You Can't Wear Out an Indian Scout: Indians and the Wall of Death
by Allan Ford and Nick Corble
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Number of Pages: 160
Publication Date: 2016
early days of the Tom Davis Trio to the current day, the Wall of
Death has always been an attraction and the bike of choice for the
riders has always been the Indian Scout – a bike from the 1920s that
was especially suited to the Wall of Death. To quote Sammy Pierce,
the world's largest Indian motorcycle dealer:
You can't wear out an Indian Scout,
or its brother the Indian Chief.
They're built like rocks to stand hard knocks,
it's the Harleys that cause the grief.
The Indian Scout was never the best motorbike in the world, but it
was the bike to use for trick riding on the Wall of Death. Indians
were used because of their left-handed throttle control and low
centre of gravity, which made them ideal for this risky form of
entertainment. Wall of Death rider and owner Allan Ford and author
Nick Corble tell the story in words and pictures of the Wall of
Death and the famous Indian motorcycles used to ride this popular
but now rare fairground attraction.