NEWS UPDATE JANUARY 5, 2002 1946-48 Girder
Forks - Century Ride Home 2 - Gas Proof Linkert Floats - Int'l Rally
2002 - Kiwi's Chief Engine Update - Warpath Update
Happy New Year, everybody! -And
welcome to the new VI News website. The VI Magazine is very much
alive, and there will be a new issue sometime in the beginning of 2002.
We will try to stick to a roughly quarterly schedule after that. The grand
plan is to use the VI News site to give you brief updates of new developments
in Indiandom in a regular and timely fashion. The VI Magazine will continue
to contain the heavy philosophy, the in-depth journalistic probes, the
mind-melting bike projects and the comprehensive bolt-by-bolt coverage
of all things Indian that you've come to expect from the VI site. You will
note that the new VI front page also has convenient links to ads, events
and other magazine "departments" which are now being updated continuously.
If you have any Indian news that belong here (new products, events, pretty
much anything "Indian"!) please drop us
a note. Thanks. The VI team.
Dave Molnar's 1946-48
Chief girder forks are now in stock at the two US distributors Michael
Breeding and Jerry Greer (phone +1 714/826-9940). Michael is
working on making complete bolt-on forks available and already has many
of the parts (as well as tons of other neat stuff - check out his website!).
We hope to have up-to-date photos of the forks soon! Dave can be contacted
Kiwi Indian Parts announces that there will be
a Century Ride Home 2 in 2003, the 5th anniversary of the closing
of the Wigwam. From Riverside, CA to Springfield, MA, it will retrace the
route of the 2001 Century Ride Home.
There will be more details on the (VI sponsored!) CRH
website in January.
announces Durable Floats for Linkert and Schebler Carburetors. These
ultra-light floats are composed of a closed cell foam that is impervious
to today's pump gasolines. They are now available for Schebler 1" , 1 1/4",
and Model H carburetors , as well as for standard Linkert carburetors.
They retail for $50 for ellipticals and H models, and $40 for the Linkert.
In Europe the floats are available from IPE.
The 2002 International Indian
Rally will be in Slovenia
July 26-28, and there is a new website
with details online now. Take a few minutes to check it out. It would be
cool to see some visitors from outside of Europe. 2002 may be (even) better
suited for a European Indian holiday than other years, as there
will be a pre-rally rally in France the weekend before, and a spectacular
ride together across the Alps to the rally site in Slovenia. This is a
trip of about 600 miles and there will probably be 3 days for it. All in
all a great way to spend a couple of weeks in Europe! More soon.
Mike Kiwi Tomas says: "The Kiwi
84" repro Chief engine now has just over 11,000 miles on it without
any problems what so ever -not even an oil leak anywhere. Four weeks ago
we did 1000 miles in one week which is no big deal really after accomplishing
4000 miles across the US on the Century
Ride Home. During that week we rode it into LA several times, up to
Las Vegas and back, and then on a road run near Pasadena, CA, up
in the mountains. Most of the freeway riding was at speeds from 65 to 80
mph. The bike was being put through it's paces and is never ridden gently.
The run to Las Vegas and back was 500 miles and it pulled in a respectable
45 mpg at 70 plus mph. The only big departure from stock is a dual firing
ignition and some experimental stuff inside the engine along with piston
skirt coatings (more about that soon!). The 84-incher cruises effortlessly
up the steepest of hills with a tall output sprocket."
The second set of Warpath cases has been
cast and sent to Rick "Rocky" Dillinger. Rick informs me that the cases
are out of heat treating and are being machined. These cases are for use
in Rick's land speed record attempt in the S/G 61 cubic inch class (more
about this soon!). Rick will be using his Koslo
4 port heads on the cases for his speed run. As soon as I hear back
from Rick on how the machining went and if any pattern adjustments are
required, I will cast 5 additional sets. Because of quality control concerns,
I plan on jobbing this work out to another foundry. I will know more by
the end of the month after I have met with the foundry and discussed machining
costs with Rick. Lyle. [PHOTO]
Stay tuned for more Indian News