Value of Indian Papoose

I met a guy a long time ago with an Indian Papoose. I made an offer a long time ago but he decided to keep it now he is thinking to sell again.

So let's hear what you all think this is actually worth.

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Man, I hope you can score that!!! There’s a forum for them and people want like $750-3k depending on condition and particular badging. They are more like cushmans in following and value.

http://www.indianpapooseclub.org/forum/board.php

But Gosh those bikes are good looking restored! They only came in red with gold when badged as an Indian... they are just mk1 corgis rebadged. Here’s a great article with its history..

https://www.rideapart.com/articles/253672/cycleweird-the-indian-papoose/(edited)

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I joined the Indian Papoose club back in 2013 when I first met the guy and asked for a value... never got a reply. Basically I think it is a dead forum. Not enough interest to keep it going?

I have done a lot of reading and research and still cannot find a real value for these.

It is cool. But has damage to the headlamp and parts are all but impossible to find.

Just curious if any here have info to share so I can give an honest offer.

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https://www.mecum.com/lots/LJ0617-283769/1949-indian-papoose/

That one above sold for $5750 at auction in 2017. Good luck finding any parts that you need though.

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LOL! What a dangerous piece of junk! Don't ride it!

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I disagree with Don. Looks fun as hell. I would buy it if I were you.

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Dangerous to ride... absolutely proof is in the damaged headlamp. It is basically useless as a street bike. Just a novelty to be truthful but it is very different and weird. The only good thing is that it is very complete.

Parts... HA! none to be found. At least with the searches I have done. I always do this before a purchase to see what it would cost to fix it. This one will cost a fortune. LOL!

I am working on getting a hold of the guy again, my wife met up with him at a fair and he said he was thinking to sell again. Have to do it old school snail mail. But a long time ago we were way off on the price. Like everybody else, if it says Indian and is old it must be worth a fortune. So I am trying a trade. If I get it I will let you know. But I do not think it will happen.

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Its gotta be worth $500. Offer him cash if you want it. Trading is a good way to end the deal real quick.

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That seat tho.

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that'd be a great campground or rally bike!

strap a cooler on the back and one of those long orange safety flags we used to put on Big Wheels so you don't get run over and die

ride it for a season then clean it up, change the lamp to a bullet and the seat to a brooks or something nice looking, couple Indian decals and "Blammo" some retired dentist will give you a grand and a half for it.

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> ..... poop Wrote:

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> that'd be a great campground or rally bike!

>

> strap a cooler on the back and one of those long orange safety flags we

> used to put on Big Wheels so you don't get run over and die

>

> ride it for a season then clean it up, change the lamp to a bullet and

> the seat to a brooks or something nice looking, couple Indian decals and

> "Blammo" some retired dentist will give you a grand and a half for it.

Lolz.

I'm sure if you actually ride it for a year, you'll have more offers than you can keep track of. It'll sell itself in public, not in the corner of a garage covered in dust.

I like it.

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I would put up to 800 on it, right now. over that probably not. looks ike a corgi. are they the 70s era rebrand "Indian"?

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lol I didn't even read jasons reply. it is a corgi. that's wortha fair bit then. 100cc! man that's a baller whip

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I keep thinking a shallow opportunist is going to be faux offended by the make/model name.

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Well it looks like I have made a deal with the owner. I will pick the bike up when I get off the ship the middle to end of September.

Very excited to get my hands on this one. Should be a very interesting project.

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sweet! that'll be fun for sure

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Gotta wonder if any of these sustained action with bullet holes.(edited)

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"hoping the noise did not alrert the enemy"

sneakily drop a 100cc 25mph 2 stroke with a parachute. never gonna see/hear that coming. great plan.

real cool bikes tho.

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> Born to be WillD Wrote:

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> "hoping the noise did not alrert the enemy"

>

> sneakily drop a 100cc 25mph 2 stroke with a parachute. never gonna

> see/hear that coming. great plan.

>

> real cool bikes tho.

I know, right?

