Matt And Brittney Olsen’s 1938 Indian Scout Sport

Spirit of Sturgis

This Indian Sport Scout belongs to my wife, Brittney. She wanted a bike that fit her well and that she could use for roadracing, flat-track racing. and road riding. That is a lot to ask for one bike. Our friend Jim Wall sold the project to us and rebuilt the powertrain. It was built for fun and hard use and will end up getting beaten up, scratched, and dented while we run it through the motions in different configurations.

Moving forward from the initial build, we were able to fine-tune the placement of the controls and mounts for the various types of racing. Having the advantage of not having to worry about messing up an expensive paint job or fresh chrome is a good feeling. I like that it is in raw form because it shows off the form of the original Class C racebikes from the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s. It also allows us to have more flexibility to weld, cut, and grind it as time goes on or as repairs need to be made. I appreciate the builders’ skills showcased in their perfectly finished masterpieces, but for this bike I wanted a utilitarian motorcycle that will work for us for years to come.

Spirit of Sturgis motorcycle

The Spirit of Sturgis is the work of Matt and Brittney Olsen at 20th Century Racing.

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spirit of sturgis custom gas tank

This bit of paint is about the full extent of the naked machine’s adornment.

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1938 Sport Scout mill

Its 1938 Sport Scout mill measures in at 45 cubes.

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Spirit of Sturgis motorcycle frame profile

That frame, though, came from the early 1940s.

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narrowed 741 fork on spirit of sturgis

The Olsens ran a narrowed 741 fork.

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Spirit of Sturgis clutter-free handlebars

As with most racebikes, clutter was eliminated wherever possible to shave both weight and distractions.

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Spirit of Sturgis spring motorcycle seat

Not exactly the saddle you’d want for a long day’s touring, but this bike wasn’t intended for that, now was it?

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