The Indian Scouts and Arrows of 1949-1952 received a lot of unjustified fault for the downfall of the famous Indian Motocycle Company where the real problems could be traced to the untimely devaluation of the British pound and the takeover of the company by J. Brockhouse & Company, Ltd. Production of traditional Indians was extremely limited in 1949, and for example, no 1949 Chiefs are known to exist. Manufacture of all products was halted in 1953. In retrospect, the vertical Indians were visionary, just a decade too early as the Japanese factories accomplished what Indian president, Ralph Rogers, believed as the future for his company. Many put on extensive mileage through the years. These models were supposed to be the answer to the arrival in the US of several brands of cheap and lightweight imports. The Arrow vertical single cylinder 213cc overhead-valve Arrow, as offered here, broke with Indian’s innovative and elegant V-twins and inline fours. Quite awkward by Indian’s standard, today’s Arrow value may be in the fact that it was one of the last models to be produced and leaving the Springfield factory. A 440cc twin-cylinder Indian Scout was also introduced, and both bikes were reasonably attractive and fairly radical (for Indian, that is). But the bikes, which shared many parts, suffered from a rushed development program, and there were some unsolved issues when handed over to the new customer. This 1949 Indian Arrow is well running and features an older restoration.
There`s still magic in the name “Indian”