Indian 1948 “348” Chief 1200cc side valve V-twin Frame # 348 4148 Engine # CDH4148
Is there a more iconic shape in American motorcycling than a skirted Indian Chief?
Those big valanced fenders are unmistakable; then, as now, they set the bike apart from anything else on the road. For a style so associated with a brand, it’s surprising that the fenders didn’t make their appearance until 1940, some 39 years after the company’s founding.
Indian went all-in on the design, outfitting Scouts, Chief and Fours with the new tin ware.
For many, the pre-’50 girder-fork Chiefs offer the best styling.
After that date, telescopic forks were fitted, which threw off the aesthetics a bit in many people’s opinion.
For model year 1946 new front forks were presented, of Indian truss design with dual soft-action coil springs, hydraulic shock absorber controlled.
The company announced 19 refinements for the 1948 Chief, some cosmetic, some technical.
From the latter category we mention the “Hydra-Feed “oil pump, the high-output generator and the improved crankcase.
In the former category would fit the new instrument panel, the chrome headlight and the new Indian horn.
The Chief we offer here is a strong runner and technically in first-rate condition.