Indian Motorcycles | The New Sport Scout 45

A Worthy Successor To Past Favorites

By Chet Billings, Photography by Indian Motorcycle

February, 1934 | The Motorcyclist

Last month there appeared in The Motorcyclist a photograph of the new Indian. It will be remembered that the men in the photograph blotted from view some of the salient points of design on the new machine. Ever since that issue of the magazine went into the mail it seems as though 50,000 motorcyclists have been trying to get those men to stand aside. Letters, phone calls and all kinds of diplomatically put questions have showered the publisher’s office. “What do you know about the new Indian?” “Well, I suppose the new Indian will have knee action, no draft ventilation and air wheels?” “When do we get the dope on the new 101 Scout?” Questions showered the dealers all over the country. And, the dealers were the ring leaders in asking these same questions.

Well boys, wonder no more. The answer to all your questions is “yes.” It is knee action, no draft, air wheels, 101 Scout and more. It is the motorcycle industry’s answer to a motorcyclist’s modern needs. It is a worthy successor to all the favorite models of the past, and a challenge to its modern mechanical brethren in aircraft, watercraft and landcraft.

Literally, the new sport Scout 45 does have knee action. A new front fork design with coil spring suspension permits the fork complete with wheel, guard and headlight to ride over road obstacles independent of the rest of the machine. The stability of the front wheel within the assembly permits a trim and close fitting front fender which adds much to the stream lining of the whole job.

Actually, of course, the new Indian does not have air wheels. Accomplishing the same effect, however, is the combination of the knee action front spring assembly and the new Keystone design frame. The frame affords a low saddle position and added facilities for handling. The benefits of the design are smoother riding and elimination of motor vibration.

No draft? When you slip through the air so easily and smoothly as you do on this sleek streamlined sport job there just can’t be a draft. T he only draft is that which the other fellow will notice when the new Scout passes him up.

To those of you who favored the old 101, note the 56 1/2-inch wheel base and the 385 pounds weight. The good points of the101 may be found lurking in this model, but plus some mighty fine points of modern discovery in motorcycle design.

The primary drive is a new 3-row chain of 3/8-inch pitch, quickly adjustable without disturbing adjustment of the rear chain and run in an oil bath.

The transmission has been lifted bodily from the Indian 74, thus giving the Scout a unit which is greatly oversize.

These are some of the interesting features of design. More complete specifications are listed herewith.

Having read the specifications you will still want to know, “how does it handle?” In other words the proof of the pudding is always in the eating. All said and done you are going to have to eat your own pudding to be finally convinced of its real worth. You will have to see the new Sport Scout and ride it to realize just how well Indian has accomplished sporty, racy lines; how air resistance has been cut down at high speeds; how the new method of motor mounting, the new primary drive and the gearbox take away all engine vibration and clatter. You will have to demonstrate to yourself its quick acceleration and high top speed.

Meanwhile it may be interesting to know that a veteran of racing and one of the boys who has enjoyed the limelight of night speedways were smiled upon by good fortune and given the opportunity to test the new sport Scout 45.

By Chet Billings
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