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Indian Scout Bobber – Review, Comparison, Drawbacks & Key Points

Indian Scout Bobber – The Analysis

The “Indian Scout Bobber” brings current performance to the table while maintaining the overall appearance of the classic bobber style, while also fitting in with the rest of the US market, both overseas and domestic. Power comes from a 1,133 cc engine, and regardless of color, the Scout Bobber received upgraded electronics and a USB charging port last year.

The revival of the vintage motorcycle category entails more than simply scramblers and café racers. It also includes references to cruisers in the form of manufactured bobbers. There are a few things prospective purchasers should bear in mind.  Indian Motorcycle’s performance on the flat track has definitely drawn attention to its mid-size bikes, and the Scout Bobber seeks to capitalize on that by capturing some factory-custom business.

Indian Scout Bobber Quick Details

Indian-Scout-bobber
Indian-Scout-bobber
DetailsMechanical FeaturesRival Bobber
100 hp Powerful V-twin engineEngine type: Liquid-cooled 1,133 cc V-twinHarley-Davidson Street Bob 114
Slammed stance & Low-slungHorsepower: 100 HPHarley-Davidson Forty Eight
Uniquebobber stylingTorque: 72 lb-ftYamaha Bolt R
ABS is available in all colour choices. Wet Weight: 555 lbs (251 kg)
Seat Height: 62 in (157.6 cm)

Indian Scout Bobber as an Entry-Level Motorcycle

If you want an Indian Bobber but don’t have any “heavy” bike expertise, you’ll have to make a difficult call.

So, is the Indian Scout Bobber a suitable entry-level motorcycle?

The Indian Scout Bobber has all of the characteristics of an excellent first bike. The Scout Bobber Sixty, in particular, is an excellent entry-level Bobber, while all three Indian Bobbers are low to the ground and have smooth power delivery, making them simple to operate despite their large displacement.

You should continue reading before deciding which Bobber bike will best fit your needs and amount of experience.

Indian Scout Bobber Motorcycle Overview

Indian Scout Bobber
The UK version comes in five different colour combinations.‘Thunder Black Gloss,' ‘Thunder Black Matt,' ‘Alumina Jade Smoke,' and two ICON paint schemes in ‘Indy Red' and ‘Black Azure Crystal' are offered.
The US version also comes in five other colour schemes: ‘Thunder Black,' ‘Thunder Black Smoke,' ‘White Smoke,' ‘Alumina Jade Smoke,' and ‘Maroon Metallic Smoke.'
1133cc liquid-cooled, 94-horsepower V-Twin engine.
6 Gears
Mirrors on the handlebars
USB Charging Port
Black and Tan Solo Seat

Indian Scout Bobber Review

To determine if the Scout Bobber is a decent first bike, we must first examine the specifications and riding experience. This will give us a fair sense of what to anticipate and, perhaps, will alleviate some of the questions that new riders may have regarding the Scout Bobber as their first bike. To begin, the Scout Bobber is available in three models: the Bobber, the Bobber Sixty, and the Bobber Twenty.

The Indian Scout Bobber Engine

The Bobber and Bobber Twenty are powered by a liquid-cooled, 1133cc, 94-horsepower V-Twin engine with a max torque of 97Nm and a 6-speed gearbox.

The Bobber Sixty has a somewhat smaller displacement engine with a liquid-cooled, 1000cc, 76-horsepower V-Twin and a 5-speed transmission.

The smaller engine of the Bobber Sixty is an important selling point for new riders. Despite the considerable power, the 5-speed gearbox is smooth and barely noticeable. The fifth gear functions as an overdrive cruising gear, although it is not without power. The engine is powerful enough to keep up with the rider as his or her confidence increases.

The additional gear and 18 horsepower of the Bobber and Bobber Twenty contribute only to the top end performance of the bikes, which is not actually needed or likely to be used by a rookie. Having said that, even with the bigger engine, the power delivery is smooth, which is appreciated by all riders. According to some Indian Scout Bobber reviews, the bike “feels smooth” at 4000rpm, which is comfortable for beginners.

The decision on which one is best for the rider is typically based on whether they want to retain the bike for a long time and whether they intend to undertake lengthy journeys on it. In any case, the larger engine would very certainly be the Indian to choose. However, there are several more things to consider.

