Indian expands the Scout lineup into the under-$10k category

Indian Motorcycle treats us to a mid-year release with its new, stripped-down Scout Bobber Sixty. Crisp and clean, the Scout Bobber Sixty rolls with the essentials plus some minimally-intrusive safety electronics, all powered by the proven, 78-horsepower “Sixty” plant. Blackout is the word of the day for the Scout Bobber Sixty as it expands the Scout lineup into the less-than-$10k territory.

  • 2020 Indian Scout Bobber Sixty
  • Year:
    2020
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V-Twin
  • Displacement:
    1000 cc
  • Top Speed:
    100 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    8999
  • Price:

2020 Indian Scout Bobber Sixty Design

  • Blackout treatment
  • Classic bobber styling
  • LED lighting
  • LCD display
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This new Scout Bobber Sixty shares a significant number of similarities with the “regular” Scout Bobber. It starts out with chopped-down sheet metal over both the front and rear wheels to establish that bobber look, and it continues on into custom territory with ample blackout treatment the whole bike over.

The absolute dearth of chrome, glossy black sheet metal, and matte black treatment adds to the custom vibe started by the bobbed fenders. Forks sliders, tripletree, headlight can, and instrument housing are all monochromatic as well to match the radiator grille, drivetrain, and exhaust.

A single, round analog gauge serves as the speedometer with a handful of LED idiot lights and an LCD screen contained within to cover all the pertinent metrics. Behind the blackout handlebar and mirrors, the 3.3-gallon fuel tank has a swoopy teardrop shape that adds more to the custom vibe with a touch of old-school to boot, and it defines a flyline that continues down a hardtail-like backbone angle to the solo saddle.

While this isn’t quite a faux-rigid construct like the Harley-Davidson Softail or Triumph’s Bonneville Bobber, the frame geometry and rear-shock configuration does lend it a bit of a hardtail look. The rear fender is chopped down to the max and barely meets the end of the fender struts with an LED taillight and blackout, bullet-style turn-signal housings to match the front blinkers. On the right side, the paired mufflers seek to channel the look of the old shotgun exhaust to finish the old-school panache.

Between the blackout treatment and utter lack of embellishments, the Scout Bobber Sixty presents itself with nothing in the way of superfluous equipment or vanity items – just the basics – and that helps keep the sticker shock down.

2020 Indian Scout Bobber Sixty Chassis

  • Available ABS
  • Lightweight, cast aluminum frame
  • Faux hardtail
  • Balance between crosswind tracking and corner attacking
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Indian takes steps to keep weight down on the Scout Bobber Sixty with a cast-aluminum frame that mimics the geometry of the old hardtails. The steering head establishes a rake angle of 29-degrees with 4.7 inches of trail to strike a balance between crosswind tracking and corner attacking after it factors in with the 62-inch wheelbase. That’s right. The engine might be at the bottom of the displacement range, but this is a full-size cruiser with all of the big-bike feel you’d expect from the genre.

Cast-alloy wheels round out the rolling chassis with a 16-inch diameter front and rear and a glossy Thunder Black finish to match the sheet metal. The monochromatic treatment continues onto the sliders on the 41 mm front forks and the dual coil-over shocks out back, and the suspension stroke measures at 4.7 inches up front and 3.0 inches out back, which is plenty for riding on civilized roads.

As for the hoops, a 130/90 leads the way ahead of a 150/80 to provide a generous contact patch at both ends of the machine. Since this is a stripped-down model with a wet weight of 548 pounds, a single, 298 mm disc and twin-pot anchor are sufficient for the front brakes, as is the single-pot caliper and same-size rotor out back, especially since you can get it with a stock ABS feature.

Front Suspension/ Travel: 41 mm Telescopic Fork/ 4.7 in (120 mm)
Rear Suspension/ Travel: Dual Shocks/ 3.0 in (76 mm)
Lean Angle: 31°
Rake/Trail: 29.0° / 4.7 in (120 mm)
Front Brakes: Single 298 mm rotor, 2-piston caliper
Rear Brakes: Single 298 mm rotor, single-piston caliper
Front Wheel: Cast 16 in x 3.5 in
Rear Wheel: Cast 16 in x 3.5 in
Front Tire: Kenda K673F 130/90-16 72H
Rear Tire: Kenda K673 150/80-16 71H

2020 Indian Scout Bobber Sixty Drivetrain

  • 1,000 cc 60° V-twin engine
  • 78 horsepower
  • 65 lb-ft @ 5,800 rpm
  • 5-speed transmission
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The factory tapped its 61 cubic-inch plant to power the Scout Bobber Sixty. Unlike the beautiful Thunder Stroke engine family, this mill runs with a modern, 60-degree V-twin that shuns the cooling fins of its sibling in favor of a water jacket to manage the waste heat. Polished trim leaves it with the visual suggestion of the old parallel-pushrod arrangement, but it’s more of an artistic touch and isn’t meant to fool anyone as it rocks over-head cams to time the poppets.

