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In its effort to move away from just being a heritage brand and building bikes for a younger generation, Indian has just unveiled its badass new Scout Bobber motorcycle. With clean, muscular styling, this is a welcome departure from traditional cruiser aesthetics.
So, what is a bobber? Traditionally, a bobber is a customized motorcycle with a chopped frame to give it a lower seat and a cooler riding position. Basically, the goal is to make your butt as close to the rear wheel as possible. Now you can have a bobber with no welding required with this low-slung, stripped down brawler.
The Indian Scout Bobber starts at $11,499. It’s an all-American alternative to the new Triumph Bonneville Bobber which starts at $11,900 and a non-Harley alternative to the Harley-Davidson Forty Eight which starts at $11,299. Power comes from an 1130cc V-twin that makes 100 horsepower—an awful lot at this price point. The Triumph Bobber’s 1200cc parallel twin makes 77 HP and the 1202cc Evolution V-twin in the Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight only makes 61 HP. In both performance and style, this Indian is a tremendous value.
The new Scout Bobber is available in five colors, Thunder Black, Bronze Smoke, Star Silver Smoke, and Indian Motorcycle Red for the standard models while the ABS model gets the matte-black Thunder Black Smoke paint. All of them have black frames, black wheels, black mufflers, and a black engine with just a little chrome adding some tasteful contrast to the murdered out look.
Our favorite part of the bike is that tank badging. Rather than the old-school stylized “Indian” logo, they went a different direction with bold lettering that really stands out as something modern. It works very well with the overall design.
If Indian plays its cards right in marketing this thing, they could eat up some decent market share in the motorcycle youth market. Check out the video below to see it in action.