New In­dian

In­dian un­veil ag­gres­sive new Scout Bob­ber to ri­val Har­ley’s Forty Eight

Motorcycle News (UK) - - News - By Jor­dan Gib­bons SE­NIOR RE­PORTER @MCNNEWS mo­tor­cy­cle­news

Scout Bob­ber re­vealed

When it comes to dis­creet blacked-out bikes, In­dian aren’t the first firm that spring to mind- they’re much more fa­mous for chroming every­thing, and adding leather tas­sels wher­ever pos­si­ble, so cus­tomers have been tak­ing mat­ters into their own hands. But In­dian have lis­tened to cus­tomer feed­back, and their height­ened fo­cus on non-amer­i­can mar­kets has led them to take the Scout con­cept, and make it more ag­gres­sive.

Re­spect your elders

Bob­bers emerged out of post-war Amer­ica as a way of mod­ernising the bikes – many of which were ex-mil­i­tary – of the era, and this is the aes­thetic In­dian have gone for. The most star­tling change is the colour, or lack of, in that al­most every­thing is blacked out – in­clud­ing the wheels, the ex­haust, the head­light shroud, the speedo, the mud­guards... the list goes on.

The sus­pen­sion has been al­tered, too. The rear has been low­ered by a whole inch, while the fork has new car­tridges to suit, both of which should give the ride a to­tally dif­fer­ent feel to the stan­dard Scout on which it’s based.

There have also been changes in the rid­ing po­si­tion: the foot­pegs have been moved for­ward 1.5in and there are new, wider han­dle­bars, which In­dian say give it a more en­gag­ing rid­ing po­si­tion. To com­plete the full bob­ber pack­age, the mud­guards have been short­ened, there’s a new two-tone seat and a new tank badge more in-keep­ing with the bike’s stripped-back style.

The Scout Bob­ber shares the same 1133cc water-cooled engine as the stan­dard Scout, so it’s got 94bhp and 71.5ftlb of torque, which is very healthy for a bike in this class. The Scout’s main com­pe­ti­tion is the Har­ley-david­son Sport­ster Forty-eight, which has an air-cooled 1200cc engine that puts out 68ftlb, but only around 60bhp.

Power to the peo­ple

Ar­guably what’s most in­ter­est­ing about this new bike is how In­dian have lis­tened to their cus­tomers, specif­i­cally those in Europe.

“We have in­tro­duced the Scout Bob­ber to bring some edge to In­dian,” says Ben Lin­daman, In­ter­na­tional Prod­uct Man­ager at In­dian. “Many Scout rid­ers have al­ready been bob­bing their bikes to give them an ag­gres­sive and raw look. Scout Bob­ber is in­spired by those own­ers and will of­fer a great plat­form for even more per­son­al­i­sa­tion.”

In­dian have an­nounced the price at £11,299, with bikes ex­pected to ar­rive be­fore the end of the year.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.