Dennis rides world's slowest Indian

ROB MAETZIG
Last updated 05:00 23/04/2012
Dennis Young aboard  his 1941 Indian motorcycle, which will be on display next weekend.
JONATHAN CAMERON/Fairfax NZ

RIGHT HAND FREE FOR SHOOTING: Dennis Young aboard his 1941 Indian motorcycle, which will be on display next weekend.

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Dennis Young reckons he owns the slowest Indian in the world, not the fastest.

But it doesn't matter, because he loves his 1941 Indian 741B motorcycle, which he brought from a deceased estate in Dargaville about eight years ago.

"It's not very powerful, in fact I doubt if it could pull the skin off a rice pudding," the New Plymouth man quipped yesterday.

"And you wouldn't want to go much more than 100kmh, because the vibration would shake your socks off. But at around 60 to 70 it'll happily cruise for hours."

While the Indian isn't fast, it is very stable, Mr Young said.

"It's unusual compared to modern-day motorbikes, because it has the throttle on the left. I'm told this was so the soldiers using it during World War II could shoot with their right hand. But I reckon you'd be too busy hanging on to shoot!"

The old Indian will be among a large number of old bikes on display at the New Plymouth Classic Motorcycle Club's biennial show at Pukekura Raceway next weekend, April 28 and 29.

It will be part of a grouping of V-twins from many countries, the oldest being a 1913 Calthorpe and also including a 1918 James, 1927 Harley Davidson, a Vincent from the 1950s, Ducatis from the 1970s, plenty of new models – and a selection of Indians from the 1920s through to the 1940s.

The show will also feature race bikes, and among the exhibits will be a tribute to the late New Plymouth businessman Henry Moller, who raced Harley Davidson and Norton motorbikes at the racecourse between 1918 and 1928.

Mr Moller held the world record for a standing start six-laps set on the Opotiki racecourse in 1925, and his cup will be on display, along with photographs supplied by the Moller family.

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