Summer time is never a good time to ride heavy bikes
in India, or as a matter of fact, any bike. But thankfully, as we took off
early morning, the harsh sun was yet to show its full face in all its fury. We
had the key to the Indian Scout Bobber, the one with its chopped fenders and
its bold all-black looks. Does its performance match up with its good looks? We
check that out.
1133cc v twin petrol
Dimesnsions (L x W x H)
2276mm X 926mm
Telescopic fork / 120mm (travel)-cartridge type
Dual shock / 50mm (travel)
single/298mm rotor / 2 piston caliper
single / 298mm rotor / 1 piston caliper
130 / 90-16 73H
Price (ex-showroom Delhi)
Rs 11.99 lakh
Design, Styling and features
of the Indian Scout Bobber
The one major distinguishing factor between the Indian
Scout and the Indian Scout Bobber, is the styling. True to its classic Bobber
style, the front and rear fenders are chopped in this model. The Indian Scout
Bobber is charismatic to look at and has a very appealing body language. It has
a very aggressive posture too. It can suit any person from a very short person
to a tall one. Indians will love this model because not all of us are born with
a 6 foot tall frame. The Bobber is so easy to be tamed.
With the pegs pulled closer to the rider and with its
street tracker handle bars, the bike ensures that you are in a very aggressive
riding position. This makes the bike a perfect city bike, though I fathom that
on long highway rides, this riding position may take a toll on your spine.
The blacked out split dual exhaust with cross over,
frame, handlebars, mirror casing, headlight nacelle and wheels have a very
premium look about it. The black cast
aluminium wheels along with the knobbly tyres give the bike a very sport look
about it. Not to be missed is the iconic Scout emblem. The Bobber has an
all-new tank badge. For some strange reason, the bike had its two rear view
mirrors positioned downwards, unlike the conventional position above the handle
bar. Initially I thought, the mirrors looked cool in that position, but when I
got riding the bike, my elbows blocked the mirrors completely, cutting off my
view from the traffic behind me. Mirrors positioned outwards above the handle
bar make a lot better sense.
Sitting inside a single round meter console is a
speedometer along with a digital tachometer, odometer, trip meter, engine temp
and low fuel lamp.
There is also a red light which glows when the side
stand is deployed. The ABS light shines, the moment you switch on the engine.
The digital screen also displays the gear position.The bike comes with the conventional headlamps but has
LED lights for stop, turn and tail.
Engine and Performance of the
Indian Scout Bobber
Once you are atop the bike and on the move, you get to
know a lot about the V-Twin 1133cc engine. It simply explodes like a rocket and
I am not exaggerating at all. The engine produces 94hp and a peak torque of
97Nm at around 5600 rpm. This means the bike is a great sprinter and continues
to maintain its speed in a very linear manner.
Climbing to a speed of 120km per hour comes easy for
this bike. Pushing the bike harder would have meant getting into trouble with
the law. Again, at higher speeds the wind blast too gets stronger and that
could be really dangerous. Though speed came easy on this bike, I had to remind
myself I was not on a race track but a normal road with limited early morning
As long as the road is smooth and tarred, the bike has
no problem. But the moment it hits a pothole, you can feel the shock travelling
up your spine. I am not trying to say the suspension is stiff, rather, this
bike is not meant for bad roads at all and Indian roads can surprise you with a
Cornering the bike too is not a problem at all, as it
does its job with great ease. At high speeds, the bike is planted rock solid on
the ground and is very stable. Thanks to the ABS, the heavy bike comes to a
halt in no time.
The Indian Bobber is an ideal bike for an average
Indian and it’s like as though it is made for us Indians. At around Rs 11.99
lakh, it’s definitely a good buy for those looking out for a premium good
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