After traveling back to California from Sturgis, I received some interesting CAD drawings of the Indian Scout frame and engine, a couple of which appear at the top of this article. It is clear that the frame is modular, and that the front end, for instance, could be bolted to a different sub-frame, or vice versa. Ready for future models, maybe?
The Scout, although plenty fast already, is in a very mild state of engine tune in my opinion. On paper, it looks like this engine could easily make 120+ hp, so future frame and engine tune modifications could result in several new models. The graphic immediately below provides a summary of Indian’s comparison of its new Scout with the Harley 1200 Custom featuring the current Sportster motor. Claimed horsepower, as you can see, is nearly 50% higher in the Scout (47% to be exact).
The graphic below this paragraph identifies several of the accessories that will be available for the Scout, and illustrates just how versatile this model can be.
One of the highlights of the weekend was meeting Burt Munro’s son John, who was the biggest celebrity at the Indian parties, in my humble opinion. John’s picture immediately follows this paragraph, and he is holding his dad’s Bonneville trophy. Following John’s photo is the star of American Picker’s, Mike Wolfe. Finally, you can see Indian enthusiast Mark Wahlberg, who attended the Scout unveiling in Sturgis on Saturday evening.
I have to say something about the Black Hills of South Dakota, which is one of the most beautiful places I have seen on this planet. I took the photo immediately following this paragraph adjacent to one of the roads through the Black Hills. At the very bottom of this article, you will see a picture of the Indian Roadmaster, which I also tested in the Black Hills last weekend. Stay tuned for a full ride report on this beautiful, luxury tourer from Indian.