January 1, 2011
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.
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!
Filed under Buzz Kanter Classic Motorcycle Blog by Buzz Kanter
December 29, 2010
I love my 1931 Indian 101 Scout and thought it might be fun to share some of my history and experiences with it here. Last time I discussed buying this bike and working with George Yarocki (well most George did the work) to get it up and running well. Then I put hundreds of miles on it dialing it in and modifying it to my personal tastes.
While not a bike built for judging, it sure looks great and is a strong rider. In 2009, I guess I had owned and been riding it for about 5 or 6 years I had to replace the 12 volt battery – yes I know the old Indian motorcycles were 6 volt, but I like the benefits of the 12 volts and it is not obvious to the casual observer.
I also discovered the gas tank was beginning to split and leak gas out the bottom. So I pulled the tank and sealed up the bottom.
The motorcycle looks so different without the one piece gas tank in the frame. Fortunately the fix was a simple one and everything went back together relatively easily.
November 13, 2009
After the huge disappointment of not buying the 1913 Harley twin at the car auction in Hershey, PA I had to wonder where I’d be able to find a solid old motorcycle from before 1916 that I could afford and count on to ride clear across the US next summer.
I’ve been fooling around with old motorcycles for years and have slowly worked my way back in years. My first classic Harley was a last-year and rare factory handshift 1978 Shovelhead ex-police bike. Having ridden more modern motorcycles since the mid 1970s, that old Harley’s foot clutch and hand shifter took some getting used to when I bought it in 1990. From the handshift 1978 Shovelhead I worked my way back with a civilianized WLA (both long ago sold) and then the 1947 Harley Knucklehead I bought from a friend in Sturgis is 1994 or ’95 (I think) that I still have today.
Over the years I found I was most comfortable on Harley & Indian motorcycles from the 1950s and ’40s as they offered a great More on Cannonball Motorcycle Diaries – Getting Into Older Classic Harleys