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    Max Bubeck and his record breaking Indian Chout

    Max Bubeck is better known as an enduro racer than a land speed racer, but in 1948 he set a record of 135.58 mph out on the Rosamond Dry Lake. This record still stands today, making the "Chout" the fastest unstreamlined, normally aspirated 80 cubic inch Indian ever raced. The "Chout" is an interesting hybrid built using Chief and Scout parts and I've gone through the basics of how to build one.

    Max Bubeck and his Indian Chout
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    Re: Max Bubeck and his record breaking Indian Chout

    Very interesting. Sounds like Indian's version of a Super Glide.
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    ummmmmmm methinks Max was there first , therefore the superglide would be HD's version of a chout ...no?
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    Thanks for posting that. The pics of the frame comparison really show just how much alteration went into the project. Max was really ahead of the crowd in more ways than one. Thanks again.

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    Re: Max Bubeck and his record breaking Indian Chout

    Max was a regular at many AMCA road runs and always came to our Rocky Mountain Chapter D-J events. The year he made his 'Cannonball Ride" he was at our ride a few weeks later on the '15. At one point we had stopped in Silverton for luch and then were headed on to Ouray and Telluride. Red Mountain Pass (elev. 11018FT) out of Silverton is very steep and winding. Shortly after starting up the pass on our '47 Knuckle and '47 45 my wife and I were rounding a tight switchback corner and here comes Max, passing on the outside, with the throttle pegged on that '15. We just chuckled to see him go by as he was always pushing it. Most of the early bikes were being cautious due to the steep grade and merely a single contracting band brake, but not Max. All or none for him.

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    Re: Max Bubeck and his record breaking Indian Chout

    Quote Originally Posted by CHEIFRIDER View Post
    ummmmmmm methinks Max was there first , therefore the superglide would be HD's version of a chout ...no?
    Your argument has merit. I tip my hat to you Sir.
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    Re: Max Bubeck and his record breaking Indian Chout

    Your argument has merit. I tip my hat to you Sir.
    H-Ds Superglide was in its normal big twin frame with only a Sportster fork adapted. Not anywhere near what a "Chout" is.

    So it is not even a contender!

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    Re: Max Bubeck and his record breaking Indian Chout

    Quote Originally Posted by Rubone View Post
    H-Ds Superglide was in its normal big twin frame with only a Sportster fork adapted. Not anywhere near what a "Chout" is.

    So it is not even a contender!
    So are you saying the "Super Glides were nice but nothing to Chout about?"
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