NEWS UPDATE JANUARY 13, 2002 Eletronic Ignition
(again) - Hiatt Motocycle Update - Piston Coating (Hi-Tech
stuff!) - Use the VI mag 'Departments'
Welcome to the second 'edition' of the
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.
really seem to be good for Indians. In the next issue of the VI mag we're
running a story about a 101 with electronic ignition, and the IPE
kit for distributor V-twin Indians is getting lots of positive feedback
from users (we're considering a "how does it work?" page in the mag
for feedback on new products). The main benefits seem to be easier starting,
smoother running, more power and of course that the kit works under water,
and won't drown when it rains like your stock points will! :-) IPE
just got a new batch of the $150 kits, and have fitting
instructions and more info posted online. This is a limited production
part, so if you want one (it seems your Indian would love you for it!),
get your order
in now. [PHOTO]
Jeff Hiatt of Hiatt
Motocycle (who is fast becoming THE place to send your tanks
for repair as well as an important player on the 4-cylinder engine
restoration scene) just announced that he had bought a brand new align-boring
machine enabling him to step up his already high standards of accuracy
when it comes to 4-engine lower ends. We plan to run a Dealer Page feature
on Jeff's shop soon, but here's a couple of older photos for now. [PHOTO][PHOTO]
is constantly working on developing new parts which can help overcome some
of the weaknesses of the flathead engine design and make our Indians stronger
and more reliable. One of the latest projects is hi-tech piston coatings,
especially interesting as the long stroke of the Chief engine means very
high piston speeds and relatively short piston life. Kiwi Mike Tomas says:
"One of the improvements that we have benefited from is a quieter running
engine using a particular dual piston skirt coating process and ceramic
piston head coating, which has been in the Kiwi
84" engine and a few others. While there are many skirt coating processes
available and everyone promises that there's is the best, we finally have
hit on a multi coating formula that works extremely well for our application.
The piston skirt dual coating and ceramic head coating we can do to any
piston however the ultimate benefit is to solid skirt pistons. Tighter
clearances can be run plus this coating acts as a sound dampening devise.
This is not its primary intention however it is a nice side benefit we
discovered. Another side benefit is that a minimal amount of this skirt
coating material is transferred to the cyl wall which reduces friction.
The ceramic head coating keeps the heat off the piston (since it is a heat
barrier) which also aids in running a tighter piston to wall clearance.
The skirt and head coating process costs approx $125.00 for a set (2) pistons.
There are cheaper processes and others make plenty of promises but this
is one with the highest credentials and has been well proven in our own
testing." More about this on the VI soon.
Finally, if you need a piece of Indian information,
look in the VI departments first (now conveniently linked directly
from the VI front page!).
The reason we're bringing this up here is that every week there is someone
on the mailing list asking
for a link to some Indian site that they could have found on the VI
Links page in 30 seconds if they had thought of looking. The VI Links
page is one of the world's largest collections of up-to-date Indian links,
and chances are you'll find what you seek there. If you have any new Indian
links we haven't posted yet, please write Stan
Stay tuned for more Indian News soon!