Sunday, 11 December 2016

Fire Arrow & Hounds Arrow 248cc



It's a 1956 Indian Fire Arrow, by Royal Enfield. Hans van Heesch in the Netherlands was sufficiently caring to share these photos of his bike. I prior demonstrated his 1959 Indian Chief.Hans says that he purchases his Indians in the United States — unquestionably a circuitous path for a British Royal Enfield to get to Europe.When the sacrosanct American firm Indian quit making its own particular cruisers in 1953, Royal Enfields were purchased in and rebadged available to be purchased in the U.S. as Indians. The Royal Enfield line was so wide, at the time, that Indian quickly picked up a full range of products.His Fire Arrow sports unique paint, Hans composes. As indicated by the writing I have close by, the Fire Arrow was a 248cc single-barrel Royal Enfield Clipper, with the Indian mascot on its front curved guard. It had Royal Enfield's progressive swinging fork raise suspension.Nacelle is Royal Enfield, however where are the pilot lights? 

In the America of 1956 it was an impressive development for a bike to have a back suspension of any sort! Kidney belts were a normal adornment for the motorcyclist of the day.The Fire Arrow came in Indian red, with a dark edge and forks. This was a brilliant change for the Clipper which, in England, came in (shiver) olive green.250cc size was well known in Britain as a learner's motorcycle.Extraordinary for a Royal Enfield is that the Fire Arrow (and Clipper) had the corporate nacelle, or casquette, encasing the headlamp and instruments, however with a distinction. Look carefully: there are no pilot lights!A Royal Enfield with no unbiased discoverer? 

Another exclusion: No unbiased discoverer on the Albion transmission! This was a Royal Enfield worked to a value, obviously.The oval air-cleaner box was new for 1955. Need to see another case of an oval box on a Royal Enfield? Look at the freshest Royal Enfield C5.