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I saw one not too long ago on eBay go off for around 3K asking if I remember correctly and it didn't sell.

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Well I ended up closing on the deal today. Did a quick cleaning and inspection.

THE BAD

Tires do not hold air and should be replaced.

Gas Tank is solid nasty fuel... from 1963?

Hand Grips are shot and cannot be found.

Cables in fair condition

Some damage to Head Light

THE GOOD

It has spark.

The carb was drained after it was last used.

Excellent compression.

Cables that are in fair condition are all original fabric coated cables.

Seat is not bad under the Sheep Skin cover.

No time to actually work on it other than what I have done today. I did pull the GAs tank and Carb. I will fill the Gas Tank with cleaner to see what I can do with it. Clean the carb when I find the time and get the fuel system all set for next year.

Enjoy the pictures.

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interesting cable routing... ;)

that thing looks like a blast!

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> Don Ohio Wrote:

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> LOL! What a dangerous piece of junk! Don't ride it!

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Hi. I’ve inherited a few corgis. My dad restored a number of them over his latter years. One of our corgis is a genuine Indian Papoose. The Papoose has leg shields. Corgi owned the rights to the Indian name for a few years. During that time they produced the papoose and the brave. The brave didn’t take off so I believe. Will post a few picks if I can. I searched what the Papoose was worth and so found your thread. One of the photos attached is of information I got from the British motorcycle museum when I visited earlier this year.

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Mark

Easy to find parts for that, check out UK for your bits n pieces. Join a club over there like the EACC http://www.autocycle.org.uk/eacc.html East Anglian Cyclemotor Club . Lots of subcontracting went into building bikes during WW2 so there is a lot of crossover between brands for things like hand grips, trim rings, electrics, carbs, engines... etc...

"Danny" who runs Mopedland is a great vendor and contact for parts as well. http://www.mopedland.co.uk/spares.html

> Mark Booth Wrote:

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> Well I ended up closing on the deal today. Did a quick cleaning and

> inspection.

>

> THE BAD

>

> Tires do not hold air and should be replaced.

>

> Gas Tank is solid nasty fuel... from 1963?

>

> Hand Grips are shot and cannot be found.

>

> Cables in fair condition

>

> Some damage to Head Light

>

> THE GOOD

>

> It has spark.

>

> The carb was drained after it was last used.

>

> Excellent compression.

>

> Cables that are in fair condition are all original fabric coated cables.

>

> Seat is not bad under the Sheep Skin cover.

>

> No time to actually work on it other than what I have done today. I did

> pull the GAs tank and Carb. I will fill the Gas Tank with cleaner to

> see what I can do with it. Clean the carb when I find the time and get

> the fuel system all set for next year.

>

> Enjoy the pictures.

> >

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Rebel Moby

Thanks fo the info but I have searched for parts through a number of different leads and by joining a few Groups too. I even tried eBay in the UK. The Head Lamp... Lucas King of the Road is one of the worst parts on the bike next to the grips but even looking under Lucas nothing. Parts are very hard to find for the bike.

Still I am not sure what I will do with it. The gas tank was reworked... bottom removed, dents repaired and welded back on! Thus that is why it was painted. Yes the bike is in pretty good shape for the age and type but just not sure I want to invest just to sell later. I really want to reduce my collection. I have sold 5 bikes in the last year and a half.

I did get a set of tubes for the tires so once I get it running I can at least drive it before I decide what to do with it.

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♣Slew Foot♣ /

Wow I'll tell you that Papoose must be from an Indian tribe that's pretty good with a casino...

I would so rock that my buddy Bruce lost his legs in a motorcycle accident and that thing would be perfect for him but at three grand I ain't seeing that happening but give me a good close-up of the frame

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Slew Foot I have no idea if you are kidding or what! LOL! But here you go. Unfortunately if your buddy has no legs there is no way to ride the bike... as you need pressure on the Right Foot Peg to make it go. Remove your foot from the Foot Peg and it is declutched. Anyhow here is some pics.

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