2018 Indian Scout Bobber
Indian Scout Bobber

Indian motorcycle unveils Scout Bobber

Indian Motorcycle has jumped on the bobber bandwagon with their minimalist, low-slung Scout Bobber in a choice of five colours.

The new Scout Bobber will be available in Australia in late October in Thunder Black, Star Silver Smoke, Bronze Smoke, Indian Motorcycle Red, and Thunder Black Smoke from $18,995 ride away.

The Bobber features tracker handlebars, leather two-tone solo seat, pegs moved 38mm closer to the rider and 25mm lowered rear suspension for a more muscular urban feel.

Styling-wise it has chopped fenders, a black headlight nacelle, black instrument gauge, minimal engine covers, vented black exhaust and a new block letter logo on the tank.

Indian Scout Bobber

It’s possibly the bike the Scout should have been from the start and looks more like the sadly underrated Victory Octane.

Shame it doesn’t have that axed model’s high-quality rear shock to improve ride and handling!

2016 Victory Octane
Victory Octane

It follows a long line custom and limited edition Scout models.

The most recent was limited-edition run of 50 FTR750 racers for sale in the US at $US50,000 to celebrate the company’s triumphant return to flat track racing in the US.

Indian FTR750 - scout bobber
Indian FTR750

It’s not available in Australia, but Indian Motorcycle Australia has been busy with custom and limited edition models.

They recently commissioned four Wall of Death Scout models from Antique Motorcycles in Melbourne for display in their Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth stores, and four Aussie-only limited-edition custom models – LE Mk I, Mk II and Mk III, and Franklin Edition – all of which sold out in rapid time.

Indian Scout Wall of Death limited edition custom - - scout bobber
Wall of Death Scout

So the company should be confident in this new production bobber version of their most popular motorcycle.

Country manager Peter Harvey certainly thinks so.

“The Scout Bobber is our most raw and mean machine to date, and the ultimate in the celebration of what motorcycling is about – a powerful engine, two wheels, and no plans of where to go,” he says.

“It’s an incredibly fun motorcycle that delivers a ton of attitude, along with a ton of power.”

Indian Scout BobberIndian Scout Bobber

  • Price: $18,9995 ride away
  • Engine: Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 60-degree, 1133cc V-Twin
  • Transmission, 6-speed constant mesh, wet clutch
  • Torque: 97.7Nm @ 5900 rpm
  • Bore x stroke:  93 x 73.6mm
  • Compression: 10.7:1
  • Wheels: 16″ x 3.5″; 16″ x 3.5″ cast
  • Tyres: 130/90-16 73H; 150/80-16 71H
  • Brakes: 298mm single discs, 2-piston caliper front, single piston caliper rear
  • Suspension:  telescopic fork; dual rear shocks
  • Wheelbase: 1562mm
  • Seat: 649mm
  • Clearance: 123mm
  • Height: 1154mm
  • Length: 2229mm
  • Width: 926mm
  • Rake/trail: 29°/119.9mm
  • Fuel tank: 12.5 litres
  • Dry weight: 244kg
  • Wet weight: 254kg
  1. Have to say their video advert is reckless, why do they project an image of such bad behaviour. Is it to sell more bikes or make the driving public dislike us even more. Just don’t get it

    1. Seemed like Indian were just trying to portray a more fun/silly behaviour from the bike. No harm done, noting if we tried that the coppers would catch up with us soon enough. Same video rationale why sports bikes are sold via ads of them leaned over at 200km/hr plus speeds.

  2. The first Indian that actually looks good, to me. Be very interesting to see a comparo with the Trump boxer and a HD (the 48 or Roadster?).

    Out of interest, why do you say the underrated Octane? It was over-hyped by journo’s and Victory (think Pike’s Peak over promising)! Too much plastic for a bike that was essentially a tarted up Scout. This bobber is much tastier.

        1. Probably because cruisers are ‘generally’ more than just the sum of their parts and the Scout had more mojo than the Octane. Reckon the Bobber will do alright on that score — looks like closer to what the Octane should have been.

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