Andy David­son

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In­dian Scout Sixty, £8999

I love cruis­ers. Stripped, low and mean­look­ing things. They’re the only bikes on which you can get away with an open face lid. Imag­ine cruis­ing down a long road in sunny South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, warm air rush­ing over you as your T-shirt whips against your back. Now that’s cool. The prob­lem with this sce­nario is that you need to be on a straight road… in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Plonk it in Peter­bor­ough on a wet and grey af­ter­noon and the magic dis­ap­pears.

I didn’t want the Scout Sixty to get caked in muck and ruin its gor­geous non-stan­dard white wall Avon tyres; it’ll lose its charm. I also don’t have much con­fi­dence in its bal­loon Avons as I rail round greasy, damp cor­ners. The main prob­lem is this: un­like the bikes I like to ride there’s noth­ing prac­ti­cal about it. It’s a pretty thing for straight lines and to look and feel cool on. It just doesn’t work in win­ter, or as an ev­ery­day bike.

Now take an ad­ven­ture bike, some­thing I’m more ac­cus­tomed to, that’s ac­tu­ally built to look muddy, is happy on any road, that you can chuck as much lug­gage on as pos­si­ble and go any­where and do any­thing. That be­ing said, I still love cruis­ers (at the right time and in the right place), and while I wouldn’t choose to ride one ev­ery day, if I had to then the Scout Sixty would be top of my list. It han­dles bet­ter than it should for a feet-for­ward ma­chine. It’s sur­pris­ingly light, easy to push around and has a comfy, cupped rid­ing po­si­tion. The twin-shock rear will take on lit­tle pot holes, any­thing more and your back will get a whack, but over­all the Sixty holds its com­po­sure when cor­ner­ing. Even though it’s tech­ni­cally an en­try level cruiser, it has plenty of power and enough low- down torque to pump out of cor­ners for spir­ited rid­ing. The Scout Sixty is an ac­com­plished, well­built cruiser and while I like it here, I’d love it in Amer­ica.

‘Plonk it in Peter­bor­ough on a grey day and the magic dis­ap­pears’

‘Which way is it to South­ern Cal­i­for­nia?’

Such a good looker you don’t want to get it dirty

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