THE GERONIMO 441 GYRO
Obviously there are millions of motorcyclist who have crossed over and are now enjoying their favorite pass time on the other side. Why hasn't John Edwards "seen" the wheels that these bros' are enjoying?
I want you to study the picture of this bike very closely, because while it looks like the ultra-rare 1941 Indian Straight Four, it is not, it only looks like the "dream bike" of million of living humans.
PAUSE: For a short period of time, my life was devoted to the resurrection of the Indian Motorcycle Company of Springfield, Massachusetts, http://www.meta-gizmo.com/Tri/bio/Indceo.html that went out of business in 1953. Anyone who enters the motorcyclist's dream meta-mind immediately discovers the 441. This work of art reached is apogee of development/style in 1941, though it was always a trouble-ridden machine. Because restored 441s sell for $60,000, http://www.sothebys.com/auctionhouse/sneak/article/ah_motocycle_0800.html it made sense, to our business plan, to figure out how to manufacture a modern version of this model; the only air cooled straight four air cool motorcycle. Its unique engine was its appeal and its challenge. Over the decades "Indian" restorers did much "tweaking" to try and improve the reliability of the engine, which always had cooling/oil problems with the two rear cylinders, with moderate success. Recently a company in England has developed a new straight four motor, based on a four cylinder Volvo engine, and put it in a bike that is supposed to look like an Indian 441 NOT.
As I have said before, in the few years before WW II, both car and motorcycle design reached a high point as "modernism/streamlining" converged in consumer goods. The elegant sweeping fenders in the Indian 441 can be seen in BMWs, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguars and other European cars of this period.
During my Indian Motorcycle saga I worked with Ted Tine of Essex Motors, one of America's most award winning Indian restorer, on the development of a modern version of the 441 http://www.essexmoto.com/index.html, but that was then and this is now
DR. GIZMO'S BROKEN HEART MENDED
How does it feel when you are intimately involved with the revival of the world's most beautiful motorcycle and the effort fails, for reason too complicated to describe here?
COVER OF BROCHURE I DESIGNED FOR BUSINESS PLAN
THIS CHART EXPLAINED MY VISION OF THE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY
WE HIRED RUSSELL MEANS THE AMERICAN INDIAN ACTIVIST/ACT AS SPOKESMEN
As you can see the Japanese media loved this story because they are very aware of the value of American totems of ultimate beaudacity. Some of the largest Indian motorcycle collections are in Japan.
SKETCH OF PROPOSED INDIAN MOTORCYCLE DINERS
Because of my experies as a design consultant for the Harely-Davidson Cafe in New York City it made perfectly sense to design a new genre of "theme" restaurant
How does it feel when your dream of reviving the 441 terminates? It feels like a broken heart. It is the price we often pay for climbing mountains, or dreaming big dreams.
The music of the 441 engine is so rich and tasty that you can spread it on some bread and eat it for dinner and enjoy a gourmet feast. Once you hear its unique throbbing harmony it ignites a permanent glowing ember in your soul.
So there I am at the Piety Pie Shop, my favorite place to stop and enjoy the ocean breezes on the other side, and I hear off in the distance the throbbing of my dream, and it gets louder, and louder, and WHO and WHAT pulls up to the Piety Pie Shop?
That's right, It is Geronimo on his "441". Doesn't it make great sense that one of American bravest Indian leaders should be driving this motorcycle?
Geronimo who was looking as fit as an young Apache warrior, and in great spirits, sat down next to me and ordered a cup of java and slice of hot blueberry pie and told me all about his new motorcycle company that is manufacturing a modern high tech version of the 1941 classic 441, expect it is called the GERONIMO 441 GYRO. Why did Geronimo start a motorcycle business? So that all the motorcyclists on the other side can now drive their dream bike.
Take a deep breath and consider this: Doesn't it feel better knowing that the when you get to the other side you can ride this bike?
Before I continue to describe the Geronimo 441 Gyro, let me assure you that I test-drove this bike for one week, and all the claims about its ultra-performance, reliability and "balance" are true and more.
According to Geronimo, motorcycling is about balance in motion, which is why we thrill to see racers scraping their knees as they catapult around the race course which is made possible by gyroscopic forces. Newbies to motorcycle racing can't understand why those racing motorcycles just don't fall over. They do when they get past a certain point but that is the point of Geronimo's amazing technological "gyro" breakthrough in this bike.
Because Geronimo is so brave, he needed to shred the envelope of motorcycle balance so he recruited a staff of aeronautical and space engineers that had crossed over and loved motorcycling. Geronimo suggested that his research team take the "hottest" gyroscope technology and miniaturize it for his new motorcycle. You probably didn't realize that Geronimo is now into serious engineering.
Geronimo's goal was to develop the first motorcycle that (1) could go very fast, (2) had the type of comfortable touring suspension you could enjoy for a long day of riding, and (3) have race bike "balance". The good news is that Geronimo accomplished what no other motorcycle designer ever did: He was able to develop a miniature gyroscope for his bike so that it can lean in the curves, just like a race bike, but no matter how fast it is going,even 30 MPH. What a major breakthrough in FUN and balance!
Or, what about just driving in a straight line when the bike is leaned over 45 degrees! Talk about impressing your friends and babes!
But now consider a much broader implication, and I quote Geronimo here:
"This is the first time that little gray haired ladies can ride a high performance motorcycle without any fear of falling over"
By now you are getting that the "parts industry" on the other side has developed to a very high state of sophistication. It is easy to get Kevlar composite fenders made. It is easy to get titanium frames built. It is easy to have high tensile strength aluminum alloy engine blocks cast and machined. With all of the computer controlled milling machines it is easy to have cam shafts, valves, and "hi-flow" heads designed and produced. Cryogenic treatment of metals is common on the other side, because it is so cool.
What does this all add up to?
Geronimo's new motorcycle looks just like the original 1941 Indian 441, but it weighs 600 pounds, has a 150 horsepower engine, a super reliable straight four air cooled motor that makes a glorious sound, a six speed transmission with right handed tank shifter for coolosity, Kevlar discs and brake pads and of course the gyro balancing system.
GERONIMO EXPLAINS OUR NEED FOR SPEED
Over our second cup of java I asked Geronimo why he chose such a high horsepower/weight ratio for this new bike. Why did he want such high high speed performance?
He reached into his deer hide shirt and pulled out this picture and explained why speed is so important to all men. I again quote Geronimo:
"This is a picture of four million years of human evolution, and you notice that exactly paralleling it is the Pleistocene period.; four million years of evolution of the mega-predator; the 1,500 saber tooth cat, the 600 pound wolf, the 3,000 cave bear and more all of whom loved the taste of human flesh because humans are (1) slow, (2) defenseless, and (3) puny. Only the fast survives. Over four million years of evolution men who loved speed survived. Our need for speed is in our DNA".
I thought about what Geronimo said, and then I had one of bada bing, bada boom experiences. Geronimo was claiming that the same evolutionary forces that compelled us to invent music http://www.meta-gizmo.com/Tri/june/1stmusic.html compelled us to invent fast carriages, fast cars and motorcycles. This was probably why listening to music while we drive our wheeled art is so thrilling.
IN THE END IS MY BEGINNING
It is very rewarding to be able to bring you this glimpse over the other side. For me it confirms what millions of us men have felt on Earth: there is higher dimension of our passion. Our dreams are "real".
My sense is that more and more living men are impatient and don't want to wait to get to the other side to realize their dream wheels, and this is a good thing. Art is the immortal force.
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