The thing with these classic bikes is that they aren’t just antiques. Because of the motorcycle’s elemental form, their shapes persist as recognizable structures that aren’t really that distinct from today’s machines. A 2018 Scout bears the same skeletal image of a ’29 Scout because humanity hasn’t, at the end of the day, changed that much, in spite of scientific progress and the shifting of cultural mores. That we can see ourselves in our own recent past—riding a brand-new 1929 Indian Scout, for instance—reminds us that for all the world’s attempt to reinvent itself and to think our way out of the imperfection of existence, not that much has really changed. And with a motorcycle in the garage to ride, maybe that’s not such a bad thing.