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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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May 31, 2009

Buzz Kanter Hand Starts His Classic 1930 Indian Four Motorcycle

Now that my 1924 Harley JDCA is over at Dave Fusiak’s shop getting sorted out for my big plans this summer, I thought it would be a good time to turn my attention elsewhere and get my 1930 Indian Four motorcycle ready for a local vintage car and motorcycle show this up-coming weekend. My 1931 Indian 101 Scout had been a huge hit at this event last year so I thought the Four would be a good choice to give some diversity to the usual Harley Knuckleheads, Panheads and Shovelheads.

The last time I rode this bike more than to the end of my driveway and back was a year and a half ago when it overheated and trashed the exhaust manifold gaskets. Since then I replaced the gaskets and kept the battery serviced and charged. I’d recently checked but not changed the oil in a while but figured it was ok for now. I have not really had a chance to ride this grand old motorcycle because it was stored in the back of my garage, blocked by other vintage motorcycles and parts.

Well I finally checked it out and addressed what needed it. Then using year old gas, I kicked the motorcycle over and, much to my surprise, she fired up and ran strong enough for me to ride it down the driveway and back with no major issues.

That was a week ago. This evening my riding buddy Dean dropped over for a ride with me so I pulled out the Indian Four and gave him the video camera to see if I could handstart it. I am pretty sure he was skeptical (so was I but I figured it was worth a try!)

As you can see by the video clip I did finally get her started (it helps if the throttle is More on Buzz Kanter Hand Starts His Classic 1930 Indian Four Motorcycle

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December 30, 2008

Indian Motorcycle & Indian Motorcycle Parts

Indian Motorcycles was the largest manufacturer for many years early in the history of American motorcycling. I am curious why there seems to be so much more activity here at the on-line motorcycle magazine and motorcycle forum for early Harleys than for early Indian motorcycles.

Indian Motorcycle - 1904 Camelback

Indian Motorcycle - 1904 Camelback

After all Indian motorcycles were built starting in 1900, while Harley motorcycles were not produced until 1903, 1904 or even 1905 depending on which version of Harley history you More on Indian Motorcycle & Indian Motorcycle Parts

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