Indian debuted their new Scout this week, with a lot of hype about their company’s history and heritage. Here’s a video that talks about all that.
Of course, while the new Scout is quite a bit more powerful than some of its competition in the same size and price range, it’s a bit silly to compare it to the originals – those bikes were the high-performance machines of their day, and were suited and used for everything. They filled roles that, today, are filled by specialized road-racing bikes, or dual sport machines, or whatever. The new Scout is designed with one thing in mind: cruising. In its current form, you won’t see them roadraced successfully, and you can bet the army isn’t going to buy them for transport.
However – kudos to Indian for actually taking the new machine up on the Wall of Death, towards the end of the video. Now, if they would just please stop referring to it as “Scout” instead of “the Scout,” that would be fantastic. That’s one marketing gimmick that needs to end, right now.