The Indian 101 Scout was produced between 1928 and 1931, it was the successor to the previous Scout model that began production in 1920 but the 101 had been fully reworked from the ground up by Charles Franklin, the senior Indian engineer and former motorcycle racer responsible for the original Scout.
It’s amazing to see how badly banged up these Indians are relative to the total lack of injuries displayed by the men holding them up, I assume they’re the riders but I can’t see so much as a scratch on them.
This particular Indian is fitted with an overhead 8-valve 61 cubic inch v-twin with a Bosch magneto, a Hendee carburettor, 28 inch wheels, no brakes and no throttle.
If the above certificate means nothing to you, then you don’t know who Burt Munro is. Not knowing who Burt is is an offence that’ll get you tarred and feathered around this part of the internet.
This particular Indian board tracker was recently restored by award-winning car and motorcycle artisan Jim Prosper, the original bike was so complete that the only 2 non-factory parts on it are the fuel tank and handlebars.
“Indian Motorrijwielen” is an original art work printed on 80lb matte paper, it’s 11 x 17″ (28 x 43 cm) in size and has an almost ink=blot like etherial quality.
Ed Kretz was the top motorcycle racer in the 1930s and 1940s, he bought his first motorcycle when he was 20 years old out of sheer necessity, it was the Great Depression and an Indian Motorcycle was all Ed could afford as a mode of transportation.
Of all the motorcycle genres that have ever existed I still come back to the board tracker whenever anyone asks which I think is the most beautiful. Sure they didn’t have any brakes, suspension, seat padding, gauges or fenders but that’s half the appeal. The styling is undeniably beautiful and those old v-twin steam punk…
This Indian motorcycle wall print is designed for man-caves and bachelor pads.
The Indian Boardtrack Racers of the early 20th century are quite easily amongst the most beautiful motorcycles ever built, the bikes are the first real generation of motorcycles, they were largely based on bicycles with no rear suspension and very limited front springs.
In 1913 a pair of young boys bought an Indian motorcycle and set out on a road trip from Oklahoma to New York City, they were aged just 13 and 9 so exactly how they could afford the motorcycle is unclear but I think we can all agree that they had very laid back parents.
I thought it’d be a good idea to share this photograph of an old Indian motorcycle store and garage, it’s been the desktop wallpaper on my Mac for the past couple of months and never seems to get old.