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Rolling Smoke: This Indian Motorcycle Feeds Your Adrenalin And Appetite

Chaparral Motorsports
August 1, 2019

You have to have peculiar taste to really enjoy looking at theme bikes. However, in the case of this particular motorcycle the theme delivers high on the taste scale, especially if you're a fan of billowy smokeouts that result in delicious slow smoked meats.

With the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally serving as the largest motorcycle party in the country, Indian wanted something more than your typical motorcycle display to draw people into its spot on Third and Lazelle.  So they tapped Thor Drake of See See Motorcycles to do something special with a one of their motorcycles. That something special involved being able to feed the masses with some mouth-watering bbq via a rolling smoker based around an Indian Springfield Darkhorse. According to a post on Indian's Facebook page they will debut the sidecar smoker tomorrow and it will remain there until August 4th.

Thor cooked up a sweet plan to meet Indian's meat needs and built a sidecar setup complete with a Traeger smoker incorporated into it. Other than adding the sidecar, it looks as though the Darkhorse was pretty much left alone. The sidecar itself looks to be based off a Ural sidecar basin that was modified to securely carry the Traeger Smoker and a billet spoked wheel with a fender matching the Indian's front fender was used to support the outside of the sidecar.

Most of the customization on the project was done to the Ironwood 885 Series pellet smoker and the sidecar tub. In replace of the standard lid handle a set of moto style handlebars were used and on the backside of the smoker a pair of stainless steel mufflers were incorporated to allow the sweet smoke to flow out.

As one of Traeger's newest pellet smokers the Ironwood features Traeger's new WiFIRE technology that lets you control and monitor the smoker from virtually anywhere via the Traeger app and a smartphone. Therefor if you look over at the left side of the Darkhorse's apehangers you'll find what appear to be one of Ram Mount's X Grip cell phone mounts. It's hard to tell from the images but it looks like a couple of mounts were bolted to base of the handlebars that allow you to carry a Bluetooth speaker-because the best cookouts always have tunes.

The sidecar was treated to a spotlight sitting front and center while the side features a couple racks to carry the necessary cooking utensils. The rear of the sidecar has a cutting board/wooden tray and just above that on the left side of the smoker is a pair of supports that holds a roll of Traeger's Pink BBQ Butcher Paper. There is always a ton of food vendors lining the streets of Sturgis during the rally-especially the downtown area. Many of those vendors have been serving the masses for years, so Indian may find themselves in the fire once they start gathering a crowd of hungry motorcycle enthusiasts. At least they'll be able to make a quick getaway.  

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