A Visit To Warren Lane. Custom Builder. Vintage Racer.

Last week, I made a pit stop at Atomic Metalsmith, Warren Lane’s custom shop in south Miami. Objective was to check out his latest works, in particular the custom 1917 Indian Powerplus that he will first exhibit at his own show in Daytona called “True Grit” (Sunday March 12), then race at the Smyrna Beach paved racetrack at the inaugural “Sons Of Speed” race (Saturday March 18) imagined by his brother Billy Lane.

“Sons Of speed” rules require an original or hand-built chassis fitted with a pre-1925 1000cc American V-Twin engine. Riders have complete freedom to customize bars, exhaust, fenders if any, foot pegs and fuel/oil tanks. But as Warren explained to me, he wanted to go even beyond that…

Warren intends to win, and trains hard for that. But he wants his bragging rights acquired with a machine really looking like a pure original racer of that time, patina included. Not looking just like an a “Sons Of Speed” homologated replica. So, he went the very expensive way, bought a 1917 Indian Powerplus, took off the four-stroke 42° flathead V-twin engine (61 cu in, 1,000 cc) and leaf spring fork, and from only these 2 genuine parts, hand-built from scratch his own “antique” speed machine

After rebuilding the 1917 engine Warren designed his own frame from one originally built by brother Billy. He then created a one-off gas and oil tanks, bent his bars with a racing stance from components provided by Rick Petko and fabricated his short exhaust pipes…from a hospital hand rail for handicapped people! He also conceived his own custom HD auto advance, timer spark distributor. 40-spoke 23’ rims were laced by Billy Lane. Tires are Firestones/Coker (at that time they used diameter, not wheel size, for description, 28” in this case). If you are in Daytona, see him between March 8 and 19 cruising around on his custom 1917 Indian Powerplus, then meet with him as the Antiques Master at the “True Grit” event on March 12. Then on March 18 act the “Sons Of speed“, he will show you how fast he can go when playing with the banks of the Smyrna Beach racetrack.  Atomic Metalsmith.

(FYI. Between August 24 and 28 1915, Erwin “Cannonball” Baker rode an early Indian Powerplus from Vancouver to Tijuana in 3 days, 9 hours and 15 minutes, establishing a new “Three Flags” record)

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18 Responses to “A Visit To Warren Lane. Custom Builder. Vintage Racer.”


  1. 1 Barry Brown Mar 6th, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Amazing artistry. I hate to criticize such skill sets that are way beyond my ability but may I suggest getting rid of that mikuni?

  2. 2 Gort Mar 6th, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Sounds like good fun, but I thought they were going to race on a real board track, not asphalt.

  3. 3 Jeffrey Mar 6th, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Will do both events, so will see this Indian racer.

  4. 4 Greeco Mar 6th, 2017 at 10:18 am

    The Lane family has talent.

  5. 5 Paul McKinsey Mar 6th, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Love the sound of these antique machines. Multiply by 5 to 10 machines racing together and it should be awesome.

  6. 6 Terry Palmer Mar 6th, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Warren or Billy or? Who will be the best?

  7. 7 Chris Kehr Mar 6th, 2017 at 10:23 am

    No brakes. OMG. Hope that all got good training. Nice antique.

  8. 8 Iss Mar 6th, 2017 at 11:09 am

    This machine really does look impressing.

  9. 9 Brescia Mar 6th, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Cool racing machine.

  10. 10 John Brooke Mar 6th, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Lots of maintenance between Heats, I guess.

  11. 11 JohnnySpeed Mar 6th, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Barry Brown – Why? They work and they’re easy to tune and replace. Way better than a Linkert any day.

  12. 12 bean're Mar 6th, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    So glad that these machines are not only being ridden, but raced and NOT sitting in a museum collecting dust or in a bike show where they are graded on what kind of carburetor they have, without any merit to them actually running.

  13. 13 Pat Mar 6th, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Bet that Warren Lane gonna win.

  14. 14 Terry Baldwin Mar 6th, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Anyone knows how fast a 1917 Indian can go?

  15. 15 Tom Keefer/ Franklin Church Choppers Mar 7th, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Great bike Warren! Hope to meet you at your event and the race. Thanks Cyril for the coverage, these bikes are incredible!!

  16. 16 Marion Lane Mar 8th, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Thank you Cyril, for the great coverage you always give my boys! Well done!

  17. 17 George Kinsey Mar 8th, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Cyril Huze = Best journalist. Concise to the point.

  18. 18 bigalyts Mar 9th, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    It’s all about “LPS” Looks, Performance & Sound! That will be my qualification for rating all products, due to the reason and the amount of choices for parts, in the After purchase market place.

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