Motorcycle trip diary 1916

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by crooked roads, Jul 4, 2007.

  1. davevv

    davevv One more old rider

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,414
    Location:
    Just north of Dallas
    Many thanks for taking the time and effort to share this story. It was a fabulous read. Looking forward to part 2.

    I know a lot more about Harley history than Indians since my dad was a Harley mechanic, but the Harleys of that day had what was known as a total loss lubrication system. The oil passed through the engine and then was lost, not recirculated. I assume the Indians were similar and that would account for Mr. Findlay's notation of miles per quart of oil.
  2. Gary B.

    Gary B. Older than dirt...

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2006
    Oddometer:
    542
    Location:
    East Troy, Wisconsin
    CR-Thanks for sharing. We all bitch about bikes, roads, other drivers, weather, etc., but reading this should make us all realize things are way easier these days than our grandfathers had it...:bow

    Hard to imagine...16 years old, taking off on a long trip like that, no motel reservations, no GPS (I don't think he even mentioned a map!), no huge luggage system, just taking off and dealing with whatever comes up. Many of us can learn from this.


    Oh, and 54 MPG!!!!:ricky
  3. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2005
    Oddometer:
    1,081
    Location:
    Nicaragua or Mexico or ?
  4. rthuey

    rthuey twist your wrist!!!

    Joined:
    May 15, 2005
    Oddometer:
    2,834
    Location:
    insanity is not as easy as i make it look
    Best of memories to you and yours then.

    Thank you for the little bit of info you were able to give.

    So any commerative ride should include a water taxi at that point?!?

    crooked roads, thank you again i have enjoyed and appreciate the time you have taken to share with us this story.
  5. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2006
    Oddometer:
    6,067
    Location:
    The Bluegrass
    Different situation I know but in the 30's my great uncle John gave my uncle and dad a T model Ford. He had a Buick dealership in Nicholasville and my dad and uncle lived in the country so I guess he figured they would keep it on the farm. He was wrong.The boys decided it would be fun to see the Worlds Fair in Chicago! I don't have a lot of details but they went, called their worried parents from Illinois and made it home eventually.
    The thing is my uncle was 14 and dad 12 when they did this. Probably had something to do with them being sent to military school after this.
    They both were in the Army Air Corp in WW2. My uncle was a co-pilot on a B-24 and bombed Japan. My dad was a trained fighter pilot but Japan surrendered before he was shipped out.
    Thats why I'm here.
  6. DRGNHTR

    DRGNHTR Dragonhunter

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2004
    Oddometer:
    500
    Location:
    Castro Valley, Ca.
  7. Rte66Charlie

    Rte66Charlie 16 fewer wheels

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2007
    Oddometer:
    77
    Location:
    Ozark Mountains
    Gotta add my thanks, too CR - awesome find, thanks for sharing it with us!
  8. ganshert

    ganshert not sleeping

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2005
    Oddometer:
    8,073
    Location:
    Colorado
    Thanks CR!
  9. MikeyT

    MikeyT Krusty Olde Pharteâ„¢

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2006
    Oddometer:
    5,715
    Location:
    The Thumb of Michigan
    And I always thought "Bronson" was fiction. The writers must have had a look at this story.
  10. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2006
    Oddometer:
    5,469
    Location:
    SF - East Bay
    Thanks for taking the time to shart the Diary with us! :clap
  11. Evenflo76

    Evenflo76 Cheap and Easy

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2006
    Oddometer:
    541
    Location:
    Suncoast, FL
    Big thanks CR. Goin to part two now.
  12. Motor 1

    Motor 1 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2005
    Oddometer:
    544
    Location:
    9 miles from the start of the Gap
    Truly a very entertaining & inspiring story, Thank you CR
  13. 20scout

    20scout Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2007
    Oddometer:
    36

    Yes, Indian had the same total loss system. Most of the oil spewed onto the rear chain to help keep them lubed on the gravel/dirt roads of the time.
  14. 20scout

    20scout Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2007
    Oddometer:
    36

    I recall my great uncle telling of doing a top-end on his 27' scout under a large oak tree by the side of the road wile on one of his trips. Shows that if you love to ride, you do what ever it takes to do so.
  15. rthuey

    rthuey twist your wrist!!!

    Joined:
    May 15, 2005
    Oddometer:
    2,834
    Location:
    insanity is not as easy as i make it look
    According to the 1916 city directory, Kelly was at 223 Peachtree until August 1, 1916: after this it was at 233 Peachtree. This is one block north of the Central Library downtown, near Harris Street.

    The Ivan Allen, Jr. Reference Department
    1 Margaret Mitchell Square
    Atlanta, GA 30303
    404.730.1700 Phone
    404.730.1989 Fax
    www.afplweb.com <http://www.afplweb.com/>
  16. Stretch67

    Stretch67 Mad Scientist

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2006
    Oddometer:
    7,247
    Location:
    Bent, But Not Broken
    Just went back and re-read the whole thing. Crooked Roads, thanks for going to the trouble typing this and sharing it with us. :ricky
  17. tonyjuliano

    tonyjuliano Wooden Indian

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2006
    Oddometer:
    66
    Location:
    Philly, Yo!
    A friend and I are going to recreate most of this trip this summer. I got a hold of an old Rand Mcnally Auto Trail map from 1922 and was able to discern his most likely route.

    Only exception is where he heads west from Roanoke, we are going to head north on the Blue Ridge Parkway back to Pennsylvania.
  18. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2005
    Oddometer:
    6,123
    Location:
    Merritt Island, FL
    Good on ya for trying it!

    Make sure to reference the original journey somehow in your ride report title so us hangers-on will be able to key on it.
  19. bill pierce

    bill pierce I don't wana pickle

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2007
    Oddometer:
    741
    Location:
    Rockford, Wa
    WOW! That was a great read. Best ride report I have read. Thanks for taking all the time to share it with us.
  20. Media

    Media livin' in overtime

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2006
    Oddometer:
    99
    Location:
    Pacific North Wet
    CR
    You are a fortunate man, running across this.:clap

    And we are more fortunate for your having shared it.
    :clap:clap

    Thanks and Happy Trails