2018 - 2019 Indian Motorcycle Scout Bobber

2018 - 2019 Indian Motorcycle Scout Bobber
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  • Indian Motorcycle Scout Bobber
  • Year:
    2018- 2019
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  • Engine:
    V-Twin
  • Displacement:
    1133 L
  • Price:
    11999
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It’s A Bare-Bones Bike; Just You And The Machine

Indian Motorcycle has certainly called some attention to its mid-size bikes this year through its success on the flat track, and the Scout Bobber looks to capitalize on that by garnering some of the factory-custom business. The “Bobber” brings modern performance to the table along with an overall look that is rather unique, yet fits in well with the rest of the made-for-the-US market, foreign and domestic built. An 1,133 cc plant delivers the power, and this year, the Bobber rocks improved electronics plus a USB charging port, regardless of which color you choose. I’ve been a fan of the new Scouts since day one, so let’s dig into the nuts and bolts of the thing and see what all there is to love.

Continue reading for my review of the Indian Motorcycle Scout Bobber.

 

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Top 7 Bobbers of 2018

Top 7 Bobbers of 2018

Stripping excess bodywork from a motorcycle, shortening the fenders and having a bob-tail

Minimalism and understatement do not always go hand in hand. In this case, it is the whole point of the design. Bringing the designs from their history books and fusing them with cues of early performance models, manufacturers catered to the ’bob-job’ from the 1930s through 1990s custom scene.

Stripping excess bodywork from a motorcycle, shortening the fenders and having a bob-tail, here is our list of the top seven Bobbers of 2018 that run on huge engines yet harks back to a different time – ostensibly the post-WWII era when returning servicemen stripped their bikes of all unnecessary weight for the sake of going faster.

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Indian's brand new FTR 1200 Street Tracker designs leaked in patents

Indian’s brand new FTR 1200 Street Tracker designs leaked in patents

The brand will launch it at the Intermot Motorcycle Show next month

Unveiling the brand’s all-new FTR1200 custom street tracker at the 2017 EICMA, Indian has begun the onslaught of looking elsewhere for their inspirations other than just making vintage charmers and majestic cruising machines.

After a year of teasing us, the Springfield firm will be finally launching the production version for the streets at the Intermot show on October 2nd. And still more than a week to go for this big launch, the web has been flooded with the design patents of the motorcycle including the fuel tank, frame, motor and the suspension.

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2018 - 2019 Indian Motorcycle Scout Bobber

2018 - 2019 Indian Motorcycle Scout Bobber

It’s A Bare-Bones Bike; Just You And The Machine

Indian Motorcycle has certainly called some attention to its mid-size bikes this year through its success on the flat track, and the Scout Bobber looks to capitalize on that by garnering some of the factory-custom business. The “Bobber” brings modern performance to the table along with an overall look that is rather unique, yet fits in well with the rest of the made-for-the-US market, foreign and domestic built. An 1,133 cc plant delivers the power, and this year, the Bobber rocks improved electronics plus a USB charging port, regardless of which color you choose. I’ve been a fan of the new Scouts since day one, so let’s dig into the nuts and bolts of the thing and see what all there is to love.

Continue reading for my review of the Indian Motorcycle Scout Bobber.

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2016 - 2019 Indian Motorcycle Scout / Scout Sixty

2016 - 2019 Indian Motorcycle Scout / Scout Sixty

Indian’s Bar-Hoppin’ Midsize Cruiser

Riding high on the success of the Scout and Scout Sixty, Indian Motorcycle introduces the 2019 stable with a few updates over last year, but mostly the same approachable rides with clean lines and more appeal for younger buyers.

Continue reading for my review of the Indian Scout and Scout Sixty.

