Indian Motorcycles has introduced a 2018 Scout Bobber with blacked-out styling that’s been popular on other bikes the past few years.
The new bike, available in September, will come in five colors. But the emphasis is on the dark side, including blacked-out wheels and exhaust pipes.
Chopped fenders are part of the minimalistic styling. Tracker handlebars and foot pegs moved closer to the rider, result in a more aggressive
riding position, according to Indian.
The new bike has Indian’s V-Twin 100-h.p. engine, knobby tires and a two-tone leather seat. The rear LED lights have integrated stop, turn and
tail signals to minimize parts.
Indian, like its rival Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Inc., has tapped motorcycling history for its “bobber” bikes that are stripped of excess
bodywork and superfluous parts.
For decades, bobbers have been popular with younger riders, and in some ways they’re the opposite of big, shiny touring bikes laden with
chrome and accessories.
The new Scout Bobber will have a retail price starting at $11,499, which is higher than Harley-Davidson’s Iron 883 but less than Harley’s
Street Bob that sells for about $13,850.
Indian was founded in 1901, two years before Harley-Davidson. The original Indian Motorcycle Co. went out of business in 1953, and its
Indian-head logos became collector’s items.