When Indian Motorcycle decided to bring back the Scout badge a year ago, it was pretty clear that it would follow the heritage and be the most affordable and lightest motorcycle in their line-up of behemoths. I mean, think about it, the Chieftain series weighs roughly 350 kilograms on an average. However, a year later, Indian decided there should be a smaller, cheaper motorcycle to make them that much more accessible. In steps the Scout Sixty. Wait, but it looks just as big, weighs almost as much and has a 999cc, V-twin motor. So is it really any different?In the Sixtys defence, like the Scout, it does look pretty small with its low slung seat and bare front with the naked round headlamp sticking out. However, that one angle is a bit misleading. Walk around to the side of the motorcycle and you realise how much metal there is, particularly at the rear, stacked with panniers on top of the fat twin-pipe chrome exhausts. Regardless, the Scout Sixty measures up to the exact same dimensions as the Scout, so much for the misleading front; weighs in roughly a couple of kilos short of it and uses a slightly smaller 999cc, twin cylinder motor.Swing a leg over and the Scout Sixty feels surprisingly easy to handle even from a standstill. The low centre of gravity and two firm feet on the ground eases the stress of the two-hundred-and-fifty kilo motorcycle. For good effect, the 999cc, V-twin is liquid cooled and makes 78 muscular horses along with 88Nm of torque.That may not sound like a lot, but there is enough grunt for a seriously wind-blasted beard, especially on a touring motorcycle where you sit upright. All of that horsepower is transmitted through a five-speed gearbox, one less cog than the Scout, via a belt that drives the rear wheel. Come to think about it, the missing cog must contribute some amount to the two kilos that the Sixty shaves off its bigger brother. Possible, right?Whether my hunch is correct or not, I can tell you that you dont miss the six-speed box at all. Wring the throttle in first and there is enough shove to sail past 70kph and you hit a 100kph a couple of gearshifts later. All of this without ever hitting the 8000rpm rev limiter. In fact, out on the highway, let it settle into fifth gear at about 3300rpm and the Scout Sixty can hold on to triple-digit speeds all day long without breaking a sweat.If you do need to get past some traffic, shift down once and work your right wrist. You could, of course, cruise at a quicker pace, but the wind blast past 120kph isnt really worth hanging on for. Moreover, the single disc brake at the front does not offer the most bite and the rear disc tends to grab. Besides the sculpted leather seat has enough curves to ensure a snug fit and the backrest keeps you relaxed at these cruising speeds.While I am a tad too small for most American cruisers, the Scout Sixty seems pretty comfortable, without me needing to stretch myself out. The only gripe, however, is the fact that the saddle, as comfortable as it is, allows you to sit in only one particular spot, which over time can be tiresome as pressure points build up.Ive managed to hang around at a decent click for most of the distance on the highway towards Nasik, but the twisties around the Kasara Ghat were just about to get started and I had my fingers crossed. The motor had been incredibly smooth at cruising speeds, with vibrations creeping through only after the needle had climbed past 4500rpm and the gearbox had been very impressive, its smoothness unmatched.As I made my way uphill, the first couple of corners were long sweepers and were dealt with easily. As the road climbed higher, the corners became tighter. Needless to say that the 88Nm of torque was plentiful in any gear even on the steepest of sections, but what was more surprising was the way the Sixty managed to change directions and the lean angles it allowed before the forward–set rubber pegs made any contact with the tarmac despite its low ground clearance. The low centre of gravity and the small 16-inch wheels combined well to tackle the corners with ease, however, the soft suspension set up and the limited travel at the rear struts did manage to upset the motorcycle at times as I missed a pothole or two on the monsoon stricken roads.Before long, clouds gathered around the western ghats and left me soaked in rain. This meant backing off on the throttle, especially with the tall profile rubber, which does not give much feedback from the surface. Moreover, having to lift up the monstrous motorcycle off the surface wasnt a particularly pleasant thought. For the remainder of the ride, I chose to keep it at a safe pace till the road started to dry again.It is the smoothness with which the Sixty manages to go about its duties that really left an impression on me. And it isnt just the motor, it is also the gearbox and the absorbent suspension. However, for all the things it does well, you can forget about using this small motorcycle around town. Apart from getting really hot, despite the huge radiator and fans, the clutch is pretty heavy and gives your palms a real workout. But most of all, the Sixty has the turning radius of a boat, which is fine on a wide open highway, but absolutely disastrous in narrow, crowded streets.At the end of the day, barring the salesmanship of the best Indian spokespeople, the Sixty is far from small and works best in one particular situation only. Show it an open road and settle into a comfortable cruise to truly enjoy this motorcycle. There are a couple of issues with it though; the fuel tank accommodates all of 12-litres of fuel, the low ground clearance can catch you off-guard on some of our speedbrakers, the limited suspension travel at the rear tends to result in a bucking bronco sort of reaction and the seat, as comfortable as it seems, does eventually get the better of you and you cant do anything but get off the saddle to sort things out. There arent any electronics either, apart from a fairly un-intrusive ABS mechanism.Most importantly though, Indian Motorcycle seems to have cut corners to make the Sixty a bit more affordable; there is a bunch of messy wires behind the headlamp, the panniers have cheap clips mounted on thin woven fabric, not leather, and serve as the only lockable bit and the switchgear feels tailored to meet a cost. None of these are deal breakers, but for a motorcycle that starts at Rs 11.99 lakh, ex-showroom Mumbai, I would expect better detailing to make this small Scout a truly special one.Specs999cc, V-twin, liquid-cooled, 78bhp, 88Nm, 5M, Fuel tank\: 12.5litres, Kerb Weight\: 252kg; Price\: 11.99 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai)VerdictIndian has been fairly successful with the Scout, the Sixty manages to make their line-up of motorcycles just a little more accessible. Great refinement and handling characteristics, wish they paid more attention to detail though.