Indian’s Take Center Stage in Daytona

Story by Mark Stanley, Photos by Marilyn Stemp

IMG_8569-2The First Annual Daytona All-Indian Motorcycle Bike show took place on Friday March 14th, at the Corbin Saddles location on Florida Highway 1, during the height of Bike Week festivities. It was proudly sponsored by Indian Motorcycles, and hosted by Mike Corbin and the team at Corbin Saddles.

Dozens of Indian motorcycles were entered, from the earliest antiques, up through the classics and on to the most modern Indians.
Spectators were able to view the entire panorama of Indian motorcycle history, with bikes on display from all the eras of Indian, including some very historic machines, such as a one-off Indian prototype from the 50′s, and Daytona-winning Scouts.

Over $5,000 in trophies and prizes were awarded to participants, and included generous gift certificates for both Corbin and Indian Motorcycle merchandise. The winners of the Judges Choice Awards also received a special trophy from Corbin and Jack Daniels: an engraved Jack Daniels whiskey barrel lid.

Ron Price took home Best In Show, Judges Choice trophy, for his U.S. Air Force Themed 2014 Vintage, painted by Holy City Designs.IMG_8554-2
Susan Freeman won People’s Choice Best In Show trophy with her immaculate black and white 2000 Chief.
Best Antique Indian trophy went to well-known vintage Indian racer Doc Batsleer,  who won for his untouched, unrestored 1915 Indian Big Twin.
Over twenty other trophies were also awarded, in a wide variety of classes, and truly many more bikes deserved trophies for their incredible paint, leather work, or just their gorgeous patina.

We are already looking forward to next year, when we plan for the Second Annual show to be even bigger and better!
Corbin Saddles and Indian Motorcycle hope to see you there!

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Motorcycle Cannonball Run III Update

Further details of the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Run, have been announced by the event’s promoter, Lonnie Isam, Jr. Scheduled for 17 days in September, the coast-to-coast run on antique motorcycles has its roster full and the route set. You can’t ride in the event but you can follow along, as we will.

1070The continent-wide event is not a race but a timed test of rider endurance and the roadworthiness of the machines. Riders will navigate non-Interstate roads across 10 states. According to a press release, “the endurance ride for pre-1937 motorcycles gets underway in Daytona Beach, Florida on Friday, September 5 with 115 entries from 32 states, 11 countries and 3 continents as well as the island of Japan. The historic run will indeed be watched by the world as motorcycles of all marques tackle a demanding route across America.”  A day of rest, repairs, and some festivities in the hospitable town of Junction City, Kansas is planned on September 12.

The lineup of antique bikes slated to run includes some lesser-known marques such a 1923 Ner-a-car, a Sokol 1000, and a Sunbeam m9. The field is dominated by 67 Harley-Davidsons, followed by 19 Indians, 16 Hendersons, 6 BMWs, 2 Moto Guzzis, 2 Moto Freras, as well as 1 each Rudge, BSA Sloper, and Brough Superior. In past Runs, the Hendersons were the ones to watch.

Five museums stops are on the route.

Coker Tire Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee

• Cyclemos Motorcycle Museum in Red Boiling Spring, Tennessee

• Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado

• Legends Motorcycle Museum in Springville, Utah

• LeMay Museum in Tacoma, Washington

1068While organizers and MCR Course Master John Classen are still working out final details of some stops, there will be several opportunities for the public to meet the Motorcycle Cannonball riders during one of the 19-hosted events as they make their way along their arduous journey. After a total of some 3,944 miles, the ride concludes Sunday, September 21 in Tacoma, Washington.



Flying event colors for the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run is a great way to support this remarkable event. Official commemorative t-shirts, caps and lapel pins are now available at the National Motorcycle Museum Store and website, or call (319) 462-3925 to order yours. These are the only official Cannonball apparel items.

Complete information about the Motorcycle Cannonball Run, including route details and promoted events, is available at Contact: Felicia Morgan, Director of Communications,, (916) 307-3606 mobile.


Cablz Glasses Leash

 Story by Margie Siegal

            Cablz High Res Image 4Since I only have one pair of eyes, I wear sunglasses when riding during the day. Sunglasses, unfortunately, are expensive and easy to lose – a bad combination. The simplest way to keep from losing your sunglasses while riding is to wear a glasses retainer, which opens up a new can of worms. Some retainers can chafe your neck. Others are uncomfortable under a helmet. Cheap glasses retainers can come loose, so your glasses slip out of them onto hard asphalt. Fabric retainers can get sweaty and dirty.

