Indian Motorcycle Photo Gallery

April 15, 2014

Indian Motorcycle Photos
The new Indian Motorcycles are beautifully designed, with aesthetics that respect the history of the marque, with modern accents. We found that no matter where we rode these bikes, when we stopped, people wanted to talk about them. It’s unavoidable when you ride the Indians (note, if you’re interested in renting an Indian Motorcycle to ride in the USA, or doing a Guided Tour of Route 66 or the Wild West on an Indian, contact us!).

The Southwest provides a rich backdrop in which to photograph these machines, so we mounted up with the intention to scout out some shooting locations. The photographs below were taken primarily in Texas: Austin, Sanderson, Terlingua Ghost Town and Big Bend National Park. We also snapped a couple on Route 66, in Amboy and Essex, California. To be honest, it’s hard to take a bad picture of these bikes, especially the Chief Vintage, which looks great from all angles. The Chieftain’s imposing front fairing  is the thing one notices first, as your eye is drawn to the large chrome accent which recalls streamliner locomotives of the 1930’s. Next time we ride these bikes, we hope we get them in the other available colors, a really deep vintage red and a stunning antique blue. When a bike looks this good in basic black, you know it’s going to be gorgeous in color.


The equipment used to take these photographs is as follows:

Nikon D4 DSLR

Nikon 24mm 1.4G Wide Angle Lens

Nikon 85mm 1.4G Telephoto Lens

Photos were taken in RAW (NEF), Processing was done in Apple Aperture, with noise and other effects added in Nik Software’s Snapseed. We love to use Snapseed for aging a photograph, which seems to work especially well on bikes with vintage design elements. Although it may seem silly to use a pro-level DSLR to take high-resolution photos and then degrade them dramatically, we find that starting with a large, high detail level file provides the best results, especially with the white balance and exposure flexibility that the RAW format provides.

Thanks for checking out our Indian Motorcycle Photo Gallery!

Ride Safe,

Jim McDermott

The Lost Adventure, Ltd.

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  1. Jill on May 6, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    These bikes were truly meant to be photographed by you guys. Does it make me a dork that my heart rate has increased?!?!
    I totally volunteer to ride the deep red version. I saw a red ’47 when I was in No Cal and think it would be amazing to ride its new brethren.
    Thanks for the amazing look at these!

    • Jim on May 6, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks Jill! We secretly wish we had gotten the blue and red versions for this ride 🙂


  2. Greg on November 7, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    I loved riding the Chieftan cross country on the Coast 2 Coast run. Great bike. Would love to do it again!

    • Tim Orr on November 7, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Glad you liked it Greg. I’m sure we’ll be able to sort another ride out for you soon.

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