Indian Reveal Blacked Out 2018 Scout Bobber

Hot off the back of the Triumph Bobber, Indian are taking a similar route with the new Scout Bobber, which will go on sale before the end of 2017 as one of the first of its 2018 model-year bikes.

Using the same 1133cc Scout engine, that kicks out 94hp and 97Nm of torque, the Scout Bobber gets a series of cosmetic changes to give it a lower slung, meaner look.

The changes come after a series of bobber Indian builds cropped up and so the new bike gets shortened fenders, lowered suspension and a revised riding position.

The new bars are ‘tracker’ style, while the pegs have been shifted back by 38mm and rear suspension lowered by 25mm. The front gets new fork catridges and it all sits on new chunky tyres which are fitted as standard. 

The new bike also comes with a new surround headlight and minimalist engine covers, along with new vented exhaust heat shields - all blacked out to give it that meaner, street edgy look. The two-tone seat is real leather and the Indian logo has even been revised to fit the new style.

International Product Manager Ben Lindaman said: “We have introduced the Scout Bobber to bring some edge to Indian. Many Scout riders have already been bobbing their bikes to give them an aggressive and raw look. The Scout Bobber is inspired by those owners and this new model will offer a great platform for even more personalisation.

“The Scout Bobber focuses on style with its low profile, chopped fenders and blacked out components; it performs really well too. We’ve fitted new cartridge forks up front, the new riding position makes you feel more connected."

Reid Wilson, Marketing Director for Indian, said: “Scout Bobber is Indian’s leanest machine to date. It’s an incredibly fun motorcycle to ride with the bobber style that many Scout fans have been asking us to build for some time.”

The Scout Bobber shares the same aluminium frame as the Scout, so boasting a full tank, it comes in at 255kg.

Inital pricing suggests £11,299, with the first models delivered to dealers towards the end of this year.

As a side note, Europeans won't get the side-mounted licence plate and bar-end mirrors, but instead conventional mirrors and a normal number plate hanger, both borrowed from the Chief Dark Horse.