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He pulled the sad looking bike out of a shed. Here’s what it should look like, as he handed me an old tattered advertisment.

the call of the road was tempered with softer suspensions, touring bikes and long distance explorations. So, the grand deal with my daughters was struck.

This 1936 Model 436 Sport 4, sometimes called a “Fast 4,” is a matching numbers, 77 cubic inch (1,265 cc) twin carb model.

New FZ-09 for ‘14

The all new 850 triple. Yamaha is proud to introduce the FZ-09 for 2014. The all-new FZ-09 is a naked sports roadster powered by a fuel-injected, 847cc liquid-cooled, 3-cylinder engine mounted in an aluminum frame, the FZ-09 brings an aggressive new model to the already vigorous Yamaha line-up. This model was first revealed as an engine-only concept at the 2012 Intermot Motorcycle Show with this announcement: “With its clean torque output, this advanced new, light, slim and compact 3-cylinder engine will shape Yamaha’s future motorcycle line up.” Indeed, the 2014-model FZ-09 is a bold new model with a unique engine and look, and it’s packed with high-performance features. This bike has been developed around the concept of a “Synchronized Performance” motorcycle, which allows a rider to enjoy the feeling of complete control in typical everyday riding situations. Performance components such as Yamaha’s YCC-T ride-by-wire throttle system, D-mode with 3 throttle position settings, adjustable suspension and variable throttle intake lengths are combined with the 3-cylinder Crossplane Concept crankshaft configuration for an even firing interval that provides plenty of smooth, linear torque. The result is a sound and experience like no other motorcycle on the market. The FZ-09 will be available in Liquid Graphite and Rapid Red––with bikes available in dealerships starting in October. Product Manager, John Bayliss, said “Yamaha is very excited for the release of the new 3-cylinder, FZ-09. With all day riding comfort, powerful low and mid-range torque, excellent agility and weight and performance similar to an R6, the FZ-09 truly is the full package.” TMT

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I want that one and that one and that one...

Rule number one can be overlooked if you are by DAVID DROUIN still shopping for your first bike. Contributing Writer - TMT As a motorcyclist, there are some things you just don’t do. 1) You do not ride as a passenger, if there is any way to avoid it; 2) You never pass a broken-down motorcycle without stopping; and, the most important; 3) You never ask to ride another’s motorcycle. But if you can’t ask to ride the motorcycles of others how do you fulfill your curiosity of other motorcycles? You know, you wanna try it. Manufacturers have recognized this problem and created ride events in order to give you just the opportunity to try a variety of bikes. In fact, ride events at the various dealerships should be considered a form of charity to help underprivileged motorcyclists ride all the bikes they would love to own. You never know, you might like one better than your current ride - ‘you know who you are’. I arrived early at one such event, there was a small crowd milling about. There were 14 motorcycles and rides going out every hour until 5 p.m. For the first ride there was only one slot left open for a CBR250. I quickly signed up and put my name down for a ride on the CBR500R next and the NC700SA. I was determined - I was going try every motorcycle on the lot. The constant hum of motorcycle talk was occasionally interrupted by the roar of pipes. Every sort of bike was there: KLRs, Bandits, Hayabusas, V-Stroms, various CCs of CBRs, Ninjas, and a multitude of other bikes. Some riders came in riding on someone’s pillion because they still had not bought their own bike.

An employee of Honda Canada rounded us up and explained he would be the lead rider and another would be riding sweep. The rules of the day: No stunting and no passing. We were to ride in staggered formation. He warned us that every now and then he might go over the speed limit a little (or a lot). Honda Canada was not responsible for any tickets we incurred trying to keep up. I got on the CBR250 and adjusted the mirrors. It was a little cramped at first, but once I let out the clutch and got on the road I realized how fun it was to ride an underweight little bike that nimbly moved in the opposite direction of wherever you sneezed. Upon returning from a thirty-minute jaunt around the dealership along a variety of roads, I took out its older sister, the CBR500, and realized just how much more fun another 250cc can be. The CBR500 was everything the 250 was but slightly better in every way. The higher seat kept me from feeling cramped. Acceleration was much more responsive. I never even came close to cracking its top speed…and I tried. After, I rode the NC700SA, which is a fantastic urban commuter, but after riding two sport bikes I was hitting the rev limiter consistently until I got used to its low 6500 rpm redline. With its ample storage space and ability to seemingly run on gas fumes alone, the NC700SA is definitely the future of motorcycling. It is a solid ride, but after riding a CBR500 it becomes clear the NC700 is the Honda Fit of Honda’s motorcycle line-up. The sign-up was organized chaos, and felt like the foyer of an off-track betting parlour. People would see open slot, put their name down, go

check out the bikes, be inspired by some nifty new model, go back, switch spots, and then go back to repeat the whole process. Others seemed to realize they had already spent hours at the dealership and would suddenly realize they had somewhere to be and hurriedly take their names off the list for the upcoming ride. That is how I got to try the CRF250L. The CRF is the type of bike you are supposed to ride on the highway on the way to your favourite backwoods course. For me, the feel was disconcerting. Knobby tires, a light frame, and superhigh seating positing were not what I was used to. To make matters worse, I was close to the front of the pack and the bikers in front of me were all on sport motorcycles and after corners would zoom up to blazing supersonic speeds and leave me in the rear changing gears trying to bring the CRF to, what I discovered, was its 120kph top speed. I imagine it would feel different to take this bike off-road but, unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to try it in its natural habitat. I had been riding, looking at and discussing motorcycles for the last three hours, it was time to take a break. Before I left, I signed up for a ride on the Honda Gold Wing F6B. I jumped on my V-Strom and went out to find a bit of lunch to quell the craving I was having for buying a new motorcycle right there and then. As I was returning, a transport truck passed me going the opposite direction and I could see our lead in the driver’s seat and the sweep as the passenger. It was already past the time we were supposed to go out on the next test ride. I asked the young woman why we were not getting started, she replied “The CB1100 got a flat tire

