Bobbers Bike have given “undressing it downstairs” a whole new meaning. Well, on a serious note the Indian Scout Bobber is the current extension to the list of Bobbers or cleave, middleweight cruiser-esque motorcycles in the country. We have the Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight and Triumph Bonneville Bobber on business already, and I have to say the Indian Scout Bobber is yet another campy extension to the file. I say so because I for one wasn’t expecting Indian Motorcycles to ‘do’ a Bobber considering how the brand has stuck with the cruiser/touring format, at least since Polaris took over.
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But Indian Motorcycles has completed the Bobber well and I am dazzled with the layout. A Cubed Advanced bumper and fat front tyre are de rouge when it comes to Bobbers and the Indian blow these two vital boxes. The tread pattern of the tyres also deserves a mention here as it makes for a very distinctive appearance. The fuel tank and fenders are finished in gloss black, while the rest of the motorcycle wears a matte black finish, in keeping with the ‘dark custom’ look bike builders love. The twin exhausts are the same as the regular Scout but look nicer thanks to the matte black finish.
The handlebar is shorter and is responsible for altering the riding posture, as you need to crouch forward slightly on The Bobber. It’s the rear half of the motorcycle that completes the custom look though, thanks to the single seat finished in tan leather, the luggage rack and chopped rear fender. So every time I tried to flash the high beam onto oncoming vehicles, all the switch did was change the display readout! The Scout Bobber is powered by the same 1,133 cc, liquid-cooled V-twm engine as the standard Scout and offers 95PS and 97Nm. These are impressive numbers for a cruiser. This engine has always dazzled us with its cleaning, as also the comeback from its ride-by-wire gag and the torquey aura at low to mid revs.
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The Scout Bobber feels quick, be it taking off from standstill or accelerating through the gears. There’s not much to complain about on the powertrain front, except for the gearbox still feeling a bit clunky. Clutch action at the lever is hard, making it uncomfortable in traffic. Riding the Scout Bobber through traffic and in the hills was a smile-inducing experience with its performance and the surefooted feel from the front end.
In fact I was pleasantly surprised with how confident and agile the Scout Bobber felt, be it in traffic or around corners. The seat design is a deterrent to full-bore launches though, as I discovered. There were times when I accelerated hard and the lack of any support behind the seat had me almost slide off my perch! What’s more, the foot pegs are very low in typical cruiser fashion and are quick to grind against tarmac, almost as soon as you lean into corners.
Impressions the Bobbers Bike:
The long feeler bolts don’t help either but if you can get past the scraping sound, the Scout Bobber is eager to lean into bends and its chassis offers more potential than what you might think. In fact I think the Bobber is the sportiest handler in the Scout family. The torquey midrange makes for rapid progress and the Bobber delivers in terms of being a light urban cruiser. You’re better off shifting up early though as there is more vibration and less shove at high revs. But there’s a little catch to the likeable riding experience, which is the 5omm travel offered by its rear suspension.
The suspension is also stiffer than the Scout’s which results in a significant trade-off in terms of comfort. In fact the suspension and crouched-forward riding position together result in a backache on bad roads. Matters get worse on severely broken roads and there were times when I had to slow down to a crawl to avoid the jarring effect. The suspension setup thus pretty much clears up the Scout Bobber’s intent. It is likeable as an urban machine either for commutes or sorties around town, perhaps even a late night ride for coffee or an early morning breakfast run, but is certainly not a bike for long rides.
If looking good on a motorcycle is your thing, the Scout Bobber is a great tool, as was confirmed by the number of heads it turned on the road. The inquisitive looks and smiles (and a few thumbs ups) were enough to tell me the bike casts a binding spell successfully. It is a motorcycle I’d like to see parked in my garage for its design as also the high fit-finish levels and premium build quality. Performance from its refined V-twin is impressive as well but Its 11.99 lakh ex-showroom is a little too high for what the Scout Bobber brings to the table. If Indian Motorcycle can start assembling the bike in ‘India and price. It lower, the Scout Bobber is inexpressive as an urban cruiser, since a lot of the recipe is pretty good already.