June 2012 Bike of the Month

Bike of the Month Frank Colver and his 1941 Indian 741 Military Scout

Make: Indian
Model: 741 Military Scout
Year: 1941
Country of Origin: USA
Engine: 30.5ci (500cc) Twin
Transmission: 3 speed
Owner: Frank Colver
City: Costa Mesa

1941 Indian 741 Military Scout

Congratulations to Frank Colver of Costa Mesa for winning Bike of the Month with his 1941 Indian 741 Military Scout. Frank won a $20.00 Beach Burgers gift certificate provided by Beach Burgers and The Scooter Solution.

Frank Colver Day
I'm officially declaring June 10, 2012 as Frank Colver Day. Frank took this bike down the the Lyon Air Museum 1st Annual Bikes & Bombers event and won First Place at that event. Then he brought it up to ours and won again.

Four Time Bike of the Month Winner
This is the fourth time Frank has won our Bike of the Month contest. Frank has been active in this group longer than I have. In August 2007 Frank brought his 1927 Sunbeam to the first meet that I ran. At that time I didn't have a voting method in place so I declared Frank the winner (I Am the King). Not very democratic, but it worked, and nobody seemed to mind. Since then Frank has won twice. In January 2008 he won with his 1947 Matchless 500cc G80L and in October 2008 he won with his 1923 Harley Davidson WF.

Frank has owned this Scout since 2003. According to Frank the Military standard for motorcycles in WWII was twin cylinder, flat head, side valve 500cc engines. Harley didn't follow the standard and provided 750cc bikes. This gave Harley the edge post war when the Service Men remembered how much better the Harley's performed.

This bike was built 25 years ago by Bob Stark of Starklite Cycles, The engine is a 1943 and was brought to Bob still in the crate. Bob built the bike using a 1941 frame and as many NOS parts as he had available.

Thank you Frank for bringing it to our meet. View all the photos in our June Gallery.

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.

Bike of the Month Gallery
Photo gallery of all the Bike of the Month winners.
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1941 Indian 741 Military Scout
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1928 Indian 101 Scout
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1980 Moto Martin CBX
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1954 Royal Enfield Ensign
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1975 Honda Trail 70
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