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1941 Indian Scout Bobber

Rick from Port Dover, ON, Canada made available these photos of his 1941 Indian Scout Bobber which has a 640cc type 741 Indian Flathead engine and which has the classic black, chrome and polished aluminium paint scheme.

Rick: "Here is a 1941 Indian 741 Scout Bobber from Ontario, Canada. This bike was built mostly by myself a couple years ago. Originally a 500cc, 30.50 cubic inch Flathead engine it has been bored to 640cc or 40 cubic inch using Bonneville Sport Scout Pistons so will perform faster than most 741 Scouts. I have been over 70mph and I am not a small person."

"I was standing in Grog's shop one day when we got a call from Eddie. He was at a meet in the USA, and wondered if we wanted a substantially incomplete 741 Indian basket case. The price was right so we couldn't refuse and decided to split on the package. Somehow I wound up with the drive train and had to build up from there."

"Along the way I created some patterns and had them cast up at a local foundry to add "jewelry" to the project."

Photo of 1941 Indian Scout Bobber Motorbike by Rick.

Rick: "Wheels are modern with a disc brake up front so you can stop but are still over 35 years old as per AMCA Specs. It was built with a right hand throttle and left hand shifter."


Photo of 1941 Indian Scout Bobber Motorbike by Rick.

Rick: "The engine came with the rear cylinder fit to a Bonneville Sport Scout piston but the front cylinder was NOS. Luckily we found another Bonneville piston in Grog's piston pile, so I was on my way. Between scrounging on eBay, the internet, swap meets, my spares pile, and bits my brother left at my place, this is what I came up with."


Indian 741 Scout Bobber Project List


Photo of 1941 vintage Scout 741 Indian Bobber motorcycle by Rick. Cast Floorboards from Oley, Pennsylvania.


Photo of 1941 Indian Scout Bobber bike by Rick.

Rick: "This bike has a 12 Volt conversion including an Alternator and Dietz style Halogen Headlight.


Photo of 1941 Indian Scout Bobber fuel tank and flathead engine by Rick.


Photo of 1941 vintage Scout 741 Indian Bobber motorcycle by Rick.

Rick: "There is an increasingly rare EA Deluxe Feather Face horn mounted on the rear frame to add to the period modified look as well as a Tail Light from a Danish Nimbus."


Photo of 1941 Indian Scout Bobber Motorbike by Rick.


Photo of 1941 vintage Scout 741 Indian Bobber motorcycle by Rick.

Rick: "Please note the Custom made Ribbed Aluminum Castings used for the Dash, Tank Strip, Generator cover, Shift Knob etc. throughout. Most of these were designed by myself and you will not see them on any other bike."


Photo of 1941 Indian Scout Bobber bike by Rick.

Rick: "Seat is a Bates Style Tuck & Roll which I measure at 25 inches off the ground."


Photo of 1941 vintage Scout 741 Indian Bobber motorcycle by Rick.

Rick: "Exhaust System is a Custom Made Kickup style from England."


Photo of 1941 vintage Scout 741 Indian Bobber motorcycle by Rick.


(June 2009)