July 2010 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month Steve Mitzner with his 1938 Indian 4

Make: Indian
Model: 4
Country of Origin: USA
Engine: 80 cu in 4
Transmission: 3 speed
Year: 1938
Owner: Steve Mitzner
City: Lakewood

1938 Indian 4

Congratulations to Steve Mitzner of Lakewood for winning Bike of the Month with his 1938 Indian 4.

Inline 4 Brothers
This was Steve's first time to Vintage Bike OC, but his brother Ed is no stranger. Ed won Bike of the Month back in September 2007 with his 1929 Henderson KJ also an inline four cylinder.

Steve bought the Indian back in 1969 when it was only 31 years old. He rode it for about a year, but it smoked so much that he ran 70 weight oil in it. At that time rebuilding the engine was too expensive so the bike was put away and stored under his workbench.

39 Years Later...
In 2008 Steve had more time and funds available. After urgings from his brother Ed, Steve had the engine professionally rebuilt. After the rebuild, the engine didn't run well so Steve and Ed rebuilt the engine again. To demonstrate how well it runs, Steve kick started it with his hand.

The bike has just got back on the road, and Steve is up in the air about how or if to finish it. It seems apparent to me that most people like it just the way it is.

See all the pictures in our July Gallery. Thank you Steve for bringing it to the meet.

The Bike of the Month contest is held monthly at the Vintage Bike OC meet. Qualifying motorcycles must be 30 years old or older. Former Bike of the Month winning bikes are not eligible to win again. Anyone attending the meet is eligible to enter a qualifying bike in the contest and vote for their favorite bike. The winning bike is chosen by a popular vote and is featured on the Home page for one month and in this feature article. The Bike of the Month articles are permanent content on the site.

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1938 Indian 4
June 2010
1975 Norton Commando 850
May 2010
1963 Honda CL72
April 2010
1959 Ariel Square Four
March 2010
1939 Indian Sport Scout
February 2010
1963 Velocette Venom
January 2010
1968 Hodaka H100
December 2009
1969 Sears SR124
November 2009
1917 Indian Powerplus
October 2009
1935 Triumph T80
September 2009
1971 Norton Fastback 750
August 2009
1919 Indian Powerplus
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1972 Norton Combat
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