Young Guns Show Off Indian Scout Racer

Scout sprint racer built by the Young Guns unveiled at Art & Wheels show

It’s been in the making for six months and this weekend at an art and motorcycle show in Switzerland, Indian Motorcycle and the Young Guns Speed Shop unveiled their Scout sprint racer called “Miracle Mike.”

This special machine – with a nitrous oxide system mated to the Scout’s 1133cc v-twin engine – is set for a summer of sprint racing with the first race at the Café Racer Festival near Paris in mid-June.

“It’s been an incredible six months with over 700 hours of work invested in this build,” exclaims Nik Heer. “Myself and Fabian have built many bike projects before but Miracle Mike has been our most ambitious. We’re blown away by the reaction we’ve had here at Art & Wheels.”

Miracle Mike, named after Mike the Headless Chicken, has been built with the official support of Indian Motorcycle and is a true American/European collaboration with parts sourced from motorcycling brands such as Öhlins (Sweden), Brembo (Italy), Wizards of NOS (UK), LSL Motorcycle Parts (Germany), Metzeler tyres (Germany) and Motogadget (Germany).

From their workshop in Rapperswil, just south of Zurich, the Young Guns have completely re-wired and reshaped a standard Indian Scout transforming it in to a snarling sprint machine.

“We’re super happy with the bike,” adds Nik, who with Fabian Witzig, rebuilt the Scout using in-house machined parts, a fabricated fuel tank and the addition of a NOS system. “We will now start some engine tuning and speed runs over the coming weeks. We cannot wait to see Miracle Mike fire down its first eighth mile sprint.”

Grant Bester, general manager for Indian Motorcycle in Europe said: “We always knew the Young Guns would do something out of the ordinary with this Scout. They haven’t disappointed. From here this bike will appear at Bike Shed London in a few week’s time and then at the Café Racer Festival and Wheels & Waves in June. We love the Young Guns’ headless chicken logo and we cannot wait to hear Miracle Mike snarl its way to some wins this summer. Indian is certainly re-firing up its racing spirit, both in America on the flat track and here in Europe with this sprint racing and the DTRA Hooligan championship. This is something you’ll be seeing more of from Indian.”

One of the three organisers of Art & Wheels, Marc Baier, says he was thrilled that Indian chose his show to unveil the bike for the first time. “Our show began to share our love of art and motorcycling,” he says. “We’ve known the Young Guns for a while now and were happy they wanted to unveil this bike for the first time in their home country and at a show they’ve supported for many years.”

The build has had support from Öhlins Racing, Akrapovič and Brembo. In particular, this Scout has a set of Brembo’s best brakes. Roberto Pellegrini, Brembo Performance Motorcycle Market Manager said it was a pleasure for Brembo to collaborate with Indian Motorcycle on this new challenging project adding: “The bike is equipped with the best brake components in terms of performance, with also a particular attention to the design of the products. The front caliper is the Brembo GP4-RX, which represents a significant development in brake caliper design, thanks to the use of software derived from Brembo’s racing experience. This new solution has enabled Brembo to optimise the shape of the brake caliper machining and marks a radical change from standard racing caliper shapes. The braking surface of the SuperSport brake disc is drilled and connected with 10 floating aluminium bushes, the same used in top racing machines.”

The Young Guns will now travel to Bike Shed London (Friday 26th to Sunday 28th May) and their first Essenza race is soon after at the Café Racer Festival in Montlhery on Saturday 10th June (rider to be announced).

Nik and Fabian will also enter Miracle Mike in the Punks Peak race on the Friday of the Wheels & Waves festival (which Indian Motorcycle is sponsoring). This race takes place along the GI-3440 mountain road between San Sebastian and the airport in Spain.

Follow the Young Guns on Facebook at www.facebook.com/younggunsspeedshop/ or on their website www.ygspeedshop.com.

UK Showcases Customizing Skills in Project Scout Contest 2016

Indian Motorcycle dealerships across the UK were invited to build a customized Indian Scout or Scout Sixty in just 90 days in a partnership with the UK’s national motorcycle show, Motorcycle Live.

Ten dealers took up the opportunity to show off their creations to an audience of 113,172 visitors with 1,905 of these voting for their favorite Project Scout by visiting the Indian stand during the nine-day-long show. There were no rules or restrictions on the bike theme, cost or build style, but entrants had to use a minimum of three genuine Indian Scout accessories from the range of more than 200 items and at least one part from the following three leading aftermarket suppliers.

