The Scout has been popular among the custom bikemakers thanks to its traditional old-school looks and modern tech. Indian Motorcycles has gone ahead and done a factory aesthetic job on the entry level Indian. Called MY18 Scout Bobber, the latest Indian will be available across the global dealerships by the end of 2017.
Indian Motorcycle’s Industrial Design (ID) team has done a great job with the design and the Bobber looks badass, especially in the matte black shade. The Scout Bobber gets tracker handlebars and footpegs that have been shifted slightly rearwards by 38mm. The black wheels come with wide knobbly tyres, making it look sporty. The already low-seating posture of the Scout has been further lowered by 25mm, thanks to a new suspension setup. The front forks are now cartridge based, making it slightly easier to maneuver, claims Indian. It also gets a Chief-like headlight nacelle, blackened exhausts and black instrument console too. The fenders have been chopped at both the ends, to give it the traditional Bobber look.
The Bobber is powered by the same 1133cc unit that does duty on the Scout. The engine is one brilliant unit and should make the Bobber a yummy prospect, with its improved handling characteristics. The 1130cc liquid-cooled V-twin produces about 100 odd horses and 97.7Nm of peak twist force.
In the US, the bike has been launched at US$ 11,499, which would work out to around seven and a half lakh rupees, fact is with all our silly taxation norms taken into account the Bobber should go on to shelves with a sticker touching Rs 15 lakh (the price of the regular bike is Rs 12.99 lakh), ex-showroom.