Indian Scout 1923 600 cc side valve V-twin engine # 53V 815
After WW I the Indian factory decided it was time to market a somewhat lighter model than the 1000cc Powerplus.
The new model was labelled “Scout” and it created a sensation when brought out in 1920.
The strong points of the new design were easy handling, lightness, ample power for the 1920s roads and unbeatable reliability.
The new middleweight was also appealing to the prospective motorcyclists who were put off by the usual heavyweight big twins.
The Scout features a semi-unit construction power plant with a 3 –speed transmission bolted on to it.
Primary drive is by a set of helical gears that are enclosed in a cast aluminium cover and run in an oil bath.
The clutch is foot-controlled.
A new feature for 1923 is the compression release rod that is activated from the top of the petrol tank.
Note also the full electric lighting system ( with extra search light) and the sprung seat post.
This practical Indian is an older restoration