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After being distracted over the winter, i finally finished my WW2 themed scout 60. I chose the 60 not only for the price, but because everything already being blacked out saved me a lot of work. I had done a similar theme with a sidecar bike, but i thought i could get a little more into it with this one, and give that bike a brother. The factory black wire spoke rims option were a bonus, and the dealer threw in powder coating the exhaust as part of the sale.

For the markings, i chose the 302nd reconnaissance troop (mechanized) of the 1st cavalry division. Generally i look at insignia until something clicks color or design-wise, but this lined up more than just the unit insignia colors looking great on green.

The idea of a single seater indian scout being part of recon makes sense in my head. Mechanized recon squad? Take the fast single seater and scout the enemy position! This squad also turned out to have native american code talkers (lakota, navajo amongst others.) The idea of a native american riding his horse to scout the enemy, his horse being the indian scout motorcycle, well i felt it was just meant to be. The 1 Cav insignia even has the horse, everything seemed to line up. They (1 cav) were dismounted before deployment, and a bike such as this is all i could think of to replace a trusty sidekick.

Of course, actual bikes were flat green, and didn't have unit insignia, and the bags weren't marked. I get to have some artistic license here.

I have to say, the tail light was the hardest part here. The modern one had to go, and figuring out wiring without settings codes was a PITA, I didn't touch the factory harness; it has all it's plugs and the new turn signals and tail light use the plugs from the old lights. I figured lights are easier to replace than the main harness! I had the fender filled by a local body friend, and then went to town changing the color. Lastly, she needs a bath from being in the shop all winter.

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What handlebars are those?
 
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Great tribute/ Way to go the bike and your efforts would make them proud.
 

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Great looking Scout.
 
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WOW! !!!! ... Great Job on this bike! ... Thumbs up!
 
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After being distracted over the winter, i finally finished my WW2 themed scout 60. I chose the 60 not only for the price, but because everything already being blacked out saved me a lot of work. I had done a similar theme with a sidecar bike, but i thought i could get a little more into it with this one, and give that bike a brother. The factory black wire spoke rims option were a bonus, and the dealer threw in powder coating the exhaust as part of the sale.

For the markings, i chose the 302nd reconnaissance troop (mechanized) of the 1st cavalry division. Generally i look at insignia until something clicks color or design-wise, but this lined up more than just the unit insignia colors looking great on green.

The idea of a single seater indian scout being part of recon makes sense in my head. Mechanized recon squad? Take the fast single seater and scout the enemy position! This squad also turned out to have native american code talkers (lakota, navajo amongst others.) The idea of a native american riding his horse to scout the enemy, his horse being the indian scout motorcycle, well i felt it was just meant to be. The 1 Cav insignia even has the horse, everything seemed to line up. They (1 cav) were dismounted before deployment, and a bike such as this is all i could think of to replace a trusty sidekick.

Of course, actual bikes were flat green, and didn't have unit insignia, and the bags weren't marked. I get to have some artistic license here.

I have to say, the tail light was the hardest part here. The modern one had to go, and figuring out wiring without settings codes was a PITA, I didn't touch the factory harness; it has all it's plugs and the new turn signals and tail light use the plugs from the old lights. I figured lights are easier to replace than the main harness! I had the fender filled by a local body friend, and then went to town changing the color. Lastly, she needs a bath from being in the shop all winter.

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Nicely done-- I can certainly appreciate it!
 
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