Indian scout 741 B ca. 1942 500cc side valve V-twin frame#74110751
This model of the famous Indian make was designed in 1939 to be used in the US army and the armies of its allies.
The configuration is much like that of its bigger brother the 750 cc Military Scout (model 640 B), but the 500 is built lighter as regards to both frame and engine.
There are also many differences in detail.
The production ran for about 6 years till 1944. In that period no significant changes were made in the 741’s specification; about 35,000 machines were made.
Engine performance is about 15 HP at 4,800 rpm. Ignition is by battery and coil, (the B in the model designation points to battery /coil ignition) weight is 450 lb, top speed 65 mph.
Transmission 3 speed hand shift, tyres 3.50 x 18.
In the December 2001 issue of the magazine of the Dutch Veteran Motorcycle Club you can find an excellent article (in Dutch !) by Lex van Essen on this interesting model. (email@example.com)
After the war many thousands of these sturdy machines became available for civilian use and they were subsequently dressed up in civilian guise.
This 741 is an older restoration and a good runner and comes complete with current Dutch registration.