May 2000 Soapbox   
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   By Moen
-by the People. That sort of thing. That is what the Warpath Project is about. At least as I see it, but I guess there's as many ways of seeing it as there are people wanting one. So, what is this Warpath thing actually and why do I get all worked up about it?  

It is an attempt, by an informal group of people, to create the parts needed to build various new versions of the Indian Sport Scout. With a few twists. 
The only physically present parts at the moment are the patterns for the 648 style engine cases and the primary/cam covers. There's a number of other parts either in production or awaiting enough orders to start production, and no doubt more will follow as the need to finish the bikes arise. More about this on the Warpath page.  

I don't have the slightest doubt that these parts will start at least a minor wave of "new" Indian Scouts, and I love that no end. Of course they can't be called "Indian Scouts" but "Warpath" has a pretty nice ring to it too, and nobody can stop you from applying "Indian" transfers to the tank yourself, should you wish to do so. 

Quite possibly this could lead to kits, "bikes in a box" and even turn-key, ready-to-go, bikes and spawn an entire cottage industry of its own. Imagine what will happen when the news get out in wider circles, and riders of modern "retro bikes" start asking themselves if their modern wheels really are as cool as a Warpath...  

If we can get the VI Network (Exchange, Buyers' Club and Warpath Project so far) on rails to pool our resources on a worldwide basis we should be able to cater for any taste & wallet. The talented, but poor of us can trade parts or services for much of what we need, The busy, but better off, can put some money back in the pockets of the Projecteers by buying a kit or a turn-key bike. 

The Warpath concept, like the Sport Scout it is based on, is extremely flexible. These bikes can become whatever their owners want them to be.  

With stronger engine cases, options for top ends (whispering rumors of affordable OHV kits later on) and gearboxes (which could be made to fit readily available 4-speed guts off another marque) this can become a practical proposition as daily transportation -from going for groceries to trans-continental touring. Just like the original Scouts. 

If you want a cool, useable street bike with class go for disc brakes and maybe telescopic forks, all available dirt cheap at your local breaker. If you want to create an "authentic" Daytona Scout replica use original Sport Scout parts together with new cases and some of the other goodies that will become available. If you have read Tim's columns and want a chopper or bobber (yeah...) weld up a frame or find something suitable at the swap meet, get a $100 Triumph gearbox and some cheap HD wheels and you're in business at probably lower cost than any comparable solution. Set your mind free and put some creativity into this. It is not a vintage bike you are cutting up. While paying its respect to the original Indian Scout, it is a new bike you are creating. 

What would beat riding a bike that kept alive the spirit of this great bike, the Indian Scout, and all those who put a piece of their soul into it over the years, and was built from parts you made yourself together with your friends? 

This is what the Warpath is about to me. Working together to build something new upon the Indian heritage. I think that's worth getting all worked up about.

 Your humble VI editor,    
or coordinator or whatever;   
executive janitor?