Indian bobs the Scout to challenge Triumph and Harley for back-street cred

CAPTION: Indian's new Bobber will likely land in Australia in October, selling for around $19,000. Looks pretty neat.

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BORN-again American bike manufacturer Indian has joined the bobber party, unveiling pics of its own Indian Scout Bobber.

The bike won’t be seen in Australia until late in the year and is expected to sell for $19,000, give or take.

The Bobber loses an inch of rear suspension from the standard Scout and has different handlebars, seat and footpegs, all of which Indian says creates a more aggressive riding position.

Most of the other changes are cosmetic including lots of black paint, chunky tyres, chopped fenders, and various colour options.

Indian Motorcycle’s Peter Harvey describes the Bobber as Indian’s “most raw and mean machine to date”.

“It’s the ultimate in the celebration of what motorcycling is about – a powerful engine, two wheels, and no plans of where to go,” he says.

“It’s an incredibly fun motorcycle that delivers a ton of attitude, along with a ton of power.”

Official specs (down the bottom of the page) promise 97.7 Newtons of torque from the 1133cc engine, a seat height of 649mm, and a wet weight (full tank) of 254kg. They don’t give us an official horsepower figure but the base Scout generates around 100 making the Indian slightly heavier but more powerful than Triumph’s Bobber, on paper at least. (We took the Triumph for a quick blast recently. Read our report here.)

Both are lighter and harness more ponies than the Harley 1200 Sportster.

Here’s a few pics.

 

 

 

2017 INDIAN SCOUT BOBBER

SPECIFICATIONS

Engine Type

Liquid Cooled V-Twin (60 degrees), DOHC, Transmission, 6-speed Constant Mesh

Displacemen

1133 cc

Bore

93 mm

Stroke

73.6 mm

Compression ratio

10.7:1

Primary Drive

Gear drive wet clutch

Final Drive

2.357:1

Peak Torque

97.7 Nm

Peak Torque RPM

5900 rpm

Exhaust

Split dual exhaust

Front wheel

Cast 16″ x 3.5″

Rear wheel

Cast 16″ x 3.5″

Tyre size front

130/90-16 73H

Tyre size rear

150/80-16 71H

Brakes/Front

Single / 298 mm Rotor / 2 Piston Caliper

Brakes/Rear

Single /298 mm Rotor / 1 Piston Caliper

Front – Type/Travel

Telescopic Fork / 4.7″ (120 mm) – Cartridge Type Suspension

Rear – Type/Travel

Dual Shocks / 2.0″ (50 mm)

Wheelbase

1562 mm

Seat Height

649 mm

Ground Clearance

123 mm

Overall Height

1154 mm

Overall Length

2229 mm

Overall Width

926 mm

Rake

29°

Trail

119.9 mm

Fuel Capacity

12.5 lts

Weight with empty tank

244 kg

Weight with full tank

254 kg

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