Here’s an odd, crazy, and sad tale for you motorcycle buffs. This is a 1974 Indian ME-100 and it has less than a half-mile on it! No, really! It’s listed on eBay with a current bid of just over $700 but the reserve isn’t met. This one may be hard to pass up, I could be in trouble, again. This bike has quite a story behind it, odd, crazy, and sad. It’s in Westfield, Indiana, 20 miles north of Indy. Ok, now it’s up to $1,125 due to some tall, skinny bonehead bidding on it, but the reserve still isn’t met.
I know, I know, we’ve all heard the low-mileage stories before, but this one seems to check out. The original owner bought this ME-100 for his son brand new in 1974; lucky kid. That lucky kid proceeded to take off the turn signals (nobody uses those in 2016 let alone in 1974) and also took off the rear storage bar. The seller has both of those things, by the way. Other than being dusty and having a seat that was probably a Mousetel 6 for a few decades, it looks like it’s restorable without too much trouble. An Indian ME-100 would have been priced at around $750 new in 1974, are there any guesses as to what this one will sell for?
… The saga continues when the soon-to-be-unlucky kid didn’t realize that his fateful decision to remove the rear storage bar also disconnected the right rear shock, which used the same bolt (the odd part). Darwin then took over. The kid took off full bore and crashed (the crazy part) because of the shock being disconnected! He broke his leg in the crash and the old man, who had enough of that nonsense, put the literally brand new 1974 Indian ME-100 away in the back of their barn where it sat for decades until the son passed away (the sad part). Enter the current seller who then bought it with hopes to restore it but now just wants it to see it go to someone else.
This is a 97 CC single-cylinder, two-stroke engine with oil-injection and around 8 hp; more than enough to do a wheelie on and/or break your leg while riding on, especially if some of the bolts aren’t attached where they should be. It also has a 5-speed transmission, but no reverse (kidding, just trying to lighten the mood). These were nice motorcycles in 1974 and they still are.
So, there you go, quite a story, eh? I believe it, it would take a genius (or an evil genius) to make up such a thing and the right rear shock is still disconnected as you can see in the first photo. Other than the seat needing to be re-stuffed and some general polishing on the metal bits and pieces, it looks like a great, fairly straightforward winter project. The engine hasn’t run since former President Nixon boarded Marine One for the last time in 1974, but the seller says it turns over, has spark, and the clutch and brakes work. The gas and oil tanks will have to be looked at from sitting for so many decades but that’s always high on the to-do list anyway when reconditioning a vehicle that has been out of service for so long. I hope that someone else ends up with this one so I don’t have my leg broken by my wife for dragging yet another project home. Not everyone likes these small motorcycles but I grew up with small-displacement motorcycles so it’s what interests me now in my relatively old age. Have any of you owned an Indian motorcycle of any size? How about a small one like this?