Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Indian Roadmaster

I have always been intrigued by Indian motorcycles since I was a kid.  My dad always talked about a friend that had an Indian and how amazing the motorcycle was.  He would tell me the "Indian's" were majestic and big and everyone would look at them with envy.  I only saw them in photos and had never seen one until I came to the USA.
Indian motorcycles were originally produced from 1901 to 1953 in Springfield, Massachusetts and the last model came out long before I was born when the company went bankrupt in 1953.  The first one I saw was an oldie but still gracefull model.  Over the years I saw a lot of old models including the large collection at the Motorcyclepedia Museum in Newburgh, New York.  These are some of the models on display.

In 2011 Polaris Industries purchased Indian Motorcycles and in 2013 unveiled their new 111 cubic inches (1.82 L) "Thunder Stroke" engine and three new models.  The Indian Roadmaster is the new standard of comfort in long distance cruising and the most expensive Indian with an MSPR of $27,999.

At the 2014 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Indian introduced their new model Scout, a cruiser with a 1,133 cc liquid-cooled, double overhead camshaft, four valves V-twin engine.  The Scout engine produces 86 hp at 7,730 rpm and 64 pound-feet of torque at 3,320 rpm.  The model has the lines and proportions of the 1928 Scout but designed to work in the modern world with all the latest in engine technology.  The Scout is currently their most affordable model at $11,299.

I would love to do a cross country trip on an Indian Roadmaster with my wife.  I am sure I would enjoy the motorcycle and she would love the comfort of the the back seat and would probably be more into motorcycle touring after experiencing the Indian legend.

Indian Motorcycle company, how about letting me do a long term review of the Indian Roadmaster Indian Red?

Indian Motorcycles

Monday, July 27, 2015

Blue Knights ride

On Sunday I left my house and traveled about 35 miles to the Woodrow Wilson Service Area on the  NJ Turnpike to meet up with the Knights of Lusitania RC.  I get there after a quick stop at a Wawa for fuel and a cup of coffee and then waited about 30 minutes for the group to arrive.  Once the group arrives, we quickly leave and head north on the Turnpike towards Newark, about 60 miles.  We were a group of about 20 riders and when we arrive at the meetup there were quite a few other bikes already there. 
My Yamaha Super Tenere

Two of the guys in my group have two motorcycles I have always salivated over.  The Yamaha VMAX and the Honda RVT RC51

A few of the other interesting motorcycles already there

A Honda Valkyrie RUNE

A beautiful matte black Indian

A little later the ride starts, there were easily over 200 motorcycles on the ride.  I didn't take any photos during the ride since I forgot my small camera and only had my SLR with me.  The ride was pretty long, up the Turnpike to Fort Lee, down under the George Washington Bridge and then along the Palisades Parkway and  eventually making our way back mainly through back roads.  Being the Blue Knights ride, all the police departments along the way basically blocked all roads for us to pass unimpeded.  I'm sure some people were stopped at intersections for more than 15 minutes which I think it's kind of unfair.  The Newark police were very professional and the ride went without incidents.  Here's a few photos of the Newark motorcycles.

I had never seen so many police motorcycles in one place.  The yellow are from the Newark police department and the few white are from the Linden police. 

After the ride it was time for lunch.  By the time I got inside the food line was already pretty long but there was plenty food for everyone and since most of the groups are Portuguese the food was catered from a Portuguese restaurant.


While some of the people were having fun inside with the band playing some good songs, others were outside watching the bike washing girls.

There were lots of dollar bills flying around, I think the girls did well.

As the afternoon wound down it was time for the Knights of Lusitania to leave, they had about a 90 mile ride to Philadelphia.  I decided to stay a little longer and watched them leave.
Outside I saw this Suzuki wrapped in red vinyl, it was pretty well done.

The group assembling and getting ready to leave

The event had a burlesque dancer and not only was she beautiful but danced well too.  She did two routines and everyone was entertained for sure.  I will show more photos in another post, I will end this post with two teaser photos.

More to come....

Day 26.4 - Salmon Glacier - Hyder

These photos are from my Alaska trip.
After visiting the stunning Salmon Glacier I head back down to Hyder for a good meal.  Leaving the Salmon Glacier also left me nostalgic, I knew this was the last time I was going to see Alaska for a long time.  It was also a long trek home all the way back to New Jersey.

Coming down from the mountain is more difficult than going up, you have to use a lower gear to slow down and you have to be much more careful where you put the front wheel.  I'm glad I could rely on my ABS brakes to slow me down safely.  The photos do not show how steep parts of the road are.

One last look at a glacier before I get into town.  From Hyder, you actually cross back into Canada but it's the only road to the glacier so there's no border agents anywhere to be seen.

Hyder is a very small town, the population was 87 at the 2010 census.  Hyder is also the easternmost town in Alaska.  If you don't want to drive all the way up the Alaska Highway to get into Alaska than this is the closest place you can get to and still say you have been to Alaska.
I arrive in town and see this school bus converted into a restaurant with tables outside.  I park the bike and proceeded to have a burger cooked to perfection by the owner, a very friendly lady.