Report: P.Tharyan, Photography: Mohd Nasir
I had just about finished riding the Indian Chief Vintage
and the experience was awesome. The bike was incredibly heavy but then it was
thrilling too, especially when it paced on long stretches. It was a true Indian
Maharaja. A couple of days later I got a call from the company telling me that
the Indian Scout was ready for me. I padded up again hoping to flex my muscles
to ride this one. But the moment I got on to it and started it, I realised it
was as light as a butterfly. Or it felt like one. It was rightly perched with a
seat height of 635mm, as compared to 660.4mm of the Vintage. This means that an
Indian with an average height like mine (a couple of inches short of six feet)
can easily sit on the bike and have his or her feet planted firmly on the
ground. There is no better assurance for a biker than to have his feet well
entrenched on the ground while in a stationery position. It puts you in a
commanding seating position and gives you a sense of authority. The seats can
be adjusted for both short as well as tall riders.
The bike design is simply superb, especially with the
stylish fenders and the split dual chrome exhaust. The black headlights with
chrome trim matches well with the other blacked-out elements. The 2015 Indian
Scout also features a tank badge similar to the iconic tank badges found on Scouts
since the 1920s.
The Indian Scout is a must buy for all those who are keen to
step into the world of men but are unsure of entering this elite club. It looks
majestic, has a superbike look, rides like one too. While it is affordable
compared to the Rs 20 lakh plus bikes, it is also easy to manoeuvre. This bike
weighs much less than the 364 kg Vintage at a mere 244 kg.
On the looks front it scores good number of points,
especially on its right side where its chrome plated split dual exhaust with
cross over looks amazingly gratifying. It perks up the bike’s image. The liquid
cooled V-twin 1130cc (69CU) with a closed loop fuel injection (60mm bore)
churns out 100bhp and a peak torque of 97.7Nm @ 5900rpm. Yes its liquid cooled,
different from its air-cooled engine that Indian makes.
Bad roads are well taken care with the bike’s 120mm
telescopic fork suspension in the front and dual shock absorbers (76mm) at the
rear. While it manages to accelerate past 100km in a matter of a few seconds,
the large ventilated discs bring the bike to a halt in a jiffy. Though the bike
comes only with a pure leather rider seat, a pillion seat too can be attached
from the accessory store. A lot of accessories like windshields, saddlebags,
driver as well as pillion back rests, etc are available to build up this
motorcycle. The good thing about this Indian Scout is that it is a Scout Master
because it lords over long distances as well as short distances with
considerable ease. Simply put, it does not tire you like some of the very heavy
cruisers. And because of its low centre of gravity, one can execute some high
speed cornering on this bike, provided you are sure of the terrain.
6-speed / Gear Drive Wet Clutch
Fuel Tank Capacity
Tyres: Front & Rear
rotor/2 piston caliper
rotor/1 piston caliper
Rs 12,05,661 onward
One should not forget the legacy that goes with the Scout.
Sometime around 1967 Burt Munro of New Zealand had set the world's land speed
record on this heavily modified 1920 Indian Scout at the legendary Bonneville
Salt Flats. The bike was built just for speed and had no safety equipment.
Burt’s feat, it is said, inspired the making of the film,
"The World's Fastest Indian." But the Indian Scout in its modern
avatar is far different from Munro’s Scout. This one’s safe, paces at
reasonably good speed, has a comfortable riding position and ensures your
absolute safety with its 298mm rotor brakes in front and rear. But the spirit
of Munro is very much alive in this motorcycle. The Scout , to be fair, is not
a racing bike, nor is it a cruiser, nor a commuter, but it has a distinct
element of all these….several reasons for one to love this bike!
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