Custom: Indigan Diablo

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Built to showcase a new, American-made moped parts company, the bike you see here is based on an old Bultaco 125 frame. It’s quite possibly the hottest moped we’ve ever seen. “Indigan is a return to manufacturing in the USA,” explains our old buddy Dan Kastner, who’s involved with the project. “Fun parts made that fit.”

How’d the bike come about?
“I rode a loaner Derbi moped for the first time in Atlanta on a ride with the Swoop Jockeys gang,” continues Dan. “I never knew what I was missing!”

“Derbi built their mopeds to more of a motorcycle standard than all the other manufacturers. The problem is, Derbis are hard to get and expensive if you can find them. I casually searched for months, and just always missed them. Once I figured out I couldn’t score the bike I wanted, I tracked down just a Derbi Laguna frame and swingarm. From there, It took about another year to find all the parts.”

“Incidentally, the Laguna frame is allegedly an old Bultaco 125 that Derbi bought in overstock. So, I set about designing the perfect moped for me.”

The Specs.
Derbi Flat Reed engine (Off of a Derbi DS50 Scooter that came with pedals)
Derbi 75cc Metrakit Cylinder Kit (Metrakit is a Spanish performance
parts company that is now out of biz)
24mm Mikuni Flatslide with K&N Air filter
HPI Internal Rotor race CDI Unit
TJT Race Clutch and Variator
One off Handmade Motion Left Mopeds Expansion Chamber
NOS Derbi C5 Tank refinished and with new Indigan Decals.  We had to
weld on a ring to attach the gas cap.  The stock tank took a plug
style gas cap that I was afraid might pop out.
OPP Racing Footpegs.
Indigan Seat
Indigan CrossBar Handlebar
NOS Costa front forks with weirdo oil reservoirs
NOS Oil Dampened Derbi rear shocks
Pro Wheel 19in Front wheel with Braking Disc and Shinko Tire
NOS Alu Derbi 18in rear wheel with Shinko Tire

“Final finish and assembly were performed by Kevin Byer, a local builder in Elkhart, Indiana. He was basically the point man to make sure it all came together. Also, if you look around, there are tons of lasercut stainless parts by Richard Worsham. It took a ton of little custom parts to make it all work.”

How’s it ride?
“It feels like a small motorcycle when you sit on it. It has a great stance and, for once, I don’t feel crowded. Being six feet and 200lbs, I sometimes feel like a gorilla on a tricycle when I’m on a moped. Not so with the Diablo.”

“We haven’t GPS’d it yet because it’s still winter up here in Michigan, but it should hit 60mph with its eyes closed.”

“We started with the idea of making a bike we could truly enduro. My first bike was a 1973 Honda Elsinore 125, this moped was inspired by that bike.”

Mopeds are gay.
“You’re not helping our cause.”

What is Indigan?
“We’re a new company making motorcycle and moped parts. Craftsmanship and quality at a price that’s still reasonable. Indigan parts will always be 100 percent made in the USA.”

“The sky is the limit for Indigan. We plan soft good and parts galore. We have a huge list of parts undergoing prototyping and testing right now.”

  • Sean

    bravo, that thing looks awesome

    • Jon B.

      +1

  • DAVID

    thats an awesome looking expansion chamber.

  • frick

    Yeah!

  • Scott-jay

    Clip-to-shoe pedals would be cool and in character.

  • M

    loving the front disc. is that a moped or bicycle item?

  • http://www.1977mopeds.com dan

    The front disc is Motorcycle. Braking brand.

    Thanks for the love!

    Dan

  • Tim

    Great work guys!

  • craymor

    I would almost consider buying one of those, that is really great!

  • http://www.twowheelsplus.com/ Anders

    Great concept.

  • oldblue

    Except for a pipe that hangs out like an elephant on heat, that is very nearly 100% win.

    • Ceolwulf

      That’s not a bug, that’s a feature.

