27 August 2014 - 06:44
Launched: Indian Scout
Many, many years ago, Indian Motorcycle came out with a bike named the 'Scout'. It sold that bike and its many variations for almost three decades, to just about everyone – racers, hill climb enthusiasts and stunt riders. Kiwi Burt Munro set new land speed records at the Bonneville salt flats on a 1920 example, and the 101 Scout, probably one of the finest motorcycles of its time, was a great hit with 'Wall of Death' riders. It was also used by the US armed forces during World War II.
As with all good things, the Scout line met its end when Indian shut shop. It returned briefly in 2001, but the made-in-Gilroy iteration never quite made the cut. Now that Indian has been helped back to its feet by Polaris Industries, it's got the opportunity to resurrect the legendary nameplate. It's done just that, and now, it's on sale in India.
This here is the new Scout, and it is the second built-from-the-feet-up product to sport the Indian logo in as many years. Quite a departure from the wonderfully classic design of the Chief range, isn't it? It does pay homage to the original with a few design elements like the fin-less cylinder casings, the solo tan leather bucket seat and the 'rigid triangle' styling, but hey, this is 2014, so Indian's avoided going overboard with the nostalgia, and has built almost all other bits from scratch.
The aluminium chassis is all-new, as is the engine: a 1,133cc, liquid-cooled V-twin that belts out 100bhp and 97.7Nm of torque. A six-speed 'box sends all that power to the belt-driven rear wheel.
The idea with the Scout is to get newer, lesser-experienced riders to the brand, which is why it's compact, low and light. Make no mistake: at 253 kilos with the 12.5-litre fuel tank filled to the brim, the Scout is still no featherweight, but it's nowhere near as porky as its bigger cousins.
Telescopic forks are present up front, and the chrome-covered dual rear shocks only allow three inches of suspension travel (blame the super-low seat). In the braking department, there's a single 298mm disc for the front wheel, and a single 298mm disc for the rear. ABS isn't available on the US model, but the India-spec bike will have it as standard.
The Scout has been priced at Rs 11.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), and bookings are now underway.
Whaddya think, people of TG.com?