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Aeromach Meets Indian

Paul Aiken Buys an Indian Classic and Goes to Work

By Bandit with photos by Wrench
7/25/2014


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A few years ago Paul Aiken, out of Charlotte needed something to do. He loved motorcycles, was a machinist, and had a creative nature, so he bought a very small parts company called Aeromach.

Paul’s shop was akin to Geppetto’s workshop in a storybook. It was dinky, but now contains two state of the art CNC machines, and Paul never lets them rest. The first one started cranking out billet mirrors, and you’re normal line of accessories, grips, pegs, levers, risers, etc.

But Paul isn’t the kinda guy who sits around, plus he loves to ride. He went through four different Victory motorcycles, riding them all over the country. Then he jumped the Victory Vision, then a Yamaha Bolt, and most recently a 2014 Indian Chief Classic.



In each instance he studied and tested these bikes for needed product offerings. Most recently his focus came to rest on the Indian. In addition to his creative nature and software prowess, he hooked up with an overseas company trying to develop a distributor in the states, Highway Hawk, products of Dutch design. That opened more doors to product lines for Paul, but let’s stick with the Indian effort.

Here's a set of his fully adjustable handlebar risers on his Yamaha Bolt. They are catching on!
Here's a set of his fully adjustable handlebar risers on his Yamaha Bolt. They are catching on!



Adjustable plate for lowering Indian footboards.
Adjustable plate for lowering Indian footboards.





He started with a simple billet-cut plate to lower and extend Indian footboards (they eliminate the crashbars). Then he immediately made a heel shifter, the only one available for the new Indians. He worked with Highway Hawk on a set of saddlebags, and he’s working on a rear fender luggage rack.



Highway Hawk products for touring motorcycles.
Highway Hawk products for touring motorcycles.







He also developed a cap in case the owner wants to remove his rear passenger pegs. And I believe he’s working on a set of rear passenger footboards. He is also developing some alternate, smaller windscreens. He’s even offering chromed caps to detail Indian engine fasteners.



Let's take you through the manufacturing process of the heal shifter. It starts with a block of high quality billet aluminum. It's machined, then Paul separates the piece with a band saw, to prevent waist. Then the other side is machined. Then of course there are polishing and plating steps.
Let's take you through the manufacturing process of the heal shifter. It starts with a block of high quality billet aluminum. It's machined, then Paul separates the piece with a band saw, to prevent waist. Then the other side is machined. Then of course there are polishing and plating steps.














In the meantime, his dinky shop has doubled in size and he’s hired two employees, one to fill orders and manage the warehouse and one to run the CNC machines since he’s installed his second machine, a 4-axis mill.

He also makes and distributes lots of accessories for Harleys, including Ape Hangers.
He also makes and distributes lots of accessories for Harleys, including Ape Hangers.



He doesn’t stop, except for a cigar and a pretty girl or dinner with his wife Molly. Hang on for more reports, more products, and more Indian doodads from the ever-expanding Aeromach control center in Charlotte, North Carolina.



There were some complaints about the massive Indian Ignition switch, so Paul and High Hawk came up with a classic peel-and- stick Indian head coin replica. Does the trick.
There were some complaints about the massive Indian Ignition switch, so Paul and High Hawk came up with a classic peel-and- stick Indian head coin replica. Does the trick.





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Reader Comments


Would like to see some switchblades for Indian

Ken toups
Orange , TX
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Editor Response Paul Aiken, from Aeromach is all over it.
--Bandit
Are the handlebar risers for Yamaha bolt for sale anywhere?

Jed Jackson
lanoka harbor , NJ
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Editor Response Reach out directly to Aeromach. Paul Aiken will take care of you: http://www.aeromachmfg.com/
--Bandit

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