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Here we go again. The third restored motorcycle, the Indian Scout 37, is leaving the Restoration Workshop of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, VSB-TU Ostrava in 2022. Indian is the first restored motorcycle produced abroad after two motorcycles of the home brand Jawa.

According to historical data, Indian Scout motorcycles, probably the most successful model of the brand, were produced in various modifications by Indian Motorcycle International, LLC from 1920 to 1949, i.e. 30 long years. They gained their good reputation mainly through the use of a number of innovative technologies unknown to other brands at the time (e.g. the use of gears in the primary transmission) and motorcycle design, as well as high reliability and longevity.

The restored motorcycle with the designation Scout 37, where the number 37 corresponds to the engine volume of 37 cubic inches, belongs to the production period of the first Scouts between 1920 and 1927. Conceptually, it is an air-cooled four-stroke engine with V-shaped cylinders, which is connected to a three-speed gearbox. Distinctive features, apart from the double tubular frame with the fuel tank in its upper part, were also the leather solo seat with spring suspension in its lower part and the rear luggage rack.

The motorcycle arrived at the Restoration Workshop in very poor technical condition with many missing parts, completely undriveable, which you can see in the photos taken before the works began. Also, in terms of surface treatment, the motorcycle bore traces of very insensitive interventions by the original owners, when it was even difficult to estimate the number of layers of paint. Fortunately, during the long year's work, worked not only the famous "golden Czech hands" of the employees of the Restoration Workshop and students of the Department of the Machine and Industrial Design, but also the experience of the laboratory of the National Technical Museum (checking paint layers) and the expertise of colleagues at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, VSB-TU Ostrava in the field of reverse engineering and 3D printing. Thanks to everyone's contribution, the result of the hard work is more than satisfactory and the Indian Scout 37 motorcycle is fully functional at this moment. In this case was the procedure also carried out in full accordance with the requirements of the Turin Charter.

Indian Scout 37 (1927) - before restoration
Indian Scout 37 (1927) - after restoration

Technical parameters of the motorcycle:

Production 1920 - 1928
Engine four-stroke two-cylindered to V, distribution SV
596 cm3 (ø 70 x 78 mm; bore x stroke)
Capacity 9,0 kW (13 k) at 3 500 min-1
Clutch multilamellar in an oil bath
Gear primary - gears with bevel teeth
secondary - roller chain
Gearbox three-speed
Shifting hand shifting, with a lever on the right side
Frame tubular, doubled, closed
Dimensions length - 2 160 mm
width - 900 mm
height - 1 010 mm
wheelbase - 1 450 mm
ground clearance - 150 mm
saddle height - 780 mm
Weight 168 kg
Maximum speed 90 km·h-1
Fuel consumption 5,00 l for 100 km

More motorbike photos in the Gallery here: Indian Scout 37 - 1927


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