Video: Indian Scout launch preview

Date 30.10.2014

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  • Motorcycle Trader

Indian Motorcycle today began the Asia Pacific launch of its new-generation Scout, the first time the nameplate has been used in several decades.

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Scout launched

Indian Motorcycle today began the Asia Pacific launch of its new-generation Scout, the first time the nameplate has been used in several decades.

The ride takes in some of the highlights of the north island of New Zealand, giving a fair chance to get a feel for the new gadget.

As the raw numbers suggest (a wet weight of around 250 kilos and a horsepower claim of 100) the bike is lively and is undoubtedly quicker than its big brother the Chief.

It’s also a lot more nimble and physically much smaller. That means anyone who was overwhelmed by the first offerings from the revived marque now has a realistic option. However larger and taller people will probably still be happier on the Chief and its variants.

The six-speed transmission feels slick and the package as a whole is comfortable and well finished.

Early impressions are very good.

Though lively, the Scout is still no sports bike and has some limitations inherent in a feet-forward design with relatively limited cornering clearance.

However the overall packaging and pricing ($18,000 on the road) will give the Harley-Davidson Sportster market a big shake-up as the Indian offering is more than competitive.

That’s backed up by early sales figures – something over 100 have been sold prior to their release into Australian showrooms.

Look for a full report in Motorcycle Trader magazine in the near future.