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on the last ride and the guys went to pick it up.” Damn. I wanted to ride that thing. It was finally announced the CB1100 was out of commission until the tire could be fixed, which would not be that day. Some who were signed up to ride it were little perturbed. I considered giving up my seat on the F6B to one unlucky rider…almost. The F6B is a stripped down Goldwing. It lost its trunk, deluxe passenger seating, and windshield. It looks svelte and now, according to Honda, can be characterized as a cruiser in addition to being a tourer. I threw a leg over my ride and my first thought upon sitting on the ample seat was, “Wow. It really is like riding a couch.” We took off into traffic and I found the F6B had enough acceleration to get up to speed and stay there even though it was hauling over 1000 pounds. When we came to stops, I found myself working hard to keep the bike straight. After riding four bikes all under 500 pounds, I was finding it difficult to manage such a huge bike but it is likely it would just take a weekend of practice to get it right. One of the best parts of the F6B was its stereo system. It was quite satisfying to blast Def Leppard from its speakers but I knew that only music heavier than rock would be able to be played. Katy Perry or One Direction or any other Top 40 music would probably melt the wires. All the major manufactureres hold ride events. Participate in one or more and find your next ride to lust over. Check with your local dealership for details so you can get out there and ride a variety of machines. Keep an open mind while doing so, try machines that are out of your comfort zone, you’ll be surprised by each experience. TMT

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An Under Privileged Rider

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SCOTT MACDONALD Editor, The Motorcycle Times

Making The Grade So when is it a good time to re-invest in yourself? Have you given any thought to upgrading your skills at any point in the near future? It seems reasonable, when we think of upgrading skills, we tend to focus on needed skills for work, but everything else gets left behind right? If you were working in the communications field, chances are you need to upgrade your skill set at least twice a year, if not more. Shouldn’t it be the same way with our drivers licenses? Did you know that once you have your license, no one is required to prove their skills as a driver or rider until they are into their 70’s? What then? What about now? When I am pushing 70, I can tell you now with a high degree of certainty that I will have left two wheels far behind in favour of my cage. Reduced reaction times – if for no other reason – is enough for me to call it a day and realize that my safety and those around me would be at grave risk. It’s a proven concept that by repeating a learned skill, that skill becomes honed to the point of virtual perfection. Since becoming licensed for both G and M, I know some of my skills have deteriorated over time and some bad habits tend have taken over.

Is my statement acceptable in today’s society given the increasing numbers of vehicles on the road each year? What is the solution? Do we rely on our elected government to identify that there is problem with current drivers skills and mandate training or skills upgrades to make our roads safer and drivers more skilled and focused? If we wait for that to happen, hell will certainly have frozen over. The solution, right now, lies within ourselves. It’s up to us to take the bulls by the horns and commit to upgraded skills training. The Motorcycle Safety Course is a great place to start for those riders who have never taken the course. Fundamentals of safe and defensive riding can be re-learned or refreshed and for those who have had their M license for a few decades and learned their skills by trial and error, any certified course would help more than you’d admit. For those who have achieved their M through the graduated license program, there are independent skills training that can take your skill set to the next level. Racing schools throughout the province have programs that take ordinary riders and teach them advanced cornering and braking techniques that can be applied to everyday on-road riding. Those learned skills that also

teach you the limits of a motorcycles handling capabilities as well as your limits as a rider. If racing is not your speed, there are independent rider training programs that take the college course program and kick it way up. They will challenge you as a rider to think differently and teach you how to handle your personal motorcycle in a variety of real world scenarios. Among the skills taught, high-speed emergency stopping and advanced slow-speed riding. Yes, advanced slow-speed riding is more important than you may think. How many times do you drive through a congested parking lot, or get stuck in heavy traffic? Do you ‘walk’ your bike to park it? Do you have to take your foot off the peg while turning into a parking spot? Can you do a complete 180° u-turn within the width of a two lane road, what about a complete 360° in the same space without putting a foot down? When, or perhaps if, you reach the ripe old age of 70 and are required to redo the written portion of the drivers exam, just to keep driving and are scared to death of failing it, don’t say you haven’t been warned. As a rider and driver, we have options available to us right now. Just leave the attitude at home and be ready to learn a thing or two.

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By Doug Lunney, Winnipeg Sun

Lotus Motorcycles to build its own and first ever motorcycle Lotus Motorcycles was established to design and build the first motorcycle of the iconic car manufacturer. The bike will be named Lotus C-01 and will be the most impressive appearance on public roads on two wheels. It will reflect a combination of lifestyle, design and high end technology. Lotus Motorcycles is a joint project of Kodewa, car designer Daniel Simon and the Holzer Group. The Lotus C-01 will be a hyper bike with integrated racing technology. It will be manufactured of materials like carbon, titanium and aerospace quality steel, which are also used in Formula 1. Safety, ergonomics and design are the most important factors the design team has put emphasis on. It will be a state of the art motorbike powered by an approximately 200 horsepower engine. Kodewa has recently built the new sports car Lotus T128 LMP (Le Mans Prototype) and is running the Lotus LMP2 program in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The team of Kodewa comprises of experts with a lot of knowledge and experience not only in endurance racing but also Formula 1, DTM and lower formulas. The unique shapes of Lotus Motorcycles will be penned by renowned designer Daniel Simon. Simon, a former designer for Bugatti Automobiles, has lately been responsible for some of the most sophisticated concept vehicles in Hollywood film history. Amongst his most recognizable contributions are the ‘Lightcycle’ in the 2010 Disney motion picture ‘Tron: Legacy’ and the ‘Bubbleship’ used by Tom Cruise in the recent Universal Sci-Fi hit ‘Oblivion’. The Ger-

man was also designing the famous black and gold livery of the Lotus LMP2 sports cars. Daniel Simon is known for his clean and holistic concepts. The designer says: “With the Lotus C-01, we have only one ambition: to create a unique state-of-the-art machine that carries its brutal forces with elegance and style, a high-tech monster in a tailored suit. The C-01, with all its top notch components and materials, is first and foremost emotional, heartbreaking, at times playfully retro, and always clearly a Lotus. Lotus is a glamorous name with a rich history, and the C-01 celebrates it proudly: the shapes of the marvelous Lotus 49 were a main inspiration, and all color schemes pay homage to iconic Lotus racing liveries, such as the dashing black and gold. The intersection of past and future never fails to fascinate, and so does the unique idea of the C-01.” Within the Holzer Group, the Performance GmbH is involved in the development process. The components made of titanium, carbon fibre and aerospace steel will be produced by RPC GmbH, which is also part of Holzer Group and Kodewa. Latest CNC machines linked with CAM workstations ensure highest precision and optimal workflow of the complex procedures. Because of quality inspections before, during and after the production process, a safety-related and faultless production is ensured. In the next few weeks, images of Lotus Motorcycles will be released and will give a first insight into what to expect from the new Lotus C-01.