  • lidewij

    Real nice bike. The way forward…

  • http://www.lgdm.fr stempere

    Beautifull.

    The only thing i could think of to make it better is that one of the stripes could be clear , to see the fuel level.

  • http://twitter.com/metabomber Jesse

    I was surprised to see the pedals. I thought this was a custom little enduro ride from the thumbnails. That custom expansion pipe into the peashooter exhaust is industrial-gorgeous. Love this.

  • Charles

    Mr. Kastner should call Scott at Cleveland CycleWerks; if he’s making parts for bikes already here, CCW might be able to have Indigan make some for them.

    • David

      Not to rain on anyone’s parade, but seats, handlebars and accessories a motorcycle do not make. The moped pictured above is a Derbi, from Spain, with some accessories and a custom exhaust from a friend that’s not in production.

      Sorry, but for everyone saying moped made from US parts, well, I’m not seeing it. I was pretty hopeful and checked out the site, and saw some bits, no piston kits, exhausts, wheels, tanks, let alone engines or frames. So…no bike, pedals or no, from this “shop”. Best of luck to them in the moped army craze.

      • Campisi

        I agree with David. I was hugely stoked to see this, only to find that only the superficial parts were available. Mopeds are great (not only as intro motorcycles, mind you), but this is mostly unobtanium with a few normal bits added on.

      • http://www.1977mopeds.com dan

        Baby steps! This was just a custom bike built as a canvas for Indigan parts. The fun part about this build was that we did not start with a complete donor bike, but assembled it all from random parts. It looks like a production Derbi, but it is much more. No two parts came from the same make or model. Our goal was to make it look as factory as possible.

        Incidentally, my buddy Simon and I founded Moped Army. I have been enjoying the craze for the last 15 years.

        Dan

        • http://www.ClevelandCycleWerks.com scottydigital

          Hey Dan, Scott from CCW here. I get what you are doing and I also understand how expensive manufacturing is, so you will not get any shit from me. I look forward to seeing the parts as you get them made!

          What I see for what it is worth: A group of guys that have a vision, and you are going to do something positive with it for the growing group of people who just want to ride affordable bikes. if that is a 75cc moped, then that is fuckin rad in my book.

          Also to clarify, CCW currently manufactures 30 unique parts in Cleveland Ohio.

        • David

          I hear ya – not hating, you put together a hell of a custom moped. I was just reeling some folks back into reality who apparently didn’t read the build sheet and thought you guys could restart the American motorcycle industry tomorrow.

          I do really like the build – has all my favorite dirt-bike / tracker lines and business, well done. …and kudos for Moped Army…

  • Charles

    Make some of the parts, but not others?

  • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1200]

    I’m a lil’ cornfused.

    How do you get your feet onto those “rearsets” without the pedals either blocking your feet or hitting your shins? The rear brake seems like it’d be difficult to operate because of this.

    Also, does that peashooter get hot enough to burn thigh?

    The winter photos make me think that this moped would be a blast on a lake if you mount studded tires.

    • http://www.lgdm.fr stempere

      There’s a flywheel on the pedals, i used to knock about on a Peugeot 102 a few decades back and once you started it with the pedals, you could keep your feet on them, like on a non fixed-gear bicycle.

      • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1200]

        My question isn’t related to a freewheel allowing the pedals to remain stationery while the rear wheel is spinning.

        If you look at the photos of the Indigan, you’ll see that it has footpegs and a rear brake operated by the right foot. Your Peugeot doesn’t have footpegs, and its rear brake is operated by hand.

        • Tony T.

          Once you get going the pedals pretty much hang loose. You can kick them out of the way to get access to the pegs, but they’ll probably still spin back and knock you in the ankles if you aren’t paying attention. I sometimes wished I had pegs on my mope but someone relieved me of that burden one dark and dreary night.

  • jason

    Cute, but kind of twee.

  • kinsler

    Kastner, you better bring this to flock yeah 3!