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Indian Bobber Scout

INDIAN BOBBER SCOUT

In 2018 RUST rode the Indian Bobber Scout LA to San Diego (and back!) – it was some ride!

THIS is a work of art. You need time to take it all in, then you need to ride it, and then to look again. You need to do both to appreciate all the details as the visual and the kinetic interlink.

The motor – you can see this visually too – is very modern. It reminds me of when Harley-Davidson launched their V-Rod. That was a cruiser with what felt like a superbike motor. The Scout Bobber is a bit like that, only not so muscular (it doesn’t have the cubic capacity) but certainly it’s a modern engine and 100hp is actually pretty fair for an 1100cc vee-twin, but expect linear power and torque curves. So you don’t ride it off the bottom so much as let it rip. It still makes a deep basso rumble, but with a higher pitch mixed in. It is smooth, though, and slick. The standard pipes obviously answer to the authorities – with something less restrictive it would be interesting to see how it would perform and sound.

Warren loved the Scout Bobber and chose to ride it over the Speedmaster. That’s based on looks as much as anything. The Indian guys have put so much effort into bringing together a design that works on a 360º basis; everything links, every part has interconnectivity with the next, it is one cohesive design. The detailing is exquisite for a mass production machine.

The Scout Bobber lives for an urban life. It’s a bit of a pose, for sure, but there’s enough genuine design and engineering to pull it off, it’s not embarrassing and the looks it attracts are admiring and inquisitive. And you need to keep it in town, because for real road trips that riding position and that short travel suspension make for a compromised ride. I wouldn’t call it outright uncomfortable but I certainly wouldn’t consider it for touring. Maybe for smaller, lighter people it works better. But in town it certainly works, you sit relaxed yet in command so you can give it a quick spurt to clear the traffic when you need, or you can just gently thrum along, and it has a modern set of controls and engine and chassis responses to keep you safe if others aren’t so alert.

In downtown San Diego it was fully within its environment. It has that same intoxicating mix of modernity and historical background. It has its own identity for sure…

INDIAN BOBBER SCOUT

SPECIFICATIONS

Engine 
Engine TypeLiquid Cooled V-Twin
Displacement1133 cc
Bore x Stroke99mm x 73.6mm
Compression Ratio10.7:1
Electronic Fuel Injection SystemClosed loop fuel injection / 60 mm bore
Performance 
Peak Torque RPM5600 rpm
Peak Torque97 Nm
Suspension 
Suspension: Front – Type/TravelTelescopic Fork/120 mm
Suspension: Rear – Type/TravelDual Shocks / 51 mm
Chassis 
Brakes/FrontSingle / 298 mm Rotor / 2 Piston Caliper
Brakes/RearSingle /298 mm Rotor / 1 Piston Caliper
Tires/FrontPirelli MT60RS 130/90B16 67H
Tires/RearPirelli MT60RS 150/80B16 77H
Wheels 
ExhaustSplit dual exhaust with crossover
Dimensions 
Wheelbase1576 mm
Seat Height649 mm / 662 mm
Ground Clearance129 mm
Overall Length2274 mm
Overall Height1053 mm
Overall Width926 mm
Rake29°
Trail120 mm
Fuel Capacity12.5 L
GVWR449 kg
Weight (Empty tank / full of fuel)252 kg / 261 kg
Indian Bobber Scout

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