But don’t expect that sort of service every time. The three were on their way home from the Troy Bayliss Classic oil-track races in Taree and offered to go via Walcha to service one of their bikes.
Parts and service manager Ron Grant says it’s not something they normally do, but they couldn’t resist going out of their way to blast up the famous Oxley Highway to Walcha.
The new read Indian Chief Vintage belongs to Brad Keable who owns and runs Royal Cafe with wife, Toni.
Brad is one of the original 111 who put down a $1000 deposit for the Chief, sight unseen. He flew to Sydney last year and drew number 18.
“I had a 1944 Indian Chief for about 30 years and loved it, so when I had heard Polaris had taken over the company I thought that they would do pretty good job,” he says.
“When I saw the engine, that sold me, so I put down a deposit. When I saw the bike there was no turning back.” He’s pretty happy with the Vintage he picked up in Melbourne and rode home via Sydney for its 1000km service.
“It’s indescribable. It does everything better than I’d expected. Nothing comes as close to this in a cruiser.”
He’s now done 4700km in just four weeks and took it to the Troy Bayliss Classic at Taree.
He was very pleased about the special attention his bike received from the Brisbane crew and says he will take it to Brisbane for future regular services.
Victory and Indian Motorcycles technician Rob Salbatecu says the bike needed a special engine map downloaded to tune the engine to the new fishtail pipes. He was assisted by technician Kevin Hilliam.
Brad and Toni’s Royal Cafe is a well-known motorcycle haunt that serves good coffee, meals and has accommodation from $55 a head on group bookings to $130 for a deluxe room.