Indian Scout Bobber UK Dealer Launch: Saturday, 14th October 2017, saw the UK dealer launch of the Indian Scout Bobber. As you already know; though it’s worth restating – it’s a fine piece of design engineering.
The Scout Bobber is a sportier version of the Scout and is likely to attract riders who may be considering a Harley Sportster (Forty-Eight) – or Soft-Tail like the Fat Bob. Also, this bike may sway riders who are considering the Triumph Bobber as an outlier.
Indian Scout Bobber: A Sporty, Stripped-Back, Chopped, Minimalist
The Scout Bobber uses the same V-twin, liquid-cooled, 1133cc engine as the Scout, which creates 94hp and 97Nm of torque, so there’s plenty of grunt. The bike also uses the Scout’s aluminium frame, which helps to achieve a kerbside weight of 255kg. Relatively speaking that’s light. A lot lighter than you’d expect for a bike of this size and nature.
The pegs have been pulled a smidgen under 4cm closer the rider, which offers a more assertive riding position than the Scout. Low rise tracker bars offer urban agility. Lower rear suspension, coupled with cartridge forks on the front respectively gives the bike a slammed stance, with greater feedback/control, along with stability.
The Scout Bobber proves that less is truly more. True to classic Bobber style…..
In designing the Scout Bobber, Indian Motorcycle has taken a minimalist approach – stripping-back, chopping and minimising the least essential and standout parts of the bike. The fenders receive the chop treatment, the headlight nacelle and the pipes are ‘blacked-out’ giving the front-end a meaner look.
Even the tank badge receives the minimalist treatment in the form of modern pragmatic lettering; simply spelling out the words "INDIAN SCOUT".
Scout Bobber Colours
There are five colour options to choose from, all of which are really quite appealing.
INDIAN SCOUT BOBBER SPECIFICATIONS ABRIDGED
- ENGINE TYPE- LIQUID COOLED V-TWIN
- DISPLACEMENT - 69 CU IN / 1133 CC
- BORE X STROKE - 99MM X 73.6MM
- COMPRESSION RATIO - 10.7:1
- ELECTRONIC FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM CLOSED LOOP FUEL INJECTION - / 60 MM BORE
- LENGTH - 2276 MM (89.6'')
- WIDTH (INT) - 926 MM (36.5'')
- HEIGHT (INT) - 1154 MM (45.4'')
- WEIGHT (EMPTY TANK / FULL OF FUEL) - 245KG/255KG
- GVWR [Gross Vehicle Weight Rating] - 449 KG
- SEAT HEIGHT - 649 MM (25.6'')
- LEAN ANGLE - 29°
- WHEELBASE - 1562 MM (61.5'')
- GROUND CLEARANCE - 123 MM (4.8'')
- RAKE - 29°
- TRAIL - 119.9 MM (4.7'')
- FUEL CAPACITY - 12.5 L
Scout Bobber UK Price
The UK price for the Scout Bobber starts at £11,299 - which makes it highly competitively priced, against bikes in its class.
A Welcome Addition to the UK
Whatever your thoughts are about the 'Bobber' moniker and your position on factory-built bobbers, it's difficult to argue that this bike isn't a fine looking machine. And equally that it doesn't represent relatively good value for money. Altogether, the Scout Bobber is a welcome addition to the 'Bobber' segment and it's great to see it now shipping in the UK.