Saturday, April 14, 2012
John Donovan's Indian Bobber
This one of my all time favorite Indian Moto-Cycles, it was built by John Donovan of Vallejo, CA. I believe it has a 1948 Chief frame and a 1947 engine, the engine was built by Jim Troche who has his shop in Indian Alley, Vallejo.
John used to live right around the corner from me and I had the opportunity to meet him shortly before he passed away. This bike was a neat little ride that was ridden as it was intended. After he passed I contacted Jim who was helping sell J.D.'s bikes and he still had this one. I looked at it and should have bought it, I had the money but just didn't recognize it for what a treasure it was at that time. To me the lines are nearly as perfect as an Indian can get.
if you look at the 1938 Knuckle I built you will see how much I liked J.D.'s bike.