INDIAN PAPOOSE DATA DETAILS

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INDIAN PAPOOSE: was advertised as motorcycle (not a scooter).
The Indian Papoose has an engine number and frame numbers.
Engine numbers are located on:
the right side crankcase where the cylinder head join.
Engine Example: (
MK1 W27XXX) , (MK2 W27XXX) , (MKIV W27XXX) .
Frame numbers or on:
the steering neck.

Frame Example: (
18XXX).
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History of the Indian Papoose, started in 1947
The Indian Papoose started out life in 1942 to be used during the 2nd world war known
as the Wellbike, then was redesigned named Corgi under the creative ingenuity of John Dolphin,
changing the engine to a Excelsior Spryt,
built under licence by Brockhouse Engineering Southport Ltd.
Brockhouse was invested in the Indian company and began to re-badge the Corgi
with the Indian Papoose decals along with re-painting
the little folding motorcycle identifiable with the Indian Colors to market
the Papoose as an Indian in the United States in 1948.
Around 28,000 of the folding motorcycles where sold from 1948 to October 1954.


DATA DETAILS 1948
This is the First year the Public could purchase the Papoose in the United States.
The corgi now badged by Indian as "The Indian Papoose"
MK I series I of the little folding motorcycle.
The early Indian papoose fitted with wire spoke rims. ( hang on to them they are hard to find ).
1948 Brockhouse advertisement for the folding lightweight motorcycle.
Note: ( The Brockhouse company advertised in 1948 that the little folding lightweight motorcycle was selling
in nearly 50 countries) , top speed of 30 miles per hour and got 120 miles to the gallon also in 1948
the little lightweight folding motorcycles weight was 95 lbs, dimensions: 53" long x 13" wide x 29" high.
Using a 98cc Excelsior Spryt engine with kickstart.
Indian Papoose Fuel Mixture: 1 part oil to 20 parts Petrol.
Indian Papoose Point setting:
.015


DATA DETAILS 1949
Price was around $229.00 plus tax.
Tubular steel frame.
The papoose was advertised as getting 125 miles per gallon.
Tire size sold for the Papoose and Corgi's here in the U.S.A. in 1949 from Indian was
C-862449 Dunlop 12 1/2" x 2 1/4". price was: List $5.35 , Net $3.40 plus .09 fed ex tax.

C-862450 Dunlop Tube 12 1/2" x 2 1/4". price was: List $2.45 , Net $1.55 plus .04 fed ex tax.
Spark Plug used was B-862451 Champion NA-8. price was: List $ .75, Net $ .45
You can view an original parts bulletin 2-12 for these items from Indian Dec-12-1949 here.
You can also view an original order blank here.
Folding size:
53" long x 20 1/2" high x 13" wide.
Weight:
95 lbs.
Advertised as:
easily able to carry a 200 lb rider.
Advertised as:
speed of 35 miles per hour.
Advertised as:
able to deliver 120 miles to the gallon.
Advertised as:
powered by the famous Excelsior Spryt motor.
Indian Papoose Fuel Mixture: 1 part oil to 20 parts Petrol.
Indian Papoose Point setting:
.015

DATA DETAILS 1950
Tubular steel frame.
Engine: 98cc two stroke with kick starter
Bore: 50 mm.
stroke:
50 mm.
Engine compression ratio: 6.9 : 1
Type of cylinder head: Deep finned Aluminum alloy.
Method of suspension in frame: bolted to lugs
provided on frame.
Piston: Dome top. ports to skirt aluminum alloy
Number of rings: 2 (pinned to prevent rotation).
Makers clearance: .0045" at bottom of piston: .0075" at top of piston.
Connecting rod material: - nickel chrome molybdenum forging.
Type of big end bearing: Roller.
Size of rollers: 3/16 in in diameter
Crankshaft bearings: ball journal (two)
Size -52 mm and 3/4".
Carburetor type: Amal 259/001. jet: size 55.
Control: twist grip on offside handle bar
Ignition: :flywheel magneto incorporation dyno for supplying electric light.
Plug: KLG.FE/70
Rotation: anti-clockwise
Timing: 3/16 " before top dead center.
Lubrication system type: Petroil. lubricant:
Castrol XXL. Triple shell, Motorine B. deluxe.
Mobiloil D. Essolube 40. Cycle lubricant: oil, ditto
Exhaust: cylindrical with one baffle plate and detachable ends for cleaning.
Extended tail pipe,and expansion chamber.
Fuel system: tank capacity 10 pints. Filters incorporated in tap and carburetor union.
Gravity feed tank.
Clutch type: single plate. Location: at rear of engine chain case.
Friction material Cork inserts.
Bearings: Ball journal (two),
Size: 3/4". and 5/8".
operating lever: on left hand handle-bar
Overall gear ratio: 5.8
Chains primary type Roller, make: Renold & coventry chain co Ltd.
no. of links 56 pitch: 3/8". width: .225.
Secondary type: Roller make: Renold and coventry chain co Ltd. Method of
adjustment: sliding rear wheel. No of links: 82 Pitch 1/2". width: .192".
Chain sprockets: no.of teeth: engine sprocket 17: clutch sprocket 44. final drive
sprocket: 12. Rear wheel 27.
Wheels: bearing type: cup and cone with steel balls. Riveted discs. Rims: size
8 3/4" x 1 3/4". wide. for 2 1/4" tire.
Indian Papoose Fuel Mixture: 1 part oil to 20 parts Petrol.
Indian Papoose Point setting:
.015

 

DATA DETAILS 1951
The runabout MK II is still available in 1951, series II as
well the New MK IV series III with the metal weathershield.

