US Road Trip on an Indian Chief

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US Road Trip on an Indian

US Road Trip on an Indian

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Taking a classic motorcycle on a trip can be challenging; taking one on continent can be even more so. But what Wolfgang Bertsch did in when he brought his 1940 Chief all the way from Germany to the

Since the Indian was restored in Wolfgang has covered 46,875 miles on it, so bringing it to the US for a road did not faze him. Wolfgang that his planned trip be around 5,000 miles and take in Orlando, Miami, Key the Everglades, the Gulf of Mexico, New Memphis, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Washington, D.C. New Burgh, Springfield, Boston, and New

Stuttgart to Savannah

The route was in January 2012 with a May through June 19th frame. The bike was delivered to (Germany) shipping company on the 10th after being for transport by applying a preservative and being wrapped in a plastic The first leg of the journey was by truck Stuttgart to Hamburg, ready for by sea to Savannah in Georgia on the south coast of America. (See on shipping a classic motorcycle .)

A month later, Wolfgang a flight from Frankfurt to Savannah via Atlanta.

Customs took two days longer anticipated, but eventually Wolfgang was to start the first ride on soil with his Indian

From Savannah, Wolfgang for Orlando before heading the east coast route to along the A1A via the offshore islands, Beach, Fort Pierce and Palm Beach which was as the first overnight stop.

Painful Lesson

The trip Savannah to West Palm taught Wolfgang a painful about riding in the USA during the months in the form of sun burn on his and neck. He quickly learned sun screen and riding with sleeves rolled down is a do!

The second day saw the Indian roll Miami for some sightseeing heading to Homestead for the second The following day brought heavy on the way to Key West: “I almost … and had to shelter for two hours,” said

Heading inland, the weather got on the way to the Everglades via Hwy. 41. After some Indian reservations, rode the bike to Naples and recording 625 trouble-free miles. in the Indian was non-stop. “I gave about the year of construction, and my nationality at almost every light.”

Interestingly, Wolfgang was surprised to across a few older people who had seen an Indian Chief in their lives.

After in Tallahassee, the next phase of the consisted of traveling alongside the of Mexico to Panama City, and Biloxi before heading for New A two-day break was taken in New to enjoy the night life, and music.

Bringing the total up to 1750, Wolfgang rode to Memphis in Tennessee to visit and enjoy the nightlife and music to the area.

Great Winding

From Memphis the trip in the US rocket center of Huntsville of NASA’s Marshall Space Center), before heading to and the Appalachian mountains along the roads enjoyed by many The Blue Ridge Parkway was and with a ride of 625 miles Although this area has viewpoints, meadows, wood small lakes, and waterfalls, gas can be few and far between.

As Wolfgang found, getting gas involves a 5 or 10-mile excursion.

The day of the trip through the parkway the first breakdown of the Indian the speedo stopped showing any progress, but Wolfgang was philosophical it. “Who needs a speed anyway?”

After spending a day in D.C. Wolfgang headed to then on to Stroudsburg alongside the River.

Springfield Massachusetts was on the trip, but Wolfgang first in Orange County Choppers in where, besides some bikes. he came across a 20s board track race

A visit to the Indian museum was although Wolfgang was disappointed to it was now part of the Springfield Museum and is small. At least he had reached the place of Indian motorcycles .

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4438 miles covered, rode from Springfield to and on toward New Haven on the east before heading to Bridgeport, and New York.

After spending days in New York, Wolfgang the Indian to a shipping company 15 miles from his Broadway

In all, the trip had been successful with the Indian to be a machine capable of covering a mileage some 72 years being manufactured—George M. Hendee and Oscar Hedstrom would be proud!

Notes from Wolfgang:

kilometers (5000 miles)

1 liter of engine oil

Half a of primary and transmission oil

1 damaged indicator

1 cracked boot

Met a lot of nice people

Drove a lot of amazing landscapes

Never in danger or threatened

“It was a great and a great experience”

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