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Franklin Motorcycles announces Scout Bobber for 2018

15 July, 2017

While Indian Scout owners around the world have been giving their machines the bobber look, an official Scout Bobber will be on sale towards the end of 2017.

Indian Motorcycle’s Industrial Design (ID) team have taken the Scout concept yet further still, developing a production bobber that can be bought direct from an Indian dealer.

The newest member of the Scout family pays homage to the mean, stripped-down builds of America’s post-war past.

With its tracker handlebars and footpegs moved 1.5 inches (38mm) rearwards, Scout Bobber delivers a more engaged riding position. Indian has added new knobbly tyres and blacked-out wheels for a stronger look. The model’s low-slung profile and one inch (25mm) lowered rear suspension along with new cartridge forks up front gives a new feel and energy to the ride.

Further features include a black headlight nacelle, minimal engine covers and vented exhaust shields. There’s also a black speedometer face (instead of the usual red and cream) and black exhaust. Chopped front and rear fenders and a new two-tone genuine leather bobber seat enhance the minimalistic styling. Finally, an entirely new bold Indian fuel tank badge marks this out as Scout Bobber.

Indian Motorcycle’s International Product Manager, Ben Lindaman said: “We have introduced 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. Scout Bobber is inspired by those owners and this new model will offer a great platform for even more personalisation.”

Ben adds: “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 and the engine produces a meaty 94hp making this a great bike to blast around on.”

Reid Wilson, Marketing Director for Indian Motorcycle 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.”

Scout Bobber will be on sale in five colours at launch:

Indian Motorcycle Red

Thunder Black

Thunder Black Smoke

Star Silver Smoke

Bronze Smoke (NEW)

Prices and official launch date (sometime late 2017) in the EMEA region to be announce

Note that the images with this release show the North American (NA) version of the bike. This has a side-mounted number plate and bar-end mirrors. The International (INTL) version of the bike will have a normal number plate and standard mirrors (same ones used on the Chief Dark Horse).


Engine Type                         Liquid cooled V-Twin (60 degrees), DOHC, Transmission                      6-speed constant mesh
Displacement                      69 cu in (1133cc)
Bore                                    99 mm
Stroke                                 73.6 mm
Compression ratio              10.7 : 1
Primary Drive                      Gear drive wet clutch
Final Drive                           2.357 : 1
Horsepower                         94 hp (70 kW)
Peak Torque                        97 Nm
Peak Torque RPM               5600 rpm
Exhaust                               Split dual exhaust

WHEELS & BRAKES                           
Front wheel                              Cast 16" x 3.5"
Rear wheel                              Cast 16" x 3.5"
Tyre size front                      130/90-16 73H
Tyre size rear                       150/80-16 71H
Brakes/Front                         Single / 298 mm Rotor / 2 Piston Caliper
Brakes/Rear                          Single /298 mm Rotor / 1 Piston Caliper

Front - Type/Travel                Telescopic Fork / 4.7" (120 mm) - Cartridge Type Suspension
Rear - Type/Travel              Dual Shocks / 2.0" (50 mm)

Wheelbase                           61.5 in (1562 mm) 
Seat Height                           25.6 in (649 mm)
Ground Clearance                 4.8 in (123 mm)
Overall Height                       45.4 in (1154 mm) ­
Overall Length                       87.8 in (2229 mm)

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