|1959 Indian Chief was a Royal Enfield with a difference.|
I don't think Hans has been a slave to historical accuracy here. For one thing, note the Minnesota license plate.
|Police like a lot of white on motorcycles, for visibility.|
An online source on Indian motorcycles says that New York City police insisted their Indians be painted red, at least in the years when they were made by Indian in Springfield, Mass. instead of by Royal Enfield in Redditch, England. So this might not apply to Indians made by Royal Enfield.
Indian stopped making motorcycles of its own in 1953. Between 1955 and 1960 Royal Enfields were imported to be sold, re-badged as Indians. The Chief was intended to compete for police business in the heavy-weight end of the market.
Smaller, wider tires, stretched wheelbase and heavy fenders transformed the appearance of Royal Enfield's big twin.
Hans describes himself as a rider and collector of Indian motorcycles. He says he often buys them in the United States.
|"I'm going to have to write you a ticket, sir."|
|Somewhere underneath is a British sporting motorcycle.|
|In any country, the sight of this in the rear view mirror would be heart stopping.|