‘But I was going with a girl who began to hate the cycle – just hated riding in the bumpy sidecar. She told me, “Either the cycle goes or I go!” ‘Well, there was no contest. She went.’
The Spirit of Munro is a salt lake racer built as a hat tip to legendary motorcycle racer, Burt Munro. Munro’s original streamliner was based on a 1920 Indian motorcycle, the bike was ancient by the time he set his last record (at 47 years old), it’s a staggering testament to his abilities as an engineer that he was able to set so many records with it, including the under-1000cc world record which still stands today.
The 1938 Indian Chief incorporated a number of improvements over the 1937 model, the engineers at Indian worked on refining each model year as best they could and so the 1938 Chief had dozens of these small improvements.
For those of you who didn’t know, a “Silodrome” is actually a Wall of Death, a huge silo shaped chamber in which stuntmen (and women) ride around the walls at speeds high enough to create G-forces higher than gravity. This allows them to ride at a 90 degree angle to the ground whilst generally goofing around almost never dying.
The Indian 101 Scout was produced between 1928 and 1931, it was the successor to the previous Scout model that began production in 1920 but the 101 had been fully reworked from the ground up by Charles Franklin, the senior Indian engineer and former motorcycle racer responsible for the original Scout.
It’s amazing to see how badly banged up these Indians are relative to the total lack of injuries displayed by the men holding them up, I assume they’re the riders but I can’t see so much as a scratch on them.
This particular Indian is fitted with an overhead 8-valve 61 cubic inch v-twin with a Bosch magneto, a Hendee carburettor, 28 inch wheels, no brakes and no throttle.
If the above certificate means nothing to you, then you don’t know who Burt Munro is. Not knowing who Burt is is an offence that’ll get you tarred and feathered around this part of the internet.
This particular Indian board tracker was recently restored by award-winning car and motorcycle artisan Jim Prosper, the original bike was so complete that the only 2 non-factory parts on it are the fuel tank and handlebars.
“Indian Motorrijwielen” is an original art work printed on 80lb matte paper, it’s 11 x 17″ (28 x 43 cm) in size and has an almost ink=blot like etherial quality.
Ed Kretz was the top motorcycle racer in the 1930s and 1940s, he bought his first motorcycle when he was 20 years old out of sheer necessity, it was the Great Depression and an Indian Motorcycle was all Ed could afford as a mode of transportation.
Of all the motorcycle genres that have ever existed I still come back to the board tracker whenever anyone asks which I think is the most beautiful. Sure they didn’t have any brakes, suspension, seat padding, gauges or fenders but that’s half the appeal. The styling is undeniably beautiful and those old v-twin steam punk…