Congratulations to Moore Speed Racing who built the Beach Tracker who claimed 3rd place using the Bullit shocks and Tracker cartridge kit.

Beach Tracker Scout by Moore Customs

Beach Tracker Scout by Moore Customs

Well done to the all the Indian Dealers that took place in this years competition and to Thor Motorcycle with the THUG in 1st place and Mid West Moto with the MWM-115 claiming 2nd.

For more information on our products for the Indian Scout and other custom models visit our website.
http://www.ktechsuspension.com/custom

Here are the Indian Scout builders we supplied suspension products for.

Tribute built by Alba Customs

Tribute built by Alba Customs

Wild Horse by HBC Motorcycles

Wild Horse by HBC Motorcycles

KH163 by Krazy Horse London

KH163 by Krazy Horse London

Foundry Scout 60 by Robinsons Foundry

Foundry Scout 60 by Robinsons Foundry

Indian Scout Genuine Leather Saddlebags Review

Indian Scout Genuine Leather Saddlebags review

Between the revvy nature of its engine and low-slung stance, the Indian Scout is a solid everyday solo rider. But every now and then, a rider could use a little extra storage space for running errands around town or when traveling longer distances. Indian offers a solution with its easy-on, easy-off Genuine Leather Saddlebags for the Scout.

2016 Indian Scout with Genuine Leather Saddlebags

When it’s time to go exploring on the Scout, the leather saddlebags are a welcome addition.

When we say easy, we mean it. Indian has made installation as painless as possible because there’s already two mounting points in the Scout’s stock rear fender. Simply remove the two hex bolts on the side of the fender, screw the mounting spools into their place, and slide the posts on the back of the saddlebags into the holes on the spools. Then open up the bag, flip the latch down to secure it, and you’re good to go. The only time you’ll need a tool is during the initial installation to remove the hex bolt and to tighten down the ones in the center of the mounting spools. After that, removing the bags is as easy as flipping up the latches and pulling them off. The mount isn’t oversized so it doesn’t detract from the look of the bike without the bag. They do stick out about an inch-and-a-half but it only takes a few minutes to take them off and replace them with the stock bolts which sit flush on the fender.

The mounting spools for the Scout's leather saddlebags bolt right in to preexisting holes.

The mounting spools for the Scout’s leather saddlebags bolt right in to preexisting holes.

The factory Scout saddlebags feature a plastic shell interior while the outside is wrapped in weather-resistant leather. Using hard plastic for the inside helps the bags maintain shape. We’ll vouch for its ability to keep contents dry after getting caught in a couple of summer time storms. On the exterior, the tan leather and dual buckles give the bags a vintage look, as do a couple of shiny Indian headdress medallions. The metal buckles and leather straps are just for show as the real latching system comes in the form of a plastic clasp and nylon strap hidden underneath them. The plastic clasp is quick and convenient to use. There’s also snaps at the front and back of the lid to ensure it doesn’t blow open once a rider’s up to speed.

Indian Scout saddlebags plastic clasp

Beneath the leather strap and buckle of the Scout saddlebags is a plastic clasp and nylon strap that expedites access.

At 4 inches, the Scout Genuine Leather Saddlebags aren’t overly wide. Lengthwise, you’ve got 16 inches to work with. The bottom of the bags are contoured slightly in order to provide a little space between them and the pipes. They’re the perfect size to stuff a riding jacket in and have been useful for carrying cameras and GoPro’s for photo shoots. They’re big enough to hold enough stuff for an overnighter but not big enough for a multi-day trip. There’s also no way to lock them to protect your valuables.

Indian Scout saddlebag latch

Once the mounting spools are in place, removing the Scout’s leather saddlebags is as easy as flipping this latch up and pulling them off.

The Genuine Leather Saddlebags are available in Desert Tan or Black for $999.99 and come with a one-year warranty. The traditional styling complements the Scout well and they rate high for being easy to install and remove. The one hitch is you have to purchase the mounting spools separately for $149.99. Considering the bags already cost a grand you’d think they’d be bundled into the overall package. Granted, they’re not cheap, but the cost becomes easier to swallow every time a rider doesn’t have to throw on a backpack for runs to the store or long day rides.

Indian Motorcycles headdress medallion

Indian headdress medallions add a little style to the factory accessory leather saddlebags.

