Re: The North GA Scout Revival
Just some food for thought. Take it for what it is worth - I thought about this bike all night.
Your 101 is every bit on par with that museum bike. If you contact the museum owner, I would venture to guess he would say the same thing. I'm not sure if you have done the research on original paint bikes, but their value far surpasses those of even the best restorations. Quickly gaining popularity are bikes that have very old restorations and many brand new restorations are now being made to look old. These are becoming popular because the average Joe (me) can not afford an original paint so an old restoration is a close second. I rode on that Cannonball with Ian Patton on his 101. I thought it was one of the best looking bikes there and I didn't realize until the race was over that it was a brand new restoration made to look 100 years old.
His bike is #22, mine is 89.
Take a look at Jeff Alperin's bike as well. "The Beast" - another very old restoration that just oozes cool. Despite the looks of that bike it made it every mile on the Cannonball and is probably the best running 101 on the planet. The inside of that motor is brand new (before the Cannonball) but they left the patina on the outside. There are some pretty good Youtube videos of this bike as well.
Bikes with original paint underneath a rattle can job are almost equally valuable to unrestored bikes. They have some character and are really neat if you can trace their history. Some guys are carefully peeling back the top layer to get to the original paint, while some are leaving them as they are.
In short, I think you have a much more valuable bike as it sits than perfectly restored. I also think the bike as it sits will garner much more attention than a pristine new bike like the museum picture. I guarantee you this, and I think you should try it - get your bike running and take it to a few shows. Park it next to a brand new restoration and just watch people's reactions. People will flock to your bike. Please do this before you restore it just to open your mind up to what you really have. If there are no shows, take it to K-mart. I spent two hours there in the parking lot chatting to one person after another. I just stopped to get a pack of gum and finally had to cut people off to get out of there and my bike doesn't have near the character of yours.
I also realize the fun in restorations. If you absolutely have to restore a bike, possibly consider another candidate. There are several projects on the market right now that are perfect for a total restoration. They are stripped already or are in various states other than the one that your bike is in. There is one that was being built for the Cannonball that didn't make it that would be ideal. It was on Ebay a few times, I'm sure I could track it down. I know some guys that know some guys that may be interested in a trade.
A consideration. If you have no real attachment to this particular Indian - i.e. not your fathers bike - Consider putting it up for auction to someone who is looking for one in this condition and use the proceeds to start another project. A similar bike fetched around 28k on Ebay a few months back. Depending on what you have in it you could possibly fund the complete restoration of another project. Reach out to Dale Walksler at the Wheels through Time museum and see if he might have a trade. If you are open to it, I know we can find you a better restoration candidate.
This is turning into a long post and meant for information only so I'll stop. In short, find out for certain if there is original paint on the bike. If there is, you CAN NOT restore it. That museum bike could be traded for straight up on your bike, he may even give you some cash on top. Again - DO NOT restore an original paint bike. They are literally worth more than gold.
The 101 is an awesome machine, send me a private message and I'll give you my number if you want. I can obviously chat all day about the scouts! Welcome to forum, it is great to have another Indian fan around here.
Last edited by GreasySideUp; 02-24-2013 at 06:25 AM.
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