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Indian Motorcycles gets back on track with affordable Scout Sixty

Indian Motorcycle's new Scout Sixty is aimed at winning races and new customers.

 

The reborn Indian Motorcycle company’s expansion continues with the new Scout Sixty, its lowest-priced bike yet.

Based on the existing $10,999 Scout, the $8,999 Scout Sixty features a 78 hp 61 cubic-inch V-twin rated at 78 hp and 65 lb-ft of torque, compared to the original’s 100 hp 69 cubic-inch engine. The drop in price and power are aimed, in part, at broadening its appeal to new riders,  and puts it right in the middle of a growing segment of accessible motorcycles sporting heritage style that includes the Harley-Davidson Iron 833, Ducati Scrambler, Triumph Scrambler, and Star Bolt.

A five-speed transmission, down from six, also helps control costs and keep things a little simpler for beginners, while its low center of gravity and 25.3-inch high seat make the still-burly bike relatively easy to ride. The two Scouts share a frame and suspension design, but the Scout Sixty gets a blacked-out look to set it apart. Most Scout accessories are compatible with both bikes, including a set of specially-designed Fox sport shocks.

Although it’s a primarily a street cruiser, Indian is highlighting the Scout Sixty’s performance potential by entering several of them customized by Roland Sands Design in the RSD Super Hooligan flat track race for production-based motorcycles, while signing on as title sponsor of the event, which takes place in Las Vegas on Nov 21st.