Mike From Kiwi Indian Caught On Camera Working On A Harley…

Is it a scoop? Stage 15 of the Cannonball from Laughlin, NV to Victorville, CA. Mike Tomas from Kiwi Indian joined the Run as an observer riding alongside the participants on his own built board tracker.

A “cannonballer” (David Fusiak) is stopped with his 1915 Harley broken down. Mike is not at all into Harleys (his thing is Indians from the 20’s to 50’s) and much less in 1910’s Harleys. What do you do? Of course you stop and try to help. Blacktop is 110-degree, the bike is very hot/ugly/oily and Mike crawls under it to change a magneto, taking the timing gears out and retiming while David Fusiak is on the phone getting the necessary instructions. There is no other image of Mike working on a Harley…only on Indians. So, it was image(s) of the (past) week.

27 Responses to “Mike From Kiwi Indian Caught On Camera Working On A Harley…”

  1. 1 BIG DOUG Oct 5th, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Another candid camera moment for sure,but hey what would any motorcyclist do I couldn’t ride past without stopping to see if I could help no matter what bike they were on.

  2. 2 maroco Oct 5th, 2010 at 6:25 am

    What a trip, not easy, only for certains bikers that have knwolege and (balls).

  3. 3 Doc Robinson Oct 5th, 2010 at 6:58 am

    Mike is one of Nature’s gentlemen and would be one of the last guy’s on earth to pass a broken down bike of any persuasion. Way to go Kiwi!

  4. 4 joe dirt Oct 5th, 2010 at 10:24 am

    way to go keeeee weeeee!

  5. 5 Robin Oct 5th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Smile… You’re on Candid Camera! Good on ya, Mate.

  6. 6 Darin Maltsberger - Instructor @MTI Oct 5th, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Mike is one of those feloows that will always stop and lend anyone a helping hand. I’m proud to call him my friend. Although I’m going to have to ask him when he’s going to start slipping some Harleys into the shop? Take care Mike, and I look forward to talking and laughing about this the next time we get together.

  7. 7 ChopperKultcha Oct 5th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Well what to say? Mike will go out of his way to help someone else!!! And for me he did that on a grand scale this last Sturgis. THANKS Mike you are a real GENTLEMAN!!!!!! Respect…

  8. 8 martin Twofeather Oct 5th, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Great shot..

  9. 9 Roadside Marty Oct 5th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    I must say young man that that’s quite a good shot of your backside LOL!!!!

  10. 10 Lyle Oct 5th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    He went way out of his way for us two years ago at BUB. Thanks Mike!

  11. 11 burnout Oct 5th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    And he maintains proper posture while performing the repair! peace

  12. 12 Sugar Bear Oct 5th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    If you didn’t know him, now you do …… respect!

  13. 13 rocky Oct 5th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Mike is never to busy to lend a hand and is an inspiration to us

  14. 14 gina woods Oct 6th, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Woo Hoo Good job Mike – I’d travel the world with ya…sorry Carolyn!!
    Love you guys!

  15. 15 travis at the shop kiwi Oct 7th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Don’t let the clean shirt fool yeah!
    Mike is not afraid to get dirty!
    that’s a great pic who ever got it?

    Thanks mike
    Travis at the shop kiwi indian

  16. 16 Wiz Oct 12th, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Hey Mike, Remember me from the end of the Legends Ride this year at Sturgis? You are a class act. My respects!! Wiz, Freebird Custom Motorcycles

  17. 17 Mike Kiwi Tomas, Kiwi Indian Motorcycle Co Oct 12th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    David was on the phone with the Harley factory discussing the warranty aspects and relaying instructions of what to do. Harley said the warranty had just ran out the day before.
    Outside temp was 110 deg, not sure what the black top temp was let alone the hot magneto that sits behind the rear cylinder. At least she fired back up and made it to Santa Monica. Good times.

  18. 18 E. D. Genet Oct 12th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    If you’ve made only one ride with Kiwi this is a familiar sight. After all, he certainly wouldn’t need to repair an Indian! LOL. Kudos Kiwi…always the wrench in need!

  19. 19 Phillip Tonkni Oct 13th, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Mike you are a good man…A friend in need is a friend in deed.
    You can fix a Harley but can’t fix your kitchen sink.

  20. 20 LM Oldale Oct 13th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I’m not surprised at all. Being married to a Kiwi, the TRUE Gentlemen are very few and far between, Mike is the other one. I am proud to be in his company (litteral) and his friend …Right Boss!! Nice Bum shot. Too.

  21. 21 Paul Edwards Oct 13th, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Good on you Mike. 🙂

  22. 22 Ivar D. Natins Oct 13th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Just a “Biker” do’in his part…

  23. 23 FELLOW KIWI AND RACER Oct 13th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Known Mike and his family for afew years now. This just bloody typical of him . Even the bike being a harley does not stop his typical kiwi nature .Spent time with him filming Bert Munroes movie , same thing helping any any way he could . Thanks Mike for the help in getting our rice burner powered race car up and running .Cliff and Alexander. Youve got tickets for the oval nationals at Perris my friend ,later mate

  24. 24 Uncle Fletch Oct 14th, 2010 at 2:50 am

    A Harley what is the world coming to.I knew you could and would do it some day good on ya mate..

  25. 25 Jan Wingo Oct 15th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    LOL, I just hope Mike washed his hands before he touched one of his Indians after touching the Harley. Wouldn’t want cross contamination. WTG Mike

  26. 26 david fusiak Oct 20th, 2010 at 1:14 am


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