Indian Scout Sets Pace in Wall of Death Speed Guinness World Record

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, is proud to announce that accomplished English road racer and flourishing daredevil TV presenter Guy Martin used an Indian Scout motorcycle to prepare for a new world record he recently set for the fastest speed around a ‘Wall of Death.’

Guy Martin's custom Wall of Death Indian Scout

Guy Martin customized an Indian Scout to run on the Wall of Death, adding Renthal handlebars, lay-back risers, modified lower frame struts to accommodate foot-plates, 18″ wheels, a shortened rear fender and a special paint job.

The feat was televised live on Channel 4 in the UK on March 28 and immediately certified as a Guinness World Record. A silo-shaped cylinder made of wooden planks, a Wall of Death installation usually ranges from 20 to 36 feet in diameter. Motorcyclists traveling along the vertical wall of the silo at a typical speed of approx. 20 mph are held in place by centrifugal force. To reach the 60 mph Martin needed to achieve, yet limit the g-force plying his body, the Wall of Death built for him in an otherwise unused hangar featured a 387-ft. circumference.

Viewers saw Martin set the overall speed record on his own custom-built motorcycle, but to prepare for the live attempt, he used an Indian Scout supplied by Krazy Horse, an Indian Motorcycle dealership in Bury St Edmunds, UK.

Guy Martin Wall of Death Indian Scout

Guy Martin hit 70.33 mph on his second attempt at the Wall of Death on his custom Scout.

Riding the Indian Scout, Martin hit 60.1 mph – an instant Guinness World Record – on his first attempt and reached a confirmed 70.33 mph on his second attempt. Then he switched to his own custom-built BSA R3 powered by aviation fuel. The result: 78.15 mph, the speed logged for the official Guinness World Record.

The Indian Scout Martin rode was a standard machine lightly prepared by Krazy Horse to be ‘Wall ready.’ Add-ons included Renthal handlebars, lay-back risers, modified lower frame struts to accommodate foot-plates, 18″ wheels, a shortened rear fender and a special paint job.

“Seeing Guy ride the Indian Scout in preparation for the live show and initially setting a new world record was an extremely proud moment for us,” says Jim Clarke, Country Manager for Polaris UK & Ireland. “It’s testament to the Scout that a production motorcycle with very little modification could ride around that gigantic Wall of Death and help to set a new World Record.”

Click on Channel4.com to watch the event online. Learn more about Indian Motorcycle by visiting IndianMotorcycle.com and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels.

(Photo Credit: Guy Martin’s Wall of Death: LIVE – ALL4)

Guy Martin Sets Guinness World Speed Record on Wall of Death

Racer/daredevil Guy Martin Wall of Death feat was broadcast live March 28 on Channel 4 in the UK.

Celebrate the 75th Annual Daytona Bike Week With Indian Motorcycle

Jack-Daniels-Indian-AIM-3MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (Feb 22, 2016) – Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, loves making history at Daytona, whether it’s winning the first Daytona 200 or drawing the best crowds with our Daytona Bike Week events. This year Indian again has a full schedule of events, including demo rides, new models, vintage & custom bike displays, racing, organized rides and much more during the 75th Anniversary of Daytona Bike Week, March 5-12.

“Seventy-five years after Ed Kretz dominated the first Bike Week race, our team is inspired to honor that legacy and showcase our future,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “Whether you’re a cruising enthusiast or long-haul tourer, into customs like those shown in our Project Scout contest or a race enthusiast cheering on the SuperHooligan Scout Sixty bikes, we know that anybody hanging out with Indian Motorcycle will have great stories to tell.”

Below are highlights of the Daytona Bike Week action Indian Motorcycle has planned.

Demo Rides at Daytona International Speedway
(International Speedway Blvd., across from the Florida Hospital Gate)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Daily; Last Ride Leaves at 4:30 p.m.
Bike Week attendees will have the chance to ride the entire 2016 line-up of Indian motorcycles, including the Indian Scout® Sixty cruiser, Indian Chief® Vintage bagger, Indian Roadmaster® tourer and a very special new model. Ride multiple bikes, compare, and decide which Indian Motorcycle models best suit your riding style. Demo rides are free and available to those with a valid motorcycle endorsement and proper attire.

