#85 Jason Wadzinski
1924 Indian Big Chief
I got a late introduction to the wonders of vintage motorcycles and have spent the last few years trying to catch up with all other guys. I currently own 9 vintage bikes (from a 1920 Indian PowerPlus to a 1964 HD Police Special). Other than two bikes (1920 PowerPlus and 1937 Sport Scout) on display at my bar – the Rip Rap Roadhouse in Dayton Ohio – the rest are riders.
Riding “Jess”, my 1947 Chief got me hooked on vintage motorcycles. Even though Jess caught on fire at a stop light within the 1st year of riding vintage bikes, and the tip of my nose and right arm got burned a little (it’s amazing how fast you can get off a bike when it’s on fire), I couldn’t wait to get her back on the road.
I was lucky to get in the 2018 Motorcycle Cannonball riding “Katherine”, a 1924 Indian Big Chief. I had little confidence that I would achieve a perfect score, but that’s what happened. That run was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. After the 2018 Cannonball I attempted to ride “Louise” (1953 Indian Roadmaster) from Portland back to Dayton. I made it to Kansas before she threw a rod.
Here is why the Cannonball is special – I made some calls and got in touch with Kelly Modlin, a fellow cannonballer and proprietor of the Twisted Oz Motorcycle Museum in Kansas. Kelly and another cannonballer picked me up on the highway, and Kelly let me stay the night at his house and helped me secure a truck to take Louise back home for a rebuild. Until I called Kelly we had never spoken. The Cannonball family is a statement of fact.