Premium Motorcycles – Indian Scout Off-Roader?

When You Want To Take Your Indian Scout Off Road…

Updated August 8, 2018

Just because something is incredibly ridiculous doesn’t mean that it isn’t cool. I mean, this Indian Scout custom job is completely impractical, scores a zero in terms of functionality and needs more than a bit of work to turn into a viable off-road capable machine but that doesn’t mean that it’s not an attractive looking motorcycle; it shows off what could be done, should anyone ever care to try.

Indian Scout Off Road 1

The Ultimate Custom Indian Scout Motorcycle?

This custom Scout off road machine was built and assembled by Premium Motorcycles, an Indian and Victory dealership in the South of France out of parts fabricated and painted by Eric Salin of California Colors. Visually, it’s a sight to behold but it’s quite obvious that it’s not going to be tackling many off road trails just yet, there are a few too many design faults – but that’s not the point of it, is it? There are hundreds of custom motorcycles out there and the vast majority of them are nothing more than showpieces; this is a showpiece, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t celebrate it.

Indian Scout Off Road 2

Let’s start with the obvious: the “Scout off road edition” is sitting on a pair of military Jeep Willy tires, which look mean, awesome and already separates this Scout away from many other customs we’ve seen before. Secondly, it’s got a short racing style tail at the back and a set of Flanders bars at the front and a powerful Heretic LED light replacing the stock lamp.

Engine wise, nothing has changed and Premium Motorcycles opted to leave it as is; the stock pipes were scrapped and replaced with a slimmer Arlen Ness assembly.The black paintwork on a few special parts, such as the shocks and controls, really stand out against the white satin, giving this custom Scout a really powerful look. But sadly, it only looks powerful.

Indian Scout Off Road 3

So what are the main problems? Well, the radiator sitting right behind an unguarded front wheel is one of them. Secondly, the tires in general will probably render this thing un-rideable. Thirdly, the original Scout (like many a motorcycle) is pretty capable off road (if left in daring enough hands) and doesn’t need much more than a set of knobblies and a sense of adventure to get from A to C, even if going through B means getting a bit dirty.

Indian Scout Off Road 4

Sure there are problems, but what’s the point and purpose of the custom? Because it showcases what could be done. It inspires builders, pushes boundaries and provokes debate. If enough people are talking about what they love or hate about this custom, it’s all good publicity for Indian. And there’s nothing wrong with showing off…nothing wrong at all. That’s why I like it.


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Joe Appleton
About Joe Appleton

I’ve done a bit of work here and there in the industry – I’ve even ridden a few bikes for actual money but what it comes down to is this: I ride bikes, build bikes and occasionally crash ‘em too. I like what I like but that certainly doesn’t make my opinion any more valid than yours…

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