January 1, 2011

New Year Day Motorcycle Ride

I didn’t misbehave or drink last night when 2010 ended and 2011 began. So I was up bright and early this morning thinking about classic motorcycles (like most days).

The temperatures were finally above freezing and I looked out and saw most of the roads here in Connecticut were clear and dry. Earlier this week we got more than 2 feet of snow and some days didn’t get much warmer than in the 20s. So this was a welcome way to start the new year.

 I dropped a note to friends and neighbors Dean and Charlie to see if they were up for a ride on our classic motorcycles. Dean didn’t reply and Charlie said he’d swing by my house on his recently purchased classic 1970s Ducati 750GT and we could go out for a ride.

It took a few minutes to get dressed for the ride and to pull my 1931 Indian 101 Scout motorcycle out of the garage and into the sunshine. I turned on the gas line to let the bowl fill and then wiped down the bike, checked the oil and gas. A few minutes later I heard the unmistakable sound of the Ducati’s Conti mufflers  and saw Charlie pull into the driveway all smiles.

My Indian Scout motorcycle had been sitting in the garage for a couple of weeks after my last ride. I had spent some time going over it, checking and adjusting what needed it. I choked the carb and gave the bike two primer kicks, then with half choke and ignition on she fired on the first kick but idled way too fast. I knew the carb was set right so I suspected the throttle cable.

Turns out when I tightened the head bolt with the throttle cable bracket, the bracket moved slightly pinching the cable, I loosened the headbolt and slid the bracket a half inch over and the idle dropped down to just about perfect. Charlie was impressed and I was pleased with this simple fix.

Buzz Kanter and classic Indian 101 Scout on New Years Day ride

We rode our vintage machines around the area for a while and then stopped for some coffee and this photo.

Dean then called to say he was having problems with his Panhead ignition so Charlie and I rode over to his house to get in his way.

Sure hope Dean figured it out after we left because Charlie and I were of no help whatsoever!

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