The New 1937 Indian Motorcycles

By Chet Billings, Photography by Unknown

Coming back to the structural side, a new feature is the hi-lo headlight with pre-focus bulbs-on all models. In connection with this feature there is a hi-lo chrome plated control switch on the handlebar and this is stock on both large Scouts, the Chief and the Four.

A streamlined split-type chain guard has been designed, in two sections, which allows ready access to the chain, wheel or front sprocket. It is regular equipment on both large Scouts and the Chief. This feature bows to the needs of mechanical requirements in pleasure and competition riding, and at the same time does so with grace of streamlining.

Fenders have been reshaped and are more attractive through high crown, streamlining and skirts. The Junior Scout has been given new large tanks and bayonet type filler caps. Also the front fork has been changed to resemble the Sport Scout and there is an accompanying change in headlight and horn position. It will be noted that some of the deluxe touches have not been included on the Junior Scout which preserves the low price level of that unit. Yet it has not been overlooked and those changes have been made which help perfect it as a serviceable, low-priced lightweight.

Many riders who think in terms of fours will be interested to know that the Indian Four has been given a new dual aluminum intake manifold and dual Zenith carburetors.

The above summarizes the changes with the exception of paint and colors. Two new color combinations have been added to the already long list of selections-black and yellow, and maroon and orange. Both make snappy looking jobs.

The Junior Scout is available only in solid Indian red.

Other models are available, in addition to the above two new combinations, in single colors for the entire machine in: Indian red, black, dark blue, silver and white. On these there is a choice of oval tank panel with standard narrow gold stripes or the arrow tank design in any standard color or gold.

Two-color combinations are as follows: Indian red and Chinese red, Indian red and silver, Chinese red and silver, black and Chinese red, black and white, and dark blue and silver.

In addition to the above, special colors are available if procurable in duPont Dulux Enamel, and if the paint number is furnished with the order; reversals in the standard combinations may be had: or combinations with black frame and fork such as used in the 1935 three-color may be ordered.

All the models handle well, show good acceleration and are easy starting. Back of these qualities is one more item of interest to the rider, though it is an improvement behind the scenes rather than as a direct part of the actual equipment. That is, the factory has improved the machinery responsible for the manufacture of the motorcycles. Greater precision is possible and this is reflected in smoother running motorcycles for 1937.

As said last year and the years before, after all to see and to ride is to find out and believe. 1937 models are now on display in practically every corner of the country and every dealer’s store. You have been told; go see for yourself.

By Chet Billings
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