Ride review: Indian Scout Bobber is a delightful retro-style machine
This is a bike that you can fall in love with the minute you set your eyes on it. Based on the Indian Scout, the Bobber has been chopped and stripped down to bring about a minimalist retro look. The end result—a remarkable machine that will turn heads on the highway.
In order to achieve that quintessential ‘Bobber’ look, this vehicle takes its inspiration from custom chopped bikes. To add that bit of flair, Indian Motorcycles has given it a neat-looking black headlight nacelle, minimum engine cover, and vented exhaust shields. The blacked-out styling lends the bike a raw appearance and the attention to detail is phenomenal. Everything from the chopped mudguards to the single leather seat and lower handlebars has been well thought of and play a vital role in creating this visual masterpiece.
The automobile is powered by a 1,133 liquid cooled V-Twin engine that delivers 127.8 PS of power and is coupled to a six-speed transmission. Hit the start button and as the engine comes to life, you know you are in for a special ride. The engine is known for its refined smooth nature and on that count, it doesn’t disappoint. While it is extremely powerful, it isn’t temperamental at all and you can easily putter around town on the bike at city speeds. Out on the open road, it becomes a different beast altogether and what a joy that experience is! Shift through the gears, get up to three digit speeds without any trouble and enjoy motoring at a level that only the Bobber can offer.
This is a low bike and offers a slightly more aggressive riding position as compared to the Scout. While it is still easy to manoeuvre, the riding position isn’t ideal for long distance riding, but then again, most owners will use it as their favourite Sunday morning ride and on that front it delivers. The ride quality is decent and vibrations are at a minimum. Handling and grip are further aided by the large Kenda K761
Priced at `12,99,000 onwards (ex-showroom), the Indian Scout Bobber is a rather decent purchase if you are in the market for a big bike but not a racing machine or a gigantic cruiser. It is a bike the delivers in terms of performance, has oodles of attitude and deserves a prize position in your garage!