            I lately discovered the fix for most of these problems: Cāblz. Cāblz retainers are reasonably priced, secure and adjustable. They come in two versions; one with a silicone-coated stainless cable and the other in non-conductive monofilament. The Monoz monofilament version is popular with fishing enthusiasts and industrial workers who have to be careful about conductivity.  Both versions are lightweight, do not absorb water, and stay off your neck.

            Ron Williams, head of the Cāblz company, got the idea for the invention when the strap of his sunglasses snagged, knocking the glasses across his face and almost causing him to wreck the truck he was driving. Enraged, he threw the glasses across the cab and they landed on a coil of surgical steel cable. The light bulb went on, and he designed a lightweight but secure sunglasses retainer that would not hang on your neck. The end fittings feature a ball bearing that allows the cable to spin independently of the end fitting, eliminating kinking.


             The second generation of Cāblz are adjustable, allowing them to fit snugly to the head. This is a great feature for people who ride. Your sunglasses will stay put and not get knocked off by wind gusts. The adjustment stays put unless you change it, and you can do the adjusting with gloves on.

            Unfortunately, they don’t work with my full face helmet. They might work with your helmet – try them and see. For now, I’m going to put my Cāblz in my pocket when I ride. Keeping my sunglasses around my neck will eliminate those OH S**T moments when I don’t remember where I put my sunglasses and make hanging out at rallies just a little bit more pleasant.

Cāblz can be found in many sporting goods stores or visit

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Results: Mecum MidAmerica Motorcycle Auction in Houston

WALWORTH, Wis. – April 18, 2014 –Mecum presented MidAmerica Motorcycles in Houston this past Sunday immediately following its classic and collector car auction and achieved outstanding results in just a four-hour time span. The motorcycle-exclusive auction featured a total offering of 174 vintage and antique motorcycles, 125 of which successfully hammered sold.

The audience was composed of both car collectors discovering the value and appeal of vintage motorcycles, as well as seasoned motorcycle collectors worldwide who have been “chasing” these machines for years. Bidders from across the U.S., Germany, the U.K., Italy and Canada competed in person, on the internet and via live phone bidding for the wide range of motorcycles available, including the more than 100 from the Mike Doyle Museum Collection.

“It was great fun watching veteran vintage motorcycle collectors bid alongside a crowd that traditionally chases collector cars,” commented President of Mecum’s MidAmerica Motorcycle Division Ron Christenson. “Dana and I had a lot of questions going into this back-to-back auction event, above all ‘Is it going to work?’ Well the bikes certainly captured the attention of the car collectors and the motorcycle collectors never lost a beat; so it worked. It really worked.”

The auction’s top sale came in the form of a 1949 Vincent HRD Black Shadow. Gaveling at $105,000, the motorcycle presented as a high-quality example of an already desirable model. Other significant sales included a 1928 Henderson Deluxe Four Cylinder, a 1984 Honda RS750 and a 1914 Indian Twin.

Here’s the top 10 list for the Houston Motorcycle auction:

  1. 1949 Vincent HRD Black Shadow (Lot U72) at $105,000
  2. 1928 Henderson K-Deluxe (Lot U65) at $62,000
  3. 1926 Harley-Davidson JDH-8 Valve Board Track Racer (Lot U81) at $57,000
  4. 1941 Indian Four Cylinder (Lot U84) at $55,000
  5. 1942 Indian 841 Military (Lot U67) at $45,000
  6. 1984 Honda RS750 (Lot U166) at $39,000
  7. 1914 Indian F-Head Twin (Lot U66) at $33,000
  8. 1939 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead (Lot U82) at $30,000
  9. 1952 Vincent Comet (Lot U73) at $29,000
  10. 1949 Norton Manx (Lot U75) at $26,000

Mecum’s next MidAmerica motorcycle auction will be held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pa., July 27. For more details on an upcoming auction, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder, visit or call (262) 275-5050.

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1928 Henderson K-Deluxe (Lot U65)
Photo by David Newhardt, Courtesy of Mecum Auctions
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1949 Vincent HRD Black Shadow (Lot U72)
Photo by David Newhardt, Courtesy of Mecum Auctions