The Indian Scout Bobber will make your heart race…
Riders of all kinds have been drawn to Indian Motorcycle in recent years due to its combination of performance, design and craftsmanship. Models such as the Scout and Scout Sixty have taken Indian’s product line to new levels, and a more aggressively styled addition to its offerings, the Scout Bobber, flaunts the highest level of design achievement by, ironically, getting low.
The sleek lines of the Scout Bobber provide the feeling of streamlined speed, even when stationary. It features a stripped-down look, perfecting the traditional bobber shape by providing an aggressive riding position without sacrificing any of the comfort riders have come to expect from Indian. Its blacked-out design is enhanced by the colour options available, including White Smoke, Bronze Smoke, Thunder Black and Thunder Black Smoke. Needless to say, the Scout Bobber has an intimidating personality on first impression, and that’s without even hearing its beastly motor and exhaust roar to life.
The Scout Bobber is powered by a 100 horsepower, 1133 cc liquid-cooled V-Twin engine. A 6-speed constant mesh transmission offers smooth gear shifts, while the ABS system ensures control during braking for both the front and rear wheels, a vitally important feature with a bike this fast.
For those looking for something more customised, optional accessories include the Stage 1 Slip-On Exhaust Kit, which provides an even richer and more aggressive soundtrack from the exhaust, while the optional Performance Air Intake can increase horsepower by some 5%. Indian Performance Shocks by Fox are also available, somehow improving an already comfortable ride, and ensuring that your bike’s handling fits precisely to your personal preferences. Throw in a change of handlebars that fit your reach and preferred riding posture, and this is a monster that you can not only tame, but tweak to your dream setup.
With prices starting around $18,500, the Scout Bobber is the ideal two-wheeler for all of your weekend adventures or weekday commutes, offering both the aggressive performance and styling that riders have come to expect from Indian, but with the comfort and personalisation to allow it to be a practical everyday ride. So while the Bobber is a stunning example of motorcycle design, it’s managed to elevate the low-slung experience to new heights.
BY KEITH GORDON
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