American cruiser motorcycle brand Indian has launched the Scout Bobber in India. The launch happened at the India Bike Week, which is currently going on at Goa. The bike is priced at Rs. 12.99 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. It shares its engine and frame with the more expensive Scout range of cruisers.
The engine it uses is a 1,133cc liquid-cooled, fuel injected V-Twin that produces 94 Bhp of peak power and 97 Nm of peak torque. The gearbox is a six speed unit operated manually. The bike rides on alloy wheels that run tubeless tyres. Both the wheels have disc brakes. However ABS and other safety nannies are missing.
This bike is all about style. It oozes attitude from every angle. First, you have the blacked out bits right from the headlamp all the way back to the tail lamp. The engine, alloy wheels, exhaust and suspension are all finished in black.
Talking of suspension, this bike gets twin telescopic front forks and twin gas charged rear shock absorbers. Like all Bobbers, even this one comes with a single seat. If you want a pillion seat, you’ll have to opt for it as an accessory but it won’t really go with the Bobber look and feel.
The Scout Bobber is the cheapest cruiser in Indian’s range sold in India. It is imported from the United States as a completely built unit, and this explains the high cost. The bike will compete with Bobbers from Moto Guzzi and Triumph in India. The Triumph Bonneville Bobber is much cheaper at Rs. 9.32 lakhs while the Moto Guzzi Bobber sits at the upper end at Rs. 13.81 lakhs. So, the Scout slots in between these bikes. The Indian cruiser brand is owned by Polaris Industries. The brand’s bikes chiefly compete with Harley Davidsons. Indian does have plans of setting up an assembly unit in India. When that happens, the cost of its bikes will reduce.