The original Vindian was a short-lived alliance between Indian and Vincent which had all the hallmarks of becoming a world-beating machine but was let down on this occasion, not by the British, but on the American side through mismanagement of the Indian company.
Had the deal gone ahead it could have been the saviour to both Indian and Vincent and, as Alan Cathcart says in his excellent story, the potential for the British company not just to survive, but prosper for years to come.
Sadly it wasn’t to be, but at least Peter Arundel’s recreation of Irving’s prototype Vindian hints at the real potential this cruiser would have had in the marketplace against Harley-Davidson.
This issue also focuses on a pair of Triumph’s ‘Baby Bonnevilles’ – the Tiger 90 350 that looked every bit a smaller version of its 650cc sibling. We’re looking at the BSA Bantam, a machine with a glorious history and mainstay of the BSA range for years. We talk to some of their owners about why they are so committed to their two-strokes. And still on a BSA theme, there’s the story of last year’s BSA Owners Club run to Norway.
Plus there’s more British content with the Buyer’s Guide focused on heavyweight Brit bikes and the completion of the Matchless G9 that’s been built to give away in the AJS & Matchless Owners Club annual raffle.
Fly the flag and enjoy the ride.
Gary Pinchin, editor
Live to ride; ride to live
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