Indian 1926 Model G “Scout” 600cc side valve V-twin engine and frame # AG 1768
After WW I the Indian factory decides it was time to market a somewhat lighter model than the 1000cc PowerPlus. The new model is labelled “Scout” and it creates a sensation when it is brought out in 1920. The strong points of the new design are easy handling, lightness, ample power for the 1920s roads and unbeatable reliability. The new middleweight is also appealing to the prospective motorcyclists who are 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. Some new features for the 1926 season are: Indian-Mesinger bucket saddle, more comfortable handlebars, deeper cooling fins on cylinders and larger diameter exhaust tubes. A practical 1926-first is the new connection between exhaust header and cylinder. Up to 1925 this has been effected by a nut on a threaded stub on the cylinder. The 1926 models have a cone type connection, which is easier to remove and provide a better sealing. The Scout could be had as Model G without lighting or GE with electrical equipment.
This 1926 model is unrestored but quite complete; apart from some unconnected or missing cables, cable fittings and oil lines the only absent part appears to be the rod that operates the valve lifter. The metal work is quite sound and electric front and rear lamps are fitted but the rest of the electrical equipment is not available, apart from the dynamo drive on top of the primary drive case. This machine surely is a very sound basis to either fully restore or retain its present finish and complete the finishing work.