Sons Of Speed Antique Motorcycle Boardtrack-Style Racing

There is a good chance that no one alive has ever actually ridden a real motorcycle boardtrack race. The last one we are aware of was a century ago. While the Sons of Speed race is not technically a full on boardtrack race, it is as close any is practicle in today’s world.

Buzz Kanter’s 1915 harley. Skinny and fast, you can see how narrow these stripped down racers are.

Inspired by early twentieth-century boardtrack racers, the Sons of Speed race echoes the stripped down, wide-open approach to motorcycle riding. The inaugural race takes place during Daytona Bike Week at New Smyrna Speedway’s half-mile, banked racetrack.

It will feature up to twenty riders in a number of heat races. The winners of the heats will advance to a championship round. Each racer will sit astride identical hand-built racing chassis holding pre-1925 1000cc American V-Twin engines, and most racers will customize their machines by fabricating handlebars, exhaust, fenders, foot pegs, and fuel/oil tanks.

Nothing that does not add speed. These 100 year old boardtrack racers were pretty basic and fast!

Sons of Speed is the idea of Billy Lane, who has spent countless hours in the last year pulling together the bikes, rides, location and all the logistics needed to make it happen. And the Sons of Speed race will happen in New Smyrna Speedway Friday, March 17 (practice) and Saturday, March 18 (the actual races) as part of the annual Daytona Bike Week.

“I’m both thrilled and humbled by the enthusiasm we’re seeing for Sons of Speed,” says Billy Lane. “It has really taken off–so much excitement. There’s talk of expansion at Sturgis and Daytona Biketoberfest later in the year. Everyone has been so generous and enthusiastic–it’s all a bit mind blowing.”

While the majority of the race bikes are Harley powered, others are signed up to race, including Indian, Pope, Thor and others.

American Iron Magazine is proud to be associated with this first running of the Sons of Speed event. Our Publisher Buzz Kanter, a long time vintage motorcycle enthusiast, owner and racer, will be piloting his 1915 Harley-Davidson, which is featured in the issue of American Iron Magazine that goes on sale at the start of Daytona Bike Week. If you can not find a copy locally, they are for sale at www.Greaserag.com.

American Iron Magazine will cover the Sons of Speed event from many perspectives – Buzz Kanter as a racer on the track, as well as staff writers and photographers covering the action. We will share it on-line and in print. Subscribe today to get your copy of the magazine to read all about it at SUBSCRIBE & SAVE

For more information and on-line purchase of tickets please click on Sons Of Speed

American Iron News: Polaris To Drop Victory Motorcycles

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII) today announced it will immediately begin winding down its Victory Motorcycles brand and related operations. Polaris will assist dealers in liquidating existing inventories while continuing to supply parts for a period of 10 years, along with providing service and warranty coverage to Victory dealers and owners.

“This was an incredibly difficult decision for me, my team and the Polaris Board of Directors,” said Polaris Industries Chairman and CEO Scott Wine. “Over the past 18 years, we have invested not only resources, but our hearts and souls, into forging the Victory Motorcycles brand, and we are exceptionally proud of what our team has accomplished. Since inception, our teams have designed and produced nearly 60 Victory models that have been honored with 25 of the industry’s top awards. The experience, knowledge, infrastructure and capability we’ve built in those 18 years gave us the confidence to acquire and develop the Indian Motorcycle brand, so I would like to express my gratitude to everyone associated with Victory Motorcycles and celebrate your many contributions.”

Several factors influenced today’s announcement. Victory has struggled to establish the market share needed to succeed and be profitable. The competitive pressures of a challenging motorcycle market have increased the headwinds for the brand.

“This decision will improve the profitability of Polaris and our global motorcycle business, and will materially improve our competitive stance in the industry,” said Scott Wine. “Our focus is on profitable growth, and in an environment of finite resources, this move allows us to optimize and align our resources behind both our premium, high performing Indian Motorcycle brand and our innovative Slingshot brand. Ultimately this decision will propel the industry-leading product innovation that is core to our strategy while fostering long-term growth and increased shareholder value.”

Polaris will reduce the appropriate operating cost based on this decision, while continuing to support the future growth of the ongoing motorcycle business. Polaris remains committed to maintaining its presence in the Spirit Lake, Iowa community with Indian Motorcycle production and in the Huntsville, Alabama community with its Slingshot production.

