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December 16, 2009

Done for the Season, Classic Harley Projects Starting

Well this weekend was the weekend…  winterized and done for the year. 30 degrees, rain/snow and a thin coating of ice on the back pond.

It was a short riding season for me this year as I didn’t get the bike running till around September.  Even though it was only a few months of riding, it was better than the last 3 years of the bike collecting dust.  This Classic American Iron forum was a great help as I tried to learn the ins and outs of a bike with 20 more years than I.

While it might be done for the season, I am planning some projects so my old Harley isn’t so lonely sitting up on that stand.  After making it through a couple of months of riding there are some things that I need to do to feel a little better in the summer to come.  The main item for the winter is a new set of wires.  As posted in the forum, I have extra/new wires and some type of terminal board that needs to be addressed and removed.  I plan on ordering a new set from a recommended shop called Ziggys Motorworks.   The second project will be to pull both of the old Harley wheels off and rebuild the hubs.  A little bearing check and some new grease will be in order.  This will give me a chance to check out the brake pads too and make sure everything is up to snuff.

What is this terminal board??

New Wiring For My Classic Harley

These couple of projects will lead to some questions in the forum, and also quite a few blog posts here.  I’ll make sure to keep everyone posted as each project starts and what I learn over the next few months digging into the unknown!!

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November 30, 2009

Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Vintage Indian Motorcycles Round 2

This is the second set of photos from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.  These Indian motorcycles are a little newer than the others… newer is used loosely as they’re still pretty old.

In this set of pictures there are two Indian 4’s.  The first one is a 1939 and the second is a 1940.  There is another Indian sitting on display that similar to the last set of photos, I was unable to find a model on the white/silver unrestored motorcycle.  It is in rough shape compared to the other two on display, but looks like it has a lot of potential.

Make sure to click each thumbnail and these are full size images, so they might take a few seconds to load up, but the quality is worth it!!

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November 25, 2009

Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Vintage Indian Motorcycle Racers

In the second part of my IMS series, we’ll take a look at some of the older machines from the Indian Motocycle Company that were on display.

There were three older models that were on display (3 others not quite as old, but they’ll come later!).  One of them has a special place to members of this site as the old 1909 Indian was worked on by The Wheels Through Time guys!  That same bike was also ridden around the IMS track during the first AMA Superbike race.  From what I understand, they WTT guys didn’t have do to too much to that bike as it was in pretty good condition!  As a side note, that was the bike that Cannonball Baker rode for one of the first races at the speedway, they should let someone ride that bike during the Cannonball next year as a part of history!

There were two other bikes, one a single cylinder model, and the other was a 1918.  It’s the first time I had been up close to old Indians like this and it was certainly a site to see.

Enjoy the photos – as before, the images are pretty big, but I wanted everyone to be able to see the details, so I didn’t shrink them down any.

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