Words & Photos By Bryan Harley
The ride to Camarillo, though, was just the warm-up. To get the group further familiarized with their Indian tourers and baggers, Frey had arranged for us to take a basic rider’s training course once we arrived. Learn to Ride VC instructors Bob Drummond and Jose Padron put our group through the paces, from hard braking to cornering drills and crazy eights in and around cones to emergency swerving. For many it was the first time back on a motorcycle or the first time commandeering one equipped with a sidecar, but it didn’t take long before everybody had learned the nuances of the big bikes and had gained confidence in their riding abilities. The Indian tourers are dialed in properly, from a chassis that makes the bikes easy to manage to a suspension arrangement that helps they track true, and riders acclimated to its characteristics quickly. Lisa Niner’s flat track skills reflected in the way she hustled an Indian Chieftain around and Johnny Killmore’s expertise as a pro sidecar racer shone as he “flew the chair,” deftly slinging the sidecar in the air at will.