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Franklin's Indians

Irish Motorcycle Racer Charles B Franklin, Designer of the Indian Chief by Sucher, Harry Code: 50427 Format: Paperback / 352 pages Publication date: 28/02/2018 Availability: Available. Usually dispatched from UK 1-2 business days Price: AU $59.99
The Indian has been the iconic image for American big V-Twins down the years, due in no small measure to the motorcycles designed by Charles B Franklin - the Indian Scout and the Indian Chief. Charles Franklin was born and raised in Ireland where he quickly became involved in motorcycle racing during the pioneer years. He rapidly established himself as Ireland's first big star of racing and was the first to represent Ireland in international motorcycle competition. In the Isle of Man TT he consistently finished in the top eight, and in 1911 claimed second place, a remarkable achievement in itself. But it was when he moved to Indian in the USA, where he became the Chief Design Engineer, that his genius really flowed. His designs catapulted Indian back into the forefront of motorcycle design in the 1920s and '30s and his racing engines and motorcycles won much glory for Indian against stiff opposition. Franklin introduced remarkable improvements in sidevalve combustion chamber design that pre-dated the work of Ricardo. He championed an holistic approach that popularised new features such as the semi unit-construction `powerplant', helical-gear primary drive, double-loop full-cradle frames and a host of other improvements to the early motorcycles. This book not only chronicles his life but also sheds much new light on the history of Indian motorcycles and the often turbulent times of the Indian Motorcycle Company itself. A much needed book for all Indian fans and all who love the history of the classic American V-Twins.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
Illustration: B&W THROUGHOUT
Availability: Available. Usually dispatched from UK 1-2 business days
Publication date: 28/02/2018
Country of publication: UNITED KINGDOM
Weight: 1340 g
Dimensions: 248mm X 192mm
Code: 50427
Acknowledgements Foreword Why a book about Charlie Franklin? The First Great Irish Motorcycling Competitor Prologue Birth, ancestry and upbringing Ireland in Franklin's day First motocycle In competition at the dawn of motoring From International Cup to Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Indian gets noticed in Britain Brooklands track 1911 - an Indian summer Charles Franklin - Indian's man in Dublin Franklin goes to America Franlkin's competition career summary American Motorcycle Designer Springfield in 1916 Settling in at Indian Powerplus and Light Twin US motorcycle competition up to 1919 Indian Scout - the marvel of motorcycle engineering Harley vs Indian wars 1919-1922 Side-valve genius Chief engineer Out on a hight note - Indian in British competition 1920-1923 Indian Chief - a heavy-duty plugger Overhead valve racer experimentation Indian Prince - the personal motor Scout Forty-Five and the overhead valve hill-climb motors Weird scenes at the Wigwam The immortal 101 Scout Modernisation for the `thirties Illness and death Franklin's motorcycling legacy Appendix Epilogue Bibliography Notes Index