IN­DIAN’S THE WRENCH: SCOUT BOB­BER BUILD-OFF

I HAVE TO THINK OUT­SIDE THE BOX WHEN IT COMES TO PLAN­NING THE CON­TENT HERE AT HOT BIKE. NOT JUST ANY­THING MAKES THE CUT. THERE ARE PLENTY OF COOL THINGS HAP­PEN­ING IN V-TWIN LAND, AND FILTERING ONLY THE BEST BIKES, PROD­UCTS, TECH, AND SO ON CAN BE TRICKY—T

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When I was asked to par­tic­i­pate as a judge for In­dian Mo­tor­cy­cle’s The Wrench: Scout Bob­ber Build-off com­pe­ti­tion, I im­me­di­ately agreed since it falls into that out-of-the-box cat­e­gory we like around here.

The Wrench: Scout Bob­ber Build-off is a cus­tom-mo­tor­cy­cle com­pe­ti­tion that was de­vel­oped to spot­light am­a­teurs who build bikes purely for the love of turn­ing a wrench and shap­ing sheet metal into hand­crafted works of moto art. The goal is to find tal­ented crafts­men whose 9-to-5 isn’t in a mo­tor­cy­cle shop, whose bikes are strictly a cre­ative out­let and who are not look­ing for any­thing in re­turn. Men or women who sim­ply love rolling up the garage door, slid­ing out the tool-chest draw­ers, and spin­ning wrenches. But these bikes needed to be func­tional rid­ers that are just as much go as they are show.

A judg­ing panel of pro­fes­sional builders and ex­perts, in­clud­ing Roland Sands, Satya Kraus, Jason Paul Michaels, and me, along with an on­line fan vote on In­dian’s web­site, se­lected three finalists to take part in the of­fi­cial build-off.

From March 15-30, hope­fuls from across the na­tion en­tered for the chance to win a new 2018 stock In­dian Scout Bob­ber and re­ceive a cus­tom-build bud­get of $10,000 to de­sign and rad­i­cally cus­tom­ize the stock bike. From more than 100 sub­mis­sions, 12 top de­sign­ers were show­cased as semi­fi­nal­ists. On­line vot­ing took place un­til April 19, and three men were se­lected.

Chris­tian Newman, from Buf­falo, New York; PJ Grakauskas, from Avon, Ohio; and Al­fredo Juarez, from Las Cruces, New Mex­ico, made the fi­nal cut, and each re­ceived a brand-new Scout Bob­ber. How­ever, only one will take the grand prize of $10,000 and re­ceive a fea­ture spread in Hot Bike mag­a­zine.

In­dian’s Scout Bob­ber is an al­ready cool mo­tor­cy­cle with an ag­gres­sive, bold stance that is just as much fun to ride as it is to look at. I’ve had the plea­sure of rip­ping the Scout Bob­ber sev­eral times, and it’s one of my fa­vorites in the Hot Bike test fleet. It’s such a great canvas for cus­tomiz­ing too.

I’m ex­cited to see the efforts of each of these three tal­ented gents when their cus­tom­ized Scout Bob­bers are un­veiled in Stur­gis at the Leg­endary Buf­falo Chip in Au­gust. For now, you can check the progress of what they’ve been up to at hot­bike.com, or for more in­for­ma­tion on The Wrench: Scout Bob­ber Build-off, you can visit in­di­an­mo­tor­cy­cle.com. HB

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