|Indian red is the correct color for a Trailblazer tank.|
The motorcycle, in pieces, is for sale on CraigsList in Kempner, Texas, for $1,800. It's intriguing, despite looking like the Scarecrow in the "Wizard of Oz" after the flying monkeys took him apart.
|Dirty dials are still stirring to look at.|
"MOTORCYCLE, ROYAL ENFIELD, INDIAN, YEAR, 1954-59???? not sure of year of this cycle or model. Speedometer does say Made in England, frame number looks like 7622, motor has a blown case, not sure if bike is complete, can't guarantee all parts are there, gas tank has Indian logo. More pics on request."
What is so appealing about wonderful old motorcycles found in this condition?
|Is that an oil cooler on the seat next to the carb?|
"Please, Mommy, can I keep him?"
"Go ask your father."
Dad would point out that your allowance won't cover rabies shots, much less the full cost of restoring this motorcycle.
But we can dream.
I should have waited for word from two sources I trust, Chris Overton of the Royal Enfield Interceptors Group, and Grahham Scarth, chairman of the Royal Enfield Onwers Club in the UK.
"Frame number says it's an Apache," Graham advised.
Chris based his analysis on the photos:
"Note the plugs and sockets to disconnect the wiring to the detachable headlight. Battery shelf instead of toolbox. That bike is an Apache, 1958 or '59, as the '57 had ears to hold the headlight, instead of struts. It is rare for the QD sockets to survive, and for the front fender and stays to survive as well."
|Big hole in front of crankcase.|