Want a street tracker? Indian Motorcycles is happy to help, and will sell you the FTR, a factory-built bike. But if you want to build your own, you can do that too, combining a body kit from Roland Sands Design (RSD) with an Indian Scout.
In stock form, the Indian Scout is a classic retro cruiser, Indian’s one-upsmanship response to the Harley-Davidson Sportster series. When Polaris engineers designed this bike, they cleverly made it to be easily owner-modified, with body panels quickly removable/replaceable. That means you can put on Indian’s own official easy-install accessories, or you can install third-party bits.
That’s what the RSD kit is. If you remember, a few years back, Indian’s initial flat track racing efforts in the AMA pro series used a highly modified Scout, with a Roland Sands Design kit. That’s what you get here, with some added street-legal parts (blinkers, headlight).
The RSD upgrades start off with the basic Tracker kit. This replaces the Scout’s low cruiser-style tail section with a new aluminum subframe, fiberglass tailpiece, race seat (with relocated rectifier mount), a new drive belt tensioner, and relocated shock mount. There’s also a set of front and rear race-style number plates.
From there, you can add a new handlebar riser kit, relocate the gauges, bolt on a fork brace, mid-mount controls, and even go for traditional 19-inch tracker wheels, and much more. RSD also recommends 13-inch Progressive Suspension 970 Series shocks.
Pricing starts at $1300 USD for the basic “Phase 1” kit, but obviously the price rises drastically with every bit you add on. By the time you’re done, an FTR would have been a cheaper option, and faster, but you’ll have the enjoyment of building your own bike, at least. And, if you already own the Scout (or the Scout Sixty) and enjoy your machine, why not turn it into what you want? Hooligan racing isn’t as popular in Canada as it is in the US, but this kit would help you build your machine into a racer for that style of competition.
Check out RSD’s collection of Indian upgrade parts here.