Halifax Rider Killed in Windsor Police have released the name of a Halifax man who died in a motorcycle crash on Highway 101 near Windsor on Wednesday afternoon. The RCMP say Edward Lesley Higdon died when the motorcycle he was driving crossed the centre line and crashed into a guardrail around 4 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Several years ago, a successful Winnipeg businessman told me he had just purchased a new motorcycle. He was more of a classic car guy and never had a bike before, but money wasn’t a big obstacle for him, so he decided to take the plunge on a two-wheeled toy. He wasn’t foolish with his cash, however, and wanted to minimize his losses in case he later discovered the motorcycle life wasn’t for him. He felt the best way to avoid taking a beating on the depreciation was to buy a Harley-Davidson, knowing they held their value well. Many of us, however, don’t have the luxury of taking that risk, so we might continue to wait on the edge of the dock rather than jump in with both feet. If that sounds like you, business partners Karol Thorsteinsson and Myles O’Reilly suggest you’re in good company and they think they’ve got a solution. On June 22, the two will open the doors to River City Rides at 1318 Portage Ave., the only business in Winnipeg to offer motorcycle rentals. “I’ve got my motorcycle licence, but for a while I didn’t have a bike,” Thorsteinsson said on Tuesday. “A bunch of my friends ride and borrowing a bike from somebody tends to be a bit of a pain. “We were hearing the same thing from a bunch of our friends.” Thorsteinsson and O’Reilly had been thinking of the idea for a while, but “the kicker” came last August. That’s when well-known and respected motorcycle enthusiast Michael Roberge (known as Squirrel) was killed while riding near Grafton, ND, on his way to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. “There was a memorial ride the day after that funeral and there was a lot of people

who wanted to go,” Thorsteinsson recalled. “But they couldn’t due to MPI’s high insurance rates, or they didn’t have a bike at that time. “So I approached Myles and said ‘Why don’t we do this?’ Nobody else is doing it.” Motorcycle rentals are available in B.C., Alberta, Ontario, and possibly in a couple of other eastern provinces, Thorsteinsson said. “Only B.C. and Manitoba will be the ones with government-run insurance,” he said. Thorsteinsson figures Manitoba Public Insurance’s motorcycle fees are the main reason why nobody else has offered rentals before in Winnipeg. “There are approximately 30,000 licenced motorcycle riders in the province of Manitoba, and 14,000 licenced motorcycles,” said Thorsteinsson, a member of the Coalition of Manitoba Motorcycle Groups. “The most overwhelming reason given (for the lopsided ratio) is insurance rates.” Thorsteinsson used his own bike as an example of how expensive it can be to register an older, more affordable motorcycle. His 1982 Yamaha XJ 550 Maxim costs more to insure for a year than his vehicle, a 2006 Scion XB wagon. The motorcycle would be fully insured for six months of riding, then fire and theft for the remainder of the year, as compared to full insurance on his vehicle for the entire year. The motorcycle, he estimated, has a replacement value of about $1,200 compared to his Scion at $10,000. River City Rides will have a few touring and cruiser bikes to start and may expand if there is a demand for more. They’ll go for the hourly rate of $37 (two-hour minimum), $125 for 24 hours, and $277 for a weekend. There are also weekly rates. River City Rides will be open year round, offering rentals during the riding season as well as clothing and merchandise all year. For more details, visit rivercityrides.ca.

Saskatoon sees three motorcycle crashes in 12 hours It was a short period of two-wheeled trouble and serious injuries as Saskatoon saw three collisions involving motorcycles in little more than 12 hours. The first crash happened on Saturday about 1 p.m. when a car and a motorcycle collided near the Highway 11 and Circle Drive East overpass. The driver of the motorcycle was taken to Royal University Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Another collision occurred about 7 p.m. on Saturday when a 72-year-old Saskatoon woman hit a motorcyclist from Alberta at the intersection of 19th Street and Avenue A. The 33-year-old motorcyclist suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Police said charges are pending. The third accident happened on Sunday just after 1 a.m., when a 50-year-old Saskatoon man was westbound on a motorcycle on 22nd Street at Avenue P. A 55-year-old man in a car attempted to turn onto Avenue P and reportedly hit the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist was transported to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

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My New

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1980… My shiny new Yamaha XS 1100 sits in my driveway….. King of Beasts, that’s what it was. Killer of Kawasaki’s! Skinner of Suzuki’s! Hammer of Honda’s! Harleys weren’t even in the same universe!! Heady days…….sigh Present…. Providing there was nothing close I might damage in the process of actually rippin’ it, she could still move out with some snot 26 years later! But the truth is its long in the tooth, parts are getting hard to find and, well, I’m old too. I need something lower, smoother and less maintenance, and I’m not the hot-rodder that I used to be. Time for a new bike……what bike? I always hated Harleys, lawn tractors they were, usually FORD (Found On Road Dead), and all noise…back in the 80’s. It was common to see them parked on the side of the road broken. My buddies and I got tired of stopping and offering to help... it came down to “get somethin’ that works, OK bud?” Those memories of Harleys’ in constant distress are etched in my mind like an old stain on a rug!! A buddy of mine offered to let me ride his Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad (damned Harley clone!), so I thought what the hey, he’s offering so why not? We met him at a nearby Timmies and swapped bikes for a couple of hours. Lord this thing looks big!! And sure enough, there’s that John Deere tractor seat, oh well…I swing my leg over and haul it up, not heavy at all, and a lot lower than my Yammie. Odd seating position and weird footrests aside, it doesn’t feel half bad! OK, so it’s a heel/toe shifter, way wide bars and floorboards. Once I get it on the road, I noticed right away that it seems slow, but I’m doing 85k pretty quick - so its just less fuss getting it up to speed. The big twin sounds thumpy, but very little vibration, not bad! There’s no tach, so its shift when you think it needs to kind o’ thing. I had some issues with the weird brake pedal position, but the big front discs respond to a light squeeze of the fingers so I’m OK so far. I get it out on the freeway, I realize that this bike is made for cruising comfortably all day in a relaxed, take in the scenery kind of way. As well, the clutch and controls are light, easy to reach and user friendly. The tranny shifts smoothly with a snick of the lever. Not much buffeting even at 120k, a minor adjustment to the windshield should be all that’s needed. I swing off the freeway to some paved 2 laners and find the bike likes long sweepers and straight stretches. The suspension soaks up rough pavement with the emphasis on smooth. I took some time to look it over, and I like the way this bike is set up. The saddle bags are secure - opening to the side with inner removable liners. With all the chrome bits - it’s very well finished.The paint and finish was impressive and the pillion is wide and comfy looking. For the wife ofcourse. OK, it’s definitely a Harley wanna-be, right? Do I choke my old image down and bite the bullet? Gulp!


