The Indian Scout was born in October 1919 and is generally known as the model of 1920. The 627th Indian Scout to emerge from the production line was exported “down south” to New Zealand where it was purchased by a man named Burt Munro. A man who would one day make that Indian Scout a legend on the Bonneville Salt Flats. The original 1920 Indian Scout in unmodified form had a 610cc V-twin engine and it was a bit slow for Burt, by the time he had finished “tweaking” his 1920 Indian Scout it claimed world land speed records in 1962, 1966 and 1967 and made a qualifying run in which it actually managed to exceed 200mph.
Designed by Irish engineer and motorcycle enthusiast Charles Franklin, the Indian Scout was to become one of the most loved and respected machines to emerge from the Springfield based factory. The Scout was the middleweight and lively handling Indian and was the successor of the four stroke flat-twin Model O which was manufactured until 1919. The Scout was a completely new design with a new V-twin engine and a leaf spring trailing arm front fork suspension. The Scout had its three speed gearbox bolted to the engine and gear changing was via a gear-lever beside the fuel tank – normally on the right side and directly connected to the top of the gearbox.