Rare Rainbow Chief restored and painted by Bob Stark of Starklite.
Those of you who know Indian History, know that Bob’s father owned a Indian Dealership back in the 30s-40s-50s. At the dealership in the 40s, they came up with a unique paint scheme called the Rainbow as a way to sell more bikes. It became so popular — that they worked with the factory to produce these schemes. Most were shades of reds and yellows — but a few Rainbows were done in blue or black schemes.
Bob Stark built and painted this bike for me in the late 90s. It is a fully loaded bike with a lot of very rare Indian Accessories and parts on it. I rode it for one season, putting 400+ miles on it — and then removed the battery and drained the fluids to display in a museum. The museum is now closed — and I’m selling this rare piece of history.
$35,000 is a very firm price – as-is, where-is. While the bike was running at the time it was prepared for storage — you can expect to need to replace the battery and most likely need to rebuild the carb and tune up. Most reputable motorcycle mechanics should have no problem — or you could have the bike shipped to Starklite for them to go through.
I can arrange delivery to anywhere in the world at Buyer’s cost.
The below photos were taken December 2011. The motorcycle is covered and kept in a clean and dry storage facility.
I rode this bike a little over 400 miles in the late 90s, and the drain the fluids, removed the battery, and displayed in my museum. While the motorcycle ran well at the time it became a museum piece, it hasn’t been run for 10 years. If I was to buy the motorcycle like this, I would expect to pay about $1000 to have a professional freshen up the engine with new rings and bearings if I intended to ride.