Ridden: Indian Scout Bobber
Words: Abhishek Wairagade Photography: Rohit G Mane I have always had a soft spot for Indians (pun intended), especially the Scout, because my first big feature was the Scout Sixty review. I fell in love with the silky smooth motor, riding dynamics (rarely found on a cruiser), exquisite levels of refinement and the impeccable quality of materials. My only wish was to see the package being implemented on a sportier variant. In comes the Scout Bobber with mild cosmetic changes that make the bike look roguish like the Batpod. Not just that, it also comes with a modified rider’s triangle.
Around the world, everybody is going neo retro and the Bobber trend is picking up. Indian Motorcycle too has given its bike a tasty treatment with an aggressive riding position, all thanks to a tracker-styled handlebar, slightly rear set foot pegs (by 38mm) and a raised seat. However, the rear suspension travel has been reduced to just 50mm; down by 26mm. Interestingly the seat height has risen by 6mm, unlike bobbers from other makers. However, it is still friendly for riders of all height at just 649mm.
Get on the move and the slightly leaned forward riding position starts to make sense when you are intending to ride fast. It mandates you to hunch though, which isn’t really comfortable on long journeys. The engine is unbelievably smooth and the response is buttery at all times. It revs all the way to 9000rpm with the peak power coming in at about 8000rpm, when it really starts moving with tremendous urgency. Even with a 130-section front tyre, the Scout Bobber tips into corners with ease. This Bobber gets knobby tyres too, to lend it a menacing look.
Talking about the looks; fret not, as I have saved the best bit for the end. A bobber is all about lifestyle and good looks, and boy does the Scout Bobber look good. With a stunning V-twin, finished in matte black paired with exhaust pipes that resemble missiles from a WWII aircraft, it demands your attention. Even the front cowling (termed nacelle by Indian Motorcycle) in this black theme looks straight out of the history books. If the engine is its piece de resistance, then the aesthetics are the final brush stroke on the masterpiece. Even Batman would love to ride it during the day!
The Scout Bobber also comes in Jack Daniels edition, read here.