Indian Motorcycles Takes On Harley-Davidson With the New Scout Sixty
The Indian Motorcycle Company was once a premier American marque. It produced iconic bikes like the Indian Chief, and the Scout. It was a brand that encapsulated the American spirit better than almost any other manufacturer of its time, and garnered the attention of celebrities such as Steve McQueen, James Dean, and George Clooney. However, the Indian Motorcycle Company shuttered its doors in 1953. Through the years, a number of shareholders attempted to revive the brand, yet none of them could keep the company afloat. Then Polaris acquired Indian in 2011, and has been building bikes ever since. Now, the brand is taking a direct jab at Harley-Davidson with the new Scout Sixty. RELATED: Click Here to See More of the New Indian Scout Sixty
The modern interpretation of the Scout debuted last year, and quickly became the best-selling Indian that the company has ever offered. Additionally, it won praise from journalists and consumers alike for its good looks and performance. While Indian could continue to sow the benefits of that initial offering, the company wants to continue its push back into the public consciousness with the Scout Sixty.
According to Indian, the Scout Sixty has one of the most accessible starting prices throughout the industry (starting at $8,999), and is only undercut by the Kawasaki Vulcan S. But whereas the Kawasaki Vulcan S has a 649cc engine, the Scout Sixty gives riders a 999cc liquid-cooled V-twin to play with. With a short wheelbase, increased ability to lean into corners, and performance credentials that include 78 horsepower, and 65 lb-ft of torque, the Indian Scout offers riders a motorcycle that can either be taken up into the canyons, or down the boulevard without complaint.
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The Scout Sixty is Indian’s Harley-Davidson 883 competitor, an entry-level motorcycle able to be customized enormously by its owner. When Indian's Scout Sixty finally hits dealerships, the company will offer a host of products that give the rider the ability to customize their motorcycle to their own specifications. Including a 1920s style solo saddle, a stage 1 exhaust, wire wheels, mini-apes, and performance shocks.
We’ll be testing the regular Indian Motorcycle Company’s Scout soon, so stay tuned.
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