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Pandya’s creation is affectionately called “Elnora.” At the heart of the machine is Indian’s proprietary Thunder Stroke 111 engine, albeit teamed to a new two-into-one exhaust. While the frame appears to be stock as well, the bike now has crash guards front and back to go along with a new skid plate. Gone are the standard Chief Vintage whitewalls, a set of chunky Crash guards a bash plate and heavier grooves in the tires give the Indian dual sport a bit more off-road capability.
Crash guards, a bash plate, and heavier grooves in the tires give the Indian 'dual sport' a bit more off-road capability.
It will be a glorious ride into the sunset as Pandya Don Emde and 23 others embark on a cross-country journey along the same route as Erwin Cannon Ball Baker.
It will be a glorious ride into the sunset as Pandya, Don Emde, and 23 others embark on a cross-country journey along the same route as Erwin 'Cannon Ball' Baker. Dunlops in their place.

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Here's what Cyril Huze had to say about it...

Among the riders taking the same itinerary, Robert Pandya, External Relations Manager for Indian Motorcycle, was given an engineering department development Indian that could never be sold, and was basically destined for the crusher. The suspension was stiffened up and an early prototype air filter was fitted to the engine. Most of the mods were eliminating things – the windscreen, saddlebags, driving light and fender skirts. As the bike had seen a rough testing life, the chrome was attacked with a Scotchbrite pad and some 80 grit sandpaper – it might as well be evenly scratched up! The click of rattle cans marked the paint job as a “back alley special.” Robert will be be posting up trip photos and words via the Indian Motorcycle Social media feeds. After the jump, The Cannonball Centennial Ride Itinerary.

We might be looking at a prototype Scout or something in that realm.

I bet it's fast and fun without the extra weight and stuff.

We know from experience Polaris takes designing an engine seriously but doesn't do it that often and then only if there is a need like with designing a bullet proof Victory motor and the new Indian motor. They like to use the same motor and simply put it in a lighter bike.

Speaking of Indian. I have started seeing quite a few on the road these days around here. This is a riders heaven as far as weather goes though and there are a lot of retired folks with fantastic retirement plans who can afford them.
 
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