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Indian and the Spirit of Munro missed cracking the 200 mph mark

Indian and the Spirit of Munro missed cracking the 200 mph mark

A mechanical failure led the hot exhaust gases burn Lee’s legs

Driving the Indian “Spirit of Munro 50th anniversary 2017 Indian Scout” Lee Muro and the team were attempting to crack the 200mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats during the Speed Week earlier this month, for the second time.

Unfortunately, mechanical failures threw both the bike and the rider out of the race and left Lee with some pretty bad burns on his leg that were unable to have recovered. The current record by the Spirit of Munro is 191.286 mph recorded at the previous year’s Speed Week.

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Indian equips its 2019 Scout and Scout Bobber with USB port and new colors

Indian equips its 2019 Scout and Scout Bobber with USB port and new colors

The Scout Sixty will receive new colors only

Called the "Icon Paint Series", India Motorcycles turned their Scout vintage charmers into high school teens with swanky new paint jobs for the 2018 season. Indian believes that this paint "have the ‘wow’ factor" delivering a high-quality finish along with offering the all-important factory warrant.

For the 2019 edition, all the Scout machines will receive new colors, and Indian will offer ABS standard on all the color options (and keeps ABS as an optional on Thunder Black models). Along with that, the Scout and the Scout Bobber will also get a USB charging port for staying charged on the go.

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A NASA Engineer won Indian's Scout Bobber Build Off contest

A NASA Engineer won Indian’s Scout Bobber Build Off contest

A Far-out Scout Bobber by Alfredo Juarez

Earlier this month, the Springfield manufacturer unveiled the builds of the “The Wrench: Scout Bobber Build Off” contest at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2018. After three months and 100 or so submissions, 12 semi-finalists were showcased online for a fan vote to determine the final three finalists. These three builders got a full paid trip to Minneapolis for an unveiling party of their customized Scout Bobbers at Sturgis.

Of the three, Alfredo (Fred) Juarez, a NASA engineer from Las Cruces won the grand prize and held the coveted “The Wrench” title along with a feature story in Hot Bike magazine on his custom Indian Scout Bobber.

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Indian showcases "The Wrench" finalists at the Sturgis show

Indian showcases "The Wrench" finalists at the Sturgis show

Winner gets $10K and their build featured in a magazine

Adding itself to this latest trend of the factory customization war, Indian Motorcycles called for non-pro builders to customize the Scout Bobber. Indian teamed up with Hot Bike magazine for “The Wrench: Scout Bobber Build Off” contest that began on March 15th, 2018. The top three designs were then awarded a new 2018 Scout Bobber to customize along with $10,000 for the build.

The Springfield company has finally unveiled the builds at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2018 after three months and they include builds from a NASA engineer from Las Cruces, NM, an OSHA safety inspector from Avon, OH, and a mechanical engineer from Buffalo, NY. Let’s find out how they stack up against each other.

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Indian Motorcycle attempting to break the 200 mph barrier

Indian Motorcycle attempting to break the 200 mph barrier

Aboard the Spirit of Munro 50th anniversary 2017 Indian Scout at the 70th annual Speed Week in Bonneville

Half a century ago, one man from a small town in New Zealand dreamt of setting a land speed record on a 1920 Indian Scout. In 1962 at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Burt Munro’s dream finally came true at the age of 68 and 184.71 mph. This number was finally crossed by Indian on July 16 at the El Mirage 2017 by none other than Burt’s nephew who drove the 2017 Spirit of Munro Scout at 186.41 mph in the MPS-G (Modified Partial Streamliner) 1350 cc class. (Since Burt’s record was on an SA 1000cc class, his record still stands unbeaten in that class.)

Driving the Indian “Spirit of Munro 50th anniversary 2017 Indian Scout” again, Lee Munro and the team is attempting to crack 200mph next week at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The Spirit of Munro Scout bike will undergo small modifications to the intake and fueling while the streamlined body will have minor body adjustments.

