You’d be forgiven for believing that this Indian Scout custom has been transported through time from a 1920s board track race meet. In fact, it’s a 2016 Indian Scout; painstakingly customised to look like a boardtracker and built as a tribute to Oscar Hedström, the Swedish co-founder of Indian Motorcycle.
Indian Scout Custom ‘Super Scout’
The ‘Super Scout’ is a collaboration between Swedish wrenchers; Anders Lundgren and Lasse Sundberg from Stockholm’s Fullhouse Garage Shop and Roth Engineering, Upplands Vasby respectively. Both are American big-twin specialists with a penchant for building vintage bobbers and choppers.
AN ODE TO THE SCOUTS OF OLD
This Indian Scout custom build, employs an especially smart use of space, with a custom frame and false fuel tank, to cleverly hide modern technology. This allowed the pair to echo the lines of the near-invincible Indian Scout board-trackers of old – emulating their slim silhouette.
“We wanted to build a bike that was related with the Indian history of board track racing and at the same time included the new era of technology that Indian stands for today. The Scout model was the perfect choice and we came up with the name Super Scout to honour the old Scout models that were almost unbeatable on the race tracks.”
INDIAN LEAF SPRING FORK
The addition of the distinct Leaf Spring fork, synonymous with Indian Motorcycle in the early 20th century, excellently captures the aesthetic of the era of board track racing.
That combined with the board-track drop bars by Roth Engineering, solidify this custom’s board tracker credentials.
According to Lasse, the custom frame which was built in three sections was the most difficult part of the build. Surprisingly, even more so, than installing the turbo.
SUPER SCOUT – NOT JUST BUILT FOR AESTHETICS
Speaking of turbo; much in the same way board track bikes were built for speed and performance the very same ideals were placed at the forefront of this build.
The Super Scout features a water-cooled Garret 25 turbo, which has given the bike an extra edge. The Scout now produces 150hp to 200hp at the rear, dependant on boost pressure.
Despite its old-school looks, the duo has integrated a fully programmable ECU, along with a key fob system, including Bluetooth for monitoring engine data and tuning the ECU by an iPad.
The dummy fuel tank hides all the electronics, including the throttle body in addition to the front master cylinder and more. The actual fuel tank is fitted underneath the H AND F Mesinger board-track replica saddle and uses an Indian Scout internal pump.
“We wanted to give the bike some extra boost of power and to also show that we can combine an old-school look with modern technology.”
There’s still some fine-tuning of the turbo, to be undertaken over the coming months which Anders is looking forward to. However, you’ll likely agree the asethetics are just perfect as they are.
‘SUPER SCOUT’ PART’S LIST
- Front Wheel: 23 x 3,75” 60-spoke cross-radial laced, Pirelli tyres
- Front Brake: Beringer inboard system, wire operated to front master cylinder (K-tech hidden)
- Rear Wheel: 23 x 3,75” 60-spoke cross-radial laced, Pirelli tyres
- Rear Brake: Harrison billet sprocket brake, K-tech cylinder
- Front Fork: W&W Indian leaf spring
- Handlebar: Roth Engineering Boardtrack style, internal throttle control, LED turn signals in the handlebar
- Dummy Fuel Tank: Styled like a 1920 Indian Scout. Hides all the electronics, throttle body, front master cylinder, etc
- Fuel Tank: Homemade by Roth Engineering, uses Scout internal fuel pump and is fitted under the saddle
- Saddle: H and F Mesinger board-track replica
- Rear Fender: Homemade by Roth Engineering
- Front Headlamp: Indian Scout LED
- Taillight: LED light under saddle, combined tail/brake/turn-signals
- Engine: 1133cc Indian Scout 2016, sandblasted to an old-school finish
- Radiators: From a Honda CRF450, electrical fans
- Fuel: E85 1,600cc injectors, fully programmable ECU
- Electrical System: Fob system with Bluetooth for monitoring engine data and tuning via an iPad