a Indian for the missus

Message from the President

 Hope everyone had a great Xmas and have now recovered from the start of the New Year.
Plenty of rides planned this year as well as up to 4 rallies.By now you should have received your 2019 to 2020 Iron Indian Riders Calendar.Hang it on the back of toilet door you will then have plenty of time to check the dates relevant to the club, whether it is meeting dates ,ride dates or rallies they are all there. Circle the dates you can attend, that way it will be a constant reminder every time you sit quietly to contemplate.If you need an extra calendar to reinforce you reminders we still have some left over and you can purchase them through the club at $30.0 each including postage. If you want to pick it up at our meetings or when on a ride it will be $25.00.Let me know via SMS on 0409 798 641, there are not many left so get in quick.Rides to start the year of with –Chris Knoop and Sammy Vella organised an impromptu ride on the 6 January.Ride was attended by -Chris Knoop , Sammy Vella, Daryl Colt, Alistair Piercy, Peter Kime and new member Peter Ngawati.We all met at Chris Knoops in Newport and were greeted with toasted sandwiches and coffee. Great way to start a ride, thanks Chris and Christine.

Planned ride was to follow the coast from Williamstown to Wyndham Harbour. We all left at 11.00 and it was then I realized I should have ridden the Indian, the 61 Triumph Bonneville was on its first outing in 4 years after having electronic ignition fitted, it coughed and spluttered leaving Chris’s and refused to go any further when we got to the Strand – flat battery!

The others proceed on wards to while I made a call to the RACV. They stopped at the Hobsons Bay Mens Shed as they came out of Altona. They were having their monthly Car Show so it was worth it to pull in and show them what real motorbikes look like. After fighting off all the old blokes who wanted to reminisce or talk about an old Indian they still had in their shed the group pushed of and headed towards Pt Cook, past the Air Museum and down to Wyndham Harbour. After a snack at one of the pop up restaurants on the Harbour every one voted to continue to the You Yangs rather than go to the Air Museum. Wyndham is worth a visit if you want to go for a drive and admire the views from the new harbour and marina. There are some nice places to have a meal and some decent working tracks if you want to explore the area or just sit and wonder how they got the money for some of the boats moored there.On to the You Yangs was via back roads around Werribee and Anakie for a look at Melbourne from Flinders peak.Good turn up for a perfect day for riding. No rush, all day to do it and great company, another good ride.NEXT RIDE –Saturday 19 Jan 2019 The Midnight Express.Always a great ride on a balmy summers night.Starting from Caltex Mill Park, 377 Plenty Rd, Mill Park.7:00 for 7:30pm start.Ride will be Mill Park / Whittlesea / Lancefield / Carlsrhue / Riddels Creek / Sunbury and a stop at OZ Kebabs for a late night snack.For those nervous about Kangaroos we will supply a set of Shoo Roos to attach to your bike.Total ride should be about 150 km.
Saturday 10 Feb 2019Ride to Picnic at Hanging Rock (Held by the Macedon Ranges Car Club)Time and meeting place to be advised
Friday 15, Sat 16 & Sunday 17 February 2019Sitting Bull Rally – InverlochMotel has been booked, will be asking for expressions of interest next week.Check your calendar and book it in.
Peter Kime

I want one

M/cycle vehicle standards Vic Roads

People ask me what is required to register my motorcycle in Victoria, well here is the chart I use to check your vehicle

Checking it over

Rain,Rain, go away, please come back another day

All year you wait for a couple of good weekends of nice weather to ride your Indian, today we are having 100mm of rain and a month’s worth of rain in a day with the weekend wet, wet, wet, oh well I need to work on the 741 Scout anyway. Just noticed a few odd bikes up for sale by association members, “Chip’s” Phillip Whites cop bike for $58,000, my 80 cu 1948 four speed $60,000, also my fully kitted 2016  5,000 klm’s Scout $20,000 ($8,000 worth of accessories) and our ex editor Guido Allen 2013 Kings Mountain, to name a few I know Mark Barthelmie has a BlackHawk up for sale as well. maybe its time to buy for the summer months, we have the Midnight Express up on 19th January, followed by the Sitting Bull Rally at Inverloch in mid February, so this weekend while its raining fix your Indian for these coming events.


Christmas Party round-up

Last weeks Christmas Party at Rod Hadfield’s Museum was well attended, after a very interesting talk on the custom car and restored car museum we had a “blow-out” BBQ and no shortage of treats all for F.O.C the same as the 18 page colour Indian calendar that Pete Kime was handing out to exclusively financial members. Of course thanks must go to Pete Kime, Owen Jones, for the organisation of the party and to Mark Barthelmie for the calendar, this does take a ton of work to set up and very little recognition is given to the hard work behind the scenes, but people are enjoying themselves and looking forward to the New Year with the famous Midnight Express being planned for the 19/01/19 it will 8th year its been on so we look forward to your participation.

No great loss

Always good to see pictures like this, dead Harley’s that are valueless as Indian sell more, so boys what about that “solid gold investment” advert that they were pushing a couple of years ago,” bring it back and we will give you more than you paid for it” I bet that offers gone now

Vale John Treise ( The Professor)

I met John many years ago when he had a factory in Brunswick, and he imported the very first Buell’s into Australia, he was a “motor mouth” and could “talk the leg off a chair” but man he knew what he was on about. The things he could do with metal were legendary and especially H-D”s which he made 2 litre engines and sold them to the yanks in the mid seventies, strangely he started on BSA R3 “s so was well versed in pommey bikes as well, his genius extended to all bikes and he raced a old iron Sportster with such vigour and success that it was victorious against proper period race bikes in Classic Racing. Latterly John machined Series A crankcases for the 15 replica Vincent’s that have been reproduced, and built a racing version for himself as well as riding around the outback on dirt bikes, unfortunately John got a cancer scare about 10 years ago and we all thought he was “ on the ropes” then but surprisingly being a tough old bird he survived until yesterday, I knew he had been ill in the last few months,but we all hoped for the best unfortunately he has left us, guys like this don’t come along often and as with another great engineer that was his mate Karel Morlang  was fond of calling John “the Professor” they will be comparing race notes together, R.I.P mate


Great Race is CANCELLED!

Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to cancel our January date
for the 2019 Great-Race.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Further announcements on future dates will be made as soon as possible

David Reidie.

Its Harley Friday

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