Classic Indian Motorcycle History

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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June 5, 2016

Indian Motorcycle Deal – Magazines, Book & Collector Cards

If you are into classic or antique Indian motorcycles, like the Chief, Scout, Four or racers, we have some great deals for you.

Great bundle deal for Indian Motocycle enthusiasts

The long out-of-print Indian Motorcycle Illustrated is considered one of the best magazines ever for classic (pre-1954) Indian motorcycle enthusiasts.

You can pay a lot of money for them on ebay, if you can find them, or shop at Greaserag.com to find most of them in uncirculated condition, at a reasonable cost.

Greaserag has many, but not all issues of this magazine for sale. But be aware, once they are sold out, they are gone forever.

Click on Indian Motorcycle Magazines link for more info of what is available, and to order yours now.

Indian motorcycle magazines for sale

Please consider sharing this info and link with your Indian riding friends.

Filed under Classic Indian Motorcycle History, Classic Motorcycle Maintenance, Random Ideas, Resources by Staff Report

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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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