3 Фев 2015 | Author: | Комментарии к записи INDIAN THE GOLDEN AGE OF ICONS THE SCOUT, CHIEF, AND THE BIG CHIEF … отключены
Indian Scout


Great old of a 1921 Indian Scout

The 1920s marked a decade of and model expansion for Indian. Powerplus-era street bikes, for their durability and performance, birth to the new  Scout in designed by Charles B. Franklin– a 37 cubic inch (600 cc) engine.

 The low-slung model, with its long innovative semi-monocoque construction, transmission and helical-gear drive, was an hit with performance riders on the dirt tracks, and endurance alike.  The Scout the most powerful bike on the but it gained a following for its responsiveness and handling.

 In 1928, Franklin tweaked the Scout, and in the process the 101 Scout – with an even frame, superior suspension and longer wheelbase, increased rake, lower seat, of a front brake. and beefed-up putting out 45 cubic inches cc) of displacement.  The result was many consider to be the best Indian ever built.

The New Scout– Power, Swiftness, Economy!

“ You can’t wear out an Scout, or its brother the Indian  They are built like to take hard knocks– the Harleys that cause “

Sport riders and racers drawn to the 101’s performance– and the new enjoyed a strong run dominating the scene.  Unfortunately, the 101 model a scant four years in the model lineup.  The Great Depression forced to cut production costs– and the 101 Scout was an victim of downsizing.

In 1932, to cut production costs, Indian pairing the Scout engine the larger Chief frame. The resulted in a motorcycle that was heavier, and according to many– not as on the performance front.

The legendary Indian 101 Scout motorcycle– would say it’s the finest Indian ever made.

saw the introduction of the Scout’s big brother– the 61 inch (1000 cc) Indian  Soon to follow was the Big Chief, in 1924 with a 74 cubic (1200 cc) that could cruise at hit 85 mph fully stock– and in the of a masterful motor-head could be to scream at well over 100

 In 1940, all models were with Indian’s signature skirted fenders, and the Chief was a new soft-tail frame– vastly in terms of rider fatigue compared to rival Harley’s hard-tail. The Indian Chief cemented a reputation as being the best touring motorcycles could buy for quality, comfort and

Circa 1946– The new, Indian Chief motorcycle, a 74 inch model, which is into production at the Indian Company plant at Springfield, A number of new and important features been added to the “bike”, to Walter A. Parrish, vice and general manager, who is shown at the new model. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

while the 1920s were years for Indian in terms of innovation, racing success, growth and production milestones became the first manufacturer in the to produce over 250,000 in 1923), the executive leadership was burning through the company’s and resources at an alarming rate. Oscar Hedstrom’s very corporate culture that was in Indian’s core strength of and manufacturing– the generation of management entered on the heels of George were lacking at best, it came to vision, passion and  Some say even worse– they were deeply and had their hands in the company looking out for their own fortunes Indian’s long term

E. Paul DuPont  on an Indian © Motorcycle Hall of Fame All Rights Reserved.

1930 saw Indian merge DuPont Motors Company, E. Paul DuPont bringing back to the struggling firm– he ceased DuPont’s car manufacturing to on Indian alone.  He leveraged connections within the paint to make available as many as 24 color options on Indian Models of that DuPont era proudly featured the company’s Indian head logo on the tank and signature Indian-head on the front fender– created a stunning style Chief, considered to be the most beautiful bikes made.

To be continued, enjoy pics of legendary Indian racers, and record setters…

‘Cannonball’ Baker was an early motorcycling who set dozens of cross-country records a variety of motorcycles and sidecars. He was known for record-setting runs in By the time he retired from his of records, it was estimated that had ridden or driven more five million miles.

his exhausting career, Baker more than 143 attempts at a of timed, long-distance records, his most famous transcontinental and flags (Canada to Mexico)

‘Cannonball’ Baker accumulated his of scars as well as trophies his years of setting records. He had a slew of interesting stories of that happened to him during his runs. In one three-flags record in 1916, Baker had to change several times to avoid forest fires.

In another run he came around a at a high rate of speed and upon a herd of cattle in the In trying to miss the herd, turned sharply, hit a hole in the and was thrown off his motorcycle into a which in turn bounced him onto the back of one of the cows. The cow bucked him off and he ultimately landed in a off the side of the road.

Indian Scout

Woodsie (95) –Photo by Norman P.  © 2010, Motorcycle Hall of Museum, All Rights Reserved. “Woodsie” Castonguay was an established racer who switched his focus to when the AMA created Class C in 1934. Castonguay went on to the first-ever National Class C in 1935 and continued to be one of the top racers in the throughout the 1930s.

He was especially in Class A speedway racing, to today’s short-track events.

Castonguay © 2010, Motorcycle of Fame Museum, All Rights  In 1936 and 1937, Woodsie took two New England Speedway the first at Pynchon Park in Massachusetts. On October 12, 1937, he down his second at Bulkeley in Hartford, Connecticut.

Because of this win, was awarded a silver cup for earning the points in the 1937 season. cup, Woodsie’s most possession, was crafted by Tiffany, the New York City jewelry

New Zealander Burt Munro was a land-speed record-holder of the 1960s. One of his was to run his homebuilt 1920 Indian motorcycle, dubbed the Munro on the Bonneville Salt Flats in He saved for years in spite of means to make the trip to

He finally came over on a budget in 1962. Munro was 63 at the with a bad heart, yet he still to overcome numerous obstacles to set records, even as a muffler was the flesh on his leg.  © 2010, Hall of Fame Museum, All Reserved.

(Above) Munro Indian, 1953 Beach – 123.831 mph.   © 2010, Hall of Fame Museum, All Reserved.

(Above, Munro’s Indian.) Munro arrived at in 1962 ready to make his only to be told he was not pre-entered so he be allowed to compete.  Munro’s friends, among them Rollie and Marty Dickerson, both of long-time, well-respected members of the Speed Record fraternity, officials into letting make his runs.

Tech officials looked the way, ignoring many of unorthodox means of putting his Indian together.  In his inaugural run at the Flats, Munro set a world of 288 km/h (178.97 mph) his engine configured with of displacement. Munro continued to at Bonneville through 1967, he 68 years old.

He survived a at top speed in 1967.

J.C. Hoel was a racer, motorcycle and race promoter, but his lasting is the Black Hills Classic held annually in Sturgis, Dakota. In 1938, Hoel what would become one of most famous motorcycle While that first in 1938 attracted 200 participants, would go on to become a mega-rally well over 100,000 each year and pumping of dollars into the Sturgis economy.

Indian Scout
Indian Scout
Indian Scout

Interesting articles

Tagged as:

Other articles of the category "interesting":

Our partners
Follow us
Contact us
Our contacts

Born in the USSR


About this site

For all questions about advertising, please contact listed on the site.

Motorcycles catalog with specifications, pictures, ratings, reviews and discusssions about Motorcycles.