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Three of Evel Knievel's most famous stunts recreated by Travis Pastrana

Three of Evel Knievel’s most famous stunts recreated by Travis Pastrana

Travis Pastrana jumped over Caeser’s Palace fountain, 16 buses and 52 cars

As part of the TV channel History’s ‘Evel Live’ event on July 8, Travis Pastrana and his crew went on a live-transmission show to perform three bike jump attempts recreating Evel Knievel’s stunts that put the word ‘famous’ suffixed to his name.

They included the recreation of the Knievel’s jumping across the fountain at Caesars Palace, a jump across 50 cars and a jump over 14 buses. The event was organized by Nitro Circus, Pastrana’s extreme sports company that conducts adventure series live shows around the world.

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Indian Motorcycles unveiled the Jack Daniel's Limited Edition Scout Bobber

Indian Motorcycles unveiled the Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Scout Bobber

Two American legends come together to create a motorcycle tribute

In 2016, Indian Motorcycles and Jack Daniels, two legendary American brands joined forces to commemorate JD’s 150th anniversary of the Jack Daniel Distillery, which was registered in 1866. This occasion led to Indian Motorcycles building a very limited number (150 units) of the Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield and Indian Chief Vintage motorcycle models, all of which were sold barely under 8 hours within the launch.

For 2017, the same stalwarts came together again to produce yet another limited edition of the iconic spin-off of the sumptuousness Indian Chieftain and christened it as the Jack Daniel’s Chieftain. Carrying the legacy forward, the same folks have now created a gold & black Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Scout Bobbers.

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Indian Motorcycles calls for non-pro builders to customize the Scout Bobber

Indian Motorcycles calls for non-pro builders to customize the Scout Bobber

Winner gets $10K and their build featured in a magazine

Looking at what customers were making out of their products in the last decade, manufacturers have forayed into satisfying the current wave of enthusiasts wanting custom and classic motorbikes. Factory Customization was born.

Adding itself to this latest trend is our very own darling Indian Motorcycles. Indian teams up with Hot Bike magazine for “The Wrench: Scout Bobber Build Off” contest that will begin March 15th, 2018. They are calling in for participants to submit their creations digitally of which three top designs will be awarded with a new 2018 Scout Bobber to customize along with $10,000 for the build.

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Indian shows us how to get on with making a Tracker ourselves

Indian shows us how to get on with making a Tracker ourselves

If 2016-17 were the years of the Cafe-Racers, 2018-19 are for the Street Trackers.

With the winters settled and the holiday season behind us, the motorcycle industry has already set the pace for the next couple of years by showcasing bonkers designs and products that will take on our roads pretty soon. Guys are spending times in their garage to build one for themselves and are showcasing their beautiful builds too.

Looking at what customers were making out of their products in the last couple of years, manufacturers forayed into satisfying the current wave of enthusiasts wanting custom and classic motorbikes. Café-Racers, Bobbers and the lot. Luckily, there is one more breed of the ‘Classics’ amidst those. The makers have already shown appreciation to them and will head to production pretty soon. It’s what they as the Flat Street Trackers.

For all those grease monkeys tinkerers, Indian Motorcycles have come up with a guide to build a Scout Flat Track for both everyday ride comfort and to tear up the dirt any given time.

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A turbocharged Scout pays homage to the beginning of Indian

A turbocharged Scout pays homage to the beginning of Indian

A tribute to Indian’s co-founder and chief engineer Oscar Hedstrom

For the year 2018, America’s oldest brand will give the world a brand new lineage of motorcycles that are sophisticated and technologically packed while keeping the core values of being the vintage charmers intact.

Then there are these Swedish chaps, who take things a bit seriously when it comes to paying tributes. They went and built a 200 hp turbo-charged Indian Scout in remembrance of the co-founder of Indian, Oscar Hedström.

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The Scout and Roadmaster gets some snazzy looking skin

The Scout and Roadmaster gets some snazzy looking skin

To turn them from Majestic to Brattish

Over the past few years, the American brand received frequent customer and dealer requests for custom paint jobs on their machines which would end up costing a lot more. To help customers get a greater satisfaction, Indian is finally offering five exclusive colors for Scout and for Roadmaster additional to the existing ones.

