A Uncommon Indian Trailblazer From The Fifties – The “Tremendous Meteor”


That is an unique Indian Trailblazer from 1957, it’s primarily a badge-engineered Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor powered by a 700cc parallel twin and it’s able to 100 mph – a formidable velocity for the period.

The explanation for this cross-atlantic partnership between a British and American motorbike producer was that Indian had gone bust in 1953 and had been acquired by English firm Brockhouse Engineering.

Quick Info – The Indian Trailblazer

  • The Indian Trailblazer was one of some badge-engineered Royal Enfield bikes that had been painted crimson, given Indian branding, and offered within the USA by Indian dealerships from 1953 to 1960.
  • The advantage of this for homeowners is that almost all of components are typically simpler to return by, as there have been few variations between the Royal Enfield and Indian fashions of the time.
  • The Indian Trailblazer was meant as a extra touring oriented motorbike, it was fitted with the extra highly effective 700cc parallel twin that had initially been developed for the sidecar-equipped 1953 Royal Enfield Meteor.
  • The engine is an air-cooled parallel twin with semi-unit building, overhead valves, a 4-speed gearbox, and someplace within the area of 45 bhp which was sufficient for a 100 mph high velocity.

The Demise Of Indian (And Its Resurrection)

The as soon as mighty Indian Motocycle Firm hit onerous instances within the years after WWII. The mannequin vary had been reduce to simply the Indian Chief, which was too costly for many.

Image DescriptionThe Indian Trailblazer is a good examples of badge-engineering, because it’s primarily a calmly modified Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor.

So as to deal with this the corporate imported and imported and offered two small capability Czech CZ motorbike fashions in addition to the Corgi Scooter, a civilian model of the Welbike motorbike that had been developed for British paratroopers throughout WWII.

Sadly by the point Indian launched their very own smaller capability bikes in 1949, the 220cc 149 Indian Arrow and the twin-cylinder 440cc 249 Indian Scout the corporate was already on shaky monetary footing, and the slew of built-quality and reliability points with the 2 new fashions all however ruined any probabilities of turning issues round.

After Indian was liquidated in 1953 British firm Brockhouse Engineering acquired the rights to the Indian identify and commenced experimenting with some badge-engineering – importing and rebadging English bikes as Indians and promoting them by the supplier community.

By 1955 they’d set their main concentrate on the bikes made by Royal Enfield, an settlement was in place, and the Indian Motocycle Firm primarily offered Royal Enfield beneath their very own identify till 1960.

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Image DescriptionThe 700cc parallel twin breathes by twin Amal carburetors and produces ~45 bhp, sufficient for a 100 mph high velocity.

All kinds of fashions had been provided together with the Indian Lance (150cc), the Indian Hearth Arrow and the Hounds Arrow (250cc), the Indian Tomahawk, Westerner, and Woodsman (500cc), and on the excessive finish, the Indian Trailblazer, Chief, and Apache (700cc).

This technique was sufficient to maintain Indian afloat and in 1960 it was purchased out by British firm AMC who abruptly stopped nearly all Royal Enfield fashions, as they had been competing merchandise with their very own marques like Norton and Matchless.

The plans that AMC had for the Indian model would by no means come to fruition resulting from the truth that AMC was dealing with monetary difficulties themselves, and they also as a substitute opted to concentrate on promoting Norton and Matchless bikes within the USA.

The Indian model would finally be purchased and offered numerous instances, with a number of unsuccessful (or short-lived) makes an attempt to relaunch the model till it was purchased by Polaris Industries in 2011.

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Image DescriptionSome modifications had been made to make the Tremendous Meteor extra “Indian” together with the crimson paintwork in fact, coupled with new fenders, larger handlebars, and a single saddle with a rear baggage rack.

Underneath Polaris possession Indian don’t have any launched numerous all-new fashions together with the Chief and Scout, and so they’re giving their age-old rivals Harley-Davidson a run for his or her cash as soon as once more.

The Indian Trailblazer “Tremendous Meteor” Proven Right here

As talked about up high, this motorbike is an Indian Trailblazer, it’s primarily based on the Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor and it was meant as a cross-country touring motorbike with non-compulsory saddlebags and a long-range 4.8 gallon (21.8 liter) gasoline tank.

With it’s 700cc (really 692cc) air-cooled parallel twin the Trailblazer was able to someplace within the area of 45 bhp, although last energy output trusted which compression ratio pistons you had been utilizing.

Energy is shipped to the rear wheel by way of a closed chain main and a standard uncovered chain last drive, and suspension consists of telescopic forks up entrance and twin shock absorbers within the rear.

Drum brakes back and front had been commonplace for the Fifties, and this mannequin is fitted with bigger Indian-style fenders, all-red paintwork, and a crash bar throughout the entrance of the body.

We don’t are inclined to see a variety of these Royal Enfield Indians come up on the market, many merely didn’t survive and those who have survived are not often in situation nearly as good as this. RM Sotheby’s estimate that it’ll promote for between $5,000 and $10,000 USD when it crosses the public sale block later in September.

In case you’d prefer to learn extra about it or register to bid you may go to the itemizing right here.

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Photos courtesy of RM Sotheby’s



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