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My Classic Restoration PAUL FOSTER: In my youth I had three bikes Honda 305 Superhawk, Suzuki 250 Savage Enduro, and the first edition Honda 250 Elisnore Enduro. I wished for a Honda 750 but other priorities prevented that acquisition. Recently retired with more time for hobbies, I came across a 1981 CB750C nearby. He pulled the sad looking bike out of a shed. Covered in dirt, he confirmed; it had been untouched for at least five years. We added some oil to the crankcase, put some fuel in the tank and jump started the bike. I was impressed to here the engine start and idle albeit a little rough, good enough for me and the price was right. My vision, strip the bike of unnecessary bulky parts and move towards a cafe racerish style. The folks at www.cb750c.com have been very helpful throughout the project. So the first order of business remove the front fairing. Even though the engine was running, it had 77,000 kliks, I thought a rebuild was necessary. I’m not an experienced mechanic however I am able to perform stripping, cleaning, painting , basic reassembly and basic mechanical tasks. My rudimentary electrical skills are being employed and I am learning new tricks. Next, disconnect the four carbs and remove-a task that is not especially complex however is highly frustrating and works best when maximum cussing is employed. Remove exhaust system and disconnect electrical. I laid the bike on its side after removing all the bolts and bars and was able to shake the engine loose from the frame. Now off to Mission Cycle for rebuild.

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While the engine work was being performed I strip down the bike. Removed all electronics, forks, front wheel, swing arm and rear wheel. Time to clean and repaint frame With replaced pistons, head bore, one new valve, slightly used main crank timing chain and new crank bearings, it was reinstalled and running beautifully, a new set of Bridgestone tires and a new battery. A custom seat, cafe racerish. E.D. Motorcycle Seats, did their magic and gave me exactly what I was looking for. The first major reassembly obstacle occured with the realization that the stock wiring harness had been modified with the aftermarket fairing installation. Deciphering the modified wiring was much more difficult than I expected (even with the wiring diagrams). Never the less - I have succeeded and key electronics are working with one embarrassing exception ----- the horn circuit which is still causing me trouble. Not quite complete but this fall I’m planning to repaint tank and side covers with the two tone original theme but switching to silver and grey with black pin stripping. Next week I am taking the M2 safety training at Georgian College and as soon as the bike is registered and ensured I will be roadworthy. The Honda CB750 is an iconic piece of history for me. Growing up I always wanted one but circumstances did not allow it. A regret that i have lived with till now. Paul, keep us posted on your progress. Looks good so far and we will let the readers know too on Facebook.com/motorcycletimes.ca. -TMT

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The New BMW1200GS Now, I just want more. by MARISSA BAECKER Contributing Writer - TMT I must say. I barely got to know the old 1200GS. I never got to take it off road. So when BMW announced that they had just perfected my idea of the perfect bike, it didn’t make that much difference to me, even though the entire motorcycle industry was buzzing about it. In production for nine-years, BMW set out to improve their well established adventure favourite without changing the model basics. As I marveled at the Magma Red bike awaiting a rider, I wondered if Neil Peart already had one. RUSH is out on tour again this summer, and drummer Peart, an avid GS rider, and selfproclaimed lover of red, is about due to write another motorcycle adventure book. From which material is derived from riding his own 1200GS off the beaten path between tour stops all over the world (check out Ghost Rider, Roadshow, etc.). Granted I wasn’t going on tour, and my ride would not cover the miles that Peart undertakes, but I was definitely aimed to go off the beaten path and was grateful to have experienced company. Dave Groleau, an experienced GS rider had recently returned from a BMW corporate training event on the new 1200GS held in Morocco and offered accompany me on my trek. We

may not live in Morocco but the Okanagan Valley offers up some pretty decent riding and my planned excursion into the wild blue yonder would definitely push the limits of my own riding skills so I was happy not to go solo. As riders, it is burned into our brains that unless we are riding a dirt bike, the all-mighty gravel is the enemy and should be avoided at all costs. Even with an enduro-style ride, gravel is a cautionary surface. When you accelerate in gravel, the rear wheel over-spins and most bikes will fish tail the back end and if you haven’t experienced that, this could be an area you make a mistake which could result in a close up look of the ground from behind a visor. The new air/water cooled, opposed v-twin (boxer) 1170 cc engine has gone green meaning BMW made changes to address future requirements of noise and exhaust emissions by changing the cooling system. Continuing with the air/liquid cooling, coolant oil has been replaced by a glycol-water mixture. BMW says, “this ensures a high level of heat absorption capacity of the cooling liquid for more efficient heat dissipation.” For most ladies, that last statement translates into “wahhhh waaaahh waaahhhh wah wha.” Upon arriving at the gravel on the 1200GS, a slight alteration to the traction control would be all that was needed to maintain a consistent ride. Of the five available riding modes

– Rain, Road, Dynamic, Enduro and Enduro Pro – enduro would be the chosen mode. Each mode can be freely selected through the on-board computer and are connected to automatic stability control with a special enduro configuration. In Enduro mode, the 1200GS not only provides a consistent and solid ride but also accelerates up a gravel hill without losing stability and goes directly in a straight line with minimal excess tire spin. No fishtailing. Groleau demonstrated this feature so I could see the bike in action as we rode and then gain the confidence to try it for myself. After a cautionary 15 km at relatively low speed, the other side of 30 km went much quicker. As Groleau left the gravel for a well worn wildlife trail, my skills were again tested and for the bike, this was the suspension test. The new semi-active suspension aka BMW Motorrad Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment – keeping the rider stable by ‘monitoring the vertical movement of the front and rear wheel control as well as other parameters by means of a spring travel sensor in each position, and adapts the damping automatically to the situation’ depending on conditions. (What?) Out of the brush emerged Lambly Lake and a lakeside clearing that was well marked with the remnants of moose. As the sun dipped below the mountains, time spent idle would be

limited, not to mention the awakening of mosquitoes making it difficult to have a conversation without dining on flying hors de oeuvres. Returning to civilization was much quicker paced for me but still not near the expert standards of Groleau as I dined on his dust trail. This is where I was thankful for the new aerodynamic optimized windshield that sent the dust up and over but left just enough for my teeth to knaw on. The higher speed on the gravel road actually made the ride smoother. The new chassis on the 2013 is a tubular allsteel bridge frame with a bolt-on rear frame. This allows the main rider portion of the bike to maintain stability. Once on the pavement, traction control setting was returned to ‘road’ and ABS was back on. As dusk set in, the main LED headlight lit the way as the sky darkened. Standing at the first traffic light, I was thankful that my seat height had been adjusted to 32”, a lower position than the standard 34”. As we continued through the bends and twists of some side roads flipping the bike from side to side like opposing corners in the MotoGP, it was hard to believe that just a short time before we had been standing lakeside on a mountain at 6500 ft in baron moose territory fending off mosquitoes. The only problem with igniting my sense of off-road adventure is now I just want more. TMT




