Indian Scout Bobber in the driving report

Indian Scout Bobber in the driving report
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Indian Scout Bobber in the driving report

Indian Scout Bobber in the driving report

Indian Scout Bobber in the driving report

Indian Scout Bobber in the driving report

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Black grinder

Indian Scout family is growing. At her side is the Indian Scout Bobber. Technically almost identical, optically reduced, black dominates. Enough for a new driving experience?

Since its appearance, the Indian Scout has been something like the driving dynamics promise in the cruiser segment. From a little more than 1,100 cm³, the Indian two-man develops 95 fast ponies that provide rapid propulsion at 8,000 rpm. That sounds like revving, like speed and not at all like a motorcycle in “long and low” format. And yet this formula proves Indian right, because the S.cout stomps out and lives out her dynamic genes with just as much relish. With this two-in-one characteristic, the Scout is no longer alone in the Indian program. The Iowa Indians are knitting a new model around the famous Ami-V2 and the aluminum-steel chassis, the Indian Scout Bobber. According to the specifications for this type of cruiser, it rolls out of the factory halls at a slightly reduced rate. Specifically, the 130/90 front wheel in 16-inch format only covers a small fender at the front, while it looks similar around the 150 / 80-16-inch tire at the rear.

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Indian Scout Bobber in the driving report

Indian Scout Bobber in the driving report
Black grinder

Curved cruiser handlebars are history

The rear fender of the Indian Scout Bobber is so short that an extra aluminum frame has to serve as a license plate holder. From the baroque forms of the Scout, tight bikini pieces were created for the bobber. There is also a footrest system that places the feet 38 millimeters further back and a little further out. And the curved cruiser handlebar is also history. A wide dragbar now pulls the driver’s back forward in a sporty way, hands grab the gently cranked handlebar. The Bobber indulges in pure understatement when choosing colors. Although there are five different colors, the engine, frame, exhaust system, mirrors and other add-on parts do without colorful, explain Schwarz as a maxim. The last difference to the Scout concerns the rear suspension struts. The previous 76 millimeters travel to work has become five centimeters for the Bobber. Do the intervertebral discs like that? The winding roads around Cannes in France have to prove it.

60-degree V2 bubbles strongly

As if by itself, there is space for the rear on the single seat, which is almost 650 millimeters high. Immediately after pressing the starter of the Indian Scout Bobber, the 60-degree V2 is there, bubbles vigorously but not loudly when standing and falls into a very steady resting pulse. It retains this character for the first few meters through the inner-city traffic. The liquid-cooled twin accelerates gently, pulsing in sixth gear at 1,650 rpm in town if necessary. However, the throttle should not be opened suddenly at this speed. Only from 2,000 rpm onwards, expressions of displeasure on the part of the engine are no longer an issue.

Peak performance of 95 hp at 8,000 rpm

What it looks like can be illustrated well on the rev range. The motor turns up to 4,000 revolutions on a pure cruiser drive, pulsing casually and smoothly through every challenge. Even if the maximum torque of 97 Nm is only available at 5,600 rpm, the engine of the Indian Scout Bobber is always powerful enough even below that. But he also has a second face, from the aforementioned 4,000 rpm, Dr. Jekyll Mr. Hyde. At least under cruiser standards. Where other fat V2s slowly throw in the towel, the bobber unit takes off again. As the vibrations increase, the engine’s temperament increases. In a spontaneous high-altitude flight, it passes its peak torque, rushing towards its peak performance of 95 hp at 8,000 rpm.

Fully fueled, it weighs 255 kilograms

So the engine has sporty talents, the chassis less so. You already guessed it, the struts. Thanks to thick upholstery, the comfort for the back is benevolently just about okay, but the lowering by 26 millimeters compared to the Scout allows the bobber, which, according to Indian, weighs 255 kilograms with a full tank to scrape across the asphalt fairly early. According to the manufacturer, an incline of 29 degrees should still be possible (Scout 33 degrees). Those are quickly used up in the cornering paradise of the Côte d’Azur. The grip of the Kenda tires in 16-inch format in the summery temperatures for presentation, the reserves of the properly working fork with 120 millimeters of travel, the two single disc brakes at the front and rear and even the somewhat coarse ABS – all of these Ingredients prove to be willing players in the research exploration of the dynamic limits of the Indian Scout Bobber. However, they can only show their true potential in the rarest of cases. The black bobber turns into a sparkling grinder too soon. First the notches rasp off, then to the left the side stand in full length and to the right the manifold including the exhaust of the double pipe system.

A jaunty wolf in sheep’s clothing

Anyone who now throws in that the Indian Scout Bobber was not built for such a hustle and bustle is of course right. On the one hand. Because in their circles the look is at least as important as the function, because strolling, enjoying, drifting are much more in focus than the tight curve line. But this engine is just too lively to only ever imitate the worn blues of shirt-sleeved long-stroke drivers. Its short-stroke heart (bore 99 mm, stroke 73.6 mm) wants to swing and needs a dynamic run-out. For 13,990 euros plus additional costs, the Scout Bobber is a fat, dashing wolf in sheep’s clothing who is not allowed to fully develop his wild talents. The Bobber is a visually successful alternative to the curved cruiser shapes of the Scout. But the bottom line – and that despite the rather opposite design language – offers the more dynamic package. Thus, the Bobber is especially perfect for all those who always knew that when it comes to looks, less can also be more.

Technical data Indian Scout Bobber

Indian Scout Bobber

Engine:

Water-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke 60-degree engine, a balance shaft, two overhead, chain-driven camshafts, four valves per cylinder, rocker arm, dry sump lubrication, injection, 2 x Ø 60 mm, regulated catalytic converter, alternator 420 W, battery 12 V / 12 Ah , mechanically operated multi-disc oil bath clutch, six-speed gearbox, toothed belt, secondary ratio 2.357.

Bore x stroke: 99.0 x 73.6 mm
Humbraum: 1,131 cm³
Compression ratio: 10.7: 1
Rated output: 70.0 kW (95 hp) at 8,000 rpm
Max. Torque: 97 Nm at 5,600 rpm

Landing gear:

Composite frame made of aluminum with screwed steel stern, load-bearing engine, telescopic fork, Ø 41 mm, two-arm swing arm made of aluminum, two spring struts, adjustable spring base, front disc brake, Ø 298 mm, double-piston floating caliper, rear disc brake, Ø 298 mm, single-piston floating caliper, ABS.

Cast aluminum wheels: 3.50 x 16; 3.50 x 16
Tire: 130/90 16; 150/80 16

Dimensions + weights:

Wheelbase 1,562 mm, steering head angle 61.0 degrees, caster 120 mm, spring travel f / r 120/50 mm, seat height 649 mm, dry weight 245 kg, permissible total weight 449 kg, tank capacity 12.5 liters.

Guarantee: five years

Colours: Black, red, matte black, gray, green

Price: 13,990 euros

Additional costs: 249 euros

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