Saturday, July 29, 2017

1934 VL Restoration on Adventure Rider Site

If you are interested in old Harley VL restoration info check this site out.  It's a very detailed account of a restoration on a 1934 VLD .  After the bike was restored he rode it across the country, very cool !

The Harley Davidson VL had a rather rocky start in 1930  There were numerous oiling and overheating problems that sent The Company back to the drawing board until it became a fairly reliable bike with good power for it's time.

I never liked the VL's until the last couple of years and they have kind of grown on me.  I had the makings of a 1934 VLD but sold everything when I got sick.  Here are some specs I gathered out of Steve Slocombes' book...

29 hp for the high compression (ok...relatively speaking) VLD
529 pound dry weight
A "Y" manifold was introduced for the 1934 model
Drop forged steel I-beam forks
Removable Ricardo designed cylinder heads (more on this later )
Dow metal pistons
Drop center rims for safety
Lower seat height than the J Model Harleys

Arguably, the VLD was faster than the JDH Model that it replaced.  I still want a JDH however !
This is not a blindingly fast motorcycle but who cares... I'm not either
Hmmm.....would it go from sea to shining sea ?

Good to be Back


I have been off line for quite a while due to unforeseen life events.  I had been sick off and on all during 2015 and couldn't figure out what was going on.  I saw multiple doctors but was not diagnosed until the spring of 2016.  It turns out that I had been battling cancer for that whole time.  After it was determined that I had Hodgkins Lymphomia.  We went through a year of chemotherapy and recovery and I am thankful to still be alive.  Anyway, enough about all of that.

I will be heading to Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday to pick up the start of a 1935 Harley Davidson VLD flathead project.  The plan is to build it and do some fund raising rides to support cancer survivors and those afflicted with the most horrible disease... Alzheimer's and Dementia.  I know this is a site dedicated to motorcycles but it is the people that make life worth living.

I will keep you updated on the project and on motorcycle history as time goes by...  stay tunes for more musings of a motorcycle aficionado .  I'll try to make it interesting and I appreciate all the support and prayer over the last few years.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Indian Scout Disc Brakes For Sale

I am selling the disc brake set up from my Scout.  It is a bolt on ready application and includes the 741 rear frame section.  The front fork does not include the triple trees or shackles.

I think a good builder could use the parts on a new Indian Scout and build something pretty cool.  The tires are modern wide tires and could be replaced with the older 5 x 16 taller profile tires for a more retro look.

I will include all the parts shown for $2800.00

Call me @ 951-992-9839

Custom 2016 Indian Scout

The new Indian Scouts have great potential to customize to your tastes.  This one was built by Indian Motorcycles of Charlotte, N.C.  
I believe Matt Blake is making fenders for these bikes that are bolt on ready.  I like it

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Burt Munro Sets New Speed Record 36 Years After His Death

World's Fastest Indian legend Burt Munro would probably have forgiven the American Motorcycle Association for a 1967 stuff-up that robbed him of a record-breaking run.
The association has back-pedalled on times for Munro's 1967 world land-speed runs after the motorcycling legend's son, John, discovered a miscalculation on the certificate issued on the day.
It turns out the legend broke the Class SA 1000 land speed record (previously 183.586 miles per hour or 295.453 kmh) on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah on his 1920 Indian 953cc Fuel Streamliner on August 26, 1967, achieving an average speed of 184.087mph, John Munro told The Southland Times.
He said the association had issued a new certificate after it recognised and fixed what it said was a mathematical error in calculating speeds achieved by Munro on North (184.710mph) and South (183.463mph) runs on the flats that day.
"It's nice to know Dad's still breaking records 36 years after his death. That doesn't happen very often.
"He would probably have said he had never been good at sums himself. But I'm sure he would have been quite pleased that error was picked up."
Burt Munro's lifetime fascination for the Indian motorcycle brand and his passion for shattering speed records on his motorbike, culminating in his first run as fastest qualifier at Bonneville in 1962, were portrayed in the 2005 hit movie The World's Fastest Indian.
John Munro said his father bought the Indian depicted in the film in 1920 and worked on it for 57 years up until his death, hugely increasing its claimed top speed of 55mph.
Munro's surviving children, all in their 80s, were working to ensure their father's achievements continued to be recognised, something that did not widely happen while the champion was alive.
Before the movie was made, many in New Zealand saw Munro as "some silly old bugger that didn't really know what he was up to", his son said.

Burt Munro...Gentleman of Speed