Ride review: 2018 Indian Scout Bobber
There is no denying the fact that the Indian Scout Bobber has been one of the most awaited motorcycle launches from the Indian line-up. The Indian Scout has already made a mark on the big bike scene in the country and is a sought-after model from the company, nevertheless, the Bobber version does take style quotient up by a few notches and the end result is a bike that is completely drool-worthy!
It follows the chopped and stripped down approach of custom motorcycle design made popular in the ’40s and couples that with the styling of the Scout. The end result is a sleek low bike that has that quintessential bobber look which is further accentuated by the black headlight nacelle, minimum engine cover, and vented exhaust shields. It features a blacked-out styling which gives it a raw look, yet its pedigree is clearly visible. In order to offer a more aggressive riding position, the handlebars and pegs have moved 38 mm closer to the rider. The bike also gets front and rear chopped fenders, excellent Kenda K761 Knobbly tyres, blacked-out rims, and a two-tone genuine leather seat.
The brand has built quite a reputation in the engine department for all their bikes. They are known to be extremely refined and smooth with the power delivery being effortless and allowing the rider to cruise all day without breaking a sweat. The 1,133cc liquid-cooled V-Twin engine that powers this vehicle is no different. It is capable of delivering 127.8 PS of power and is coupled to a six-speed transmission which ensures you stay in the meaty part of the powerband and enjoy an exhilarating riding experience.
Indian Motorcycles are known for their exquisite machines and this one lives up to that reputation on all counts. It has been styled to perfection with its retro appeal shining through which gives it a solid road presence. This is a powerful bike and it is also rather easy to ride and manage in our riding environment thanks to its not-so-large dimensions. The icing on the cake, however, is the pricing. At `12,99,000 onwards (ex-showroom), the new Indian Scout Bobber falls in the affordable ‘big bike’ category and it is bound to find a lot of takers.