‘Factory’ Bobber craze continues with Indian’s take on the classic, US look.
There are some that would say that the Indian Scout, and it’s smaller sister the Scout Sixty is already close enough to a ‘factory’ Bobber, but it would seem that Indian Motorcycle themselves would disagree.
Because now we have the official announcement of the Scout Bobber, an even more stripped-back ride that is expected to hit showrooms towards the end of 2017.
The majority of changes – as you would expect – are essentially cosmetic; with as much shiny of the donor Scout’s stuff having been replaced with dark black parts and a new seat, but there are a couple of significant ergonomic tweaks that should be worth investigating.
New ‘tracker’ handlebars have been added, alongside a fairly major 1.5 inch (38mm) footpeg shift backwards that should purport to offer the new Scout Bobber a little more of an engaging ride.
“We have introduced Scout Bobber to bring some edge to Indian. Many Scout riders have already been bobbing their bikes to give them an aggressive and raw look. Scout Bobber is inspired by those owners and this new model will offer a great platform for even more personalisation.”
And it’s a ride that is now lower too, thanks to an inch (25mm) reduction in the rear suspension and new, cartridge forks upfront.
The only real disappointment (other than this new Scout-based bike not being an FTR750 that we can afford) is that the pictures released are of the US version and don’t show the whopping great, rear-mounted number-plate that us put-upon Europeans will have to gawp at. And those subtle bar-end mirrors are going to be replaced with standard (Indian Chief Dark Horse style) ones too.
Still, with Triumph proving that there is still a lot more life in the retro-bobber vibe, it’s a shrewd (if not entirely unexpected) move from America’s original motorcycle brand and one which should see interest in the entire Scout line piqued until they do the decent thing and finally release a version of their FTR750 for the road!