Matt Olsen’s Blog

Matt Olsen’s take on classic Harley motorcycles – especially Knuckleheads and Panheads

February 25, 2010

Matt Olsen’s Vintage Motorcycle Cannonball Sears Restoration Blog

Just visited one very cool blog that I’d like to recommend to classic motorcycle enthusiasts.

Matt Olsen is rebuilding (or building, depending on your perspective) an early teens Spaeke powered Sears V-twin motorcycle for the Motorcycle Cannonball and he is following the process step-by-beautiful-step on his blog. Visit to follow his progress.

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January 12, 2010

AMCA Youth Contest Winner Ryan Checks Out His New Harley WL Project!


AMCA Youth Winner & Classic 1942 Harley WLA

Here is a pic of Ryan Mackey, the winner of the AMCA Youth Program Contest and his 1942 WLA classic Harley.  Ryan and I have been working like slaves for the last month to get his bike as far along as possible.  We have made a lot of good progress during our time. After he goes home, Ryan will start on the paint job with Larry Medwig.

In March, Ryan plans on going to Wheels Through Time to work with Dale and Matt on his transmission and some other neat projects.   This bike is entirely made up of donated parts from Antique Motorcycle Club of America (AMCA) members from all over the world.   If you would like to see some of the different things that Ryan and I have been up to, please go to and check out parking lot chatter!   Thanks and have a nice day.

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June 24, 2009

Help! I need your input about old motorcycles.

my el all ready to go!

My '36 Harley EL all ready to go!

While I was on a 1200 mile trip on my 1936 EL trip this weekend, my mind started to wonder like it often does. To no surprise of anyone who knows me, the topic of old motorcycles dominated my thoughts. There is nothing in the world that I would rather do than work on old bikes, ride old bikes or talk about old bikes. It is pretty obvious that I have tunnel vision in my life. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to understand why there are not more people in the world that are as crazy about old bikes as I am.


My 1936 Harley EL Knucklehead and "friend"

Somewhere in the middle of Iowa I started to think about the general motorcycling public’s perception of old bikes. As the one sided conversation evolved in my head I started to wonder what the biggest problems with the public’s perception of old bikes are?

This is where I need your help, I know quite a few people check this site and I need your input, please comment below and let me know what you think the antique motorcycle hobby’s biggest public image problems are.

Do you think that people don’t think old Harleys are useable? Do you think that they are afraid to work on them? Or maybe it is the fact that people just don’t know how to use them. I don’t know, I am sure every motorcycle enthusiast has a different reason. Fill me in on what you think. Thanks in advance.

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