Riding the Indian Scout

Riding the Indian Scout
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The same one you could win in the UCARF Raffle at the AGM!

I collected this bike from the Victory and Indian motorcycle dealer in Sydney, where sales consultants Robert and Andrew were most obliging.

The Scout certainly looks the part and this one is very stylish in the red over thunder black paint with beautiful brown leather seats. Other colours like black and blue are available too. It is a real looker as I observed by the looks from motorists and other bikers who pass by (when you let them).

My first impression was of a light weight cruiser, definitely noticeable when lifting it off the side stand. This is always a bonus as we grow older disgracefully and our bodies are not so strong. At the push of a button the 1136cc water-cooled V-twin engine comes to life, with small vibes as the vees all do. The seating style is comfy low and contoured around your rear end as it should be. Handle bars are a little `ape hanger’ type but appear to have plenty of adjustment. Foot pegs and pedals are forward,ll of this adding up to a relaxed sit back style, so if you like the Easy Rider look then this will do it.

 

Scout 1

The road out west from Sydney is under construction and proved to be a stop go bump and grind affair but the Scout found its way as a commuter and a freeway flyer. This is the fourth cruiser I have reviewed and they all just sway around the bends without any effort, and are so much fun doing so.

Off we go, and immediately I went to put feet on foot pegs below my legs, then remembered they go up front so you can change through the six speed gearbox and utilise the foot brake as a stopper. Gear changes are effortless and together with final belt drive make for a smooth, non jerking ride. I had reservations about the Indian Scout but it certainly goes like a herd of horses and accelerates from all gears in all traffic situations. The whir of the cooling fan was barely noticeable and did a great job of keeping the neatly finished engine cool in heavy traffic, unlike some larger bikes.

The road out west from Sydney is under construction and proved to be a stop go bump and grind affair but the Scout found its way as a commuter and a freeway flyer. This is the fourth cruiser I have reviewed and they all just sway around the bends without any effort, and are so much fun doing so.

With the wind in my silver hair and legs out wide, we just cruised up the Blue Mountains, getting out on the highway and passing many on the byway with style and speed. The controls and speedo have the basic information and are user friendly, ensuring the Indian is pointing an arrow in the right direction.

ABS disc brakes front and rear do the stopping once you get used to the foot pedal location which does not take long, but is an interesting learning curve, so make sure you have appropriate safety footwear. Otherwise this is such an easy bike to ride and it can take two up with ease, but my partner looked at the pillion seat and turned the other cheek at the flat accessory seat and sissy bar.

The add-on panniers would be a must have for your wet weather gear and to complement the stylish leather look, which I am a big fan of. Fuel consumption is OK with the sixth gear Scout and would be sufficient on a short journey with a full slim tank of gas.

Paul Cheetham #46164

V-Sport

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