2012-10-01 15:43:13+0000
  • Make:
  • Indian
  • Model:
  • 1000 Cc Powerplus
  • Year:
  • 1919

The Indian 1000 cc Powerplus is an American made touring motorcycle built in 1919. It has v-twin, four stroke 990 cc engine; with a top speed of 40 mph (64.4 km/h).

‟The Indian marque came about as the result of a meeting between two former racing cyclists, George Hendee and Oscar Hedstrom, at New York's Madison Square Garden in December 1900. Hendee wanted to produce a popular motorbike, and he asked Hedstrom - who was a precision toolmaker - to design it.

Name of the Machine

Their contract was drawn up in pencil on the back of an envelope. By 1901, the prototype was ready. Its single-cylinder engine was an integral part of the frame - it sloped backwards and also served as a seat pillar and the back mudguard also housed the fuel tank. Hendee was delighted. He named the new marque "Indian" and the standard finish was red with gold lines. From the beginning, Indians were chain-driven.

Twistgrip controls

The first major design change came in 1905 when Indian adopted the world's first twistgrip controls of throttle and ignition. In 1907 came Indian's first V-twin. One of the first three Indian bikes ever built was shipped to London in 1901. Ten years later, Indian shocked the British establishment by finishing 1-2-3 in the first Senior TI' held on the mountain circuit in the Isle of Man. By then, Indian had already adopted their leaf spring trailing- link front fork later copied by BMW.


  • Engine: 990cc V-twin 4 stroke
  • Power output: 7 hp (rated)
  • Valves: side valves
  • Fuel system: carburetor
  • Transmission: 3-speed gearbox; chain primary and final drive
  • Suspension: (front) leaf-sprung training link; (rear) rigid
  • Brakes: (front) none; (rear) internal and external brakes acting on one drum
  • Wheels: wire
  • Maximum speed: 40 mph


Riding a Powerplus, the famous Cannonball Baker set a new trans-american record of 11 days, 12 hours, 10 minutes in 1916.”

*This Atlas extra-large trading card is part of the EatSleepRIDE motorcycle stuff collection.

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