Top 10 Pre-1912 Motorcycles

Share this Article

1. Indian TT – 1911

Indian_1911

Not only was 1911 the first year the Isle of Man TT would be run over the now famous Mountain Course, it was also the first time a foreign manufacturer would win the Senior TT race. To better cope with the demands of five laps of the 37.5-mile course, Indian built three special models featuring chain drive and a two-speed gearbox. Oliver Godfrey won the Senior TT in a time of 3 hours, 56 minutes and 10 seconds at an average speed of 47.63 mph. Charles Franklin and Arthur Moorhouse, riding the other two Indian specials, placed second and third, respectively, for a clean sweep of the race. It was the only time Indian would win the Isle of Man TT.

1911 Indian TT

Country of Origin USA
Engine Type Four-stroke, 42-degree, V-Twin with detachable cylinder heads, overhead intake valves and side exhaust valves
Engine Capacity 584 cc
Bore x Stroke 70 x 76 mm
Horsepower 3.75 hp
Top Speed 64 mph
Transmission Primary and secondary chains, two-speed gearbox
Brakes One external contracting and one internal expanding, both on the rear wheel
Suspension Leaf spring, trailing-link front fork
Get Motorcycle.com in your Inbox
  • Slightly Ducatic

    Wrong photo…that looks like single cylinder, rigid frame…