Indian Motorcycle Display at Daytona International Speedway
(Richard Petty & Midway Blvd.)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Daily.
In addition to the demo site at the historic Daytona Speedway, a display in the Midway area will feature the entire 2016 Indian Motorcycle line-up, as well as engine cutaways, custom & vintage bikes, accessories and apparel. Register for your chance to win a 2016 Indian Scout Sixty, check out the finalists from the ‘Project Scout: Build a Legend’ custom contest, see how an Indian Chieftain® with performance accessories handles the dyno, and make sure to pick up an exclusive Indian Motorcycle Daytona 75th patch simply by showing your Indian Motorcycle proof of ownership (key-ring, badge, etc.)

Hooligan Race Night
(Ocean Complex West Parking Lot, downtown Daytona Beach)
7 p.m. – 9 p.m., March 8
Enjoy live music, food & refreshments as Roland Sands and fellow Team RSD racers battle handlebar-to-handlebar in pursuit of the checkered flag on their RSD SuperHooligan Indian Scout Sixty dirt trackers. Winners of the Project Scout contest will be announced at this event, and you’re welcome to join a celebratory after-party at the Boot Hill Saloon.

Indian Motorcycle of Daytona Beach
(290 North Beach Street)
9a.m. – 8p.m., Daily
Visit the dealership in the heart of Daytona Beach for all of your bike, accessory and apparel needs, as well as a variety of special events.

Indian Motorcycle Rider’s Group & Veterans Ride
(Indian Motorcycle of Daytona Beach, 290 North Beach Street)
9 a.m. – 2 p.m., March 10
Owners of Indian motorcycles join veterans from the Veterans Ride program in an organized tour that begins at Indian Motorcycle of Daytona Beach and travels to Orlando for lunch. Owners can roll alongside a Vet rider from last year’s inaugural Veterans Charity Ride as he captains a new custom Indian Trike. Kickstands go up at 10 a.m.

Celebrate The 75th With Indian Motorcycle
(Boot Hill Saloon, 310 Main Street)
6 p.m., March 11
Put a stamp on the end of a legendary week by joining Indian Motorcycle at the Boot Hill Saloon to ‘Celebrate the 75th’.

Visit www.IndianMotorcycle.com/en-us/daytona for the most up to date schedule. Learn more about Indian Motorcycle by visiting IndianMotorcycle.com and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels.

NEW INDIAN MOTORCYCLE! ALL-NEW LOWER PRICED 2016 SCOUT SIXTY

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New lower-cost 2016 Indian Scout Sixty motorcycle

November 18, 2015Indian motorcycle company, today introduced the new, smaller and less expensive Indian Scout® Sixty. The new 999cc Scout Sixty will appeal to new rider segments with a premium motorcycle at the lowest MSRP yet for the brand.

The new Indian Scout Sixty offers many of the same features and components of the Indian Scout, introduced in 2014. The new Scout Sixty shares the identical chassis, suspension, brakes and core engine with the existing Scout — all mated with a new 60 cubic inch engine. Featuring 78hp, the highest horsepower in class, and a dry weight of 542 pounds with a potent 65 ft./lbs. of linear torque, the Scout Sixty uses the easy-to-shift 5-speed transmission, and starts at $8,999. Offered in three classic, bold Indian Motorcycle colors, the Scout Sixty features a black seat, matching black frame and wheels, and is compatible with the many accessories already available for the Indian Scout.

“The Indian Scout has been a stunningly successful introduction for us, with balance, performance and maneuverability that appeals to riders,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “The new Scout Sixty expands that reach even further to include newer riders who desire the legendary quality and craftsmanship of an Indian Motorcycle.”

The Scout Sixty is available in Thunder Black starting at $8,999, with Indian Motorcycle Red and Pearl White color options starting at $9,299. A seat height of 25.3 inches allows for sure-footed comfort at stops, and the low center of gravity ensures agile cornering, precise balance and overall rider confidence and control. A series of accessories including seats, handlebars and footpeg relocators allow the motorcycle to be tailored to fit each rider, while additional accessories such as saddlebags, wire wheels and quick-release windscreens give owners virtually unlimited freedom to customize their rides.

The new Scout Sixty is already en route to dealerships around the world, and is sure to be a popular platform for customizing and personalizing prior to the traditional riding season kick-off at Daytona Bike Week.

“We expect the Scout Sixty to accelerate the already unprecedented success we have had with the new Scout platform,” said Indian Motorcycle Marketing Director Scott Meek. “The custom community has really embraced the Scout and we have experienced intense enthusiasm from DIY customizers, dealers, pro-builders and the aftermarket.”

