WHAT’S HOT Thug’s a show-top­per

Thor’s award-win­ning scout is no ‘hand­bag, fash­ion state­ment’

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This cus­tomised In­dian Scout Sixty built by Thor Mo­tor­cy­cles blew away NEC Show vis­i­tors and topped a pub­lic vote held over the event’s nine days. Thug won In­dian’s Project Scout com­pe­ti­tion, which saw some stun­ning in­ter­pre­ta­tions of the firm’s af­ford­able cruiser. But Colin Tre­leaven, boss of Thor, was de­ter­mined to make some­thing ride­able. He said: “We didn’t want to build a hand­bag, fash­ion state­ment, it had to be some­thing that hadn’t been done be­fore and

it had to be a ride­able bike, not a show pony. “Most of the com­po­nents were sourced by root­ing through our stores and parts bins, keep­ing the build as cost-ef­fec­tive as pos­si­ble. With the ex­cep­tion of the light­ing, ex­haust and a hand­ful of of­fi­cial In­dian ac­ces­sories, any­thing that couldn’t be found in our shop was hand-fab­ri­cated. The Thug goes as well as it looks.” The In­dian’s Project Scout com­pe­ti­tion is sim­ple enough; take a Scout Sixty and mod­ify it. There are no re­stric­tions or rules on cost or the style of the build, but a time limit of 90 days in which to com­plete it. Thug took more than 20% of the 1905 votes to claim the crown, beat­ing close com­pe­ti­tion from Mid­west Moto’s MWM115 and Moore Speed Rac­ing’s Beach Tracker, which were sec­ond and third re­spec­tively. Other no­table en­tries came from cus­tom pow­er­house Krazy Horse, who en­tered two bikes: the ‘Green Manal­ishi’ and the KH163. HBC Mo­tor­cy­cles also cre­ated a mean-look­ing tracker dubbed the Wild Horse.

In­dian Scout took top hon­ours at the re­cent NEC show

Thor’s Colin Tre­leaven reck­ons Thug goes as well as it looks

Speedo was one of few of­fi­cial parts

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