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The Trev Deeley museum in Vancouver BC Canada kindly emailed me and said they also thought it was a 1906 as they have one on display.
The Camelback was advanced in that the engine also served as the seat post (instead of a frame tube there, to save weight) and because it was an F head (inlet over exhaust valving).
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Working with Gustafson's 1000cc Powerplus design, Franklin developed the Scout.
Like the Powerplus, it was a side-valve design, but it featured semi-unit construction, with the transmission bolted to the engine (like the Royal Enfields of the 1950's up until around 2010) and driven by an efficient helical gear drive.
The 1920 Scout was the brainchild of one Charles B. When European sales collapsed after WW I, Charles Franklin, who had ridden for Indian's winning 1911 Isle of Man team, emigrated from Ireland to join Indian's engineering department in Massachusetts.
It won many races (in its early day its main competition was Excelsior-Henderson) and it and the later Sport Scout was often hopped up for racing and street-fighting with Chief 74 CID flywheels and connecting rods. First we have a 1941 Four that was restored in the 1970s and recently offered on Ebay (the forks have been chrome plated), next to the right is a Four (circa 1940) owned by Canadian Tom Wilcocks, which he racks up huge mileages on annually, and is basically stock. Henderson designed the Four with an F head and this configuration was also used in Jeeps a few years later.
Ironically, Soichiro Honda rode a 101 Scout for a number of years and it inspired him to build motorcycles, and later the Honda company built cars. (The first year it was called "Indian Ace".) The first improvement Indian did was to add two more main bearings (5 v. The exhaust valves were below the head and off to the side as in any old flathead design but the inlet valves were in the head as in later OHV designs.
Sort of ironic that their first mass produced model was more advanced in that regard than their last Chiefs which were just L (flat) heads.
Those very early Indians only produced a bit over two (2) horsepower.
Both Hedstrom and Hendee had left the company by 1916, being unable to agree.