All Tests – Scout Sixty test: an Indian in the city – The good ” little ” V-twin lacks pots

Scout Sixty test: an Indian in the city

All Tests - Scout Sixty test: an Indian in the city - The good '' little '' V-twin lacks pots

Revived with the Chief and Roadmaster motorcycles, the Indian brand is enjoying great success with its powerful Scout. The Springfield manufacturer intends to continue its development with a more “ light ” model but no less tasty: the Scout Sixty. Test !

The good ” little ” V-twin lacks pots

The main asset of this Sixty is undoubtedly its engine, manufactured in the Osceola plant (Wisconsin, USA) but designed and developed in collaboration with a small workshop based near Zurich (Switzerland), Swissauto, which has driven in particular in GP500 via the MZ Weber GP1 (collecting two pole positions in 1999 with Van den Goorbergh).

Very flexible, the V-twin of 999 cc accepts to descend then to set off again in idle speed on the third report without hiccuping. Injection and transmission – by belt, what else? – are very soft when cut off and when going around. Developments in the city are therefore greatly facilitated !

Leaving the slippery streets of Marbella, Site discovers with astonishment the remarkable extension of the watermill. Thanks to the trigger of the left stalk used traditionally to call the headlight, MNC scrolls the information of the small digital window…

In addition to the gear engaged indicator – very readable – and the clock – much less -, it is possible to show the temperature of the coolant, the total mileage, the partial trip and, what interests us more, the engine speed…

Site wrings the handle without touching the clutch – a little hard – or the selector – the stroke a little long. The small digital counter displays 5000, 6000, 7000 and even 8000 rpm! The breaker intervenes gently 250 turns higher approximately.

The naturally exploited range of use is between 2000 and 3500 rev / min, but in arsouille mode the "païlote" can shift it by 2000 rev / min in order to benefit from more sensational revivals and without this turning into the hammer session -picker.

Although the technical sheet establishes the maximum torque value at 5600 rpm (88.8 Nm), handlebars in hand Site prefer to navigate between 3000 and 4500 rpm, where the engine runs round the most and pulls hard enough to maintain a very good rhythm.

From 5000 rpm, vibrations appear at the footrests. By insisting like a moronic motorcycle tester, the crackling passes through the knees and reaches the hands after 6000 rpm … but these high speeds will not be explored by most reasonable users !

The fifth gear – which corresponds to the sixth of the Scout – retains its role of over-drive: at 3000 rpm, the Sixty trots exactly 90 km / h. The 120 km / h are quickly reached – and exceeded! – without any vibration disturbing the pilot.

Removing a gear from the gearbox (the fifth on the Scout) is absolutely not a problem for driving, which is even simplified since it takes more quickly to the last report! For cruising, the mid-revs of the 999 cc are satisfactory.

Many owners will seriously consider the purchase of silencers … less "silent" than the exhausts delivered as standard! Far too muffled, the sound of Indian pots is covered by the mechanical noises of the machine and its transmission. Frankly not satisfactory.

It is understandable why the Polaris France subsidiary has chosen to equip its own Sixty with Remus jars, which appear in the accessories catalog. Thanks to them, the little Indian turns into a real American singer: a real treat on the small Spanish roads !

In French urban areas, on the other hand, the pots of the German brand may turn out to be a little too noisy … Duly approved, they may indeed annoy less music-loving neighbors, especially if the Sixty is used every day. days…

Equipped with its Remus pots, the Scout Sixty engine always makes you want to add a little extra gas … But who says gas says speed, who says speed – in bends – says angle grip, and who says angle – on a custom – says … sparks !

Acceptable for a ride, the ground clearance is no longer sufficient if we want to follow the rhythm of a comrade who arsouille at the controls of his roadster … The Sixty, which behaves precisely when it is abrupt, makes us to know by scraping his footrests that it would be good to give back.

Conscientious, MNC nevertheless observes that there is a slight margin for maneuver: before the pot or the side stand lands on the ground, the footrests can bend slightly and allow a hint of angle to be put back in order to pass a turn that suddenly closes.

Smothered by its original silencers, the good "little" Indian V-Twin is therefore constrained by the geometry of the Scout Sixty (identical to the original Scout). Bikers who hoped to put big gas on all floors will have to wait for the brand to release a hypothetical "Sport Scout", higher on legs. ?

On the other hand, those who wish to take a leisurely stroll on the road, to brush gently or proudly parading around town will be fully satisfied by the Scout Sixty. Close to the "short" Scout in terms of performance, it allows its buyer to keep a nest egg for personalization.

This new entry level adds a final asset to its game by benefiting, like all Indian and Victory motorcycles, from a five-year warranty. The performance / price / serenity ratio becomes devilishly interesting … And it is clear that Indian is not ready to bury the hatchet !

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