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Indian Military Scout

741 Flathead sets Landspeed Record

11/14/2009 106.001

 El Mirage, CA

2010 Racing Updates

The new race season has started! My first run down the dry lakebed of El Mirage, CA, for the 2010 race season, was over the weekend of May 15 & 16. We didn't plan on doing much to my bike over the winter, our focus was on getting Dave's Knucklehead up and running for this race season. That was the plan, but while waiting on parts for his bike, Dave snuck a new ignition system in my Scout. I had been running with the original points. My speeds for the first meet were at the 100mph mark. We worked on getting the timing adjusted and hope to go back out in June and up my record of 106.001.

June

Nothing good to report. still tuning with the new ignition. 

July

Ran 105.749 on my 106.001 So close. Made four attempts, as the day got hotter, the air went away and so did my speed. We celebrated Dave's record tho!

September

As usual we set off for the lakebed with high optimism. I reported to Dave that my bike felt funny...not much for a tuner to go on. We checked it over and I headed out for a run. Felt like running thru cement and wouldn't pick up speed.

On my second attempt I killed the bike right at the lights to get a clear read on the plugs, intending to coast to the return road. Didn't make it. When I killed the bike it came to an abrupt halt... and I do mean abrupt. I was now sitting in the middle of the course trying to push the bike to the return road. It rolled so hard I thought it was in gear and was happy to see course workers show up to help. We managed to get it to the retrun road.

When I told Dave what happened, he immediatley knew what was wrong. We had changed gearing and the brake was dragging so very little that it was unnoticeable pushing it around betweens runs but was amplified with speed and heat. With that problem corrected I made a late day third pass of 100+...not good enough. We'll see in October how it goes.

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STARTING A NEW BUILD...'41 INDIAN JR SCOUT TO RACE IN'07
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BEGINNING FRAME DESIGN. TAIL SECTION IS JUST A STRING LINE AT THIS POINT
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NEEDS A LITTLE TLC
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PRETENDING IN THE DRIVEWAY
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Mocked up
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Putting on the paint
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CLEANED UP NICE! LOTS OF ELBOW GREASE
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FIRST TEST RUN JUNE 29 '07
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STILL A SHOCK TO REALIZE HOW LOW IT REALLY IS EVERY TIME IT COMES OFF THE WORK BENCH
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WAITING FOR FINISHING DETAILS...PINSTRIPING,RACE NUMBERS ETC.
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LEAVING ON FIRST RUN EL MIRAGE JULY '07
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LOADED AND HEADED TO EL MIRAGE IN SO. CAL.
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EL MIRAGE DRY LAKEBED '07
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ARTWORK COMPLETED
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Last race at El Mirage Nov. '07
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GOING THROUGH THE TRAP @ EL MIRAGE 06/08 photo by Stewart Harnick
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IN LINE @EL MIRAGE 06/08 THANKS FOR THE UMBRELLA HOLD NANCY!
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TEAR DOWN AT TECH TO BE MEASURED AND VERIFIED
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DAVE GREETING ME AFTER RECORD RUN
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HAPPY WITH THE RUN 103.985 MPH.

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