Engine1,133 cc, Liquid Cooled V-Twin (60 degrees)
Engine Power100 Hp
Bore x Stroke3.898 in x 2.898 in (99 mm x 73.6 mm)
Compression Ratio10.7:1
Fuel SystemClosed Loop Fuel Injection / 60 mm Bore
StarterElectric
ExhaustSplit Dual Exhaust w/ Cross-over

Indian Scout Bobber Key Features

Key Highlights of Indian Scout Bobber
The 69 cu in, 100 horsepower liquid-cooled V-twin offers snappy acceleration and the power to overtake anyone, anyplace.
A low-slung silhouette, purposeful peg position, and street tracker handlebars give a distinct style and attitude of what a motorcycle should be.
The real leather bobber-style seat allows you to ride aggressively without sacrificing comfort.
The bold block writing is a proud tribute to the Indian Motorcycle heritage.
Everything is determined by one's attitude.
With blacked-out quality finishes from fender to fender, the Scout Bobber exudes attitude.
The liquid-cooled engine with electronic fuel injection produces class-leading horsepower and acceleration, while a snappy 6-speed gearbox enables quick, aggressive riding.
The concealed USB connector allows you to charge your mobile devices on the move, so you don't have to give up Bobber's bold design for modern functionality. You'll have to come to a halt at some point.
ABS is now available in any colour imaginable.

Seat Height on an Indian Bobber

The Bobber and Bobber Sixty have a seat height of 25.6”, whereas the Bobber Twenty has a seat height of 27.4”.

This is due to the Bobber Twenty having a floating type saddle seat, which adds two inches.

The biggest selling factor for them was the low seat height, which allows them to flat foot the bike, which increases confidence in slow movements.

Indian Bobber Weight

Another critical concern raised by new riders was the weight of the Bobber. Fully loaded, the bikes weigh:

• Bobber Sixty – 249kg

Vs

• Bobber – 251kg

Vs

• Bobber Twenty – 257kg

Neither of these is the lightest Bobber bike available, which may cause worry about getting it out of the garage or in tight locations.

However, the modest height of these Indian Bobbers eliminates the weight as a concern. The bikes are very well balanced and carry their weight low down; if you feel a bit unstable at lower speeds, simply put both feet down.

Once in motion, the weight of the Indian Bobber vanishes totally since the ride is smooth and simple to control, so it does not feel menacing, which is a tremendous comfort to the rookie rider.

Is ABS available on the Indian Scout Bobber United States?

In the United States, the three lowest Bobber models do not include ABS. They do, however, come with ABS in the pricing ranges listed here and in all colour variants.

This is not the case in the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe, where ABS is required on all motorcycles (including Indian and Harley-Davidsons) according to EU regulations.

It is worth noting that ABS is a smart buy for new riders since it adds a layer of safety when braking. Simply said, it prevents the wheels from locking up during braking, allowing them to keep their grip on the road. This is especially useful for new drivers getting accustomed to the roads and dealing with everyday traffic conditions that may necessitate quick braking. 

Indian Scout Bobber Price in US

The following are the starting prices for the three Indian Bobbers:

Indian Bobber Sixty – $8,999 MSRP, $9,799 with ABS
Indian Bobber - MSRP $10,999, with ABS $11,899
Indian Bobber Twenty - MSRP $11,999 with ABS $12,899

The Bobber Sixty has been purposefully priced $2000 less than the Bobber in order to attract novice riders as well as those who want a Bobber but can’t quite justify paying five figures.

It may make you wonder what you’re giving up for that $2,000. The apparent difference is the larger displacement V-Twin, with only a few aesthetic modifications in between.

Bobber Sixty Vs Indian Bobber Vs Indian Bobber Twenty

Let’s take a closer look at the distinctions between the three Indian Bobbers. What’s the difference between these three Indian bobbers?

