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  • Actually, a bunch of us did...
Greg had a tire malfunction, and we ended up at Roseburg's Kaw dealer for a new tire.

The mechanic is Jeremy Bolduc, who is in the Bonneville books multiple times for a land speed record on this bike... 109 mph on a 1936 Indian. He is the tuner and rider...


This is a 1936 Indian and in my opinion one of the most beautiful machines to ever grace the salt.
Rider: Jeremy Bolduc, Roseburg Oragon
 

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The Indian Chief has been in the Saxton family since it was purchased by Charles Saxton of Green 39 years ago. He doesn’t ride anymore, but his son, Laurence, has coordinated the effort to turn it into a racing machine over the past five years. In 2005 and ’06, the bike was ridden to national records. It wasn’t quite as fast in 2007 and it didn’t make the trip to the salt flats speedway last year.

But after more tuning and tinkering, the bike was taken back to Utah in early September for another run at a record. This time the 28-year-old Bolduc straddled the bike and pushed it to its limits over the 5-mile, straight-away course. Racers have 2 miles to get up to speed. Electronic timers then clock the bike over 1 mile; and there are 2 miles over which to slow down.

“We rode every day,” said Bolduc of the five-day event that featured a wide variety of racing motorcycles. “We were working on it every day, trying to get it to go faster. I was getting to within 3/10ths of a second of the record. I knew I could do it.”

Bolduc, a motorcycle technician at Hobi Equipment in Roseburg, said he was confident that he could maintain control of the bike with only one hand when he decided to tuck his other arm into his side.

“I never felt like I was going to lose it,” he said. “The bike handled very well.

“The bike has no suspension so it’s pretty rough riding,” he said. “The course is graded off, smoothed out, but it’s still rough.”

“I’ve got 110 percent confidence in him that he won’t do something and hurt himself,” said Laurence Saxton of Bolduc’s decision to use only one hand on the handlebars. “He’s the perfect size jockey, that’s what I call him. He’s the right stature, he’s strong and he’s young and he’s good.”

Modifying the bike included removing the floorboard, moving the foot pegs from the front to the rear and bringing in the handlebars.

Laurence Saxton and Bolduc became acquainted through their common interest in dirt bike riding. When Saxton needed some work done on his dirt bike, Bolduc ended up being the mechanic. Then the two ended up riding dirt bikes together.

“He’s the best rider I’ve ever ridden with,” Saxton said of Bolduc who has worked at Hobi Equipment in Roseburg for the past 3 1/2 years.

It was just a matter of time before Bolduc ended up on the 1936 Indian Chief. He had only limited experience racing dirt bikes, but was eager for the challenge of racing the Chief against the clock.

The Chief first had to come out of retirement. For many years after Charles Saxton purchased the bike, it didn’t run. The family had other Indian bikes that did run and used those. But when Laurence Saxton heard of the motorcycle speed event on the salt flats, he decided it was time for the Chief to roll again.

This year, his crew consisted of Bolduc, Craig Warren of Dillard and Larry Payne of Roseburg. Saxton called it the best team he’s ever had. The team is already looking forward to a return trip to the salt flats in 2010.

“The salt flats have got me hooked,” said Saxton of watching his bike and many others go fast. “I’ll go back for more.”

“We’re already planning to go back next year,” Bolduc said. “I want to go faster.”
 

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good read, thank you
 

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Dick,

Thanks for posting this information sheet.

It was nice to meet you this weekend.
 

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Wow.... wonderful story....good job, Richard!
 

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Jeremy was fantastic, he agreed to stick around after hours to fix Gregs bike. After he had the wheel off it took him literally seconds to get the old tire off and the new one on!! He did a great job. When he got off work he had to head home and finish putting the Indian together so they could take off the next morning for Utah!! By the way, he works on Goldwings......even ones older than 10 years!!

He works for Hobie Equipment (John Deer and Kawasaki Dealer) in Roseburg.

This is Jeremy.
 

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Yep, he was top notch, and the price they charged for the tire was very reasonable, and the labor was well below what was expected, and it was after hours!! If you ever have the need for service to your Goldwing when you are anywhere near Roseburg Oregon, don't hesitate to go see Jeremy at Hobie Equipment. :claps::claps::claps:

John
 

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Looks like Greg got a better deal on a tire than he did at NASSIR1 on that valve stem.:action:
 

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To top it off, the office folk were cooperative, too. Not just a mechanic willing, but a whole place. The rest of us were milling around, looking at bikes, etc. They were immensely patient.

Great company, must see, must use...

And the had a million jugs of Seafoam on the mechanics shelf!!!
 

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exavid wrote:
Looks like Greg got a better deal on a tire than he did at NASSIR1 on that valve stem.:action:
Boy that's for sure!! I mentioned that to Greg too. :)
 
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