2018 Indian Scout Bobber carries unique styling compared to standard Scout model; uses 1,131 cc V-twin engine to make 100 PS and 97.7 Nm
Indian Motorcycle added a new Scout Bobber to its global portfolio a few months ago and it is basically a visually enhanced version of the regular Scout. Claimed as the ‘stripped-down version’, it features a mean black finish on several parts of its body along with chopped fenders, fat tyres and street tracker handlebar with bar-end mirrors among others. After months of speculations, it has finally been launched in India at the IBW (India Bike Week) 2017 in Goa.
The all-new Scout Bobber is brought into the country via CBU (Completely Built Up) route andd it competes against the likes of Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber, Harley-Davidson Street Bob and the new Triumph Bonneville Bobber. It also boasts a new badge on the fuel tank in addition to brown leather seat and rear suspension brought down by an inch to offer a low slung stance. Further cosmetic updates include black exhaust pipes and a new set of alloy wheels.
In a similar fashion to its Chief range, it gets headlamp nacelle while the rear license plate is side mounted which bodes well for cornering. Furthermore, the rear turn indicators acts as the tail lamp itself. Despite a massive list of modifications to the exterior to adhere an unique look, no powertrain changes have been implemented.
The Indian Scout Bobber derives power from the same 1,131 cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine which is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 100 PS and 97.7 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a six-speed transmission sending power to the wheel. As for the braking, there is a 298 mm disc up front and a similar sized unit at the rear.
The mono-pod instrument cluster enables LCD screen for engine temperature, tacho, odo and trip meters. There is a whole host of accessories to choose from the options list as the American manufacturer offers slip-on exhausts, saddle bags, etc. The third model in the Scout lineup for India sits atop the regular Scout priced at Rs. 12.87 lakh and the Scout Sixty at Rs. 11.99 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).
The bookings have officially commenced for Rs. 50,000 across all domestic dealerships last month itself and it carries a sticker tag of Rs. 12.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) – a little lesser than what we expected. The deliveries of the motorcycle are likely to begin in the next few weeks and it has been accompanied by a range of accessories and customisation options.
In international markets, the brand’s leanest machine till date is offered in different colour options such as Indian Motorcycle Red, Thunder Black, Thunder Black Smoke, Star Silver, Smoke and a new Bronze Smoke finish. It is sold in United States and Canada with a starting price tag of $11,499 (Rs. 7.40 lakh) from September onwards.