A Custom Indian Tribute Bike…To Harley-Davidson Board Track Racers

Most custom building creations are deviant works violating the social norms of what  are formally-enacted rules of the way a motorcycle should look and work. You all know that Mike Tomas specializes in building new Indian motorcycles, mixing heritage with reliable modern engineering. It doesn’t exclude his admiration for the early 20’s  board track racer bikes. So, how do you pay tribute to Harley-Davidson without betraying your unconditional love for everything Indian? By being “deviant”, creating from the ground up a bike  whose “Hendee Deviant” name is making reference to Indian co-founder George Mallory Hendee and using on purpose the H&D initials. of Harley-Davidson.

Of course, Mike Tomas didn’t use any Harley parts, old or new. Mostly the new re-engineered Indian proprietary components that he creates at his shop in California  and that he uses on all his custom projects. It starts with a single loop frame with a 28-degree rake. Powerplant is his own  proprietary 84″ Flathead Kiwi Engine  (42 deg, with 3 1/4 stroke 5″ bore) using a CV carburetor and connected to his 4-speed overdrive and synchromesh transmission Foot clutch and hand shift were a must have. “Hendee Deviant” rolls on a pair of 21″ Spoke wheels from Ride Wright fitted with Kiwi narrow hubs, 10″ discs and JayBrake calipers. Front suspension is provided by a Kiwi HD type front end (tubes are modified for a classic look.)

Other Kiwi parts include old racer type 3″ dropped down handlebars with internal controls, a spring solo seat  Of course, gas tank  shape and mount is typical of the 20’s era. Notice the oil tank built into the front of the rear fender (as marketed by Fat Katz), Last August In Sturgis, this modern race board track racer ranked third in the  Production Manufacturer Class of the AMD World Championship Of Bike Building. ( (photography copyright Onno Wieringa for AMD Championship Of Bike Building)

19 Responses to “A Custom Indian Tribute Bike…To Harley-Davidson Board Track Racers”

  1. 1 Oct 15th, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Great bike Mike! Kiwi Indian rocks!

  2. 2 Oldude Oct 15th, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Two thumbs up to Mike! Great craftmanship and engineering! Roll on Kiwi!

  3. 3 Rodent Oct 15th, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Mike is the man! Polaris should consult with him before they become another failed Indian reviver!

  4. 4 Trail Boss Oct 15th, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Very attractive Indian from Kiwi Mike.

  5. 5 Oct 15th, 2012 at 10:44 am


  6. 6 Oct 15th, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Another beautiful creation from Mike. Good job mate.
    The detail that Mike puts into his bikes is amazing.
    Just a shame he’s a bloody Kiwi haha….
    Good on you Mike you have done it again.

  7. 7 Mike Greenwald Oct 15th, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Thank you, Mike Tomas.


  8. 8 courtney Oct 15th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    +1 on Rodent’s comments.

  9. 9 Oct 15th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Way 2 go !!!
    One beautiful machine & it runs too !!!!

  10. 10 Oct 15th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Seen this is in Person .. beautiful piece of machinery ! Products Mike puts out are definitely first class!!!

  11. 11 Oct 15th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Kiwimpeccable! Beautiful work!

  12. 12 Oct 15th, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    All the above comments are better than I can come up with! Excellent work. peace

  13. 13 Raymond Oct 15th, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Cyril, Another great bike feature. You must bring gold to all these builders you feature.

  14. 14 Haris Oct 16th, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Does anyone know how much one should spend to have one of these? Or Indian the one from Gasbox, thanks so much.

  15. 15 rebel Oct 16th, 2012 at 10:47 am

    very nice, so would that be a “fentank” holding the oil?

  16. 16 Oct 16th, 2012 at 11:16 am

    This bike is so well done. Like the modern componants with the vintage style. Keep it up Mike!

  17. 17 Pat Simmons Oct 16th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Mike is simply one of the best engineer/builders in the business, period! His love of the Indian brand has helped to keep the marque alive for all of us. And anyone who is aquainted with him knows what a great guy he is. He and his wonderful wife Carolyn have made the name Kiwi legendary. Having a Kiwi Indian is on everyone’s wish list! The Deviant is one cleverlly beautiful machine!

  18. 18 Oct 16th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I got to see this first hand in Sturgis several times… I think I may have even voted on it! lol ..it won!
    Great work as always Kiwi’s! Because we all know behind every great man is even a greater woman! wink, wink!

  19. 19 Oct 17th, 2012 at 2:57 am

    Nicely done, as usual !!!

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