Immediately I discovered myself stepping off of a aircraft in Minneapolis, MN, with a couple of different journalists. Whereas the X Video games are at present in full swing right here within the “Twin Cities,” we have been on the town for the launch of a brand new Indian Scout. The 2018 Indian Scout Bobber is a minimalistic, low-slung, blacked-out model of its predecessor. Wanting on the bike as soon as the covers got here off, the phrase muscle involves thoughts. The type of motorbike that kicks sand in your face and takes your girlfriend. I prefer it.
The Indian government workforce talked about the phrase “badass” virtually a number of too many occasions, however after seeing the brand new bikes, it’s the easiest approach to describe them. And, in fact, we get it. Indian is trying to appeal to a youthful crowd with a visually extra robust and customized look. Additionally, this explains why we’re on the town the identical weekend because the X Video games.
“We try to maneuver the model away from simply being a heritage model, increasing it a bit additional and to draw new clients,” Indian President Steve Menneto confirmed on the bike’s unveiling. Menneto then went on to deal with Polaris’ discontinuing the Victory product line.
“How does this choice influence Indian?” he requested rhetorically. “The influence for Indian is extra investments and rising the enterprise quicker.”
The brand new Indian Scout Bobber has been blacked out from the brand new forged aluminum wheels to the headlight nacelle and every thing in between. No, actually: black body, black exhaust, black handlebars, black drop down bar-finish mirrors, black gauges, you get the thought. This leads me to consider a sure Stones music from the 60s was enjoying on repeat within the design workplaces of Indian’s HQ. We see minimalistic engine covers, and louvered warmth shields on the all-black exhaust including to the match and really feel.
Sticking with the much less-is-extra theme Indian has gotten rid of the Scout’s middle brake mild for an built-in LED cease/flip/tail mild and offset the license plate holder to the left aspect (U.S. fashions solely). One other styling change to notice is the brand on the tank. The large block letters undeniably add to the robust styling parts.
In true “Bobber” type the fenders entrance and rear have been chopped. The rear suspension has misplaced an inch, which brings journey down from three.zero inches to 2.zero. The entrance fork now options cartridge internals, which is coupled with a handlebar 1.5-inches nearer to the rider. Equally, the footpegs are moved 1.5 inches rearward, which ought to assist lend to a sportier-dealing with Scout. Aside from the suspension modifications, the bike stays mechanically unchanged. Indian says the Bobber’s seat is 25.6 inches, which is zero.three inch taller than the older Scout, so we surmise that it’s thicker to make additional room for the nearer footpegs. Specs state a weight lack of 5 kilos to a 554-pound curb weight.
Even with all that black you continue to get 4 nice wanting colour choices: the most cost effective choice placing MSRP at $eleven,499 for Thunder Black, shifting to $eleven,999 for Star Silver Smoke, Bronze Smoke, or Indian Motorbike Pink. Lastly, the Thunder Black Smoke model at $12,499, which additionally consists of ABS. Right here, smoke means it comes with a flat end.
Whereas the bike seems to be principally beauty modifications, we should wait till tomorrow’s experience to report again on dealing with traits and general ideas. I can say with full seriousness that I’m already daydreaming about how “badass” I’m going to look on it tomorrow.
Have any questions? Depart them within the feedback under and I’ll do my greatest to get solutions whereas we have now the Indian employees right here with us.