(Note in 1951 advertisement stressed this model had the tubular frame and front fork)
Suspension (sprung) on front fork tube
Engine: 98c.c.Excelsior Spryt, built by Brockhouse, with Albion speed,
A new foot-operated 2 speed gearbox.
Cylinder Head: Aluminum alloy, Dome type piston with two rings.
Connection Rods: Forged connecting rod of nickel chrome-moly steel.
Compression Ratio: 6.4-1.
Carburetor: Amal.
Ignition: Flywheel magneto incorporation lighting coils.
Drive: All chain drive with single speed transmission.
Gear ratio: 5.25. and 8.9. to 1.
Brakes: front and rear 4"
Tires: 12 1/2" x 2 1/2".
Wheelbase: 39", overall length 53", folds to height of 20 1/2",width of 13".
Indian Papoose Fuel Mixture: 1 part oil to 20 parts Petrol.
Indian Papoose Point setting:
.015

 

DATA DETAILS 1952
At this time the new heavy strength construction of the
square tubing frame was introduced.
The headlight was high up on the weather shield.
1952 to 1954 had the large round magneto cover.
1952 to 1954 model Indian Papoose MK IV was an series III.
Indian Papoose Fuel Mixture: 1 part oil to 20 parts Petrol.
Indian Papoose Point setting:
.015

 

DATA DETAILS 1953

NEW FEATURES IN 1953
Folded dimensions:
(advertised as 56" x 25" x 19").
Frame now square tubing
Engine
: 98cc, Brockhouse
Bore:
50 m.m. x 50 m.m.
Stroke: 50 m.m.
Compression ratio:
6-1.
Carburetor: Amal.
Control: Twist grip on right handlebar.
Ignition:
flywheel magneto
Fuel Tank Capacity:
10 pints.
2 speed gear box
Sprung fork
Hinged rear mudguard
Luggage Carrier
Extra large saddle
Weathershield
More powerful headlight
125 miles to the gallon
Indian Papoose Fuel Mixture: 1 part oil to 20 parts Petrol.
Indian Papoose Point setting:
.015

 

DATA DETAILS 1954

Indian Papoose General Specifications

Suggested List Price in 1954 Papoose ..... $253.46

Frame: Folding,with spring forks,hinged rear fender,
luggage rack, weather screen, large touring saddle.
Engine: 98c.c.,built by Brockhouse, with Albion speed,
foot-operated gearbox.
Bore And Stroke: 50 m.m. X 50 m.m.
Cubic Capacity: 98 C.C. 2 stroke engine
Compression Ratio: 6-1.
Cylinder Head: Aluminum alloy, Dome type piston with two rings.
Connection Rods: Nickel Chrome Molybdenum forgings.
Connecting Rod Bearings: Lower end of 3/16" diameter rollers.
Main Bearings: Timken tapered - 2 used.
Carburetor: Amal.
Control: Twist grip on right handlebar.
Ignition: Flywheel magneto incorporation lighting coils.
Spark Plug: KLG FE 70 - 14 m.m.
Timing: plug fires 3/16 inch before top dead center.
Lubrication: Oil and gas mixture(Petroil).
Muffler: Cylindrical with baffles and external tail pipe.
Fuel Tank Capacity: 10 pints.
Clutch: Single Plate cork insert, operated by handlebar lever.
Gear Ratios: Low,8.9-1 - High 5.26-1
Chain: Renold, Primary 3/8 pitch
Sprockets: Engine,21 tooth - clutch 44 Tooth - 14 Tooth - Rear
wheel, 35 Tooth
Wheels: Cup and cone type bearings.
Tires: Dunlop size 12-1/2" X 2-1/4"
Brakes: Two wheel front and rear 4" diameter, internal.
Weight: 97 lbs
Wheelbase: 39" , overall length 53" , folds to height of 20 1/2" , width of 13".

Indian Papoose Fuel Mixture: 1 part oil to 20 parts Petrol.
Indian Papoose Point setting:
.015




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Article from an 1954 Indian Papoose sales brochure.
What is my indian Papoose worth

WHY THE "PAPOOSE"
Article in an indian brochure.

Today's Indian Papoose is a development of the original wartime machine which was expressly designed
for the British Paratrooper units. The objective which was met in the first production machines was a
compact, light-weight vehicle of unfailing dependability. Many thousands of these machines served
their purpose well.
Retaining the good qualities of the original, the present day "Papoose" is a better and more versatile
vehicle. The addition of a two speed gear box enabled a higher gear to be specified for level running,
while retaining a very low bottom gear for starting or hillclimbing. The use of a higher gear ratio,
of course, means less engine "revving" and consequently longer life, and even greater fuel economy. More
powerful lighting and better braking means safety on the road - and the engine itself develops more
horsepower for today's needs.
The Papoose is not offered as a substitute for a full sized motorcycle. It fills a need which cannot
be met by any other self propelled vehicle. It is unique in its adaptability to being "taken along"
wherever you go. Many thousands of this two speed model have been sold to air force personnel both here
and abroad. These men use their Papoose "auxiliaries" about the great air bases and back and forth to
town. Many of them have been sold in resort areas for pleasure riding on the beaches and back roads.
By reason of their low center of gravity, and limited top speed, they have proven particularly
adaptable for "scooter for hire" operators. If your transportation problem is short haul, "get there and
back" - investigate the new Indian Papoose!

 


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