Released 4 weeks ago this 2017 Indian Scout Review I would say that the rider is being very honest in what he thinks of the Indian Scout. Not every one of course will agree with him and it would be a very boring world if we all liked the same things. LOL. Based on the Victory Octane platform the Scout is very compact with a low profile that would suit perhaps shorter people rather than 6 foot plus guys like me, but I would need to ride one to find that out. There is no doubt this is a very nice looking bike and is available in either Thunder Black or Indian Red. Priced at $10,000 it is a good entry-level motorcycle
Although classed as the clone of the Victory Octane, these two share around only 35% of parts, with the Indian being slower in accelerating from 0 to 60 mph. The Scout’s engine is 1131cc, 99mm bore 100 HP and 72.2 ft-lbs of torque, whereas the Octane is 1179cc, 101mm bore, 104 HP with 76 ft-lbs of torque. The Scout has same head setup, 4 valves per cylinder with twin overhead cams, is fuel injected and liquid cooled, gearbox is 6 speed and curb weight is 558 lbs. Suspension total travel is 4.7 inches at the front, and 3 inch travel on the rear. The brakes are single disc front with 4 pot caliper and same at the rear but with a 2 pot caliper. There is no ABS. Tester reviews I have watched all describe the brakes as adequate, with most expecting to see twin discs on the front.
The test rider in this video gets excited with the amount of pickup the Scout has, and generally impressed with the smoothness of the bike although there is some vibration. He isnt impressed with the lack of wind protection and does the odd grizzle about this. Obviously he is used to ‘long distance comfy cruisers’. If not already I expect there will soon be after market screens on sale. My impression is he has struggled to find negatives, and I would say he sums the review up nicely with the comment that Indian have done a good job with this bike in combining new technology with the old school sound and feel.
Enjoy this 13 minute ride review is almost as good as riding the bike yourself.
Special thanks to SanFranciscoRiderr for the review and video. Photos are video screen shots.
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