Indian Motorcycles announced that they would head back to flat tracking racing late next year with what we’re expecting will be an all new model. In the meantime however, Roland Sands Design and GEICO have teamed up to create their interpretation of a modern Indian bike for dirt-track racing, converting an Indian Chieftain into what they call the Chief Racer.
But calling it a converted Indian Chieftain wouldn’t really do it justice. Just about everything on this custom is original save the engine in true RSD style. The original tank was used and reshaped to create a slimmer capsule that covers the engine. Other additions include prototype Roland Sands Racing quick-change flat track wheels at the rear, coupled with a solo RSD brake caliper and Lloyd Brothers Motorsports / Johnny Lewis drilled, slotted & vented brake disc.
Even the engine got a bit of custom treatment. The Chief Racer gets a hand-fabricated aluminum and carbon-fiber intake, a custom exhaust system, unique cams, chain, seat and so on. While not exactly practical, the seat looks fantastic, being a piece of sculptured timber from skateboard maker Paul Schmitt with an air shock underneath to make it bearable.
The bike will be on display until the end of the week at the Buffalo Chip