Classic Indian Motorcycle History

March 27, 2018

Barnfind 1913 Indian Original Paint Motorcycle

Yes, it’s like winning the lottery. I recently pulled this very original and correct 1913 Indian V-twin out of long term storage and hope to get it back on the road and running in the not too distant future.

Barnfind classic 1913 Indian motorcycle

While it appears to be very original and correct, it appears someone replaced the original Hendee carburetor with a later teens or early twenties Schebler carburetor. The old tires are dry rotted and torn, so they will need to be replaced with something more appropriate.

Original paint single speed antique Indian motorcycle

We plan to follow the adventure of cleaning up this antique motorcycle in the pages of American Iron Magazine, getting it running and sorted out. We will not be painting or replating anything as it is so correct now.

Filed under Classic Indian Motorcycle History, Classic Motorcycle Maintenance, Restoration by Buzz_Kanter

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March 7, 2017

Sons of Speed Daytona Bike Week Antique Motorcycle Boardtrack Races

Filed under Classic Harley History, Classic Indian Motorcycle History, Events, History, Motorcycle Places, News by Buzz_Kanter

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February 11, 2017

Sons of Speed Classic Boardtrack Style Antique Motorcycle Races

Billy Lane and a growing number of his friends are recreating antique motorcycle boardtrack racers with modern frames, forks, wheels and gear but original antique V-twin motors.

Buzz Kanter’s 1915 Harley-Davidson tracker on the Daytona Beach

They plan to race these machines March 17 and 18, 2017 on the banked 1/2 mile oval at the New Smyrna Speedway fifteen minutes south of Daytona Beach.

Slim profile of a boardtrack racer of the teens

Typical of a boardtrack racer of the teens and early 1920s, the machines were stripped down of everything not absolutely needed. No brakes, no transmission, no clutch and total oil lubrication system. There is virtually no suspension with a rigid rear section and less than an inch of travel in the forks. Note the drop bar style handebars to allow the riders to get low against the wind. Skinny wheels and tires and no controls other than a throttle, hand pump oil override, and magneto kill switch.

F head Harley engine with magneto ignition mounted in a new reproduction keystone frame.

American Iron Magazine is a big supporter of this event. In addition to featuring Rick Petko’s Indian motorcycle racer in the current issue and Buzz Kanter’s Harley motorcycle racer next month.  Also Buzz will be competing on Team American Iron Magazine by racing his bike in this year’s event.

You can pre-purchase your tickets at Sons of Speed Tickets. You can subscribe to American Iron Magazine (in print or digital delivery) and help support Team American Iron efforts at Subscribe.

Watch for full coverage of the races in upcoming issues of American Iron Magazine.

Filed under Classic Harley History, Classic Indian Motorcycle History, Competition Motorcycles, Events, News by Buzz_Kanter

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