Every prominent bike maker has had at least one motorcycle in their arsenal which brought them the much-deserved fame. Be it cruisers, sportbikes or dirt bikes, certain manufacturers have made a huge impact in one way or the other.
Indian is an American company which specializes in manufacturing cruiser motorcycles. It is America’s oldest motorcycle manufacturer which came into existence in 1897 as Hendee Manufacturing Company. It has been making motorcycles since 1901 and sold their first motorcycle to the public in 1902.
But not until 1920 did Indian achieved worldwide fame like never before when it launched a motorcycle by the name of Scout, one of the most popular motorcycles ever.
Scout is a cruiser which was introduced in 1920 and made till 1949. It was also briefly made between 2001 and 2003. However, the glory that came to Indian was brought by the New Zealander Burt Munro who set three world speed records (in 1962, 1966 and 1967) at Bonneville Salt Lake Flats. One of the records is said to still stand as of today. He used a 1920 Scout (627th from the factory line to be precise) and modified it for 20 years in order to make it fast enough for setting speed records at Bonneville.
Indian Motorcycle Company was acquired by Polaris Industries in 2011 and since then, it has been one of the strongest comebacks by a company in the automotive industry. Everything Indian has launched since its revival has been successful.
In 2015, Indian brought back the Scout with much anticipation and to the delight of motorcycle enthusiasts around the world. An all-new motorcycle, absolutely modern, with an 1130cc v-twin engine having the double overhead cam and 4 valves per cylinder. It is liquid-cooled as well and housed inside a revolutionary aluminium chassis. The motorcycle is small and compact and cleanly integrates the radiator housing at the front of the main frame.
Scout has had a performance-oriented personality attached to it especially due to the speed records it made, and its latest incarnation is only better. The motorcycle produces 100 horsepower (101 PS) from the 1130cc engine and 97.7 NM of torque at 5,900 RPM. It is fast and has decent lean angles of up to 31 degrees. Impressive for a motorcycle designed as a typical cruiser.
Recently, Indian has also launched the 999cc variant called the Scout Sixty. It is the most affordable motorcycle in Indian’s lineup.
The market of second-hand motorcycles is thriving as well with more and more manufacturers coming in. if you’re on the lookout for one then try OLX, and you might get lucky.