New Bob­ber from In­dian

Bike India - - IGNITION -

IN­DIAN MO­TOR­CY­CLE HAVE IN­TRO­DUCED A NEW vari­ant of the Scout, called the Bob­ber, and soon this model will make its way to the In­dian mar­ket. So far as looks are con­cerned, In­dian have struck all the right notes with the Bob­ber. The rear sus­pen­sion has been low­ered to give the mo­tor­cy­cle a low-slung stance, in line with its retro na­ture. A fairly large por­tion of the mo­tor­cy­cle — from the in­stru­ment clus­ter to the ex­haust pipes — has been given a blacked­out treat­ment, ac­cen­tu­at­ing the raw appeal of the mo­tor­cy­cle. The front and rear fend­ers have also been chopped off to a bare min­i­mum, ex­pos­ing knobby tyres that add to its men­ac­ing stance. In­dian claim that the Bob­ber will have an ag­gres­sive seat­ing po­si­tion be­cause the foot­pegs have been moved about 40 mil­lime­tres closer to the rider.

An­other in­ter­est­ing aes­thetic fea­ture is the all-new tank badge. The In­dian logo is now pre­sented in block let­ters, em­pha­sis­ing the Scout badge right be­low it.

The Scout Bob­ber is pow­ered by the same 1,131-cc en­gine that drives the Scout. This liq­uid­cooled V-twin mated to a six-speed gear­box pro­duces 101.6 PS and a peak torque of 97.7 Nm at 6,000 rpm. Brak­ing is taken care of by 298-mm discs at both ends. In spite of strip­ping it down to the es­sen­tials, the bike still weighs 251 kg.

In In­dia, the Scout Bob­ber will com­pete with the Har­ley-David­son Forty-Eight, the Moto Guzzi V9 Bob­ber and the Tri­umph Bon­neville Bob­ber. Let’s hope the Scout Bob­ber is priced as ag­gres­sively as it looks.

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