Day 3 Motorcycle Cannonball – American Iron Report

This event for 1916 or older motorcycles to ride across the US from Atlantic City, NJ to Carlsbad, CA looks to be the toughest one yet. The first Motorcycle Cannonball (2010) was for 1915 and older bikes from Kitty Hawk, NC to Santa Monica, CA. The second one was in 2012, for motorcycles 1929 and older, from New York to San Francisco, CA. And the third one was Daytona Beach, FL to Tacoma, WA for up to 1936 motorcycles.

Motorcycle Cannonball riders do whatever it takes to get in the miles each day, including pushing up the underpowered Class I bikes up the steeper hills.

Motorcycle Cannonball riders do whatever it takes to get in the miles each day, including pushing up the underpowered Class I bikes up the steeper hills.

This year, the age of the bikes was dropped back to 1916 or older, so all motorcycles are at least 100 years old. Scoring is pretty basic, the rider gets a point for every mile he or she (3 women riders started the event, including American Iron Magazine columnist Cris Sommer Simmons) rides on the course and during the allocated time. If the bike is picked up and trailered 15 miles, he or she loses 15 points. In take by 10 minutes at the end of the day – you lose 10 points.

Bill Rodencel is riding a boardtrack-styled Class II Harley with 2 cylinders and a single speed.

Bill Rodencel is riding a boardtrack-styled Class II Harley with 2 cylinders and a single speed.

Class I bikes are single-cylinder, single-speeds, Class II is multi-cylinder single-speeds, and Class III is multi-cylinder and multi-speed transmissions. In the event of a tie, the older bike scores higher, then Class I beats Class II and Class II beats Class III. If there is still a tie, the older rider scores higher than the younger one.  Got it?

This year’s event has been the most challenging yet with many seasoned riders already dropping out of the event with mechanical problems they can’t fix. Typically the riders fix the machines on the side of the road or at the host hotel’s parking lot at night. One of the biggest issues here is the lack of available parts for bikes this old, and many of the riders wanted the edge of older machines if possible as they score higher.

Second place (at the end of Day 3) Frank Westfell rolling the day's route sheet into the route holder on his 1912 Henderson. Each rider gets the next days route and needs to load it on his or her

Second place (at the end of Day 3) Frank Westfell rolling the day’s route sheet into the route holder on his 1912 Henderson. Each rider gets the next day’s route and needs to load it on his or her “1916 GPS.” Electronic maps and devices are not allowed.

At the end of Day 3 of the 2016 Motorcycle Cannonball, the top 5 riders, in order, are:

#1 Dean Bordigioni on a Class I 1914 Harley

#2 Frank Westfall on a Class II 1912 Henderson (he is reported to have bounced off an 18-wheeler truck yestarday but got in with full points)

#3 Mark Loewen on a Class II 1912 Excelsior

#4 Bryne Nramwell on a Class II 1913 Henderson

#5 Fred Wacker on a Class II 1913 Indian.

Of the 89 machines to officiall start the event this year, only 27 are still holding full points at the end of Day 3.

July American Iron Magazine Motorcycle Rides In WI and MN

American Iron Magazine has two free rides planned for the greater Minneapolis area in July and we invite you and your friends to meet and ride with Editor-in-Chief Buzz Kanter and our team from the magazine.

On Friday, July 8th, we will meet in La Crosse, WI, and leave at noon to ride up the banks of the Mississippi River to St. Paul, MN on the American Iron Magazine Mississippi River Run sponsored by Indian Motorcycles.

This event is free (thanks to Indian Motorcycle sponsorship)  and open to all riders of all makes, models and years.  We meet at Riverside Park in La Crosse and ride to Indian Motorcycle of Twin Cities in St Paul, MN for a reception and free party.

On Saturday morning, July 9th, we will meet at Indian Motorcycles of Twin Cities in St. Paul. At 9 a.m. we will ride to nearby Blaine, MN for the start of the Patriot Ride activities.

You are welcome to join us for one or both rides. They are free (there is a charitable donation for the Patriot Ride) and they are all open to all riders of all makes and models.  Participants in our Saturday morning ride will get special VIP parking at the Patriot Ride.

Indian Motorcycle and Jack Daniel Pair Up for Straight and Neat Order

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Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, announced the availability of Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield and Indian Chief Vintage motorcycle models. This partnership brings together two of America’s most iconic brands that share a mutual commitment to independence, originality, and American craftsmanship dating back more than a century. Created to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Jack Daniel Distillery, which was registered in 1866, each model will be produced in extremely limited numbers not to exceed 150 total units and will benefit U.S. Military personnel and their families through the “Operation Ride Home” program.

