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.”
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 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 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.”