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When I was a younger person I used to look at motorcycles, and “bikers”, and dream of a time that I could ride a motorcycle. I’m sure I wasn’t the only young person who has had that feeling when they look at a bike zooming down the road with a rider that has their hair blowing in the breeze and a big goofy grin on their face. That feeling started for me in my early teens. I won’t give away my age, but when I requested to take Auto in Grade seven and eight I was told that I had to learn to sew aprons and make muffins. At Christmas, I remember getting magazines in my stocking about old cars and motorcycles. I wish I still had those today! My brother a year older than me and one a year younger than me, were both interested in bikes, cars, and independence as well. It was made very clear to me that riding a motorcycle was ‘inappropriate’. The boys could do it. You know how boys will be boys? Well, it was ok for boys to be boys, but girls had to be ‘girls’. So, I went to school, got passing grades, looked forward to a future of university, higher education, good job, decent pay, owning a house, and having a family. I dropped out of high school, left home and set off on my own path. I eventually returned to college, and was supporting myself. I decided that having a motorcycle was the perfect solution to traveling between Brantford and Hamilton for school each day. I had made arrangements to buy a bike, given a downpayment and set about saving the rest. I had accumulated the necessary amount, and had set an appointment to purchase the bike. When I arrived home that night there was a different car in the driveway. Not one I recognized, and I had not been expecting anyone. When I got inside I was presented with the keys to this new car in the driveway. I was told that it was a gift. It was given to me by someone who ‘didnt want to scrape me up off the road’. I was totally deflated. I felt beaten, and manipulated. It was the worst gift I had ever been given. My dreams of my bike just went down the tubes. I had to contact the owner and let him know that due to circumstances I would not be able to buy his bike. I was heart-broken. The car is another story unto itself, but the feeling that I had as I was given the car, and presented with keys, and insurance papers, was no where near the excitement that had been building knowing I would be riding my own bike!!!! I went ahead and got the car fixed, and maintained it as best I could. I got caught up in living life, finishing college, building a relationship, then working, owning a house, surviving a divorce, getting remarried, having a family, and then surviving another divorce. In the midst of small children, working many part time jobs, then full-time and part-time jobs, after school activities, university, childcare issues, providing three meals a day, a clean house, bills paid, and homework done, my dreams of riding never went away. There were many layers of reality that were between me, and my dreams, but the dreams were still there. At a point when I was having to make some tough choices in my life about an older car or get something a bit more reliable, a friend of my older brother was selling his 1976 CB750. My brother suggested that I go and have a look at it. He knew me well. He knew that I was incapable of walking away from that. I went to look. I was convinced that I would just look. I was convinced that I could not afford it. I was convinced that it was totally impractical. I had already made the ‘pros and cons’ list. I had two small children. They didn’t go away every other weekend like other kids. They were mine,

and I was all they had. It was impractical to hire a babysitter to satisfy my longing to ride. It was selfish to pursue a risk like that. It was a financial disaster to take on more responsibility. There were just so many things that didn’t make any sense. I went to see the bike. It was shiny. It had spokes, and a flat seat, just like I liked. It was clean, and well taken care of. It was in near original condition. I knew the owner and knew that he was very particular about his things. He said, “Take it for a ride.” I said, “Oh no, I just came to look”. He said, “I know where to find you. I know where you live. Take the bike. Bring it back after supper then tell me your answer”. I was SO excited. I had never had my own bike to ride before (even if only for 8 hours). I didn’t know what to do. I hadn’t planned for this. I was just going to look. I wasnt going to buy this bike. It didn’t make sense on any level... BUT I did have my jacket and helmet with me in the car... I got my gear, got the bike started, figured out how everything worked, and off I went. It was the beginning of a beautiful thing! I had been out riding all day, mostly near by. I stopped to see my brother. He looked at me with his funny grin as if he knew what would happen. He answered all my questions; told me that it was totally up to me to decide. Promised to ride with me often. Said that it would be all that I had been dreaming about. Assured me that it would be ok for the girls to be with a babysitter in the summer months. I think he even volunteered other family to help out! I went back to drop off the bike, when I arrived I gave him back the keys, and thanked him for an amazing day. I explained to him all of the logical reasons why owning a bike just didn’t make any sense right now. He asked me how much cash I had - I told him. His deal - pay half today, make equal payments over the next few months, and the bike was mine! I could have the keys today. I could ride it home. I could park it in my driveway, and get up in the morning and do it all over again! Every grain of logic somehow magically vanished from my brain, and the ability to think clearly was an impossibility. I hopped back on ‘my’ bike and rode to the bank. I returned, paid him, and rode home on ‘my’ bike... The one that I was NOT going to buy that day. The one that DIDN’T make any sense. The one that was going to STAY in my dreams for the time being. The one that was just that: A dream. His name is Bob. He is simple, fun, comfortable, and mine. We’ve shared many great adventures together. I learned many lessons with my Bob. He has seen me through some really rough patches in my life. My mother was a great one for reminding me to enjoy the journey. “Don’t always be in such a hurry to get where you are going.” One day when riding miles away from home with my brother and Bob, we stopped at a stop sign. He flipped up his visor, looked over at me and laughed. I was hurt. What was he laughing at? He said, “You ok?” “Yes, why?” “You have the goofiest grin plastered on your face.” I said, “You know all those times that Mom told me to figure out how to enjoy the journey? Well, today I have figured it out!” That was many years ago. Many things have changed. I don’t have to hire a babysitter any longer. Bob and I don’t spend as much time together any longer. I still own him, and have lovingly restored him. I still visit him in my garage and he hangs out with some of my other loves: Vern, Blue Belle, Tony, and a few others that have come and gone. The moral: A dream is always worth holding onto, but time is something you can let go of. TMT



