August 30, 2015

Sweet 1940 Indian Sport Scout Motorcycle In Vermont

1940 Indian Sport Scout motorcycle in front of a red covered bridge in Vermont.

1940 Indian Sport Scout motorcycle in front of a red covered bridge in Vermont.

Here are a couple of photos of my 1940 Indian Sport Scout motorcycle with a couple of different looking covered bridges in Vermont – just because.

Vermont bridge

The other side of the 1940 Indian Sport Scout in front of a different style and color Vermont covered bridge.

 

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August 21, 2015

1929 Harley JDH 2-Cam Classic Motorcycle Project for American Iron Magazine

We at American Iron Magazine are planning on redoing this “bitsa bike” old Harley 2 cam as a magazine project bike in the next year.

Classic 1929 Harley JDH motorcycle

Classic 1929 Harley JDH motorcycle

These photos of the classic Harley are in “as purchased” condition.  Not the incorrect front fender, British dual-leading shoe front brake, incorrect headlight and handlebars, home made exhaust, funky saddlebags and more.

1929 Harley JDH

Very rare 1929 Harley JDH

The air cleaner is correct, as is the shifter assembly, forks, rear and side stands, and frame.

Dash for ignition and lights on vintage Harley

Dash for ignition and lights on vintage Harley

The genuines old Harley dash has been modified with toggle switches in place of the keys. Center toggle is the  ignition switche, the two outside toggles are for lights. The handlbars seem to be modified boardtracker bars.

Extra brake and running lights and unusual saddlebag mounting

Extra brake and running lights

We like the idea of extra lights in the back of the bike as these classic old Harleys came with a very small tail/brake light. HOWEVER, these old Harley turn signals just look wrong on this vintage Harley. They must come off, but we are considering adding small bullet lights under the seat using the same wiring already on the bike for these lights.

We expect this project to be in the pages of American Iron Magazine sometime late in 2016. In the mean time we are open to suggestions on what and how to re-do this vintage Harley.

Filed under Buzz Kanter Classic Motorcycle Blog, Classic Harley History, Classic Motorcycle Maintenance, Custom Motorcycles, Random Ideas by Buzz Kanter

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July 16, 2015

1947 Indian Chief Motorcycle Back On The Road To Sturgis Rally

I (Buzz Kanter) have owned this bike for something like 25 years. I used to ride the wheels off this old Indian Chief, but then parked it about 10 years ago when I ran out of garage space.

1947 Indian Chief motorcycle in the American Iron Magazine parking lot

1947 Indian Chief motorcycle in the American Iron Magazine parking lot

A few weeks ago I pulled it out of storage and got it running. In fact I rode it to work today at the American Iron Magazine offices (see above).  I plan to ride it to Sturgis in a few weeks to celebraste Indian motorcycle’s role in the founding of the Black Hills Motor Classic – otherwise know as the Sturgis Rally.

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THE RIDE TO STURGIS: We will ride from the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, IA three days on the road to Sturgis. This is a free ride open to riders of all makes, models and years, but we ask that riders of Indian motorcycles (old or new) ride up front.

We meet at the National Motorcycle Museum for a welcome dinner and tour of the museum on Thursday, July 30th.

We roll out from Anamosa, IA the next morning (July 31) and cover roughly 300 miles on back roads to Spencer, IA for overnight.

The next morning (August 1) we ride anouther roughly 300 back roads miles to Winner SD for an overnight.

Then, the last day (Sunday, August 2) we ride the rest of the way to Sturgis, SD and plan to end at the Indian dealer in Sturgis.

THE INDIAN MOTORCYCLE & CLASSIC AMERICAN IRON BLACK HILLS RALLY: Then there is more fun at The Buffalo Chip where we will hold our FREE Indian Motorcycle & Classic American Iron Black Hills Rally on Tuesday, August 4. Registration opens around 9 am and the event starts at noon. Field events (kickstart, slow race, balloon toss, plank ride, etc) and bike show. The all-brands American bike show is sponsored by Dennis Kirk. Open to all years of Indians (old and new) and pre-1984 American motorcycles.

Sponsors include Indian Motorcycle, American Iron Magazine, Motorcycle Rides & Culture, Greaserag.com, Heather’s Leathers, National Cycles, Sturgis Vintage Cycles, Jerry Greer’s Engineering.

Please consider subscribing to American Iron Magazine in print or digital delivery.

Click on DIGITAL or PRINT for more information and our discount prices.

Filed under Classic Indian Motorcycle History, Events, News, Random Ideas by Buzz Kanter

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