You might know the Guy Martin name from one of the craziest things that happens on two wheels: The Isle of Man TT, or he may have worked on your lorry. Either way, the man is iconic and ballsy.
From this set of photos, and this little video, it appears that he is out to join the very small group of folks that count themselves as part of the fraternity that has actually ridden the wall. I witnessed the WoD last year at the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in Austin, and let me tell you that it is nothing short of amazing.
On March 28th, Guy will ride a radically big Wall of Death and try to reach 100mph on the wall, which, should, by all accounts, put his brain in his boots.
If you are in the UK, chick it out on Channel 4 at 7:15pm on March 28th. I will patiently wait and catch it on the Youtube like a proper American.
Eight days of festivities including the on-site introduction of the Indian Springfield, vintage & custom displays, demo rides, racing, organized tours & special events[/I]
MINNEAPOLIS (March 22, 2016) — Seventy-five years after Ed Kretz dominated the first motorcycle race on the sands of Daytona Beach, FL.,Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, again left a historic mark on Bike Week.
Among Indian Motorcycle’s highlights during the 75th Anniversary of Daytona Bike Week, held March 5-12, were the introduction of a new motorcycle model, vintage & custom bike displays and unveilings, racing, demo rides, organized owner rides and more.
The week started with the launch of the new Indian Springfield, a motorcycle offering classic styling blended with thoroughly modern technology for a purist’s take on both touring comfort and urban versatility. At the same time, Indian Motorcycle and Jack Daniel’s announced the availability of Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s® Indian® Springfield™ and Indian® Chief® Vintage motorcycle models. This special production run of 150 motorcycles was designed in conjunction with Brian Klock and his inspired team at Klock Werks Kustom Cycles in Mitchell, S.D., and sold out in just eight hours. Unit #001 of the limited edition series, an Indian Chief Vintage, was held back to be auctioned at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas on October 13-15 at the Mandalay Bay resort, with all monies from the auction benefitting Jack Daniel’s Operation Ride Home. Unit #150, an Indian Springfield, was gifted to Klock by...
Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, is proud to announce the winners of its inaugural ‘Project Scout: Build a Legend’ custom program.
The program kicked off on November 30 and was open to Indian Motorcycle dealers around the world, giving their teams a global stage from which to showcase their design and customisation talent.
With minimal rules, dealers were free to customise a 2016 Indian Scout using any theme, style or budget they chose as long as it incorporated at least three genuine Indian Scout accessories from the current catalogue of more than 200 items.
In all 35 dealers participated in the contest worldwide, and on January 8 each of them submitted final photos of their custom creations.
The final submissions were published and shared on Indian Motorcycle’s website and social media profiles on January 18 and fans cast votes for their favourites up until February 19.
On February 20 the top three finalists were announced and each finalist was given an all-expense-paid trip to the 75th annual Daytona Bike Week for themselves plus a guest.
The three finalists based on fan voting were:
Bike name: ‘The Rebel’
Dealership: Indian Motorcycle Winnipeg, Headingley, Manitoba
I put over a hundred miles on the Springfield this last week in Daytona during the IMRG ride out to Standard Motorcycle Co (more on this soon) in Orlando, FL. We had a great turnout and got to spend some time with Ralph Wessel who is the current AHRMA Class C Handshift championship holder.
First Swing of the Leg
It is always a bit intimidating stepping off a small and nimble bike like the new Octane and swinging a leg over a full and proper bagger like the Springfield. Pulling in to the hangar on the little ripper that is the Octane (More on this @ theVOG.net) I get a chance to do a solid walk around of the Springfield.
At first glance, the Springfield carries all the classic lines that are unmistakably "Indian." It is not until you break out the tape measure that you see where this Springfield is something completely different.
The Springfield features an all-new chassis that is most similar to the Roadmaster, but with a few key differences. The rake angle is identical at 25 degrees, but the trail is slightly different coming in at .7 inches (5.2 in) less than that of the Roadmaster. This translates to a quicker turn-in and a bit more lively steering attitude out of the Springfield. This is controlled by a set of beach bars with loads of pull-back for an upright seating position and leverage on the steering head.
At low speeds, most big baggers can feel a little tippy and top heavy, but not the Springfield. Within the first 4 or 5 sub-25 mph turns, I had the hang of it and was ready to dip into the turns with ease. The huge crank at the heart of the Thunderstroke 111 motor is more than enough to provide gyroscopic stability. The absence of the full fairing up front does well to bring the center of gravity down in the overall chassis quite a bit....
SXSW has grown every single year, and this year it is in full swing down here in Austin, TX. Downtown is crammed to the gills with folks here to take in the sights and the sounds of SXSW. Last week was the Tech Week of South By and Indian Motorcycle teamed up with Mophie for a special treat. They took to the streets with something of a spectacle. Indian Sidecars equipped with Mophie portable chargers and big, lovable St. Bernards were on hand to recuse folks with low and dying phones and portable devices.
Who doesn't love a side hack and a big dog?! No one. That is who. Indian knocked it out of the park with this one and smiles were seen wherever they went. Not only from the St. Bernards, but also from the free Mophie Chargers that they handed out. Talk about a life saver.