Indian Scout Bobber Sixty

Indian Scout Bobber Sixty
Indian Scout Bobber Sixty
Indian Scout Bobber Sixty
In the United Kingdom, it is exclusively available in the colour scheme 'Thunder Black.'
In the United States, customers may acquire the bike in ‘Thunder Black Smoke,' ‘Blue Slate Smoke,' and ‘Titanium Metallic' for $10,299 each.
Smaller Capacity Machine with a 1000cc, 76-horsepower Liquid Cooled V Twin engine
5 Gears
Stock Scout Mirrors in Black
Black Solo Seat

Indian Scout Bobber

Indian Scout Bobber
Indian Scout Bobber
Indian Scout Bobber
The UK version comes in five different colour combinations.‘Thunder Black Gloss,' ‘Thunder Black Matt,' ‘Alumina Jade Smoke,' and two ICON paint schemes in ‘Indy Red' and ‘Black Azure Crystal' are offered.
The US version also comes in five other colour schemes: ‘Thunder Black,' ‘Thunder Black Smoke,' ‘White Smoke,' ‘Alumina Jade Smoke,' and ‘Maroon Metallic Smoke.'
1133cc liquid-cooled, 94-horsepower V-Twin engine.
6 Gears
Mirrors on the handlebars
USB Charging Port
Black and Tan Solo Seat

Indian Scout Bobber Twenty

Indian Scout Bobber Twenty
Indian Scout Bobber Twenty

The Scout Bobber Twenty has the same motor, six gears, bar-ends, and USB port as the Indian Scout Bobber, but with the following additions/variations:

Indian Scout Bobber Twenty
4 colour schemes: Thunder Black, Thunder Black Smoke, Sagebrush Smoke, and Stealth Grey. (The 'Stealth Grey' is not available in the UK edition.)
A floating bobber type saddle seat;
Chrome styling, most notably on the exhaust and engine covers; and
Mini-Ape Handlebars.
Indian Headdress Tank Design

The Bobber Sixty with ABS costs $9,799, whereas the Bobber Twenty’s highest spec costs $13,399, a $3,600 difference. Aside from the engine, everything else is just aesthetic. As a result, the $3,600 price difference may be decisive for a first-time rider on a limited budget looking for a Scout Bobber.

Competing Bobbers

How does the Indian Bobber stack up against other Bobbers?

There are presently two manufacturers whose Bobbers compete directly with Indian Bobbers on the market and are its rival bobber. The Triumph Bobber and the Harley Street Bob are two types of motorcycles.

Lets find out the specs of the competing Bobber.

Triumph Bonneville Bobber

Triumph Bonneville Bobber
Triumph Bonneville Bobber
Triumph Bonneville Bobber Specs
There are two variations. The Bonneville Bobber has a starting price of $11,950.
$13,150 for a black Bonneville Bobber.
The two have the same technical specifications.
1200cc liquid-cooled, 8-valve parallel twin engine producing 77hp and a maximum torque of 106Nm. Transmission has 6 speeds.
Seat height of 27.7” and weight of 228kg when fully loaded

Harley Davidson Street Bob Specs

Harley Davidson Street Bob
Harley Davidson Street Bob
Harley Davidson Street Bob Specs
$14,999 for the base model & $400 more for three more colour selections.
Milwaukee-Eight 114 V-Twin Engine with 84 horsepower.
It weighs 297kg and has a seat height of 26.77”.

Comparison Verdict

At its most costly, Harley’s choice costs more than Indian’s Bobber Twenty. It has a maximum torque of 149Nm and weights roughly 50Kg more than the Indian Bobber provides. Because of the significant increase in torque and weight for a new rider, the Street Bob may be less suitable for inexperienced riders because it is a huge bike to handle.

Triumph competes with Indian at the same price bracket, with the Bobber Sixty being the most affordable model. Inexperienced riders, on the other hand, should compare the Scout Bobber to its closest competitor, the Triumph Bobber, to see which suits them best.

The Triumph Bobber is lighter than the Scout Bobber, but it also boasts more peak torque. With Indian’s Bobber being admired for its smooth transmission and cool disposition in the face of power, it’s feasible that Indian will also win on this front. Especially because the Triumph Bonneville Bobber includes all of the following as standard:

  1. ABS.
  2. Traction control that can be switched on and off.
  3. Ride on a wire.
  4. Riding modes for the road and in the rain.
  5. Clutch with torque assist.

