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VISIT MICHAEL LICHTER’S NEW SITE

From my very first rally back in the 90’s something… I kept a close eye on the man I respected pretty much more than any other, and I had never even met him at that point. Over the years we’ve chatted many many times, been on rides together, and so on. His photography never ceases to capture my undivided focus. The angles, the lighting, the vision… like no other. I do my best to imitate,  but that’s all I can hope for. Michael has created a new website which is why I am doing this post. I encourage our Iron Trader News audience to visit his site & check out his amazing work. http://lichterphoto.com/

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MICHAEL LICHTER AND JACK MCINTYRE, DAYTONA BIKETOBERFEST

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Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride Announced for August 2020

A ride celebrating the power, freedom and unity of American women
on the centennial of the right to vote1

Progress is measured in big and small ways every day. A formative step towards the equality of Women in America was the passage of the 19th amendment of the US constitution allowing American women equal vote in fair and free elections. Progress continues on to this day and will be celebrated in August of 2020 with the Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride. This cross-country ride is dedicated to all women who have fought for equality in the voting booth, in business and in life. Continue reading Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride Announced for August 2020

INDIAN MOTORCYCLE TAKES THE THUNDER STROKE 111 TO ANOTHER LEVEL

WITH NEW 116-CUBIC-INCH STAGE 3 BIG BORE KIT

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Performance Upgrade Kit Offers Increased Horsepower & Torque for Indian’s Heavyweight Lineup

LONG BEACH, CA, November 17, 2017 – Indian Motorcycle®, America’s First Motorcycle Company®, today announced the next evolution of its performance accessory offerings with the Thunder Stroke 116-Cubic-Inch Stage 3 Big Bore Kit. The Stage 3 Performance Kit is compatible for all Indian Motorcycle heavyweight models, powered by the Thunder Stroke 111 engine.

With the Indian 116-Cubic-Inch Stage 3 Big Bore Kit, riders will experience 15 percent increase of torque and a 20 percent increase in horsepower when compared to the stock Thunder Stoke 111. Priced in the U.S. at $1,999 plus installation, the new 116 Stage 3 Performance Kit will be available for order from dealers in December. thunderstroke-111-l

“The bagger landscape is seeing more and more emphasis on performance, with more riders looking to get on the throttle and carve corners as they would on smaller bikes, and that’s exactly what the Stage 3 Kit is about,” said Derek Meyer, Sr. Category Manager – Indian Motorcycle Accessories. “Indian’s roots are in performance, innovation and pushing boundaries, and this 116-kit is but one of a variety of new products riders will see from us moving forward, grounded in and driven by Indian’s performance DNA.”

The 116-Cubic-Inch Stage 3 Big Bore Kit joins Indian’s lineup of performance upgrade kits. Indian’s Stage 1 Performance Air Cleaner and Thunder Stroke High Flow Air Cleaner creates more power and improves acceleration with added air flow, while the Stage 1 Slip-On Exhaust Kit delivers a deep throaty exhaust sound in an all-in-one kit for a powerful tone. Additionally, the Stage 2 Performance Cams enhances throttle response and increases greater power across the powerband.TS111-Full-LefttSide-View-591x480--550x447

For more information about Indian Motorcycle and its complete line of accessories, visit IndianMotorcycle.com, and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE®
Indian Motorcycle Company is America’s First Motorcycle Company®. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit

1941 INDIAN CUSTOM BUILT BY JON MacDOWELL

Photos & Post by Jack McIntyre:  Being the Artistry in Iron Photographer each year gives me the opportunity to photo some of the worlds best builds, and this 1941 Indian by Jon MacDowell of Bonneville Customs, caught my eye immediately during setup. Just so you all know, I offered this bike to the print magazines, and after learning it would be “possibly” a year in the file cabinet before consideration, I checked with Jon and received the permission to post this amazing bike. Enjoy the images below. I shot them at the 2017 Las Vegas Bikefest, my favorite event of the year, every year!

Enjoy this write up from Jon, he describes the creation of this masterpiece.

JON MacDOWELL:  I bought this 1941 Indian Scout 741 as a basket case on eBay about a year ago.  I spent the next 9 months tracking down parts, some I got from Jerry Greer’s Engineering and some from Kiwi Indian, but I had to buy many from eBay all over the world. I found some parts in the US, some in Australia, and some from Sweden. I started building the bike after winning the Fremont Street show at Las Vegas Bike Week last year. I started building the frame and front end while I sent the motor off to Carl Pusser at Walkin Tall cycles to bore the cylinders out to 37ci and rebuild the bottom end. After Carl shipped it to me, it was destroyed in shipping by Fed Ex, so damaged that they couldn’t deliver it to me. I had to shop it back and forth to Carl twice as we tried to repair it. BTW, FedEx has denied that they were at fault and refused to pay out the insurance we purchased for it. Yes, I’m still mad about this to this day. I didn’t have a complete motor until around May of this year, in the meantime I had to try to build everything else that I could without a motor. I was missing the primary cover and couldn’t find any around, so I machined an inner and outer primary and converted the setup to an open primary, I also used this machining opportunity to relocate the generator to the top of the transmission. The inner primary is machined to mount the generator above the tranny. I mounted a model 65A 12V generator and used a generator gear from a 1946 Indian Chief to torun the generator. The gear fits into the primary chain to turn it. The engine case and transmission are painted Indian red by Blair Peterson of Creative Custom Paint in Idaho Falls, ID.  They are the only items painted on the bike, the rest is polished Stainless steel and aluminum.  I decided to forego the Linkert carb and build a custom manifold to adapt an Amal 930 carb to the engine.

I designed and build the frame and front end, the welds were done by Rhett Patner of Power Needy The front end is a custom springer, the internal and external springs are opposing tensions and laced through plates mounted to the forks. The bike rides on a custom pair of Black Bike Wheels with Stainless hubs and powder coated rims, the front is a 23″ Bridgestone knobby and the rear is a 19″ Firestone ANS and runs a pre-unit Triumph brake and sprocket.

The handlebars are hand bent from 1″ Stainless, with an internal throttle capped off by a set of cast aluminum grips from Speed Foundry in Texas.

To make the tanks, I made a trip down to Vegas and took a Shaping class from Cristian Sosa at Sosametalworks. The tanks are shaped on the outside from 14ga aluminum. The gas caps are hand machined from aluminum bar and rotate sideways to open.

The fuel filter and oil filter are handblown glass pieces that I had a local guy do in Boise, Idaho. I machined the cap pieces to fit the glass and rubber mounted them to the frame.  The oil bag is hand shaped polish aluminum and sits in the frame under the filter.

The final touch is the seat, made from 1/2″ thick solid brass mounted to 1/8″ aluminum plate. We built a custom form for a brake and pressed the two pieces together to make the shape of the seat. From there we hand cut the brass and filed it down, then rolled the edges of the aluminum at the legs so it looked like an old vintage motorcycle leather seat. It sits on top a compression spring that runs through the frame.

I started the majority of the work on this bike in May when I got the engine finally back. I work a normal day job and have a wife and 2 kids. Most of my time working on the bike came after I put the kids to bed, I would work from 10 at night until 1 or 2am. I spent nearly every night working in the shop until the show in October. Many weekends throughout August and September I loaded up the bike and parts and drove 4 hours to Idaho Falls to work in the Bonneville Customs shop with Mark Shell. To say I was relieved to finish the bike and get down to the Artistry in Iron show is an understatement, I was burnt out by the end of it. But after nearly a 2 month break, I’m back in shop and building more parts.

Check Jon out on facebook, see his other work’s of art: https://www.facebook.com/jon.macdowell