Birchills Automotive

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Midlands firms collaborate to produce 'first of its kind' classic Indian Bike

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Two West Midlands firms have collaborated to produce a one of a kind custom version of the classic Indian Scout motorcycle, the ‘115’, which will be available worldwide.

Birchills Automotive of Walsall and Midwest Moto (MWM) of Stourport-on-Severn created the unique model, including the development of an innovative twin exhaust. The twin 304 stainless steel exhaust is freer flowing therefore reducing  backpressure, improving performance, noise quality and in our opinion, the aesthetics of the bike. 

Indian Motorcycles, founded in 1901, were the first American motorcycles. The new Indian bikes are designed and engineered to be powerful works of arts.

Original Indian Scout

The MWM Custom 115 Bike

Midwest Moto are an Indian Motorcycle Official Dealer. Mark Grinnall, Owner of MWM, adds: “The Indian Scout custom 115 will be manufactured to order and made available worldwide. If you compare the developments on the 115 to the standard bike, most of the parts have been modified to completely change the look of the bike; exhaust, seat, fuel tank, front forks, wheels. It’s the first of its kind (and will be manufactured to order) which is sure to make a buzz amongst Indian bike lovers”.

Andrew Wellings, Managing Director of Birchills Automotive, explains why the custom twin exhaust project has not been attempted before: “Most companies don’t have the tooling, knowhow or craftsmanship to manufacture this type of product.  The exhaust will fit both the custom 115 as an optional extra and also the Indian standard bikes, which is sure to please current owners”.

Custom Exhaust In development

Birchills Automotive develop and manufacture Exhaust Systems for Original Equipment Manufacturers within the Motorcycle and Car Industries. The company manufactures one-off bespoke development silencers and prepare exhausts ready for European homologation and TUV approval, then proceed to manufacture low to medium volume production batches. 304 stainless steel exhausts are mirror polished and sateen finished, manufactured completely in the UK at Birchill Automotive’s Walsall based operation.

Andrew finishes: “From start to finish, it took us 2 weeks to develop the twin exhaust. We devised the new look exhaust by reverse engineering the system to a standard bike. Birchill’s have tooled and manufactured many different exhaust products for the industry and collectively came up with this unique design using existing parts to keep down the investment cost. This enabled us to manufacture the exhaust at a competitive price when it goes on sale”.