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An Original 1949 Indian Papoose

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The Indian Papoose is a small folding motorcycle based on the Welbike, which had been developed during WWII for use by commandos who were parachuting behind enemy lines and needed a way to quickly get around.

The original Welbike was designed at Station IX, or the “Inter Services Research Bureau” in Welwyn, England. This was essentially an early equivalent to “Q Branch” from the James Bond novels penned by Ian Fleming.

The folding motorcycle had to be simple to build, easy to assemble and ride, and most importantly it had to fit inside a CLE Canister (Central Landing Establishment) so it could be parachute dropped from aircraft accompanying soldiers who were being deployed.


What an interesting #Indian #Motorcycle!