Hot Rod Indian
Words and Photos: John Gunnell
With the SEMA Show coming up in Las Vegas in November, we’re reminded that custom motorcycles play a significant role in this annual trade show. Professional motorcycle builders looking for the latest ideas—plus the latest in build tools and techniques—would be well advised to register for SEMA.
One of the coolest bikes we’ve seen at the show is a unique Indian crafted by Brayan Fuller or Fuller Hot Rods (www.fullerhotrods) in Atlanta, Ga. Fuler’s concepts and tin work embody craftsmanship, inspiration and imagination.
Bryan Fuller is best known nationally for his role in the Speed Channel’s “Two Guys Garage” reality show. His shop has turned out everything from a ’61 Cadillac hearse called the “Thundertaker” to the vintage Indian/Moto Guzzi custom motorcycle that Lincoln Electric had in its SEMA booth a few years ago.
Fuller was a custom fabricator for Chip Foose and relocated to Atlanta in 2005 creating custom hot rods and motorcycles. The shop also has its own line of custom motorcycle parts as well as the Fuller C6 Corvette Diffuser & Exhaust kit created in conjunction with Magnaflow Mufflers and Élan Motorsports.
His Chief Ambassador started out as a 1933 Indian frame to which Bryan added 1940-1946 Indian sheet metal. He used a 1989 Moto Guzzi power train including engine, transmission and shaft drive set up. John Kasse Racing bumped up the horsepower. Fuller gathered the Indian parts from an Atlanta collector who had 10 Indians in pieces. Many other parts from the drum brakes to the controls came from the Moto Guzzi and he added a Harley exhaust system. After it was assembled the bike made a trouble-free 800-mile trip to Sturgis.