"Be The Match"

Indian Scout Sportbike 

After donating stem cells in 2012 to a person who had Acute Myeloid Leukemia, I wanted to help promote "Be The Match" which connects cancer patients with potential bone marrow or stem cell donors. Soon after purchasing a brand new 2015 Indian Scout, getting the approval to use the Be The Match logo and riding 1300 miles, the tear down and transformation began . Since the Scout was a new, modern platform for Indian, a sportbike design was chosen as that is where my passion led me.

The motor, gas tank, electronics and frame backbones that hold the front and rear together were used from the purchased Scout while using the wheels, brakes, front fork and rear shock from a Honda RC51 sportbike.

I designed and machined the front and rear frame, swingarms, rear suspension, subframe, battery box, foot peg brackets, chain case cover, upper triple clamp, clip ons, speedometer housing along with various other pieces.

The exhaust system is a Mig welded stainless steel design with aluminum mufflers that has a balance tube connecting them together at a junction hidden between the rear frame pieces.

All of the bodywork is made from single sheets of .060 3003 aluminum without any welding. it was entirely hand hammered and english wheeled. The tail took 12 attempts to complete while the the front fairing and front fender both were accomplished on the second attempt. 

Information about Be The Match and how to sign up to become a potential donor along with a full in-depth recounting of the building of the Indian Scout Sportbike can be accessed from the links below.

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mark@ecklundengineering