American Pickers: Mike’s Indian Motor Mega-Bundle (Season 6) | History
MIKE: Whoa! FRANK: This is a lot up here. Dang! ROBIN: Yeah, there’s
a few bikes up here. FRANK: You guys have been
collecting a long time. MIKE: This is a British
Invasion right here, man. BENO: Right. MIKE: Everything
in this building is, basically, British. A lot of it’s vintage
motorcycle racing. A lot of it’s stuff
I’ve never seen before. Beno is schooling us. This one I had in
Europe for 20 years. It’s a BSA Gold Star ’58. [music playing] You were racing in Europe? Yeah. Me and my wife
would go over there. ROBIN: Yeah. And we would go from
England to the Isle of Man, strip it down and
race it, and then– You raced at the Isle of Man? Yeah. Wow. Wow, that’s cool. The International Isle
of Man Tourist Trophy race is one of the most prestigious
races in the world. It’s held at the Isle
of Man in England. It is still a killer,
cool event to this day. Love the Isle of Man. So you were sitting there
with a cappuccino on the corner, watching him fly by? No, I had a lager. Oh. [music playing] Even better. This is insane. Yeah. You don’t get to see
stuff like this, you know? As much as I love this bike,
I don’t even need to ask, I know it’s not for sale. That’s awesome that
you still have it, too. Thank you.
Yeah. [music playing] FRANK: Oh, what do
you got here, Beno? MIKE: What’s that? BENO: That’s a ’20s
cutaway Indian motor that used to be on the counter
at my dad’s shop in Chicago, where I was born. FRANK: Oh, wow. That’s really cool.
MIKE: No way. [music playing] This is an early Indian
factory cutaway motor. 1922 was the first year
of the Indian Chief. Beno tells me that this was on
the counter in the dealership, ever since he was a little kid. Now, I look at this motor,
and I see that this is not made for the consumer level. This cutaway motor
was only for dealers, so they can show people
how this motor worked. This thing’s cool, man. No way. Look, you can see the
transmission on the side. Frankie, look, they even
cut the carburetor bowl out. FRANK: See the float bowl?
MIKE: Yeah. FRANK: Look at the float. MIKE: So do you
remember this thing? BENO: Yeah.
FRANK: Pretty cool. Sitting on the counter. You could turn it over and
see all the parts move, and– FRANK: [inaudible].
It’s moving. MIKE: You see it?
FRANK: Yeah, it’s moving. Everything’s moving.
MIKE: Look at that. When you crank the
handle in the back, you can see the
valves go up and down. To me, it’s art in motion. FRANK: I’ve seen Triumph
cutaways and BSA cutaways, but not the Indian motor ones. MIKE: This has the
original paint. It’s on the original stand. It still has a little bit
of nickel on the cylinders. It’s cool. Can I make you an offer on it? Sure. How about $4,000? I was born with it, and
I’ve had it a long time. MIKE: No, believe me, I
can completely understand your family’s history with it. What’s the bottom number
that you would take on it? I’d go $5,000. You won’t find any more of them. No, I know. I’ve never seen one. I’ve never, ever seen one. You know what? I’m going to do the 5 grand. I do the $5,000. I love it. I absolutely love it.
– OK. [music playing] MIKE: It really speaks to the
history of the dealerships and the company itself. This is an amazing piece
of Indian motorcycle– American motorcycle– history. What else we got
on the shelf here? There’s an ’07 or
’08 Indian motor. Oh, I didn’t even see that. FRANK: Indian motor right there. MIKE: Oh, it’s got
the oil tank with it. FRANK: That’s a cool piece. Now, was this out
of your father’s dealership as well,
or is this something that you guys acquired?
– Oh, yeah. – This was, too?
– Yeah. Not too long ago, in Texas,
Frank and I bought the rear section of an ’08 Indian. MAN: I picked that up
for at a swap meet. MIKE: What’s left of it
there is enough to possibly work with, especially for
a guy that’s got a motor. If I can get this motor
and this oil tank, that’s going to get me
closer to being on the road. The timer’s broken right here. BENO: OK. MIKE: It’s a three-bolt
pattern on the top, so it’s an earlier one. FRANK: It’s free, too, huh? BENO: Yep. MIKE: The condition of
this motor is amazing. There’s really no chips in the
fins, the oil tank is there, it’s intact. It’s amazing that
it still exists. FRANK: Beno, what’s
the value of that? BENO: Um, probably $4,000. [music playing] I stood tall on this one. I was at 5K on this one. BENO: Yeah. MIKE: OK? Timer’s broken on this. They reproduce these–
FRANK: Not a big deal. MIKE: –but I’d still have
to step up to the plate and get another one. Since I paid $5,000
for this one, would you do 28 on this one? No, that’s a little bit low. I’m thinking 35 would
probably be better. 35? What about– I see this– this manifold and this carb. [music playing] I’ve got the opportunity to
walk out of here with two really rare Indian motors. I’m not going to show my cards,
but I’m going to pull a Frankie and do a bundle. This looks like
Excelsior manifold to me. BENO: Yeah. MIKE: Excelsiors were made
by Schwinn after 1911, so this carburetor
and this manifold being for a 1912
Excelsior twin, to me, is motorcycle and bicycle– a really cool crossover. What are you thinking on this? Probably about $600. [music playing] MIKE: How about I come up
to 32, you throw in this? I’d go 34. FRANK: So you’re
paying three for that, and you’re paying
$400 for the carb. MIKE: Yeah, that’s
what I’m saying. FRANK: We’re kind of
stepping up on the carb. I can’t imagine leaving here
without this Indian motor. I’ve never seen one
like this before, and I doubt I’ll ever
see one like it again. How about 33? 33? 33, yeah. OK. 33. All right. Thank you, my friend.
[music playing] This is the kind of stuff that
keeps me up at night, man. That it’s an
American motorcycle, this is an incredible piece. Getting to hear Beno and
Robin’s amazing stories made this a great day,
but walking out of here with not one, but two
Indian motors really pushed this pick over the edge. We haven’t had a pick
like this in a long time. I paid $3,000 for the
1908 Indian motor. I think it’s worth $5,500. All right, my friend. Hey, thanks for having us out. Sure. It was a good day. It was a good day. BENO: I guess I have
attachment to all that stuff, but I’ve got plenty more. MIKE: That was awesome.
– Lovely meeting you guys. – Nice to meet you.
– It was a great time. Thank you.
– It was great. Motor’s going to a good home. You bet. Next time you guys
are around, you need to go for a ride on my trail. What? You got trails? Yeah. – Let’s go riding right now.
– Yeah, what about– Let’s go. [music playing] FRANK: Me and Mike are
always out on the road and we’re always
cooped up in the van, so when there comes a time
when we can hop on a motorcycle and ride with a pro like
Beno, it’s fantastic.
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