Progressive International Motorcycle Show: NYC Wrap-Up

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By Jon Langston

The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows revved up New York City this past weekend, and tens of thousands motorcycle fanatics from across the spectrum of enthusiasts, from teenagers in racing suits to fat guys in Santa suits, rolled into the Jacob Javits Convention Center on the West Side of Manhattan. The TAM Communications family of magazines – American Iron Magazine, Motorcycle Bagger, and Motorcycle Rides & Culture – were all on hand to check out the new bikes, products, and gear, and revel in the two-wheeled camaraderie only real riders can provide.

While there was little in the way of motorcycle premieres, most of the major manufacturers displayed some sort of a neo-retro theme in their booths. Ducati pulled the in-person wraps off its fun new Scrambler, which is a modern-day throwback to its 60s/70s forebear of the same name – and at around $9K should easily compete with Triumph’s Bonneville line for retro/standard dominance. And in addition to unveiling its tasty new S1000XR (available next spring, it’s essentially the same bike as the ballyhooed 199hp S1000RR superbike, with a more standard structure and GS-like upright riding position), BMW showed off a gorgeous vintage Boxer-powered chopper that was so clean and minimalistic it had even American Iron Editor Chris Maida agape.

A host of Gold Wings through the ages at the Honda booth displayed Big Red’s seminal interstate mile-eater from its inaugural 1975 model year through the 300 millionth Honda ever produced, a Gold Wing that rolled off the assembly line just a couple of months ago. Yamaha, meanwhile, tried to direct attention toward its new Star Bolt C-Spec, but its SR400 retro-thumper got just as many admiring looks as Yamaha’s shameless (but admittedly superior, performance-wise) Sportster facsimile.

Triumph pointed out some nice new versions and customs from its Bonneville line, while KTM put the onus on its new entry-level 390 Duke and two-stroke dirtbikes. Its 390 race-only and streetbike was also on display.

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Indian had its fine new Scout front and center, along with the stars-and-stripes custom Wall of Death version – the same one ridden in the “thrill arena” that was set up in the Indian’s Lazelle Street booth in Sturgis last summer. Indian also brought out Dirty Bird Concepts and land speed record holder Karlee Cobb from Klock Werks to pull the wraps off of a couple of nicely customized Scouts. Indian’s new Tourmaster dresser was also on full display. Meanwhile, Victory Motorcycles, Indian’s stable mate at Polaris, highlighted its excellent charitable work by showing off the custom Cross Country bagger Laura Klock and the Klock Werks crew donated to Helping with Horsepower, a group of fabricating kids from South Dakota’s Pine Bush High school. Members of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, another Victory charity, posed with the kids and the bike, which set a land speed record at Bonneville in September.

Across the aisle, Polaris also showed off its new 173-horsepower Slingshot, a three-wheeled contraption with 5-speed manual transmission and impressively manageable MSRP. While most states will register the Slingshot as a motorcycle (so use of a helmet is required, while seat belts are only recommended), it’s advisable to check with your local DMV before plunking down your $20K. Whether you consider it ridden or driven, the Slingshot looks like a real kick to pilot.

IMS-photos-sl-14In addition to the guest speakers such as legendary travel/moto-journalist Peter Starr and racers Josh Hayes and Ricky Gadson, stunt shows, and myriad other attractions, one of the more intriguing displays at the New York IMS was Motus Motorcycles’ racing MSTR, the fastest production pushrod motorcycle in the world as evidenced by its record setting runs at the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials in August. Motus also displayed its 2015 MST series of American-made sportbikes, powered by the Baby Block V-4. We cannot wait to get one under us.

The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows continues its tour after a break for the holidays with stops in Washington, DC January 9-11; Miami, January 16-18; Dallas, Jan 23-25, Cleveland, January 30-February 1, Minneapolis, February 6-8, and Chicago, February 13-15.

2015 Indian Scout Motorcycle? On-Line Rumors

Rumors leaked out of a secret new 2015 Indian Scout motorcycle. LA Times says this is the new 2015 1133cc liquid-cooled, 100 horsepower Scout. MSRP for the base model: $10,999. Could be an important machine for the Polaris-owned relaunch of this iconic motorcycle. 

Secret new 2015 Indian Scout or a practical joke?

Is this a surprise launch that we didn’t know about or a practical joke?