New take on old favourite

A bike from a her­itage brand with looks, per­for­mance and a clas­sic vibe that are sure to get any rider’s mo­tor run­ning

Geelong Advertiser - Motoring - - CARSGUIDE -

AMER­ICA’S first mo­tor­cy­cle com­pany, In­dian Mo­tor­cy­cle, has an­nounced a new In­dian Scout — a con­tem­po­rary yet clas­sic in­ter­pre­ta­tion of one of the brand’s most fa­mous bikes.

With DNA that will ap­peal to all types of rider, the Scout has a wet weight of 253kg, mak­ing it among the light­est in its class.

It is a mid­dleweight cruiser de­rived from a clean-sheet de­sign.

Boast­ing ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy, de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing in­no­va­tions, it has a break­through chas­sis that fea­tures a light­weight, rigid cast alu­minium frame, cou­pled with a low seat height for com­fort, bal­ance and ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity.

Pow­ered by a liq­uid-cooled, 80kW V-twin en­gine, the bike has handy per­for­mance for most ap­pli­ca­tions.

Its low seat height, ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity and light weight will make it ap­peal­ing to rid­ers of all sizes and ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els, while its per­for­mance and han­dling make it a bike that will en­ter­tain even the most ex­pe­ri­enced rider.

This is the first “new” Scout in more than 70 years, and al­though it ush­ers in new tech­nol­ogy and de­sign, it still has links to the ma­chine used by the leg­endary Burt Munro in 1967.

The Scout of­fers 642mm seat height, 1562mm wheel­base and 134mm ground clear­ance, de­liv­er­ing 31 de­grees of lean an­gle and a low cen­tre of grav­ity, as well as high and low speed sta­bil­ity.

The look of a clas­sic “rigid tri­an­gle” de­sign syn­ony­mous with orig­i­nal Scouts is cou­pled with a set of pre­mium coil, over-mono­tube rear shocks and ABS brak­ing.

A pre­mium, gen­uine tan leather solo bucket seat makes the Scout pure In­dian and the only brand to of­fer this seat­ing as stan­dard.

The re­vised V-twin en­gine fea­tures:

Liq­uid cool­ing for en­hanced power, dura­bil­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity.

Closed-loop fuel in­jec­tion and drive-by-wire throt­tle ac­tu­a­tion mated to a six-speed over­drive trans­mis­sion for peak torque of 98Nm at 5900rpm.

The 2015 In­dian Scout will be priced from $17,995 ride away.

The first bikes are ex­pected to ar­rive in Aus­tralia late in the fourth quar­ter of this year.

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