Normally I’d whinge a bit about the look of the radiator, but the black-on-black palette utterly swallows up the grille to make the radiator fairly inconspicuous overall. Bore and stroke mike out at 93 mm and 73.6 mm, respectively, for a 1,000 cc displacement and mid-range compression ratio of 11-to-1, so you can expect to use top-octane road champagne to prevent knock/ping/run-on.

Dual exhaust with a crossover tube shares the power pulse between the two circuits to prevent exhaust-gas reversion while keeping the restrictive backpressure factor low, and this lets the normally-aspirated engine breathe relatively free. A single 54 mm throttle body controls the induction with closed-loop fuel injection, so you can count on an accurate stoichiometric ratio regardless of elevation/ambient pressure changes. But, that’s the end of the fandanglery. There is nothing in the way of traction control or power modes to muddy the waters, just straight-up, wrist-to-road throttle responses.

A gear-type primary drive and multi-disc wet clutch carry the power to the five-speed transmixxer with a quiet, low-maintenance, carbon-reinforced belt for the final drive. The power figures are 78 horsepower and 65 pound-feet of torque, and top speed is clocked at a hair over 100 mph. This is a tad short of the full-size Scout engine that pushes out speeds around 120 mph, but honestly, an even hundred should be fast enough for public roads.

If 100 mph ain't fast enough for ya', you're looking at the wrong kind of bike.
Engine Type: Liquid Cooled V-Twin (60 degrees)
Displacement: 61 cu in (1,000 cc)
Bore x Stroke: 3.661 in x 2.898 in (93 mm x 73.6 mm)
Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
Horsepower: 78 hp (58.2 kW)
Peak Torque: 65 lb-ft (88 Nm) @ 5,800 rpm
Drive/Driven Clutch: Wet, Multi-Plate
Electronic Fuel Injection System: Closed loop fuel injection / 54 mm bore
Exhaust: Split Dual Exhaust w/ Cross-over
Transmission/Final Drive: 2.357 : 1
Transmission/Primary Drive: Gear Drive Wet Clutch
Gear Ratio: 1st: 10.926, 2nd: 7.427, 3rd: 5.918, 4th: 5.022, 5th: 4.087, 6th: N/A

2020 Indian Scout Bobber Sixty Price

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The price point is definitely geared toward the entry-level folks, riders on a budget, and customizers looking for an affordable platform as a starting point for their motorcycle-art project. At $8,999, the Thunder Black (glossy) sticker reflects the smaller powerplant to make this a very accessible, American-style cruiser. If you want ABS you can add eight Benjamins to that total in gloss black, but the matte-finish Thunder Black Smoke bumps the checkout price up to $10,299.

Gauges: Analog Speedometer with digital tachometer, odometer, trip meter, engine temp, low fuel
Infotainment: N/A
Lights: Headlight, tail/brake light, turn signals, license plate light, speedometer and indicator lights
Standard Equipment: N/A
Factory Warranty: 2 Years, Unlimited Miles
Colors: Thunder Black, (ABS also: Thunder Black Smoke)
Price: $8,999, with ABS: $9,799, Custom Color with ABS: $19,299

2020 Indian Scout Bobber Sixty Competitors

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2020 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard
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It seems clear to me that the Scout Bobber Sixty will appeal to the same sort of rider as Harley-Davidson’s new-for-2020 Softail Standard, so let’s see how it stacks up.

Harley Davidson Softail Standard

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Harley walks on the dark side with black-on-black paint, but it strikes something of a balance with some polished parts and a handful of chrome components to offset some of the existential void created by all that blackout. Bobbed fenders front-and-rear are a constant across the board for that home-made custom panache, and Harley takes it a step further with a set of mini-apes that gives the Softail Standard even more custom chops.

