The Electrically Equipped Indian
Model N E
1917 Indian Powerplus with Electrical Equipment - Model N E
One turn of an easily reached switch - then a
flood of steady, penetrating light, illuminating clearly the roadway for ample
distance ahead, virtually turning night into day. Add to this the convenience of
merely touching a button to operate your warning signal, and you have the
advantages of an electrically equipped Indian.
Because of its convenience, cleanliness,
improved appearance and the added pleasure derived, the electrically equipped
Indian Motocycle is in greater demand than ever before.
Indian riders have long ago recognized the fact
that it is the purpose and desire of the Hendee Manufacturing Company to furnish
the best equipment obtainable. After an exhaustive and thorough test covering a
period of three years, the Splitdorf Mag-Dynamo has once more been selected by
the Hendee Manufacturing Company as the most efficient, easiest operated and
simplest electrical equipment they can procure. Many thousands of satisfied
users of this Splitdorf product are ardent boosters for this Indian choice. The
Splitdorf guarantee is in back of every instrument. Its high efficiency,
simplicity of construction and its positive ignition facilities are the cardinal
reasons for its adoption by Indian. The Mag- Dynamo is unexcelled for
satisfactory service and careful workmanship.
Indian Splitdorf Advantages
The Mag-Dynamo is so built that the battery
begins charging when the motor reaches a speed of 10 miles per hour. Automatic
brraker contact prevents leakage of current from battery. Lighting current is
automatically regulated so that surplus current is turned into magneto circuit,
thus making a hotter spark. A quick get-away is facilitated by its ability to
generate this hotter spark.
The Mag-Dynamo combines in one compact unit true
high tension ignition and ample output of current for lighting and charging the
battery, experience proving this to be the ideal instrument for existing
conditions found in motorcycling. The automatic control of the Mag-Dynamo is a
distinctive feature, the function of which is to control the current output at
all speeds. This guards the battery from being overcharged at the highest motor
The fact that the Mag-Dynamo is not connected
direct to the lights, but to a storage battery, means no variation of light at
high or low speed. Light is also furnished when motor is not running. The
summary of Mag-Dynamo advantages are as follows -
Interchangeable with magneto installation.
Positive control of current output in order that
the battery will not be overcharged.
No wearing or burning of breaker points or
Full load at moderate speeds.
Radial bearings throughout, to assure perfect
No permanent magnets to become demagnetized.
Fully enclosed, water and dust-proof.
Construction of Mag-Dynamo
The Mag-Dynamo is of the dual unit type, there
being two armatures placed one above the other. The upper one being that of the
generator. -The ignition is true high-tension, with or without the battery,
making extra circuit breakers or complicated devices unnecessary.
The direct current element is entirely
self-contained and controlled within the instrument. It automatically connects
and delivers to the battery and lamps a suitable voltage and quantity of current
for charging, lighting and ignition.
The cable fastening in the brush holder has been
improved to the extent of threading the end of the brass terminal of the cable
to permit it to be screwed into the brush holder, eliminating any tendency of a
poor connection at this point.
Front and back view of
current for ignition,
lighting and Charging
Battery. Ignition and Lighting
The Mag-Dynamo is designed to operate in
connection with a 6-volt, 15 ampere hour battery or capacity suitable for
varying loads, such as extra lights for side car. With the battery floating on
the line, the unit has a maximum output of 3 amperes at 7.5 volts at 1400 r. p.
m. of the motor, equal to 30 miles per hour, with the average road gear.
One of the particularly advantageous features of
the Mag- Dynamo system is that, should the battery become discharged or for any
reason be unable to deliver current, the lights can be safely used with current
direct from the generator, if a moderate speed is maintained.
Indian Splitdorf Ammeter
In order that the Indian electrical equipment may be
complete in every sense, an ammeter of Splitdorf manufacture is included in the
outfit. This high grade ampere indicator is a valuable addition to the Indian
electrical equipment, for it is the very pulse of the whole lighting and
ignition system. By the use of the ammeter the rider can detect at once any
trouble in the system. Equipped with both a charging and discharging dial, it
will instantly indicate any short circuit, failure of the battery to charge, or
symptom of distress anywhere in the system. The ammeter is attractively
designed, being placed on the forward portion of the gasoline tanks, always in
sight of the rider.
Horn and Headlight in one Unit
The Hendee Manufacturing Company has selected
for their 1917 headlight and signal horn equipment the Old Sol "Hornlite"
combination, manufactured by the Hawthorne Manufacturing Company.
Besides the effective light projecting qualities of the "Hornlite" the
combination of the headlight and horn in one outfit was recognized as a step
forward in lamp and horn construction. The elimination of the horn and the
substitution of the more attractive horn and light combination has already made
a strong appeal to riders desiring a clean cut looking motorcycle, with as few
accessories as possible.
Handsomely finished in black enamel with nickel
trimming, the "Hornlite " adds materially to the already attractive appearance
of the 1917 Indian Motorcycle
From a lighting point of view the "Hornlite"
with its two-bulb headlight, especially built highly silvered reflector, its
focusing device and its 21 candle power special Nitrogen bulbs, gives the utmost
in lighting power.
Concealed within the lamp is the warning signal
which is operated by a hand switch located on the right hand side of the handle
bar. The bell shape of the lamp acts as a sound-box, assisting the penetration
of the signal sound.
For compactness and trimness of appearance the "Hornlite"
has no match.
The rear light and registration plate holder
combination, included in the 1917 Indian electrical equipment, is unusually
sturdy and pleasingly designed.
In designing the 1917 Indian Motocycle,
provision was made to conceal the wires of the lighting and ignition system. The
trimness of the 1917 Indian shows how admirably this has been done, for the
unsightly draping of wires is almost entirely eliminated. This concealment of
the wires means greater protection and longer wear.
Altogether the 1917 Indian lighting and ignition
system is the most complete, most efficient and compact of any ever offered by
the Hendee Manufacturing Company - leaders in motorcycle design.
Unquestionably the 1917 electrically equipped
Indian is the ideal outfit . providing greater pleasure and more comfort - and
gives its rider the satisfaction of owning the very best electrical equipment to
be found anywhere.
You of course will want an electrically equipped
What the Equipment Consists of
The complete Indian electrical equipment
consists of the following units: -
"HORNLITE" –COMBINATION HORN AND HEADLIGHT, WITH
SWITCH AND DIMMER.
TAIL LIGHT WITH REGISTRATION NUMBER PLATE
15 AMPERE STORAGE BATTERY.
FUSE BOX, STARTING SWITCH AND HORN SWITCH
ATTACHED TO HANDLE BARS AND ALL NECESSARY WIRING.
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Price if 1917 Indian PowerPlus with Complete
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prices F: O: B: Springfield , MASS
Hendee Manufacturing Company
Springfield, Mass., U.S.A..