2014 Indian Chief ‘Elnora’ Dual SportThe motorcycle industry is loaded with unique personalities. And one that surely sticks out is the External Relations Manager for Indian Motorcycle – Robert Pandya.
He displays utmost passion for his career and the Indian Motorcycle brand, and this is evident by his latest task – building a 2014 Indian Chief to ride in the Cannon Ball Centennial Ride. The ride, which began Friday, May 3, retraces Erwin Baker’s original ride on May 3, 1914, from San Diego, Calif., to New York City.Aboard a twin-cylinder, seven-horsepower Indian motorcycle, Baker made it to NYC in 11.5 days – breaking the 20-day record – when roads were mostly dirt. His feat earned him the nickname “Cannon Ball” from a New York journalist.One-hundred years later, and Pandya will participate in the Cannon Ball Centennial Ride aboard his creation “Elnora” – a 2014 Indian Chief refabricated into a dual sport. Pandya’s ride – named after Baker’s wife – will replicate Baker’s with stops throughout the states (learn more here).In an email, Pandya writes “I was given an engineering department development bike that can never be sold, and is basically destined for the crusher. Prior that ultimate end, I thought what better way to celebrate “Cannon Ball” Baker’s ride than to prep a Chief as a Dual Sport Bike…”He continues “We stiffened up the suspension and added an early prototype air filter for performance. Most of the mods were eliminating things – the windscreen, saddlebags, driving light and fender skirts. As the bike had seen a rough testing life, the chrome was attacked with a Scotchbrite pad and some 80 grit sandpaper – it might as well be evenly scratched up! The click of rattle cans marked the paint job as a back alley special.”We immediately fell in love with “Elnora,” and had to share the photos Pandya sent. They are attached above.To follow Pandya on the Cannon Ball Centennial Ride, stay clicked to Indian Motorcycle social media feeds such as Facebook and Twitter.For more on the ride, visit CannonBallProject.com.
Honda CRF-E2 Electric + Dale Schmidtchen and the $50M V-Rod
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Hello everyone and welcome to Ultimate Motorcycling’s podcast, Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
This week’s episode is brought to you by Yamaha YZF-R7. The R7 lives up to its legendary name, as a high-performance supersport machine. Check it out at at your local Yamaha dealer, or of course at YamahaMotorsports.com.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams and I chat about electric bikes and the electric bike revolution that is likely the future of motorcycling. Actually this episode is specifically about Honda’s new CRF-E2… an electric dirt-bike for kids. We asked our tester, 8-year old Avery Bart to put the E2 through its paces and according to Don, she loved it. Honda has stated that the company goal is for 50% of its sales to be electric by 2030—an ambitious goal for sure, and the CRF-E2 is the first step in that direction.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my Aussie motorcycle industry friends—Dale Schmidtchen. Dale has worked for most of the major moto factories globally during his career, and his take on his CF Moto ADV bike is interesting. Beyond that, one his many projects is currently helping to sell the world’s most expensive motorcycle—a Harley V-Rod worth around 50 million dollars. Yes, that’s 50 million with an ‘M’.
Dale also owned a race team in the 1990s and helped bring several well-known Aussie racers to the world stage. He’s a very modest, matter-of-fact guy, but I always really enjoy chatting with him; I hope you enjoy listening.
Incidentally, if you’ve got around fifty mill burning a hole in your pocket and you fancy owning the so-called ‘Mona Lisa of motorbikes’—contact us at email@example.com and we’ll put you in touch with Dale.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!