hendee Indian headbadge, s/n is H511xx
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    Scott
     
  2. #2 Posted Dec 1, 2010

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    I'm looking for an Indian bicycle, so if anyone has one available let me know at dmk441@yahoo.com I'd be more interested in the motorbike frame style type, I think most of the earlier diamond frame ones had the open face Indian head badges. Sounds like yours could be that type. Some photos would help better identify yours as well.

    Dave
     
  3. #3 Posted Dec 1, 2010

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    I was quoted that a frame with dents and bent was worth 500.00 so if yours has the fenders mostly complete no tank then 3k+ is not out of reach.
     
  4. #4 Posted Dec 2, 2010

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    thanks for the replies still no word from the camera shop so still no pics. Is there any way to tell year by the serial number? Mostly just curious I get a lot of questions from anyone that sees it and I don't really have any answers
     
  5. #5 Posted Dec 2, 2010

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    no way to tell age by serial number that I know of, we need a pic to tell more
    Indianrtside1-1.jpg
     
  6. #6 Posted Dec 3, 2010

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    Is this bike for sale? I'm interested.
     
  7. #7 Posted Dec 3, 2010

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  8. #8 Posted Dec 8, 2010

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    attic roof 041 (Small).jpg attic roof 044 (Small).jpg attic roof 037 (Small).jpg attic roof 040 (Small).jpg I borrowed a camera heres a few pics

    attic roof 041 (Small).jpg

    attic roof 044 (Small).jpg

    attic roof 037 (Small).jpg

    attic roof 040 (Small).jpg
     
  9. #9 Posted Dec 8, 2010

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    wow, that is a fantastic find! Great paint, wheels, seat... whole thing! Out of my league with i.d. and price also. Don't know much about the Indians but I know there are some fanatics out there who would love to score one like that up. Should fetch some big bucks with original paint and all.
     
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    great find! I show bikes at gas and steam engine shows.that bike is worth $2000-$4000.because of its condition.what kind of engine is that behind it.a Galloway? Otto?
     
  11. #11 Posted Dec 8, 2010

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    sweet!! jack pot on that one!!
     
  12. #12 Posted Dec 8, 2010

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    Thats the plan for this bike show it and a way to get around at shows looks like I'll have to keep a real close eye on it at that type of value. Rims off the bike are going in next week to get trued and tires mounted, in the spring I can get back into the yard it came out of and look around for the tank now that I know what it looks like. The engine is a 6hp M IH
     
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    I don't think you want to ride that bike it's to rare, just leave it the way it is.I have many wood rim bikes,that i will not ride because of rim breakage.those are wood rims you break those and that decrease's the value of the bike.that bike has the early indian badge somewhere in the teen's i'am guessing.look in the tool pouch behind the seat.the tools might say either hendee or indian if there is any.
     
  14. #14 Posted Dec 9, 2010

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    the only thing in the toolbox was an old padlock on a piece of chain. will know more about the condition of the rims next week,the bike shop they are going to comes highly recomended for wooden rims. his opinion of the rims will decide if this bike is a wall hanger or will get ridden occasionally. after all stuff gets old when you quit using it
     
  15. #15 Posted Dec 11, 2010

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    talked with someone on the phone about this bike and was told the open faced head badge is pre 1916 does anyone here know anything about that
     
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    that's sounds about right.that bike is dated in the mid teens.
     
  17. #17 Posted Dec 23, 2010

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    rims are straightened and in good condition, looks like it's going to get ridden once in a while. going with black for the tires the white in my opinion sticks out to much and takes away from the bike
     
  18. #18 Posted Dec 23, 2010

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    Great to hear it's in riding condition. After all, that's what it's meant to do. Not that I'm against wall art or living room art, just that there is true pleasure in riding these old stallions. Just don't do any curb hoping.:)

    Post pics when she's all spiffed up.
     
  19. #19 Posted Dec 25, 2010

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    I have been told that the open face badged indians were made in 1916 and maybe early 1917? only? That the badge was the way to date those bikes and solid badges were used from 1917 on. Link to my Indian and at the bottom there are a couple of pages from a 1916 Indian catalog reprint. Marc

    http://www.easywind2.com/indianafter.html
     
  20. #20 Posted Dec 25, 2010

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    love those bikes. great info link.