1949 Indian 249 Bobber

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This 1949 Indian 249 is a Bobber-style motorcycle. It was rescued from a salvage yard and put back together many years ago with the help of Bob Stark from Starklite Cycles. It has about 90% original Indian parts. This motorcycle has been used and shows some patina that does not detract from its beauty. This is a classic motorcycle and, in fact, is one of the examples of what the new Indian Motorcycle Company is moving to for race and retail sales purposes. This is your chance to have an original classic Indian Bobber!


197 post-restoration.


The paint is decent, has some chips, scrapes and scratches. some clear lifting as well.

Sheet Metal

The sheet metal is all original metal though both front and rear fenders have been cut and welded. The tank is original but has been modified. No chain guard, oil tank is original. Handlebars are original as are the forks, rear shocks and frame. The headlight is aftermarket as well as the seat, horn, speedo, taillight.


Chrome is excellent and well done. It takes a great shine and shows very well.


The motor was rebuilt with the help of Bob Stark. New pistons, regrind on the flywheel, new bearings. Current owner put in Warrior exhaust valves, as they are larger, as well as a Warrior intake manifold, as again larger. The heads were ported to fit the new intake and cleaned in the exhaust side. The original magneto was converted to points system. The carb is a Mukuni and needs to be properly jetted and adjusted. The bike starts very easily and runs good. The transmission is all original, with new clutch disks and new bearings. The bike has some leaks as with any bike this age.

Wheels & Tires

The tires are Vee rubber front and rear. The rims are original Indian whereas the front rim is for the vertical model the rear rim is from the military 841 model which is wider. Both rims are 18-inch powder coated. The front rim has some damaged nipples but none of the spokes are loose and does not affect the riding performance.
Front wheel is steel, painted black, with steel spokes and nipples.
Rear Tire is steel, painted black, with steel spokes and nipples.


Clear California Title and current registration
Engine# BDI 2482
Frame# 1492788
No belly numbers

Valuation Resource Guide

Bobbers are not rated.



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