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Indian Scout


Heirloom Indian – Grampa’s old comes home to stay

Amee Reehal

When and son Terry and Chad Murphy to remember dad and grampa, they have to look at a worn and white photo; they can go to the and bring to life the Indian he took on a summer journey in

The late Charles Gordon – better known as Spud — was in 1918 in Neville, Saskatchewan but most of his life in Calgary. His motorcycle was a 1932 New Imperial, a he bought for $5 in 1935. By 1940 he was gas and fixing cars at the Big Chief station on 17 Ave. in Calgary, and earned enough money to buy a 640 Indian Sport Scout.

likely the bike was used, as it from the local Harley-Davidson Clyde Paul.

Murphy and his friend Les ‘Mac’ had decided they would their motorcycles to Tijuana, in the summer of 1940 before enlisted. He had $8 in his pocket, while had $9. On the way they stopped in Latah, where Spud’s uncle was a as well as the local moonshiner.

The earned a little extra running ‘shine to all of the farmers the area before moving on to the coast and the town of Eureka. And they worked at a friend’s gas prior to rolling down 101 to Tijuana.

“He told me all kinds of about his trip,” Terry “I can’t remember all of them, but he did me he also worked at a carnival in Beach, California where he the Wall of Death.

“I can see him doing – he didn’t have any fear.”

When Murphy returned Mexico he traded the Indian for a brand new big twin Harley-Davidson. He the Harley in the barn on the family and then enlisted for service. He was overseas where he was put in charge of a motorcycle unit, and didn’t until 1945.

Fast-forward 45 to 1990. Spud and Terry are out for a visiting a friend in Central who is a machinist/welder with a penchant for up all kinds of projects from to motorcycles. In his Quonset hut sat an Indian which had been restored to a where it was a running machine – a few details left unattended.

was offered a ride on the Indian, and he the opportunity.

“Afterwards, dad’s there looking at this and I said, ‘Why don’t you buy Terry recalls. Spud how much it would take to and the reply was $10,000. “Dad OK, and reached over and shook on the deal.

“I pretty near fell Terry adds. “Dad was the old school of not spending a lot of money.”

they got the bike home took a close look at the number. He got to thinking, and went to dig out an old logbook where he’d oil and lube jobs on his 1940 and he’d also noted the number. Turns out the serial matched, and without any inkling of the Spud had just purchased the he’d ridden to Mexico 50 years earlier.

Indian’s dates back to 1920, the company introduced the model a 596cc (37ci) 42-degree engine. Engine capacity in 1927 to 745cc (45ci), and the was further improved with the of the 101 Scout in 1928. The 101 Scout had a wheelbase and a lower saddle than its predecessor.

Indian Scout
Indian Scout

The 101 possess legendary handling and it was popular with sporting – including Wall of Death

By 1932 Indian was facing measures and the company consolidated its – the Chief was another popular made by Indian – and they a Scout engine into the Chief frame. To say the machine a little heft would be an nearly 60 pounds were to the Scout. Of course, enthusiasts the weight gain, forcing to introduce the Sport Scout in

Sport Scouts were an of parts and pieces from a few Indian machines, including the 101 Scout and Junior Scout. The new Scouts were lighter and and in the mid to late 1930s they achieving success on dirt across North America.

In Indian introduced the model 640 Scout. Many of the 640s built for military use, others were designated for buyers. Differences between the and civilian bikes were versus open fenders, kickstart guard on the civilian and different wheel hubs.

Another subtle difference was the of small brackets or tabs on sides of the lower half of the girder fork; these anchor the full-skirted fender on the civilian bike.

Spud’s Scout doesn’t have the fenders, and there are other that make the machine more like a military painted and finished to look – but this is the way he remembered the bike 1940.

Spud was able to his reconnection with the Scout for nine years – he died in Before he died he taught his Chad, how to ride the Indian. “We out for a ride — dad was on the Indian, I was on my FL and Chad was on my Glide.

“We stopped on a quiet road and says to Chad: ‘It’s you learned to ride an Indian’. So he through the drill of how the bike and then he takes off, into a ditch, along the line, up and out and then the same on the other side of the road. I dad was losing it, but he comes back and to Chad, ‘Now you do the same And he did.

“When dad died, I Chad the bike was his. I’m looking after if for a while.”

Indian Scout
Indian Scout


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