Designed in conjunction with Klock Werks Kustom Cycles of Mitchell, S.D. to offer classic styling, premium features, touring comfort and custom detailing, the new hard-bagged Indian Springfield and the leather-bound Indian Chief Vintage are the first-ever production vehicles to feature Jack Daniel’s livery and its “Bottles and Throttles Don’t Mix” responsibility campaign. The first unit of the limited edition series, an Indian Chief Vintage version that was the custom painted prototype built by Klock Werks, will be auctioned at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction on October 6-8 at the Mandalay Bay resort.  All proceeds from the auction will benefit Operation Ride Home, which assists active duty U.S. military personnel in traveling home to visit their families. More information can be found at Barrett-Jackson.com.

The individually numbered 2016 Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield and Indian Chief Vintage models are available to order today at your local Indian Motorcycle dealership.  Both motorcycles share an MSRP of $29,999 (California models add $250 for California emissions), a Canada MSRP of $37,499, and will be available for International order except in Brazil. Both models come with a custom-printed Jack Daniel’s whiskey barrel top to commemorate each bike, a two-year unlimited mileage factory warranty, and free membership in the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group for one year.

Both models feature an array of genuine Indian Motorcycle accessories and custom accessories, as well as Jack Daniel’s-inspired custom paint and logos, badging, leather saddle and saddlebags. Each fender is also inscribed with the names of the seven Master Distillers who have overseen the Jack Daniel’s distilling process over its 150-year history. Finally, an inscription of Jack Daniel’s “Bottles and Throttles Don’t Mix” mantra reminds riders that drinking and riding are meant to be enjoyed separately.

Final customization work was designed and completed by Brian Klock and his inspired team at Klock Werks in Mitchell, S.D.

To order one of these highly sought after limited edition motorcycles, please visit or call your local Indian Motorcycle dealership from March 4 to April 4. Only 150 motorcycles will be produced and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Specific motorcycle numbers may not be reserved.  Each of these motorcycles will be hand-painted and built, with delivery occurring no later than August 2016.

“This is the first time in Jack Daniel’s history that we have aligned with a vehicle manufacturer,” said Dave Stang, Director of Events & Sponsorships for Jack Daniel’s. “Using these new, limited edition motorcycles to help the ‘Operation Ride Home’ program serves as the perfect pairing for these two classic American brands.”

“Indian Motorcycle and Jack Daniels are ideal partners to work together,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “We share a respect for history and a common desire to promote responsible riding. These two models will be instant collectors’ items, and more importantly are fantastic motorcycles for everyday riding.”

For more information about Operation Ride Home, or to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit www.jdoperationridehome.com. Learn more about Indian Motorcycle and the 2016 Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield and Chief Vintage by visiting IndianMotorcycle.com.

Garage Season And Daytona Madness

SHIFTING GEARS by Buzz Kanter

SHIFTING GEARS by Buzz Kanter

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher

Is it just me, or is february the most challenging month for most motorcycle riders? Daytona Bike Week is still a month away. By now most of us Northerners have parked our bikes for the winter, and we’re itching to get back on the road. I know I am. In the meantime, if we’re lucky enough to have a heated garage or shed, we can spin wrenches and dream about spring riding.

I consider myself fortunate to have a heated work space that can hold several motorcycles and projects. No matter how many hours I spend in the garage wrenching during the riding season, I never seem to get far enough down my “to-do” list.

I’m not complaining as this is my passion, but sometimes I need to stop what I’m doing, step back from the workbench, take a deep breath, and reprioritize my winter projects. Know what I mean?

Entry-Level Motorcycle Choices
Most riders probably didn’t start their riding days aboard Harleys or Indians. Many of us had our first motorcycle experiences on small-displacement imports. Perhaps on a Honda, Triumph, Cushman, Hodaka, or Ducati. Most likely those bikes had single-cylinder engines that we had to kickstart before we could ride.

Anyone interested in an American entry level or “learner’s bike” in the last decade or so has not had many choices other than the short-lived Buell Blast and a few others. So what do you do when your friend, kid, or neighbor tells you he wants to learn to ride? Few of us want to loan our pride and joy to someone who’s never ridden a motorcycle before. Too many things to go wrong, especially on a full-size bike.

