November 2009 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month Bill Harris and his 1917 Indian

Make: Indian
Model: Powerplus
Country of Origin: USA
Engine: 1000cc Twin
Transmission: 3 speed
Year: 1917
Owner: Bill Harris, Huntington Beach, CA

1917 Indian Powerplus

Congratulations to Bill Harris for winning Bike of the Month with his 1917 Indian Power Plus.

Bill brought this bike once before, but it was on a trailer for a household move. This month he rode it to the meet. Bill has owned the bike for eight years. The restoration was completed about twelve years ago.

Back in August, Scott DuPron won Bike of the Month with his 1919 Indian Powerplus. This one is the exact same model fully restored.

The Powerplus was developed as a military bike with a strong motor and sidecar mounts designed into the frame. This particular bike has always been a civilian model. The Powerplus was built from 1916 through 1924 and evolved into the Chief model.

Take a better look at this piece of history in our November Gallery. Thank you Bill for bringing it to the meet.

For more information about the Indian Powerplus, the AMA Motorcycle Museum has a page on it:
1919 Indian Powerplus

The Bike of the Month contest is held monthly at the Vintage Bike OC meet. Qualifying motorcycles must be 30 years old or older. Former Bike of the Month winning bikes are not eligible to win again. Anyone attending the meet is eligible to enter a qualifying bike in the contest and vote for their favorite bike. The winning bike is chosen by a popular vote and is featured on the Home page for one month and in this feature article. The Bike of the Month articles are permanent content on the site.

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1917 Indian Powerplus
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1935 Triumph T80
September 2009
1971 Norton Fastback 750
August 2009
1919 Indian Powerplus
July 2009
1972 Norton Combat
June 2009
1970 Triumph TR6
May 2009
1961 Ducati 175 Sport
March 2009
1963 Triumph Tiger 100
February 2009
1977 Yamaha XS400
January 2009
1935 Harley Davidson VL
December 2008
1967 Harley Sportster 900
November 2008
1970 Norton Commando 750ss
October 2008
1923 Harley Davidson WF
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