Called the "Icon Paint Series", India Motorcycles is turning their vintage charmers into high school teens with swanky new paint jobs. Indian believes that this paint "have the ‘wow’ factor" delivering a high-quality finish along with offering the all-important factory warrant.

The images shown are of 2017 models. The 2018 Indian Scout will additionally have a standard passenger seat. The 2018 Indian Roadmaster will additionally get Concert Audio Lids and Painted Headlight Bezel.

Be advised, this paint series is on a limited run. So if you want one, you should be already signing a cheque now.

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2018 First Look: Indian Motorcycle Scout FTR1200 Custom

2018 First Look: Indian Motorcycle Scout FTR1200 Custom

Concept Flat-Tracker For The Street

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or are in denial about your team getting completely owned by Indian Motorcycle’s flat-track racing team, the Wrecking Crew, chances are you’re aware of the recent leap from obscurity to the pinnacle of FT racing prowess under the Polaris umbrella. In honor of this recent success, and in an effort to ride the current wave of popularity and interest in this storied American brand, Indian has put together a street-legal ride fit for the masses; the Scout FTR1200 Custom. As the cleverly-ingenious name suggests, it’s based on the Scout platform, but any resemblance to the actual Scout seems to be solely in name and the general engine layout. In fact, let’s just shine on the whole Scout thing for the moment, and focus on what this bike actually is, shall we?

Continue reading for my look at the Indian Motorcycle Scout FTR1200 Custom.

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Win A Call-Of-Duty-Inspired Limited Edition Indian Scout

Win A Call-Of-Duty-Inspired Limited Edition Indian Scout

Indian Motorcycle Joins Call of Duty: WWII

Ambrose Bierce once wrote; “War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.” To that I would add that video gaming seems to be Activision’s way of teaching the world the history of motorcycles in warfare. It certainly put significant effort into building a detailed and seemingly pretty accurate representation of the Indian Scout 741B used by American forces and their allies in both theatres of World War II, all in the name of an authentic experience and loads of ’mersion while playing the new Call Of Duty:WWII. That’s right folks, the new installation of CoD released today, and it thrusts the player into action alongside the Scout 741B that comes weathered and battleworn for that all-important suspension of disbelief.

As cool as that is, Activision/CoD takes it to a whole new level by going from screen to street with a limited-number run of 2018 Indian Scouts that come designed to mimic the WWII version as closely as the modern design will allow. While not weathered, the tribute Scout runs the same Olive Drab paint as the original, and carries all the accouterments to include leather saddlebags, a sprung leather solo seat, a bedroll, and my personal favorite, the ammo-can storage boxes mounted on the fork sliders. Sure, there are limits to what they can do with such a modern machine, but the vibe is definitely there, oh yes.

Continue reading for more on the Call of Duty Indian Scout.

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What made a record at the recently concluded El Mirage was history, repeating itself.

What made a record at the recently concluded El Mirage was history, repeating itself.

In a glorious tribute to the legend Burt Munro, Indian Motorcycle built a Scout prodigy.

There is no apprehension about the fact that Indian Motorcycle doesn’t just make luxury yachts on two wheels. This American dream production house also makes racers, trackers and land-speed record breakers.

Home to Land Speed Racing (LSR) for more than half a century, it was race week at the El Mirage dry lake bed. Having speed trials there was one of the oldest American motorcycles manufacturer, Indian Motorcycle. With three of their thoroughbred machines, a 2015 Chief Classic, a 2015 Indian Scout and the 2017 Spirit of Munro Scout, the folks at Indian set out to go on trial runs and made not one but three land speed records instead.

