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    Peter, One of those Sport Scouts had been owned by my friend Charlie Carter, years prior; and I believe he got it from the Orlando, FL Indian dealer, Schmidt, who had it since new. Charlie was about 6'1", or 2" and even though he loved Sport Scouts, he said it just didn't fit him. He never lost his appreciation for them, and even did a deal years later to get a '42 SS. I never could understand that, but I guess he thought they were just that beautiful. Personally, I've always thought the Chief was better proportioned as I think the SS would have looked better if it had been a bit longer.
    Eric Smith
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    Howdy chaps,

    Of all things, not one but two 41 SS's at the donkey farm today, a rare sight.





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    That is a rare sight, Peter. Hope you're having a great time; I won't be there this year due to family health issues, but I'll be sending good vibes to everyone there.
    Eric Smith
    AMCA #886

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    Dane I sent you a private message.

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    Here's mine.

    Bob Selph
    1933VC/1934LT Sidecar
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    AMCA#15215

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    Bob, your Sport Scout is stunning, and that is why I think the '40 is the best looking full fendered SS. I would be anxious to hear of how it handles, and all around riding, and maintenance impressions. I'm asking because I know of a '41 SS that I could probably get, and I'm wondering if it's worth busting my behind to pursue. I don't have an Indian right now and it is driving me crazy. I've always loved them and I regret selling every one. I've always had Chiefs, and 4s, but I think I would like something very different. Your first hand knowledge would be very valuable to me.
    Eric Smith
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    Eric, I absolutely love this little bike. I am 5'11" and I could see how anyone taller might feel cramped as I am just a little. I have put about 3000 miles on this bike since I got it and can say it is a pleasure to ride. Very agile and stable. I can keep up with most 74"bikes except on long steep hills. It is real happy at 45-50 mph all day long and I have had it up 70 gps measured mph laying on the tank on a slight down hill. I've had it on several AMCA road runs and it has never let me down. Regular maintenance such as checking nuts/bolts and changing oil is all that is needed. Changing tires is an adventure though. Have to jack the bike up to do the front but the center stand is designed to lay the bike over so the rear slides right out. Also have to sit on it and think about left throttle, right shift, and reversed clutch operation before I go for a ride, however I'm just about over that now. Go for it, you won't be disappointed. I'm in the AMCA directory if you want to give me a call to talk more and I'll have this bike at Denton in May.
    Bob Selph
    1933VC/1934LT Sidecar
    1940 Sport Scout
    AMCA#15215

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    Bob, thank you for your first hand knowledge of the Sport Scout; that helps me a lot in making a decision. I've know about this bike for at least 15 years and it has always been a back burner bike for my friends that have owned it. I like the idea of a vintage bike that is easy to ride, handles well, and doesn't weight a ton like most big twins. Your recommendations hold a lot of weight with me so if I really get serious about this '41, I'll give you a call. Also, I may be going to Denton so perhaps I'll see you, and that gorgeous '40 there.
    Eric Smith
    AMCA #886

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    Howdy chaps,

    Donkey farm, today, here's a dusty old trail horse for ya. In nearly 30 years of attending this meet going back to the Orlando days I've not seen this many Indians in proportion to HD's. In particular, there are more 40 and 41 Chiefs alone than all the Knuckles combined or even Sporties which I think is the featured machine this year. Pre war skirted Chiefs are not a common sight, ordinarily.


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    I absolutely love my 40' SS and have logged over 80K on her in the last 15 years since building her. I have learned a lot and am still learning things about Peaches. It can be a steep learning curve but well worth it in my opinion.
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