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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-15-2002, 04:15 AM Thread Starter
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Question Indian Scout

Why did Indian first develop the Scout model?

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For the US Army.

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For the Army?
To compete with the Brit bikes?

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Nope. Try again!

you're in the ballpark though!

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Nope. Try again!

you're in the ballpark though!
for baseball?

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Hi Elo,

Was it for the Police Department?

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In competition to the Harley-Davidson 45 flat heads -------

------- a popular size in the late 20s.
Admit I never did question anyone as to why I had (or what was the reason for the Indian Sport Scout) an 1940 Indian Sport Scout 45 in '46 & same engine size as my '38 Harley 45 I had in '44.
Obviously it was not designed for the Army though I have seen shaft driven prototype Indian 45s with crank heading out to the rear & so pots at the sides. So they threw togeather anything that might meet the American Army demands ONLY Willis Jeep was the answer.

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Remember there was also the Jr Scout & so a 30.5 cu inch V-twin.

Mind you I think that Jr. Scout was called a 30" due to being just a 30.5 cu in., V-twin while the what we call a 45 was 45 degree Indian was actually a 42" vs HD of 45". Oh yes a 45 is basically a 750cc while a 30.5 is a 500cc SO they were not built to compete against the British 500 OHV though in 1911 an Indian won the Senior on an V-twin with American rider Jack de Rossier.
One must remember the attempts by Indian to come out with flat opposed twin, to the famous in-line four that even Henderson bought from them.
I feel Indian stuck mainly with its V-twin & unfortunately hung onto the SV (bar an attempt with a vertical twin 440cc around '49) while HD went up to better performing OHV V-twins even though more costly to build.
Sorry, just babbling for those were in the days I started to ride & many of the bikes were mine or ones I saw. I was sort of like ones new to m/cing now & not knowing to much in late '45.

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I don't know the answer, but I thought you d be interested in this minibike marketed as Indian Papoose in US and Corgi in UK.
It was one of the first pocketbikes
It was originally built specially for the WWII paratroopers. The minibikes were attached to parachutes and used for transportation by th eparatroopers when they reached the ground!

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I thought this one would be easy!

The Scout was developed during WWII during the steel shortage. The Chiefs used so much extra metal for decorative purposes that they simply couldn't make them, so they introduced the Scout.

Maybe the first "naked" bike Aris?

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