An intrepid journey into the past of the two wheel drive

Indian Board Track 1917 Motorcycle

This motorcycle is manufactured based on an Indian Power Plus 1918, in the style of the ones that competed in the ovals of compact soil and in the wooden tracks that had their “golden era” in the United States of America between the years 1913 and 1930.


The compact soil tracks, known as “Dirt Tracks”, were ovals of flat ground with an extension between 800 and 1600 meters per lap, in which speeds of 160 kilometers per hour were obtained, depending on, amongst other factors, the ground´s condition and the achieved tune-up.


The tracks known as “Board Tracks” were also of an oval shape, but the soil was entirely built with wooden planks. The curves were banked to 65 degrees and the straight lines had a 15 degree inclination to soften the level change at the beginning of the curve.


The lap extension ranged from 1.600 to 2.000 meters and in the banked curves of these last ones, speeds of 180 kilometers per hour were achieved.


At the beginning of 1930, Board Track circuits began to be slowly replaced by the 400 meters ones, with coal soil in the style of the English Speedway.


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