Here we go again, forth time unlucky

So lock down again till 16th June so the government says, I disbelieve them more like Queens Birthday till we are back. Four times these lunatics have stuffed this up and they will again and again, anyway the week-end ride on the 6th June is cancelled and as you know the monthly last Tuesday night was cancelled, our life has gone to uncertainty for some time, I have had my “jab” and in August get the booster shot, the second head is coming along fine and the CIA contacts me every night while I’m dreaming, you have to laugh.

Heated clothing, is it worth it?

In a nutshell absolutely positively yes and Owen and Linda Jones, Phillip White and myself will guarantee a comfortable riding experience. Zarkie’s 03 98200667 are the best providers and have either self powered or 12v bike plug in clothing for all your needs, just what you need for the upcoming Echuca winter rally in July. See link below.

Chief Rain in the Face Echuca 2021

Chief Rain in the Face

Its time to book Echuca, The link is provided below and if you mention the Iron Indian Riders you will get a 10% discount the dates are 09-11 July

All American is still going

Ric, still hard at it

Ric Thomas of All American Motorcycles has re-located to Wantirna South he is available on 0413600500 and is now specialising only in all Indian’s and Victory. So Ric is hugely experienced in Springfield, Gilroy, Kings Mountain & Spirit Lake versions and one stop bloke for all your needs.

How Vindians are legal

Is it Red plate legal?

Always speculation going on in a club about modified motorcycles but pre-1949 vehicles have seperate parameters to confirm to, so a Vindian is a Vincent engine fitted in a Indian frame with the engine mounts modified, the engine was built pre 1949 and in standard Rapide form produces the same claimed horsepower as a Chief 80. So we get a ok from VicRoads, they are more efficient than a side valve and have a foot gearchange, hand clutch, the engine-gearbox are similar in weight as well so they operate more efficiently on the road and reliability is probably better.

Interesting story about a familiar member

Thanks to Old Bike Australia for a excellent story

Safety rules

Motorcyclists are one of the more vulnerable groups of road users on the roads. Therefore it is important that Iron Indian Riders members gain and follow as much road safety information as possible to assist in ensuring the safety of themselves, their passengers and fellow road users.

We all know that Motorcycles offer little protection to the rider or passenger in the event of a mishap and the consequences of even a minor crash can be severe – possibly fatal.

This is why your committee has developed this safety statement and why we support awareness programs that promote respect for the road rules and improved rider skills;  riders and passengers are encouraged to wear protective clothing and to use “roadcraft” whenever they ride.

Iron Indian Riders encourages members to consider additional post-licence training courses to maintain and improve their riding and general road skills.

As a rider and IIRA member there are some simple things that you can do to improve your safety:

  • Maintain your bike, tyres and gear. A good helmet, protective clothing, boots and gloves, go a long way to reducing the damage to a rider or passenger if something goes wrong.
  • Obey all road rules, ride within the conditions and within your abilities.   Being predictable and consistent with your riding will help other road users anticipate your riding position.
  • Don’t drink and ride. A rider needs a clear head and sharp reflexes to keep safe and enjoy the ride.  Also follow any safety instructions relating to any medication you may be taking. Remember if you drink till 2.00 AM and then at 7.00 AM drive or ride home you may still be over .05
  • Use “roadcraft” to build a “buffer zone” around you, and then ride within it, adjusting your speed and position to maintain that space.
  • Consider a course to revise the mental & physical skills needed to be a safe rider on a motorcycle on the road in today’s frequently hectic traffic conditions.
  • And remember when out and about that all motorcyclists need room to manoeuvre to maximise their safety with respect to sight, road surface and space.

Follow the road rules, stay alert and keep a clear head, be aware of the effect of any drugs you may be taking – including alcohol, maintain your bike in a roadworthy condition and above all never ride without wearing full protective clothing. 

The only person responsible for your road safety and that of your passenger, is you.

A lead rider will not exceed posted speed limits as he is responsible for your safety and legal requirements, we do not condone any breaking of the law so do not request a faster speed, we ride to suit the older heritage bikes that may be with the rally. Yes you may pass the lead rider at your own speed but if you get lost or booked thats your responsibility!

Indian Sales advise for your Vincent Series D

The second Vindian

Yes they are like arseholes, everybody has one even me. But most people think Peter Arundel built the first Vindian after the factory one that is, Pete built his in the early 2000’s this one above was built by Peter Shoemark’s father Ron and a good 45 years earlier using a Army Chief 344 for the frame unlike the factory one that used a 1948 rolling chassis. The coloured picture was taken in 1959 at the Bathurst Easter Races and your Pete and his mother are in the sidecar with the dog in the trailer, lucky dog probably half gassed with exhaust fumes and deaf from the exhaust noise to boot.

Guido”s minor breakdown

Sad to see it on a trailer

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