2002 Indian/Kawasaki Drifter
When I was a kid, I had an Indian 70 and had lots of fun riding in the hills
of Anaheim before every inch developed into homes. For years, I have
dreamed of owning an Indian Chief, however, a domestic life with other
obligations taking priority, I just could not pursue a 1940's Indian. When
the new Indian Corporation in Gilroy Ca introduced their new bikes, I became
infatuated with the Chiefs good looks.
I came across the Starklite Web site, and visited the Starklite Museum in
person. What a great collection of bikes and the people are very down to
earth! At that time, I also saw a few Kawasaki's that Bob Stark and his
crew modified, to look similar to the old style Indians. I could not
believe my eye's, and although I knew the bike was not the "real thing," I
finally realized that their may be an alternative bike for a guy like me.
After talking with Bob several times, I purchased parts from Starklite to
begin the transformation of my 800 Drifter. One weak latter, I came to pick
up my bike at Starklite, and could not believe my eyes. Adding the
following Indian parts made all the difference: Tan leather seat, Avon
Gagster tires, Indian tank emblem, fender tips and a luggage rack are a
I think my Harley friend was disappointed when he found out that my bike was
a knock off, but I sure had fun fooling around with him, as he thought it
was an Indian. I live in Temecula Valley and my bike gets more looks than
most, and it's great fun to see peoples reaction. Some day I'll own the
reel thing, as that's the ultimate goal. In the meantime, I'm enjoying my
replica and other people that appreciate my bike.
Thanks Starlight for all your great work, you guys are the best! The Service
was great, and the people really down to earth and more than helpful.
Thanks for making my dream of owning a motorcycle again a reality.