A year after unveiling their Thunderstroke-powered platform to the public, Indian has unveiled a new motorcycle, the Scout, powered by another new motor.
While the bikes Indian introduced last year were high-end luxury bikes, the Scout is intended to compete with bikes like Harley-Davidson’s Sportster lineup; it has an $12,199 MSRP in Canada, and weighs less than the current Sportster models, with a 253 kg wet weight. That’s still more than the Yamaha Bolt, which stole a few hearts that originally were set on a Sportster when it came out last year, but the Yamaha isn’t made in the USA, and it doesn’t have a liquid-cooled 1130 cc motor, like the Scout.
The Scout’s motor is one of the bike’s biggest focal points; looking at the machine; you can’t miss the massive radiator hanging between the downtubes of the frame (made from cast aluminum!). The motor puts out over 100 hp, with a six-speed transmission, ride-by-wire throttle and reaches peak torque (72 ft-lbs) at 5900 rpm .
The Scout has 642 mm seat height, and a 1562 mm wheelbase, giving riders that long, low look that cruiser guys like. That seat is real leather, too. The styling is meant to be a throwback to the original Scouts, out of production decades ago. It does look a bit like a Victory design, though. It’ll be available in red, gloss black and matte black and silver. We don’t have an official date for Canadian availability.
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