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Not unlike As with progress the motorcycle manufac- your ABS equipped automobile, when you feel tures have taken braking to the next step and the pedal pulse as you brake when slippage or come out with ABS for many of their models- lock-up occurs. some standard and some as an option. The MoA Combined Braking System (CBS), which is torcycle Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) prevents different to cars, planes or trains, allows a mothe wheels from locking during braking situa- torcycle rear and front wheel to be controlled tions. Based on information from wheel speed separately. If the rider only brakes with the front sensors the ABS unit adjusts the pressure of the or rear wheel, the braked wheel tends to lock brake fluid in order to keep traction and main- up faster as if both brakes would have been aptain deceleration. Motorcycle ABS helps the rider plied. A Combined Braking System distributes to maintain stability during braking. 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The Bond of Wheels Wheels, can do more than you might think. by JOHN BRADFORD Contributing Writer - TMT I’ve been a biker for 50 years. My first little sweetie was a beat up Ariel Square Four, 1000c.c., kick start, 20 bucks. Of course back then you were allowed to ride with a learner’s permit at 15. So off to school I went listening to the pieces rattling and littering the road behind me all the way to grade nine... And insurance? Really? Whatever for? However, there was the one incident I recall, when the fuel line had a leak and ignited on the engine… between my legs… in the driveway. Neighbours thought it was let’s just say a marshmallow roast. That was the last I drove her and the fastest drop in my biking career. Many bikes and stories later, married with three daughters, the call of the road was tempered with softer suspensions, touring bikes and long distance explorations. So, this is when the grand deal with my daughters was struck. When each turned 13 it was their choice: one-on-one with Dad; anywhere in continental North America; two weeks; had to include a celebration of Canada Day and in the U.S.A. for July 4th. The eldest chose the Gold Wing as transportation and Washington D.C. as the destination. We followed a friend and his same-aged daughter who were in a camper, but being accustomed to more than bed rolls and bug spray, I sought out hotels enroute. The ride was twisty back roads, glorious sunsets like muzzle flashes passing in the fir trees, through the scent of pine stands and the sparkling lakes of the Adirondack Mountains. Separating from our friends, we wheeled to the former Olympic site at Lake Placid to sing God Bless America on July 4th and quickly continued to Massachusetts in search of a lobster feast. Stopping in Plymouth we asked for a free room at the William Bradford Hotel, since my ancestor was the second Governor of Plym-

outh and the only scribe from the Mayflower. That didn’t work out so well, as the Innkeeper explained he didn’t live there anymore. Along the Eastern Seaboard and more country roads we explored the American Maritime hospitality. Coming into Washington was a little problematic, remembering this was long before GPS technology. My daughter was the navigator with a map unfolded in her lap as she leaned into the comfortable back and arm rests. As the map ripped by the wind lofted in slow motion towards the sky we were winging it now, (pun intended) and entered the core of Washington. You might realize there are sections where strangers are not so welcome and my daughter and I had to beat a hasty exit back to the highway. Soon we were in front of the Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pool. Parking was impossible, except for bikers who could squeeze straight in between cars. As we stared over our fairing there were thousands of people, a stage with The First Lady, Nancy Reagan, hosting a live concert and John Denver serenading on acoustic guitar as only he could. Surely, they knew we were coming. We did the city tour for several days and then headed back to Canada. Two weeks, an international cultural exchange and a unique father-daughter relationship shared through motorcycling. Priceless. The second daughter saw her opportunity arise just 2 years later. But, there was no interest in bugs in her teeth or the smell of wet leather and fertilizer day after day. She just wanted to go shopping. So, we did: from Brantford to Alberta by car to spend a day shopping at the West Edmonton Mall. We did a helicopter tour over the Bad Lands in North Dakota, Yellowstone National Park and Old Faithful Geyser. July 4th brought us through the forest to the face of Mount Rushmore. Our American neighbours had gathered the remaining workers who had actually carved this world wonder, most in their 90’s, to celebrate their achievement. It was a torrential storm, a heartfelt moment, everyone

in tears and we had to practically scream God Bless America into the wind as these men stood proudly for their nation. In a way, though the trip through the midwest was breathtaking and would have been a memorable bike tour, the return trip along the Trans Canada was somewhat less inspirational. I tried to explain that to the officer as he wrote the speeding ticket. Her 13th birthday finally came a year later to my youngest daughter. Bike trip… to an island. She wanted to go to Newfoundland on the fully decked Honda Aspencade. We front loaded this trip in Canada so that we could get back from the rock before July 4th. We boarded the HMCS Bluenose II, of Canadian dime fame, in Lunenburg and watched the water go the wrong way at the Reversing Falls near the Bay of Fundy in St. John New Brunswick. We sent cards from the Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse Postal Station and marveled that by looking due South, through the tumultuous breakers, it was an unobstructed path to Barbados. The Cabot Trail seems to get wet a lot, doesn’t it, but worth every second for the spectacular view when the fog lifts. And finally we met the ferry at North Sydney, our destination; Port Aux Basques, Newfoundland (pronounced NewfunLAN). For those bikers unfamiliar with ocean crossings, motorcycles get special consideration and preferred loading order because they don’t take as much space as cars and trucks. The ‘pointy end’ of the vessel can be crammed with bikes in funny angles. We found ourselves below decks, me, my 13 year old daughter, my Honda and 25-30 Hell’s Angels on Harleys with monkey bars and straight through pipes. We thought we were going deaf. The crossing was fun but the exit became a statement of differing cultures. The guys in colours were less than thrilled about a Japanese bike in their parking spot and each ceremoniously kicked at our wheels in passing, the ship’s crew quietly righted us each time. We decided a dinner and motel at the coast would give us sufficient distance for the rest of the trip.