It appears that the big American manufacturers recognized the need of entry-level models and have been hard at work expanding new-rider options. Harley started with the Sportster Low models a couple of years ago, before adding the 500 and 750 Street models. Indian came out with the Scout about a year ago, and recently unveiled the new 2016 Scout Sixty (see Dain’s ride review on page 72), and now rumors are stirring that Victory has a small-displacement entry-level bike in the works. Good news indeed!

Daytona Madness?
One of the most exciting and lethal forms of motorcycle racing was boardtrack racing, popular more than a century ago. Those daredevils would race around crudely built wooden boardtracks at speeds over 100 mph. OK, so that doesn’t sound so fast when compared to fast street bikes today. But consider that those early rigid-framed race bikes didn’t have brakes, clutches, transmissions, or more than an inch of fork travel. Basically, a boardtracker was little more than a fire-belching engine stuffed into a bicycle frame.

If this sounds like fun to you, plan to join a handful of moto-loonies at the new Sons of Speed event. Billy Lane, the mastermind behind this madness, is handcrafting less than a dozen similar boardtrack race bikes with various 1000cc antique motorcycle engines to be raced at the New Smyrna Speedway  just south of Daytona Beach. We (yes, I will be piloting a Harley-powered race bike) have practice scheduled on Friday, March 11, with racing on the docket the following day. Keep your fingers crossed and wish us all luck. I’m still trying to figure out how on earth I got wrangled into this madness. Maybe it has something to do with these long, cold winter months.

Ride safe, ride smart, have fun.

Buzz

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American Iron Magazine 5 Simple Ways To Improve Your Harley, Indian or Victory Today

Yes, it is winter season and many of us can’t ride our Harley, Indian or Victory motorcycle until the weather improves. But that doesn’t mean we can’t spend some time with our motorcycles to make them better for now and for those spring rides.

Here are 5 simple things from the team at American Iron Magazine you can do today to your Harley, Indian or Victory motorcycle to make it better.

  1. CLEAN MACHINE Take an hour or two to carefully wash and wax your bike top to bottom and front to back. This includes all painted, plated and chrome surfaces.  Besides making the bike look better, you are removing baked on dirt and crud that holds moisture that could lead to rust.
  2. SAFETY CHECK Now that your motorcycle is clean, give it a safety check. Look for worn or loose items like tires, wiring and connections, suspension, final belt drive (or chain) and hardware. Now is a good time to fix or replace what is needed for a safe, dependable and fun ride.
  3. ERGONOMICS Put your bike on a stand or lift and sit on it as you would when riding. How are the ergonomics and feel of the bike when stationary? Do you like where your handlebars are or would you be more comfortable sliding them forward or backward a few inches? How about the clutch and brake levers – would they feel better up or down a little? How about your shifter – up or down for a better feel. Most of these adjustments are simple and can be done in a few minutes. Just be sure everything is tight and proper when finished.
  4. LEVELS Check your tire pressure and oil levels. If they are low now is a good time to top them off to factory spec. Sounds simple enough, and it is.
  5. BATTERY Maintain and charge your battery. If you have not ridden your motorcycle in a while, it’s a good idea to check it out. Check the acid level of the cells and top off with fresh distilled water if needed (Not necessary with a newer sealed battery) check and clean the terminals. Then hook up a smart battery charger to top off the charge. You’ll be glad you did in the spring.

This free advice is brought to you by American Iron Magazine, the world’s best selling American V-twin magazine.

Published 13 times a year (a new issue every 4 weeks), you can subscribe to American Iron Magazine in PRINT or in DIGITAL by clicking on the links.

 

 

 

Save Money And Have A Chance To Win A Harley

SHIFTING GEARS by Buzz Kanter

SHIFTING GEARS by Buzz Kanter

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher

American Iron Magazine is committed to publishing 13 big issues again this year

Many magazines these days are jacking up their prices while cutting back on their product. We’re holding at 13 issues a year, publishing big, informative magazines, and reducing your costs. We all want to see motorcycling grow, especially with younger riders. But that’s not likely to happen if costs keep climbing.

I think I speak for most of us when I say times are tough and money is tight, but this isn’t the place to discuss why our economy is where it is. I’d rather share with you what we’re doing to add value for our readers and help you get more from your tight motorcycle budget. In return we only ask you to let others know how we’re helping and why.

Basically, there are four areas where we’re trying to benefit you, your wallet, and your motorcycle. The first is that we’re slashing the cover price of this magazine to under $5 an issue. Second, we’ve cut the subscription rate to under $25 (for all 13 issues!). Third, we’re increasing to four issues our Do-It-Yourself and Tech American Iron Garage. Fourth, we’ve teamed up with Dennis Kirk to give away a free custom Harley-Davidson Fat Boy to some lucky reader.

