On Friday, August 14, the new Indian Scout was launched by local dealer Mah Pte Ltd at the Indian showroom on 8 Ubi Road 2.
The 2015 Indian Scout is an all-new model that features a healthy amount of updated technology. It has a 1,130cc V-twin engine which features electronic fuel injection and double overhead camshafts, that makes a healthy (for the cruiser segment) 100bhp and 97.7Nm of torque. The Scout also has a cast aluminium frame, telescopic front forks and twin rear shocks for the classic cruiser look.
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As typical of cruisers, there aren’t many features to shout about, but the single leather ‘bucket seat’ helps emphasise the interesting lines of the Scout, which looks slightly different from its traditional cruiser rivals such as the Harley-Davidson Sportster. The competitive price of $23,500 (machine only) though, might be the strongest advantage the Scout has.
Indian emphasises the cruiser’s ease of use and manuverability, with its low seat height of 640mm. It’s not massive by cruiser standards, at 253kg with fluids, but we had a short hands-on with the bike and didn’t find it especially heavy to push or position on the showoom floor. Look for a test ride by us soon.
Indian was the Other Big American motorcycle brand from 1900s to the 1940s, and at one point was the biggest motorcycle maker in the world. It went out of business in 1953, and is now seeing its strongest revival under ownership by Canadian group Polaris since 2013, which also owns Victory motorcycles.
The original Scout was built from 1920 to 1949 and along with the Indian Chief, formed the backbone of Indian’s original line-up. It was an extensively modified Indian Scout that New Zealander Burt Munro used to set multiple land speed records as depicted in the excellent film ‘The World’s Fastest Indian. ’