INDIAN FOUR – year 1930
Manufacturer: Hendee Manufacturing Co., Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
Indian Four (with a four-cylinder engine) was something of a peculiarity among the company's famous bikes - one thing- and two-cylinder - with attractive names: Scout, Police-Scout, Chief i Big Chief. The idea for this machine was born in 1927 a year in the American motorcycle company ACE Motor Company, where William Henderson worked, well-known motorcycle builder with four-cylinder in-line engines. W 1927 ACE joined Hendee Mfg. Co. From then on (in the years 1927—1929) this motorcycle was sold under the name Indian-ACE. In Springfield, Henderson's model received a "new cut” and from 1930 year also a new name – Indian Four.
The air-cooled four-cylinder in-line engine of this vehicle had a displacement 1265 cm3. The cylinder heads were richly ribbed to ensure proper cooling. The maximum power was 18,4 kW (25 KM). The drive from the engine was transferred to a wet multi-plate clutch, flywheel mounted and three-speed gearbox, manually controlled. The drive from the gearbox to the rear wheel was transmitted via a chain transmission. The gearbox was locked to the engine, and the entire drive unit is mounted in a strong one, double tubular frame. The front fork with a short trailing wishbone was sprung on a quarter-elliptical leaf spring. Wide fender, characteristic for Indian motorcycles, well "covered” front wheel. The caliper brakes on both wheels had to be enlarged due to the impressive weight of the motorcycle, approximately 240 kg and an admirable top speed - 140 km/h.
The Indian Four was the best model among the brand's vehicle series. It was distinguished by the extremely flexible operation of the four-cylinder engine and excellent driving comfort.