Motorcycles have long been a piece of American history. The motorcycle first saw large-scale deployment in WWI with 50,000 Indians, 20,000 Harley-Davidsons, and various others being used to mobilize infantries, transport medical supplies and wounded soldiers, and perform perimeter checks.
Recently, the Boyds innovation team has been hard at work recreating a piece of that American history. We were asked by Klock Werks Kustoms, our neighbor in here in Mitchell, SD, to build a custom walnut hardwood gunstock and hand guard for a de-commissioned Thompson sub machine gun for the scabbard mount on a military tribute Indian Motorcycle. This military tribute motorcycle represents the long-time and historic partnership between Indian Motorcycles and the USO military service program.
Klock Werks nicknamed the project “Pathfinder” and put custom touches on the bike to reflect the balance, durability, and utility of the Indian military models throughout history. The iconic Indian Motorcycle features the first-ever liquid-cooled Indian Motorcycle engine. With matte green paint, leather saddlebags, and round injector covers, this “no-frills” bike embodies the legacy of the Indian Scout Motorcycle name.
For the project, we at Boyds created a one-of-a-kind walnut hardwood stock for the rifle, which features a custom laser engraved Indian logo on one side of the stock and a custom engraved USO logo on the other.
We enjoyed working on this project that pays tribute to the U.S. Military service men and women. Product innovation, such as is built into the “Pathfinder”, happens nearly every day here at Boyds. We actually use the input from customer requests through our product request form on our website to constantly add to our robust product line, currently exceeding 100,000 makes and models.