More Indians heading to SA’s shores
JOHANNESBURG — Indian Motorcycles launched in South Africa only in August 2014 but already the bikemaker is bringing in more new models. Its Scout has already hit showroom floors, more will arrive through June (2015), starting at R159 900.
The bikemaker says: “One of history’s most famous, innovative and versatile bikes has been reimagined with timeless craftsmanship — plus performance, handling and pricing that will appeal to any rider.” Time will tell … Indian Motorcycle, which has claimed the title of “America’s first motorcycle company”, has launched the 2015 Scout as “a contemporary yet classic interpretation of one of motorcycling’s most famous and coveted bikes”.
The Scout, at 225 kg, claims to be the lightest in its class. It’s a middleweight cruiser that, its maker says, “carries forward the spirit of innovation that made the original one of the most talked about motorcycles”.
It has, says Indian, “a breakthrough” chassis — a light but rigid cast-aluminium frame — and a low (643 mm) seat for comfort, balance and manoeuvrability.
The bike is powered by a liquidcooled, 1 133 cc, 75 kW, V-twin with, Indian says, “handling that makes it a bike that will thrill even the most experienced rider”.
The bike is, we’re told, the first truly new Scout in more than 70 years and means the return of the bikes that conquered the infamous “Wall of Death” and carried the “Indian Wrecking Crew” motorcycle race team to multiple victories.
According to Indian history, technology and designs derived from Scout models played a significant role for Allied forces in World War 2 and a 1920 Indian Scout earned the title of the “world’s fastest Indian” as proven by Burt Munro in 1967.
The brochure says it has: • classic “rigid triangle” looks, a set of premium coil-over-monotube rear shocks; • 1,56 m wheelbase; 13,5 cm ground clearance, 31 degrees of lean angle; • anti-lock brakes; • solo tan leather bucket seat; • classic engine design cues with “purposeful styling for form and function”; and • closed-loop fuel-injection and drive-by-wire accelerator to the 98 kW engine and six-speed overdrive transmission.
The 2015 Indian Scout is available in two shades of black (none of grey!), red and silver. More stock is expected mid-June in South Africa.
The 1 133 cc Cruiser is the first truly new Scout in more than 70 years, and it goes on sale in SA during June with prices starting at R159 900.