Let’s start with our price cuts. American Iron Magazine continues to lead the market in sharing the best American (Harley, Indian, and Victory) motorcycles, products, and tech.

Effective with this issue, we slashed the cover price from $6.99 to $4.99 (a buck more in Canada). We haven’t been that cheap in 20 years!

Lower prices are good, but what about content? While some magazines are folding or cutting back on pages and frequency, American Iron Magazine is committed to publish 13 big issues again this year (a new one every four weeks) and do it with the best editorial anywhere.

The newsstand industry continues to consolidate, making it more difficult and expensive for publishers to distribute their magazines in stores. We’re still the best-selling motorcycle magazine on the newsstand, but if you can’t find us there, we encourage you to subscribe. We cut the sub rate to under $25 a year in print (in the US) and less than $20 in digital delivery (worldwide). To subscribe call 877/693-3572 or go to AImag.com.

Many of us enjoy doing our own motorcycle maintenance and upgrades. Besides the feeling of accomplishment, it can save us some real money. In response to the growing demand for this kind of editorial, we’re increasing the frequency of our all-tech and DIY American Iron Garage newsstand specials in 2016 to four issues, with the first one on sale January 19. Back issues of American Iron Garage are available at Greaserag.com and in digital delivery at AImag.com.
Now, I’m not sure how long we can offer these lower rates, but you can help us by encouraging other enthusiasts to buy our magazines or subscriptions. We think our readers are worth this gamble, but we need your active support to make it work. The more readers we add at these lower prices, the longer we can afford to offer them.

Win A Custom Harley
From Dennis Kirk who wouldn’t want to win a great custom Harley-Davidson Fat Boy? Partnering with Dennis Kirk, we picked up a very nice Fat Boy for a year-long project bike. We will share the process of what we changed and how we customized it in the pages of American Iron Garage over the next four issues. Then, at the end of the year, one lucky person will win it.

This sweepstakes is open to all residents of the US, ages 18 and over, except where prohibited or restricted by law. All subscribers are automatically entered to win. So, if you don’t subscribe already, do it today. Or you can sign up to win without subscribing at AImag.com. It’s that simple.

Ride safe, ride smart, have fun.

Buzz

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Goodbye, Old Friend

SHIFTING GEARS by Buzz Kanter

SHIFTING GEARS by Buzz Kanter

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher

I had no idea what it would lead to when, in 1974 and against my parents’ wishes, I bought my first motorcycle. As a broke college kid, I sold that bike a year later to help pay for a slightly newer and bigger one. That transaction led to buying and selling even more bikes over the years.

The buying and selling stemmed from efforts to upgrade my ride, leading to an obsession with motorcycles in the process. Fast forward to the 1990s. That’s when my motorcycle interests reversed: leading me to classic American bikes from the 1940s and ’50s. I owned, and enjoyed riding, a 1953 Indian Chief, my first Indian. I later bought a beautiful, but barely running, 1946 Chief during the 1996 Daytona Bike Week. I spent a day or two sorting it out at the long-gone Klassix Auto Museum, where we used to host the Indian & Classic American Iron rallies. Fortunately, the ’46 Chief responded well to fine tuning, and my efforts were rewarded with a bike that loved to be ridden.

I’ve owned many classic motorcycles since then. Some I keep for a year or two before selling to make way for different ones. Others I keep and rode for decades. I never know which of these categories a new (well, old) bike will fall into when I purchase it. You see, I easily fall in love with classics, and I think each one is a “forever” bike. Most aren’t. And that’s okay because buying and selling lets me own, ride, and enjoy a wider assortment of motorcycles than if I had never sold any.

I had no idea what amazing experiences I’d have aboard this 69-year-old time machine. They include a ride up the California coast to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Hollister riots with AIM Classics Editor Jim Babchak, the Tomas family from Kiwi Indian, and the wacky pranksters who hang out at The Shop in Ventura, California. I also enjoyed many wonderful rides on that Chief in and around New England (including many bike shows — and plenty of trophies), and I’ll never forget the ride on my Indian from the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, to Sturgis this summer for the 75th running of the Sturgis Rally. Riding that Chief to Sturgis was fitting, considering the famous rally started out as an Indian motorcycle gathering.