All of the above are useful applications for inexperienced riders, and the Triumph Bobber is priced similarly to the Scout Bobber, with ABS as an optional extra.

Style-wise, all three are extremely distinct and reflective of different periods of the Bobber’s history, so it’ll be a personal preference.

Scout Bobber Drawbacks

The 2021 Indian Scout Bobber is nearly identical to the rest of the range, according to Ultimate Motorcycling. It features the same 1133cc V-twin engine with 100 horsepower and a 6-speed gearbox. The Scout Bobber also features the same disc brakes with optional ABS and front suspension as the Scout.

However, there are several distinctions between the Indian Scout Bobber and the other versions. The rear shocks are the same, but the rear travel on the Bobber is reduced from 3” to 2”.

According to Cycle World, the Scout Bobber’s handlebars are likewise more swept back, and its footpegs are relocated rearward when compared to the normal bike. According to Cycle World, it also features a model-specific solo seat, bar-end mirrors, blacked-out trim, a side-mounted licence plate, and cut (‘bobbed’) fenders. Furthermore, it has different Pirelli tires than the normal Indian Scout.

Drawback-1 (Looks)

Some compromises has been made in order to get the desired appearance.

Mirrors, for example, are fitted from the factory pointing down. As a result, the benefits of their bar-end position are limited. True, you can always flip them up, according to Ride Apart. And you’ll have to since your arms will otherwise obstruct your vision. But that is the cost of beauty.

In terms of the suspension, travel was not a problem. On the highway, though, I observed that large-radius bumps periodically pushed me out of my seat. A similar issue was raised by Rev Zilla. The suspension is a little harsh, but it’s quite compliant on the street. However, larger riders may wish to consider the reduced travel, according to Motorcyclist.

Drawback-2 (Comfort)

Though there is not much on this part but the seat of the Indian Scout Bobber. It’s constructed of high-quality leather and isn’t overly stiff or soft. However, after approximately an hour of riding, you may desire for greater back support.

Drawback-3 (Accessories)

Indian manufactures a variety of additional components for both the regular Scout and the Scout Bobber. The motorcycles may be customised with heated grips, an LED headlamp, chrome wheels, and a performance air inlet. There are also Fox performance shocks, several luggage choices, various exhausts, and a quick-release wind fairing.

The 2021 Indian Scout Bobber also comes with an optional comfort seat.

The Bobber, on the other hand, is incompatible with the conventional bike’s reduced- or extended-reach seats. While a wind deflector may be installed on a Bobber, it is not as tall as the Scout’s aftermarket windscreen.

The Indian Scout Bobber, though, isn’t particularly designed for long highway trips, according to Cycle World. And, for freeway blasts on the road, a wind deflector is probably all you’ll need. However, reviews on Indian’s website point out that taller riders may experience helmet buffeting.

Drawback-4 (Clutch & Brake)

The 2021 Indian Scout Bobber not only looks good, but it’s also a lot of fun to ride. As previously said, nothing about this bike is inexpensive. The headlamp shroud/fairing is also composed of metal rather than plastic.

As a result, with a curb weight of 555 pounds, the Scout Bobber is a touch on the heavier side. The low seat, on the other hand, makes it simple to place a steadying foot down. The lowered suspension also reduces the weight of the bike, making it appear lighter than it is.

That tough-guy vibe pervades the handling and controls as well. Gear shifting, braking, twisting the handlebars, and pushing the clutch lever are all intentional actions. That’s not to state the clutch lever, brake pedal and lever, or shifter are too hefty. The weighting on all of those settings is nearly ideal.

The issue is that the clutch and brake controls provide far too little feedback. The clutch is quite forgiving, and the V-twin engine produces enough low-end torque to smooth out anxious beginnings. However, the biting point might be a little more defined.

It’s the same thing with the brakes. They’re quite effective, however while they can be adjusted, they might need a little more pointing.

Are these Drawbacks a turnoff?

It depends on how comfortable you are on the bike, like with any motorbike purchase. It’s worth mentioning, though, that the Scout Bobber has foot controls and handlebars that are easier to reach.

However, some of these disadvantages are related to the motorcycle’s design. And that is a matter of personal choice. If you don’t like it, you can always go with the normal Indian Scout.