Both builders get credit for the tuck-and-roll cover on their solo seats, ’cause that’s some classy stuff, says I. H-D arguably gets a leg up on comfort and cornering performance with Showa’s Dual Bending Valve stems up front that deliver a superior ride to the plain vanilla forks on the Scout, though the 30-degree rake and 6.2-inch trail trades eagerness in the corners for rock-solid tracking.

The MoCo scores again in the engine department with its Milwaukee-Eight 107 that churns out a whopping 110 pounds o’ grunt against 65 pound-feet from the Indian engine, and there’s the trade off. That and the price, of course.

Harley asks $13,599 for its most cost-efficient cruiser, significantly more expensive than the $9k starting MSRP on the base Scout Bobber Sixty, and that's a difference that definitely makes a difference.

Read our full review of the Harley-Davidson Softail Standard.

He Said

“I realize there is a power/speed difference between the Sixty engine and the full-size Scout plant, but since 100 mph is generally fast enough, I’d say Indian poses a serious threat to H-D’s efforts to expand downward in the price range. While the blackout Bobber Sixty is attractive in its own right, it just begs to be customized, and I expect that we’ll start seeing some really sweet builds. And, that right soon!”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “It looks like the offspring of a Scout Bobber and a Scout Sixty, which I’m sure is intentional as it kinda downsizes the Scout, but in engine size only. The cast frame gives it an industrial look that I really like, and like the Softail Standard, this is a no-frills bike that works as a base for all your customization dreams. It’s big enough for tall riders, but small enough for height-challenged folks like me, and the weight feels balanced so it handles well, even at low speeds.

2020 Indian Scout Bobber Sixty Specifications

Engine & Drivetrain:
Engine Type: Liquid Cooled V-Twin (60 degrees)
Displacement: 61 cu in (1,000 cc)
Bore x Stroke: 3.661 in x 2.898 in (93 mm x 73.6 mm)
Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
Horsepower: 78 hp (58.2 kW)
Peak Torque: 65 lb-ft (88 Nm) @ 5,800 rpm
Drive/Driven Clutch: Wet, Multi-Plate
Electronic Fuel Injection System: Closed loop fuel injection / 54 mm bore
Exhaust: Split Dual Exhaust w/ Cross-over
Gear Ratio: 1st: 10.926, 2nd: 7.427, 3rd: 5.918, 4th: 5.022, 5th: 4.087, 6th: N/A
Transmission/Final Drive: 2.357 : 1
Transmission/Primary Drive: Gear Drive Wet Clutch
Chassis:
Front Suspension/ Travel: 41 mm Telescopic Fork/ 4.7 in (120 mm)
Rear Suspension/ Travel: Dual Shocks/ 3.0 in (76 mm)
Lean Angle: 31°
Rake/Trail: 29.0° / 4.7 in (120 mm)
Front Brakes: Single 298 mm rotor, 2-piston caliper
Rear Brakes: Single 298 mm rotor, single-piston caliper
Front Wheel: Cast 16 in x 3.5 in
Rear Wheel: Cast 16 in x 3.5 in
Front Tire: Kenda K673F 130/90-16 72H
Rear Tire: Kenda K673 150/80-16 71H
Dimensions & Capacities:
Overall Height: 41.5 in (1,053 mm)
Overall Length: 87.5 in (2,223 mm)
Overall Width: 36.5 in (926 mm)
Wheelbase: 62 in (157.6 cm)
Seat Height: 25.6 in (649 mm)
Weight (Empty Tank / Full of Fuel): 528 lbs / 548 lbs (239 kg / 249 kg)
Fuel Capacity: 3.3 gal (12.5 L)
Ground Clearance: 5.1 in (130 mm)
Details:
Gauges: Analog Speedometer with digital tachometer, odometer, trip meter, engine temp, low fuel
Infotainment: N/A
Lights: Headlight, tail/brake light, turn signals, license plate light, speedometer and indicator lights
Standard Equipment: N/A
Factory Warranty: 2 Years, Unlimited Miles
Colors: Thunder Black, (ABS also: Thunder Black Smoke)
Price: $8,999, with ABS: $9,799, Custom Color with ABS: $19,299

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TJ Hinton
T.J got an early start from his father and other family members who owned and rode motorcycles, and by helping with various mechanical repairs throughout childhood. That planted a seed that grew into a well-rounded appreciation of all things mechanical, and eventually, into a formal education of same. Though primarily a Harley rider, he has an appreciation for all sorts of bikes and doesn't discriminate against any particular brand or region of origin. He currently holds an Associate's degree in applied mechanical science from his time at the M.M.I.  Read More
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