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The “Badass” Indian Scout Bobber Breaks Cover

This is the Indian Scout Bobber – and it is pretty damn “badass,” actually

Updated August 23, 2018

This is the new Indian Scout Bobber – and if Indian’s executives are to be believed, the only way to describe this motorcycle is by using the word “badass” as often as possible. And we’re inclined to agree with them. After its recent unveiling in Minneapolis, the Indian Scout Bobber has definitely impressed us. While “badass” is a matter of opinion, we think Indian are moving in the right direction. It’s still very much a cruiser, but it has a young and sporty appeal that opens it up to a whole new demographic. After Harley Davidson have just told the press that young people aren’t into the cruiser market, Indian have replied with this. So be quiet, Harley Davidson, because Indian are doing the talking.

The Indian Scout Bobber: Coming In September

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At the heart of the Indian Scout Bobber, we’ve got the usual 1130cc liquid-cooled v-twin lump. It still makes 100 hp, which is a bit of a disappointment because we expected a little bit of a fancy tune to  give it something a little different but it’s still the same engine that you’d expect in any old Indian Scout. Despite the lack of a different tune, the engine is still makes us smile, and that’s the important thing. This Bobber variant is all about the look and ride ergonomics rather than any fancy engine work, so we’ll forgive Indian for that.

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As the name implies, it’s a Bobber. So, to that end, Indian have chopped the front and rear fenders, lowered the rear suspension and adjusted the front suspension accordingly. The handlebars have been moved closer to the rider, and even better, the footpegs are in a more sporty position, having been moved back towards the rider by a whole 1.5 inches – because of this, the saddle height has been raised up a little too. Overall, the Indian Scout Bobber is a full five pounds lighter than its regular Scout stable mate. Interestingly, this more “sporty” direction makes it similar in appeal to Ducati’s Diavel…the Indian is not at that level yet, but it shows an interesting shift in modern cruiser design, with sports ergonomics becoming a more important feature. Talking of design…

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It seems like the Indian Scout Bobber’s designers took the classic Henry Ford quote to heart: “Any color so long as it’s black” because almost every feature of this beauty has been blacked out. We’ve got a black frame, black wheels, a black headlight cowl, a black exhaust, black gauges, and pretty much everything else had been blacked out too. Out with the chrome and in with the black, it seems. And it works – it gives the Indian Scout Bobber a very sleek, minimalist and powerful look. Couple that blacked out theme with integrated LED lights, an off-set license plate holder and big bold lettering across the tank, and you’ve got a very forward-thinking motorcycle.

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The Indian Scout Bobber will arrive in US and Canadian dealerships in September, with prices starting from $11,499 (US). Color options include Thunder Black, Thunder Black Smoke, Star Silver Smoke, Bronze Smoke and Indian Motorcycle Red. If you want the ABS model, you can only have the Thunder Black Smoke version, and expect to pay a little more.

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