So, are they a turnoff? No, not at all.

Indian Scout Bobber FAQ,s

How quick is the Indian Scout bobber?

It has an vintage bobber design with a contemporary riding. Maximum Speed: 115 mph (Est.)

Is the Indian Scout bobber a woman’s bike?

The Scout is a bike for riders. A real rider’s bike, it’s incredibly fast, has great handling, and is a lot of fun.

It’s not a pretty bike.

Is Scout Sixty better than Indian Scout Sixty?

The Scout Bobber Sixty has a slightly smaller engine and produces somewhat less horsepower (but it’s also a bit cheaper and an excellent motorbike for beginners). The Bobber Sixty also has additional blacked-out components of the bike.

Is it simple to ride a bobber?

Bobbers aren’t built for speed, so they’re a lot simpler to control than many other motorbike designs. It will be difficult to learn how to ride a motorbike on a machine that is too quick. They are just easier to control than many other motorbike types.

Is it enjoyable to ride a bobber?

Bobbers have a reputation for being extremely unpleasant in comparison to many other bikes due to their basic seat. Bobber owners have the option of upgrading to a more comfy seat throughout the personalization process to assure their comfort.

Detail Specification – Indian Scout Bobber

Power-train

ClutchWet, Multi-Plate
Transmission6 Speed
Final DriveGear Drive Wet Clutch

Chassis

Suspension FrontTelescopic Fork
Suspension RearDual Shocks
Brakes FrontSingle / 298 mm Rotor / 2 Piston Caliper
Brakes RearSingle / 298 mm Rotor / 1 Piston Caliper
Tires FrontPirelli MT60RS 130/90B16 67H
Tires RearPirelli MT60RS 150/80B16 77H
Fuel Tank Capacity3.3 gal (12.5 L)
Color / GraphicsThunder Black, Thunder Black ABS, Thunder Black Smoke ABS, Maroon Metallic Smoke ABS, White Smoke ABS, Alumina Jade Smoke ABS

Electric

Ignition 
Spark Plugs
HeadlightHeadlight
Tail LightTaillight

Dimensions

Overall Length87.5 in (2223 mm)
Overall Width36.5 in (926 mm)
Overall Height41.5 in (1,053 mm)
Wheelbase62 in (157.6 cm)
Ground Clearance5.1 in (130 mm)
Seat Height25.6 in (649 mm)
Weight (Empty Tank / Full of Fuel)

Warranty

Warranty2 Years, Unlimited Miles
Extension

Conclusion

With the Bobber Sixty, the Scout Bobber features a low seated position, balanced weight, acceptable power delivery, and an appealing pricing point. Current owners who bought the Indian Bobber as their first bike confirm this opinion.

Indian Motorcycles is the oldest American manufacturer and was there at the conception of the Bobber as a concept; thus, if there is a brand that can genuinely give a production Bobber credit, it is Indian.

The Indian Scout Bobber – Final Walk Through

  1. The Scout Bobber 2021 Indian is one of the most distinctive models in the 2021 Indian lineup. It is noted for its low-slung, slammed stance and aggressive bobber styling. The end result is a capable American motorbike with a good mix of performance, comfort, and attitude.
  2. This rebellious Scout features bar-end mirrors, blacked-out components, and a bobbed rear fender, wide tires, and a real leather bobber-style seat to suit the bobber silhouette. It has the appearance, but it also has a lot of edge to go with the exterior.
  3. The Scout Bobber is powered by a 1,133 cc liquid-cooled 60-degree V-twin engine with 100 horsepower and 72 lb-ft of torque.
  4. The engine is mated to a smooth 6-speed transmission, making it an excellent highway cruiser.
  5. ABS is standard on all models, with the exception of the non-ABS version, which is only available in Thunder Black.
  6. Thunder Black, Thunder Black Smoke, Maroon Metallic Smoke, White Smoke, and Alumina Jade Smoke are the ABS colors offered.
  7. The Scout Bobber will also be available in three two-tone color schemes for 2021: Indy Red, Burnt Orange Metallic Smoke, and Thunder Black Azure Crystal.
  8. The 2021 Indian Scout Bobber has a starting price of $11,499 USD / $13,999 CAD.

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