The highlight of this event is the Spirit of Munro 50th anniversary 2017 Indian Scout. A motorcycle that is celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Burt Munro’s 1000cc class record of 183.59mph on his Indian Scout Streamliner at the Bonneville Salt Flats. And the jaw-opening part of this story is that the chaps that worked on this Spirit of Munro volunteered to be a part of this historic attempt, working on the project “after hours.”

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Indian Sets Three Land Speed Records On The Salt Flats

Indian Sets Three Land Speed Records On The Salt Flats

Indian Motorcycle Gets Serious At El Mirage

Ya know that feeling you get when you accidentally break a world record? How about three world records? Yeah, me neither, but apparently the folks over at Indian Motorcycle do. See, the factory had some people down at the dry lakebed at El Mirage, California to make preparations and practice for the upcoming Burt Munro 50th Anniversary commemorative run. The commemorative run itself is not about breaking speed records, but what are you gonna do when you have fast bikes on the Salt Flats? Yeah, ride fast.

Continue reading for more on the speed records.

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2018 Indian Motorcycles Scout Bobber - How Does It Stack Up To The Competition?

2018 Indian Motorcycles Scout Bobber - How Does It Stack Up To The Competition?

Indian Motorcycle Enters The Grand Melee For A Slice Of The Millenial Market

Among the other party favors and door prizes at Indian’s “Hometown Throwdown” party at the 2017 X-Games was the unveiling of the new “Bobber” version of the popular Scout lineup. This re-imagined Scout uses much the same chassis and running gear as the rest of the retro-tastic family, but the overall panache takes it somewhere else, entirely. Why is it a big deal, you ask? Well, it signals that Indian has seen the writing on the wall, and is moving to capture the next generation of motorcycle riders and indoctrinate them with some brand loyalty early on with a sexy variant of one of the hottest bikes on the planet right now. Powered with a 1,130 cc engine that delivers 72 pound-feet of torque and 100 horsepower, is the Scout Bobber is just the bike to do it?

Continue reading for more on the Indian Motorcycle Scout Bobber.

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2018 Indian Scout Bobber

2018 Indian Scout Bobber

This time, the vintage charmer is high on a vile.

When Polaris took over the operations ofIndian Motorcycles, they literally revived the brand from the dark shallows of the abyss and created a niche for the brand worldwide. Since then, Indian motorcycles seems to have found its stronghold and has been swiftly introducing more products to its existing lineup. For its new instalment on the Scout platform, the Polaris owned manufacturer has launched the 2018 Indian Scout Bobber. A black-out minimalistic approach of the Scout platform ready to tear apart the asphalt.

The reason it is in existence is credited to the purists and enthusiasts who started building one from their Scouts. So the folks at Indian decided to capture the American way of the ‘30s and built this brutally beautiful factory custom bobber. It carries around the same panache and poise of the Scout and leaves no question of having a prominent place in the lineup of this historic brand. This could just as well be the bike you’ve been waiting for, and I cannot wait to decipher the logic behind this.

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Tattoo Ink Made From A Motorcycle

Tattoo Ink Made From A Motorcycle

How Much Do You Love The Indian Scout?

In a world of stereotypes and clichés, tattoos and motorcycles go together like peanut butter and jelly. Motorcycle people love their bikes and a goodly number of motorcycle people have tattoos. If you could have ink made from your motorcycle and then use it to create a tattoo on your body, would you do it? Carey Hart, one of the most recognized names in all of freestyle Motocross, said yes and Indian Motorcycle was his path make it happen. With the world’s first tattoo ink created using the carbon from Hart’s modified Indian Scout, the motorcycle legend had his newborn son’s name tattooed on his neck. Passion for motorcycles and passion for family has never been so well declared as this.

Continue reading for more on the Indian tattoo ink.