But all good things must come to an end. I’m fortunate enough to own several classic motorcycles, but I can’t ride them all. Not having ridden the ’46 Indian much in the past several years (other than to Sturgis), I knew it was time for someone new to own and enjoy it. So I loaded a full description and photos on eBay along with a very reasonable reserve. I’m half-sad to report it sold quickly. Not for as much as I was hoping for, but a fair and reasonable price. As I walked the new owners — a nice, young couple — around the bike, sharing a few of my experiences and stories with them, I had serious second thoughts. And when I fired the engine up to ride over to their trailer, I had a hard time letting go of the handlebar. But a deal is a deal, and it’s time to let someone else create his own memories with the Chief.
Besides, I’ll always have my memories with this one, plus I still have my 1940 Indian Sport Scout to ride.

BOGOF: Last-Minute Gift Solution

Need a quick and easy solution to your last-minute gift-giving concerns? For the first time ever, American Iron Magazine is offering a BOGOF (Buy One, Give One Free) gift-subscription deal. For every gift subscription you buy for a riding buddy at our regular price, you get a second subscription free. Buy two gift subscriptions and get two more free! And we’ll even send them a card in your name. It doesn’t get much easier (or cheaper) than that for holiday (Harleyday?) shopping. But you have to act now as the offer expires December 31!
Please go to AIMag.com web site to take advantage of this limited-time Buy One, Give One Free gift-subscription deal. But, again, do it now, as this offer is good only through the end of the year.

Ride safe, ride smart, have fun.

 

Buzz

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Indian Motorcycles, Roland Sands & Super Hooligan Racing

Five Roland Sands custom Indian Scout Hooligan bikes will compete in the race piloted by Roland Sands, Red Bull stunt rider Aaron Colton and special guest riders 

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, announced it has stepped up as the title sponsor for the upcoming “RSD Super Hooligan” flat track race in Las Vegas. The street-bike based race takes place indoors on a short track at the Orleans Hotel & Casino the evening of November 21, and is presented in partnership with Roland Sands Design and AMA Pro Flat Track in conjunction with the “Superprestigio of the Americas” race.    The winner of the Super Hooligan race will receive a new 2016 Indian Scout – making the Super Hooligan race a bit more competitive than the average weekend amateur event.

Hooligan racing is traced back to the 1930s, at a time when legendary Indian Motorcycle dealer Clarence “Pappy” Hoel began organizing regional hill climb and flat track motorcycle races in and around Sturgis, SD. Hoel was a founding members of the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club, and he and the Gypsies are credited with starting the now world famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in 1938. Indian Motorcycle’s rich history in racing dates back to its inception with records in every racing category, including land speed, dirt track, transcontinental racing and venues like Daytona and the Isle of Man. In 1911 the Federation of American Motorcyclists published the records for 126 different categories of racing and different distances, and of those 126 racing records, Indian owned all 126.

Hooligan racing is a throwback to a post-war era where riders took virtually any available motorcycle to race in the spirit of seeking adrenaline and enjoying the comradery. Today the flat track Hooligan racing category is rapidly gaining in popularity with riders of all ages and experience levels because it brings the fun back into a less structured environment where any rider can race virtually any motorcycle. “Framers” or custom race chassis machines are not allowed in the class. It’s designed to allow racers to lightly modify an existing street chassis for racing action, a familiar situation for the world famous Indian Scout.

The company also announced it has partnered with Roland Sands Design to build and race five custom Hooligan racers based on the Indian Scout. The custom Hooligan Scouts will race in the RSD Super Hooligan event in Las Vegas, with a world-class team of riders that includes Roland Sands himself, Red Bull/KTM stunt rider Aaron Colton, plus some surprise guest riders. These new custom motorcycles will be revealed to the media on Friday, November 20 during the International Motorcycle Shows press event in Long Beach, CA.

“The Scout is a great machine upon which to base a custom bike with modern rider friendly performance. The engine and chassis are rock solid and don’t need a lot of work, so DIY customizers can focus on the aesthetic modifications,” said Roland Sands.  “It has been a blast designing and building these custom Indian Scout Hooligan bikes and after a quick test run at the local flat track I feel we have a competitive bike that will rip on the track.”

“It is an honor for Indian Motorcycle to sponsor the Super Hooligan event in partnership with Roland Sands Design and the folks at the Superprestigio of the Americas,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles at Polaris Industries. “Given the incredible racing heritage of the Indian Scout in our DNA, it’s really exciting to have five amazing Roland Sands custom Indian Scouts racing. It’s going to be a great event.”