Motorworld’s newspaper №66

In 1923, the company Indian Motorcycle Co. developed a 30-h.p. Big Chief model, which in terms of technical solutions was the same as their preceding model, the Scout.

The Indian Model 340 B had a V-twin, air-cooled engine, with 1206 cc size and 30 h.p. at 4000 rpm. Its wheelbase was extended to 1562 mm. This model was outfitted with a right-side sidecar, but during WWII this motorcycle was quite often observed without a sidecar.

On top of producing motorcycles for the US Army, the Indian Motorcycle Co. got an order to manufacture 5 thousand Model 340 В motorcycles for the French armed forces.

From 1923 to 1953 the Indian Motorcycle Co. manufactured the total of 9374 Indian Model 340 B motorcycles.

Manufacturer Indian Motorcycle Co., Springfield (Massachusetts, USA)
Years of manufacture 1940 – 1942
Quantity produced, units 5 000
Price 97 £
Today’s value 6 316,8 $
Type V-shape, twin-cylinder, air-cooled
Engine capacity, cc 1 206
Bore and stroke, mm 82,55 х 112,71
Engine rating 30 h.p. at 4000 rpm
Sparking Magneto, right-side kickstarter arrangement
Carburetor Schebler
Battery 6 V
Clutch Multiple-plate, oil-bath
Transmission 3-speed
Frame type Tubular, singular
Front suspension Spring with lead cantilever
Rear suspension Candle type
Brakes Drum type
Wheel size 4,50 х 18 (3 wheels)
Length, mm
2 477
Width, mm
2 248
Height, mm
1 118
Wheelbase, mm
1 562
Ground clearance, mm
Seat height, mm
Mass, kg
Gas tank size, l
Maximum speed, km/h
Range, km