5 Minute Histories: The Indian Scout

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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…

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Indian FTR 750

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The new Indian FTR 750 is a race-only motorcycle developed in collaboration with Polaris-SwissAuto with a single goal in mind – the annihilation of the currently dominant Harley-Davidson flat track racers. It’s been decades since Indian Motorcycle and Harley went head to head on the flat track circuits of the USA, and the return of…

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1947 Indian Chief Roadmaster

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The Indian Chief Roadmaster was the top of the model line for the Springfield, Massachusetts, based motorcycle manufacturer in the post WWII period. It offered a fully sprung frame with both front and rear suspension, a springer front end and plunger-type rear, at a time when its main rival only offered a hard tail frame –…

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RSD Geico Indian Chieftain Tracker

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The Indian Chieftain isn’t a motorcycle that many associate with going sideways on dirt. Fresh from the factory the Chieftain has a wet / dry weight of 821 lbs / 855 lbs and is designed as a highway cruiser – developed with the American open road in mind. Roland Sands made the unusual decision of…

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Burt Munro: Offerings To The God Of Speed

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Burt Munro: Offerings To The God Of Speed is a documentary that was made many years before Munro became an international icon thanks to the Anthony Hopkins film The World’s Fastest Indian. Burt was born in New Zealand in 1899, he’s most famous for his incredible exploits at Bonneville but in his earlier life he was a professional speedway rider,  a…

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1928 Indian 101 Scout

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The Indian 101 Scout is remembered by many as the greatest motorcycle that Indian ever made. It was developed by Charles B. Franklin – an Irish-born American immigrant who had also designed the previous Scout, and who earlier in his career had been part of the Indian Motorcycle racing team that won 1st, 2nd, and…

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1939 Indian Scout Factory Hill Climber

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This is 1 of just 18 hillclimbers produced by Indian for racing purposes in 1938/39, it’s tuned to run on pure alcohol through its Linkert carburettor that has a rear facing air-intake to avoid having it ingest sand, mud, plants and whatever else the front tire might kick up. This bike was ordered from the factory by Ken…

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Indian Black Bullet Scout

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Indian released the new Scout earlier this year to much interest from the motorcycle community. It’s a smaller, lighter bike than the Chief and it’s powered by an all-new Indian V-twin. This new engine has been the focus of a lot of curiosity, it has a capacity of 1133cc, double overhead camshafts, fuel injection, liquid cooling, and it…

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Steve McQueen’s Indian Sport Scout

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Steve McQueen owned an extraordinary array of vehicles including a 1931 Pitcairn PA-8 biplane, a Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, a Jaguar XKSS, a Ford GT40 and a number of motorcycles – including the 1934 Indian Sport Scout you see here. Although he’s perhaps more famous for his association with Triumph and Husqvarna, McQueen’s love of…

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1927 Indian Scout “Wall of Death” Racer

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The Wall of Death was originally called the Silodrome, but carnival attendees are a fickle bunch and they were easily distracted by the competition over in the freak show attractions – so the name was changed to the far more dramatic sounding “Wall of Death” and attendance rates shot through the roof. For the uninitiated,…

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RSD Indian Scout

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Indian introduced the Scout in 1920, the model quickly became a fixture at race tracks, board tracks, hill climbs and the “Wall of Death” sideshow attraction at county fairs. Those who couldn’t afford an automobile could often afford a base model Indian Scout, and so they became daily transportation for teachers, factory workers, farmers and…

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