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Indian's Wrecking Crew to Compete in X Games

Indian’s Wrecking Crew to Compete in X Games

Indian’s Riders Going For The Gold

This week, Indian’s Wrecking Crew — the team that dominated Flat Track Racing this season in its first appearance in 63 years — is making its debut at the X Games. A legend in his own right, veteran road racer Larry Pegram will join Bryan Smith, Jared Mees and Brad Baker, to pilot the Indian Scout FTR750 at this premier action sports event in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 13. Looking to take the podium from Harley-Davidson after last season’s sweep, the guys from Indian are ready to race.

Continue reading for more on the Wrecking Crew and the X Games.

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Indian Celebrates Golden Anniversary of Burt Munro's Historic Land Speed Record

Indian Celebrates Golden Anniversary of Burt Munro’s Historic Land Speed Record

Burt Munro’s Great Nephew To Recreate Historic Bonneville Run

Burt Munro was no stranger to going fast. He’d set speed records in the years prior to the 1967 speed runs in both the 883 cc class and 1000 cc class. To qualify for the under 1000 cc run in 1967, he made a one-way run of 190.07 mph (305.89 km/h) on his Indian Scout, dubbed the "Munro Special," which was the fastest-ever officially-recorded speed on an Indian motorcycle. Thirty-six years after his death, he was still setting speed records when his son John noticed a miscalculation in AMA records at the time. As a result of the correction, the AMA issued a new certificate in 2014 and Burt was retroactively awarded a 1967 record of 184.087 mph (296.2593 km/h). To memorialize Munro’s iconic speed record, Indian Motorcycle tapped Burt’s great nephew, Lee Munro, to recreate the event at Bonneville salt Flats in August.

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Indian Scores Another Perfect Flat Track Podium Sweep

Indian Scores Another Perfect Flat Track Podium Sweep

Wrecking Crew, Indeed...

Back in June, Indian announced its return to the AMA Pro Flat Track series, and whoever made that decision deserves a raise. This past weekend at the Arizona Mile, the triple-threat Indian team got its second podium sweep of the season with the new “Wrecking Crew” comprised of Bryan Smith, Brad Baker and Jared Mees, who finished the race in that order. Too bad for poor Brad. He was looking at a first-place finish when teammate Bryan Smith ducked him in a turn and held the advantage to the end for a .057-second lead over the now second-place Baker.

Continue reading for more on the race finishes.

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Indian Heads Back To The Salt Flats With The Black Bullet Scout

Indian Heads Back To The Salt Flats With The Black Bullet Scout

To say that Indian Motorcycles has a long-running relationship with the Bonneville Salt Flats is something of an understatement. Bike designer Jeb Scolman builds on the success of his Burt Munro tribute bike with the new Black Bullet Scout. Last year’s Munro bike mounted the 111-inch Thunder Stroke engine, but this time around Jeb is working with the 73.2-cubic-inch (1,200 cc) Indian Scout engine to propel his aptly named “Bullet” in pursuit of the standing speed records. Just one look tells you why the name fits – the bullet-shaped front fairing with its rather stealthy windshield looks like nothing more than a big, black bullet. The very low profile, teardrop-shaped fuel tank, vestigial seat (face it, this ain’t for your everyday commute) and tapered rear fender complete the look, leaving the engine sans fairing and exposed to the world. Hopefully this lack of “full fairingness” won’t bite later, because the Bullet has its work cut out as it will have to compete against engines of up to 1,350 cc displacement.

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2015 Indian Scout

2015 Indian Scout

Way back in the day – 1920 to be exact – Indian released what was arguably its most important motorcycle, the Scout. Those of you in the ’old school’ will recognize this model from the ’Harley v. Indian’ wars fought on the hill-climb and flat-track circuits, as well as the streets. Polaris bought the Indian Motorcycle name in 2011 and set about the business of reinventing the brand, so it is no surprise that the Scout was high on the list of priorities. The 2015 Indian Scout represents Polaris’ efforts to tie the old in with the new, and it embodies the rich heritage of the model family while simultaneously moving into contemporary design and technology.
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