1935-1945 Indian Model 741 History — Ultimate MotorCycling

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1935-1945 Indian Model 741 |

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In times of almost everything becomes a weapon, and the motorcycle is no exception. the purposes differ, some attributes prized by civilian such as compact size, and light weight, have been attractive to soldiers as Of course, in the early days, weren’t entirely satisfactory.

some could deal the primitive conditions of everyday military life was more Soldiers might ride into places no regular would contemplate. Still, as the themselves were refined and far-sighted military planners saw an role for them to play.

Motocycles Model 741 reports for in World War II.

Europeans were more advanced in their As militarism took hold in during the early 1930s, country’s major motorcycle developed machines that do more than carry two to the battlefront in a hurry. The bikes weapons in and of themselves, some machine guns and other others were configured sidecars, often fitted gun mounts.

In contrast to its German the Indian Motocycle Company r in motorcycle was dropped in 1923) of Massachusetts, did not have the lights all night at its factory. Founded in Indian was weathering the Depression; moderately profitable, the company had fully regained its health years of poor management. survival was something of an achievement; by the an industry once made up of of competitors had been ruthlessly down by attrition or takeovers to two main players, Indian and

As the decade came to a close, people—especially those in Europe—were that war was inevitable. The U.S. was a little slow to react, but the Army placed an order for 2,200 Indian Chiefs, with factory sidecars. brought a welcome infusion of into the company, though of the machines actually reached

Among the more than 2.6 tons of merchant vessels by German U-Boats in 1940, was the Hanseatic Star and its cargo of Indians. (Click image to

By then, the U.S. government had contracts to Indian and Harley-Davidson for military bikes. Indian with the Model 640, a amalgamation of components from production. A 30.5 cu in engine the Junior Scout was modified.

Compression was lowered for easier reliability, and in anticipation of poor-quality in combat zones. Various components, including a dust- and air filter, were installed in a Scout frame.

A few modifications made to make the 640 more for war. Front forks and stays were lengthened, giving the bike nearly inches of ground clearance. A rack with attached bags was mounted behind the carriers were provided for gas cans; the civilian fenders replaced with simple raised high enough to the build-up of mud between wheels and

Blackout military running were specified, and parts renumbered to satisfy military And, naturally, the whole was covered with a coat of olive-drab paint.

Anyone with motorcycles would be to identify the 641′s maker as, in military practice, no badges or bearing a trade name attached. Each bike did a special warning and information as demanded by the government, admonishing that no equipment is to be added to the not-to-exceed speed for the Model 741 here was 80 mph, giving of oil grade, spark plug, manual and parts list At the bottom of the plate, the machine was identified as an Indian Motocycle.

The Army considered the 640 satisfactory extensive testing; it was durable and did what it was supposed to do, but had one drawback—it was To address the power deficit, a model, the 741, was created. identical to the 641, it used the low-compression version of the 45 cu in Sport powerplant.

As the war in Europe intensified, the military began to see the true of motorcycles on the battlefield. Strategists as did horrified civilians, newsreels the rapid progress of Germany’s (lightning war) through and France, with various DKW, Zundapp and NSU motorcycles the charge. The British, too, making good use of motorcycles in the African desert war. image to enlarge)

Increased was a mixed blessing for Indian. The was not in ideal condition for war work, as machine tools had been off during the Depression. Of those many were in poor

Given material restrictions and war already in place, replacing was certainly a difficult proposition.

so, the company persevered. Its employees up for the shortages as best they with sheer hard and perseverance. Their best was good. Some 44,000 Indian Motocycles and an unknown, but number of sidecars were between 1939 and 1945.

Indian Scout

The won the factory an E pennant from the Production Board for the excellence of its

Apart from these Indian also filled its of a 5,000-unit contract given to Indian and Harley-Davidson by the British War After the bombing of Coventry a major portion of the Triumph the UK was determined not to run short of motorcycles. A of the bikes sent were

In addition, limited civilian continued—mainly 74 cu in Chiefs for law-enforcement use and models for those in essential

Indian also developed a for yet another military bike. The 841 BMW practice with a shaft and its Scout-based engine turned the 90 degrees from normal and widened the angle between Other improvements, including a new design, were incorporated.

The end bore remarkable similarities to Moto Guzzi products. 1,000 841s were (Click image to enlarge)

But beyond the control of Indian conspired against the company. In the military decided it had enough to serve the Allies in Europe, and saw no use for in the Pacific Theater. Contracts abruptly cancelled, even as 741s and 841s were out of the Springfield works.

Worse, the was unwilling to pay for the last $412,000 of produced.

The leftover bikes, the majority of the 841s not used for purposes, were sold to the at knockdown prices. It is said 841s fetched $500 Many, if not all, of the surplus were repainted; shorn of military fittings, they civilian Indians.

Some of the spares from period continue to turn up and, as they are suitable for military and civilian machines, are prized.

Despite its downward spiral, despite the glory attained by the Jeep as the four-wheeled of soldiers in all theaters of war, played an important role in defense during the 1939-45 The bikes, and the men who built them, the call, and the 640s, 741s and that survive today are reminders of Indian Motocycles’ hour.

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