So began one of the most glorious bike tours we ever experienced heading north up the treacherous nature of the west coast of the island. At one landmark, pointedly called Wreck House, the wind swirled through two mountains on the coast switching directions to blow back across the highway towards the open sea and ominous fiords 50 feet to our left. There was no choice; lean far right at 35-40 degrees into the relentless wind and keep your head down or risk the invitation of the ocean’s lure. The two of us white-knuckled together and bore ahead for what seemed like infinity, 15 minutes maybe, the mountain rush ending as suddenly as it began and the bike seeking its natural centre of balance. It was exhilarating. From that point on we had fallen in love with the Province. And the people. Everywhere we travelled heading to a northern peninsula, we were welcomed and offered instant ‘family from away’ status. Crossing a bridge onto the island of Twillingate we approached a lighthouse. We could see the northern sea and flocks of icebergs serenely cruising south to meet the melting currents. We stopped at the lighthouse and were offered a tea. He explained in a broad accent that he wasn’t a ‘lighthouse-keeper’, that meant dusting and vacuuming. Indeed he ‘kept the light’ as solace for desperate sailors seeking land. He had a mission and he was proud to serve. He’d been to Ontario but was called back home. We travelled in the northern circle and eventually back to St. Johns where the Irish tin whistles and Irish drums, (Bodhrans), kept traditions in place. Argentia was the port of departure at least for bodies and bikes but not spirit. Maine for the 4th of July was gorgeous but truly anti-climatic to our Canadian Maritimes and Maritimers. I have no more children turning 13 and have biked on many trips since, but I have intractable bonds with my girls that began with wheels. Ahh, the next generation … Hey Gramps… ROAD TRIP! TMT

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Szoke Claims 41st Career Victory at Shannonville Motorsports Park After claiming pole position, defending Superbike Champion Jordan Szoke earned his 41st career superbike victory at the legendary Shannonville Motorsports Park during the opening Round of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship. Szoke completed the 22 lap race around Shannonville’s 2.45 km “pro track” in 24 min, 0.649 seconds averaging a speed of 134.689 km/hr.   The top three riders broke away from the rest of the field after lap three and finished within a second of each other.  “When I got past them I thought I had might of been able to pull away,

but they stuck with me throughout the entire race.” said Jordan after his 4th career victory at Shannonville Motorsport Park.   “This should provide a pretty awesome fight for the #1 plate for the rest of the season.” “I didn’t get out front during the start.” says Szoke “I didn’t panic because I knew we had a lot of laps left in us and I wanted to see how the race would go so I remained patient.”   Szoke took the lead during lap 10 to finish the race a close 0.474 seconds ahead of the rest of the pack.   Szoke leads the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship with 56 points.

Moto2™ standings leader Scott Redding is wanted by Honda and Ducati for a 2014 ride in the premier class. The talented Briton, who currently rides for the Marc VDS Racing Team and has won two races already this season in the intermediate class, could therefore be set for a switch to Gresini Honda on the Honda production racer or potentially a ride on the Desmosedici prototype next year. Redding test rode the Italian bike last year

but it was decided he would benefit from another year in Moto2 in 2013. Ducati’s MotoGP Project Director Paolo Ciabatti said “Ducati tested with Scott last year and we have kept the relationship and contact open.” Meanwhile Honda boss Livio Suppo says “Scott is a very interesting rider for us. He is doing a good job in Moto2.”

‘Rossi says no to sports psychologists’ According to a report published, Valentino Rossi has refused any assistance from sports psychologists in a bid to overcome his difficult start to the 2013 season. “I don’t believe in those things,” he said. Such aids had been

used by his teammate at the end of his maiden premier class season in 2008. “Jorge Lorenzo would have reached his current level anyway, without that kind of help,” Rossi added.

‘Spies could be out until Indy’ It is being reported that Ben Spies could be out of action until the Indianapolis Grand Prix in August. Should this be the case, the American will have the entire summer break to recover. Due to problems with his injured shoulder and a painful pectoral muscle, Spies has missed all 2013 races to date with the exception of the Qatar and Americas events. He attempted to return at Mugello last weekend but was again forced to pull out. “(To return at) Laguna I would say I’d be

rushing things, but in six weeks maybe I can be 100% for there,” the American tells Motorcycle News. “Right now I’m shooting for Indy but I am not trying to set too many dates in my mind. “I just want to get back and, when they say I’m good to go and the right shoulder is as good as the left, that’s when I’m going to be come back and race - when I know I’m not risking messing my shoulder up for ten more years or for next year.”

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It would possibly take a ‘minor miracle’ for Valentino Rossi to win another MotoGP™ title, Crew Chief Jeremy Burgess has been quoted as saying. “I would say that would be a wonderful dream – perhaps a minor miracle,” the Australian told Spain’s Marca. “While at Ducati, Vale told me that he was perhaps no longer at the

level of Lorenzo or Stoner, but certainly not at that of only sixth or seventh place either. We’ve now got people like Marquez arriving. Vale has had a lot of success. He will be competitive at various circuits, but only time will tell whether he is able to pick up the title. You have to accept the passing of time.”

Stoner receives Queen’s birthday honour Casey Stoner, MotoGP™ World Champion of 2007 and 2011, has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to motorcycle racing. As reported by Speed Cafe, Stoner receives the honour after retiring from MotoGP at the end of last year. His titles came for Ducati and

Repsol Honda Team in 2007 and 2011, respectively, but between 2006 and 2012 the Australian also achieved a total of 39 pole positions, 69 podium finishes, 29 fastest laps and 38 Grand Prix wins, including victory in his home event at Phillip Island on six consecutive occasions.

Pedrosa excited about new circuit Dani Pedrosa admits he is keen to get out on-track at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina, which will be hosting a five-day test session next month (1st-5th July) ahead of its maiden MotoGP™ race event in 2014. “I’m very keen to try it,” the Repsol Honda Team rider and current championship leader told Largaron. “I have seen aerial photos of the circuit and a bit of the layout and it seems to be a track that has its quick points. On the other

hand, we shall have to wait and see how this year’s tests go. “It’s interesting and we all have our eyes on it. Obviously the race is next year, but you always need to study these new circuits. I don’t know how many fans will be there but, I believe we can expect to have a great race in the country.” Argentina last hosted a MotoGP™ race in 1999, at the Autodromo Oscar A. Galvez in Buenos Aires.

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Join us on facebook Sales of the 1936 Indian Four were not spec tacular. Harley sold 1,600 of its 1936 EL“61” knuckleheads, partly due to the HD’s introduction of a recirculating oil system (versus the previous total-loss system), and overhead intake and exhaust valves, so the competition for the Four was as tough as getting a job. The Indian four cylinder bikes were as powerful as the twins of the time, and far smoother. One can still experience this in today’s motorcycles by comparing twins to four cylinders. A 1936 Indian Four with matching sidecar would set you back just around $500 bucks. Today, if you can find one, in restored condition, you would be looking at $60 grand minimum, and between 80K to $100K for one with a matching sidecar. Cliff has done a superlative job of rebuilding his Indian Four. It won a first prize trophy, for Best Indian, at the 32nd Annual Motorcycle and Tattoo show at the Exhibition in Toronto this past April. What’s your next project, Cliff? “Maybe a sidecar for the Four,” he says, “or maybe the Indian flat track racer.” For now, though, Cliff simply plans to enjoy his beautiful, and very rare, motorcycle.

