The Indian Motorcycle Company again showed that it’s serious about this motorcycle thing with the unveiling of the 2015 Indian Scout on Saturday night in Sturgis – with actor Mark Wahlberg and “American Picker’s” Mike Wolfe introducing the “first truly new Indian Scout in more than 70 years.”
The new Scout - with its unique looking, liquid-cooled, 69-cubic-inch V-twin (with a claimed 100 horsepower and 72.2 foot pounds of torque at 5900 rpm) – weighs in at a “lightest in class” 558 pounds and will carry a price tag of under $11,000.
The V-twin sits in a weight-saving cast-aluminum frame and gets an adjustable rear shock that provides three inches of travel. The Scout gets a 16-inch, black-cast rear wheel with a 150mm tire. The bike’s braking power comes via a single 298mm rotor up front with a 298mm rotor at the rear.
The Scout sits low to the ground with a seat height of 25.3 inches and its fuel tank holds 3.3 gallons. The newest Indian will come in four color options: Thunder Black, Indian Motorcycle Red, Silver Smoke (matte finish) and Thunder Black Smoke (matte finish) and will hit dealership floors late this year 2014.
The Scout was obviously designed to go head to head with Harley’s 584-pound Sportster 1200 that carries a price tag of $10,649.