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Hall of Fame Raffle Bike: Follow the Build


Follow along as we transform a 1943 Indian 741 into an amazing bobber — that you can win! 

The annual AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame raffle not only raises funds for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that's committed to protecting and promoting motorcycling's heritage, but one very lucky Hall of Fame supporter will win an amazing motorcycle. For 2013, that bike is a 1943 Indian 741 custom bobber that represents an amazing piece of American history.

Following WWII, many of these motorcycles were heavily modified by veterans returning from active service. This machine embodies the look and feel of the era. With 2013 representing the 70th anniversary of the model year of this heritage-rich machine, this is a special opportunity for supporters of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame to donate and have an opportunity to ride away on this beautiful motorcycle.

This particular bike is being redone top to bottom by well-known Indian motorcycle restorer Kiwi Mike. You can follow the build on this page, but don't forget to buy your tickets now and then plan to be on hand at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days this July 19-21 where the winner will be announced. Thanks for your support of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame!


Update: March 3, 2013


It's done! So, what are you waiting for? Donate now for a chance to win!


Update: Feb. 19, 2013


Rear wheel mounted -- getting ready to ride!


Update: Feb. 13, 2013



Parts are coming together quickly now. Someone is going to win one clean motorcycle.


Update: Feb. 12, 2013



Check out those decals!




When we said "frame up," we meant frame up.


Update: Jan. 23, 2013



Parts ready for cleaning and powder coating.




Not much of a full motorcycle left!




Checking connecting rods for size and spec. The next steps are to check for cracks, straightness and twist. We'll also hones races to size.




The engine is disassembled and ready for inspection.




This is the mock-up stage of the build.




Note the classic-style bobber tail light/license plate bracket. The final bike will have no chrome. Instead, it will be powder coated black.