Welcome to the Sunflower Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America
The Sunflower Chapter is a club focused on restoring and riding antique motorcycles. We have many members with a great knowledge of antique motorcycles. Our club defines antique as a motorcycle that is 35 years or older. We are dedicated to the restoration, preservation, and riding enjoyment of old bikes. We especially enjoy riding in the Kansas Flint Hills, visiting small Kansas towns, and going on National Road Runs. If you have an interest in antique motorcycles of any make we invite you to check us out.
Jim Wellemeyer – President
Featured Motorcycle – Larry Burke’s 1928 Model 401 Indian 4
Larry purchased the bike in January of 2005 from Howard Wagner. After talking to Howard on New Year’s Day at the Sunflower finning party, Larry wasted no time in getting to Howard’s place and checking out the Indian which was laid out in an orderly fashion in Howard’s basement. Larry was anxious to secure the deal with a down payment but Howard was asking for full payment. So a few days later Jerry Ottaway and Larry returned to Omaha to load up the bike and bring it to Wichita.
The Indian Four was built by Indian Motorcycle Company from 1928 to 1942. It was based on the Ace motorcycle. Indian bought the Ace Motor Corporation in 1927. In 1928, the Indian Ace was replaced by the Indian 401 and August 1 1928 marked the first year of production for the Indian Four.
So Larry set out on a journey into the past, collecting as much information as he could find about the Indian. He wanted to restore the bike as accurately as possible, and of course Howard provided many pieces of information and advice. Larry’s skills and attention to detail have produced this excellent example of the first year Indian Four. The 2016 Omaha Chapter National Meet provided the first measure Larry’s efforts. At the meet the Indian Four was judged and was awarded a score of 98 points.