Easy Rider - December 1999
Tuffenuff: Read about Wymond Walkem's '36 Indian and win a scholarship to MMI
Easyriders readers will remember the name Wymond Walkem. This brother
of the road has built more drop-dead-gorgeous scooters than this
reporter has big, lumpy hemorrhoids. In the past 20 years, the Canadian
customizer has owned dozens of far-out fabricated bikes and continues
to design and create one-of-a-kind sleds from his shop, Walkem's
Cycle in Georgetown, Ontario.
When we judged the bikes last year at our Easyriders Invitational
Bike Show in Columbus, Ohio, we stopped dead in our tracks when
we came upon this wineberry red 1936 Indian Chief that had been
given the Walkem treatment.
Wymond is a winner for creating this rolling masterpiece, and now
you can be a winner, too. Read this bike feature carefully and fill
in the blanks in the tech chart. Send the chart with a few words
telling us why you deserve to win a scholarship top the Motorcycle
on with the meat and potatoes. Like most of Wymond's creative cycles,
this nasty li'l street burner-upper began as a collection of parts
and a wild imagination. Our bro noodled and noodled until his noodle
was sore. "I wanted to build something that didn't look like every
other bike out there, " Wymond told us. "I didn't care what reaction
I got or how it would go over; I just wanted to build an Indian.
Hell, someday I'd like to chop an Indian in-line four. Wouldn't
that be something?" His strict American-made standards and love
of kickstart motorcycles is legendary, and his ability to restore
vintage Indians led to his building of six Indians for the Ford
Motor Company and many other lovers of American ingenuity.
This whole project began taking form when a dude brought in the
1936 Indian frame as a partial payment for work on his scoot. The
original Indian Chief tanks wandered into the shop when some brothers
wanted to trader for a paint job. Wymond took the choicest motor
stuff from his dusty - I mean, trusty - collection and got out his
wrenches. The mill for the Chief first fired in 1946 but has been
beefed up to 93 cubic inches with S&S wheels, Carillo rods, and
a few secret Walkem goodies. The dual carbs are…ah, I'm not giving
that away. You'll have to do your homework to win this MMI contest.
I will tell you that's there are a few Harley parts on this bad-to-the-bone
chopper, but you'll have to figure out what they are on your own.
You can bet that Wymond will ride his next custom bike to Columbus
and thrill us all again with his life-long passion for building
motorcycles filled with heart and soul. Chances are also good that
he'll keep on winning bike shows.