INDIAN is to put this new Scout Bobber on sale before the end of 2017 as one of the first of its 2018 model-year bikes.
Based on the normal 1133cc Scout, with 94hp and 97Nm of torque, the Scout Bobber gets shortened fenders and lowered suspension plus a revised riding position. The bars are ‘tracker’ style, while the pegs are moved back by 38mm. The rear suspension is dropped by 25mm and chunky-looking tyres are fitted as standard. The fork cartridges are also new.
A black headlight surround is fitted along with minimalist engine covers and new vented exhaust heat shields. The two-tone seat is real leather and there are new Indian badges on the tank.
International Product Manager Ben Lindaman said: “We have introduced Scout Bobber to bring some edge to Indian. Many Scout riders have already been bobbing their bikes to give them an aggressive and raw look. Scout Bobber is inspired by those owners and this new model will offer a great platform for even more personalisation.
“Scout Bobber focuses on style with its low profile, chopped fenders and blacked out components; it performs really well too. We’ve fitted new cartridge forks up front, the new riding position makes you feel more connected and the engine produces a meaty 94hp making this a great bike to blast around on.”
Reid Wilson, Marketing Director for Indian, said: “Scout Bobber is Indian’s leanest machine to date. It’s an incredibly fun motorcycle to ride with the bobber style that many Scout fans have been asking us to build for some time.”
The bike shares the normal Indian Scout’s aluminium frame, helping it to be lighter than you might expect. With a full fuel tank, ready to run, it tips the scales at 255kg.
Prices will be announced later in the year, along with a definite on-sale date. European bikes also won’t get the side-mounted licence plate and bar-end mirrors shown in some of the pictures. These are only for the American market. Instead we get conventional mirrors and a normal number plate hanger, both borrowed from the Chief Dark Horse.