More In­di­ans head­ing to SA’s shores

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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.

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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.

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