My passage into motorcycling was though Japanese bikes. I grew up with Suzukis, Kawazakis, Honda and Yamahas, and that was a far as my motorcycle knowledge went. It was only much later in my life, when I got acquainted with American motorcycles, that I had to learn a whole new vocabulary. Words like ‘Scrambler’, ‘Softail’ and ‘Bobber’.
Lately, these terms have started to creep back into modern motorcycles, with the Scrambler making a comeback in BMW, Triumph, and even Ducati. Triumph launched their Bobber last year, and now Indian have “Bobbed” their Scout. It is stripped down and blacked out.
I recently rode the Indian Scout Sixty and I was delighted by the simplicity of it. You could ride it like a sport-bike, so the Scout definitely has the dynamic ability. The Bobber, however, had received some other changes to make it stand apart, unique in it’s character. The rear shocks are shortened and the front wheel has now been beefed up and the tread is blocky. It sits on a blacked out rims with disk brakes frond and rear (with ABS as standard, of course).
The engine is an 1133cc V-twin mill and I was surprised, even with the Sixty, at how smooth the engine is. Pushing out 100hp with 97nm of torque, it makes for a delightful ride in any gear. It is water cooled and Indian did a very good job of incorporating the radiator into the retro design. Instrumentation is just a round speedometer with a small LCD screen for the vital information. The feet-controls are forward, the handlebars outstretched and the other end of the triangle is a plush looking seat. Sitting at a very low 65cm and covered in leather, it really is a comfortable seat.
Everywhere I went the Indian drew attention, but the overwhelming response was more of “What is this?” With the Indian name generously sprinkled all over the bike, it was more the unfamiliarity with American brands that got most people. Surprisingly we also had some chats with Harley riders who had recently swapped over to the brand. That is not Indian’s sole focus though. Looking at their latest model line-up they are set to draw some riders of Japanese brands, too.
This is really a delightful bike, and if you fit the abbreviated pipes it will for an even cooler bike. Just be prepared to answer a lot of questions where ever you pull up. It’s the kind of bike that draws attention!