Cliffs’ Iron Redskin An Upside-Down Sport Gains New Fans by RICHARD ACKROYD Contributing Writer - TMT Can you name three things that happened for the first time in 1936? No? Well I couldn’t either, until I Googled it. Students of history might have answered that 1936 was the year that RCA first introduced a new contraption called a television, or that it was the year of the first television broadcast. It was also the year that the Volkswagon “bug” was introduced. Charlie Conacher was the first Maple Leaf to score a penalty shot. Yes, in 1936. The NFL had its first draft. The U.S. army said yes to using semi-automatic rifles. Harley Davidson introduced the EL with its soon to be famous Knucklehead motor. Its big competitor, Indian had a lineup that included their Chief, Scout and “Four” models. Let’s take a closer look at a wonderfully restored 1936 Indian Four. This 1936 Model 436 Sport 4, sometimes called a “Fast 4,” is a matching numbers, 77 cubic inch (1,265 cc) twin carb model. The “Sport” name was actually introduced in late 1936 for the 1937 model. It was bought as a pile of parts at the 1999 Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group meet in 1999 for $15,000. (I can hear some of you whispering, “What? Fifteen grand for a pile of parts? You’ve got to be kidding!”) Well meet Cliff, who purchased that pile of parts, and has been working diligently on it ever since, acquiring parts, and completely refurbishing and rebuilding this bike. Cliff, a retired Air Canada mechanic, has a long history of restoring older motorcycles, and is considered to be well versed on several, including Harley Davidson JD and KH models, American-made Indians, including Chiefs, Scouts, Fours and the rarest of them all, Model

“O” Indians. He has been working on motorcycles since 1966. Cliff is not afraid of taking on mechanical challenges at his place near Simcoe, Ontario. It helps, as well, to have a well laid out machine shop in one’s basement. Taking on the complete restoration of a pile ‘o parts takes patience, an understanding of how things work, and a lot of time. First on the list was to rebuild the engine. After all, what is a motorcycle but an engine surrounded by a few other bits and pieces to make it functional? (Skip the rest of this paragraph if you are not a mechanic.) Project step one: build a vapour degreaser to remove the caked-on grease from the aluminum engine cases. (OK, could you build one?) What followed was a series of never-ending technical projects to bring the big four back to life: re-babbiting the main crank and connecting rod journals, reconditioning the crankshaft, first by hard chrome-plating the journals and then re-machining them back to stock size, nickel-plating the cylinders and the cylinder heads, replacing the valves, valve guides, pistons (+10 thousand over) and rings, line-boring the engine cases, sand blasting, and then painting, the frame, tank, wheels and body-work, installing a new embossed leather seat cover, stainless steel spokes and Coker original pattern tires. I asked Cliff what surprised him the most about his project, He replied that when he purchased the original load of parts, almost all of the bike was included. More than that, the majority of the parts were in good enough shape to allow for reconditioning. I then asked him what were the hardest parts to find. Valve rockers. He found those at a vintage motorcycle meet in Oley, Pennsylvania. Starting and stopping this bike will take to-

day’s bike enthusiast some effort. The gearshift lever, for the three-speed gearbox, was mounted to the left side of the gas tank. Brakes were drum front and rear, and worked, like drum brakes of old … we might call it the “press and pray” method of stopping, especially in wet conditions. I love the paint on this bike. It is an original Indian colour, Indian Red, or Currant Red. There’s a story behind Indian Motorcycles and paint. You see, 1936 was, technically, if not still in an economic depression, then a severe recession (depression or recession – they are both the same to someone without a job or prospects for one). In 1933, things were worse, and Indian only made 1,667 motorcycles in total. In comparison, Indian sold 31, 950 motorcycles and had a reported 42% of the market in the U.S. in 1913. If it hadn’t been for the intervention of a certain Mr. E. Paul DuPont, yes, he of paint fame, who assumed a majority share in the company just after the market crash of 1929, Indian would have failed. The Four, started out as the Indian Ace – also called the Collegiate Four - in 1927, after Indian bought out the Ace Motorcycle Company, which had produced the Henderson four cylinder. The Four continued to be made throughout the depression until 1941. In 1936, in an attempt to gain more power, Indian changed the Four’s engine design to what is called a side-exhaust over inlet-valve layout (hence the name “Upside Down” Sport). This change was not well received by the buying public, because, it is said, that the change destroyed the looks of the motor. “Looks,” after all, is an integral part of being a successful motorcycle. The engine was changed back to its original layout after only a couple years of production.

How To Start a 1936 Indian Four Cylinder Engine. In today’s world of “push-button” starting, how many people would know how to bring an old motorcycle to life? Not many, I’m sure. Turn on both fuel petcocks. Each is located at the bottom of both sides of the fuel tank. Pull choke lever up as far as it can go. It is located by your right knee when sitting on the bike. Straddle the bike. Facing forwards, thank you. (Some people need to be told this, eh?) Locate the kickstart peddle just behind your left leg. Hint. It looks like a bicycle peddle. While holding the handlebars firmly, place your left foot on the kickstart peddle and push it down with your foot, as far as it will go. Let the peddle come up all the way – it’s spring-loaded. Push the peddle all the way down again and then let it come up again. This primes (puts gas into) two of the four carbs. No need to do this four times though. Save your energy for later.) Now, take the choke off by pushing the choke lever (by your right knee, remember?) all the way down into its slot. Now pull the choke up ¼ of its travel. Turn the ignition switch to the“ON”. The switch is located on the “dash.” Retard the spark (it fires later than it normally would) by turning the spark advance counterclockwise as far as it will go. The spark advance is a “twist grip” and is located where you put your hand on the left handlebar while riding. Kick down sharply with your left foot on the kickstart peddle so that the lever goes through its full length of travel. At a 5:1 compression level in this engine, there is little to no chance of the kickstart lever kicking back and throwing you over the handlebars, so do not worry. With a few kicks, the engine should start. OK, assuming that you have fuel, spark, and that the engine actually works. Once it’s running, turn the spark advance twist grip, clockwise to advance the spark to its “normal” position. This isn’t marked, so you will have to play with it while riding. You’ll know if you have it right because the engine will feel like it’s running without stumbling. You will have to change the spark advance/retard while riding to suit your riding conditions. How To Stop a 1936 Indian Four Cylinder Engine. This is the easy part. Simply turn the ignition switch on the “dash” to the “OFF” position. TMT

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