In the early 1900s, motorcycles were heavy and didn't have the power to go fast enough for some of the purists. What this small lot of adrenaline-junkies then did was to strip down their own motorcycle from components like the pillion seat, saddlebags and in some cases the front brake system as well. This weight-shedding exercise resulted in a motorcycle that was faster than the stock version and later came to be known as Bobber motorcycles.
The tradition of the shedding weight of a motorcycle is still a popular act. When Indian Motorcycles got to know about customers buying the Scout and then turning it into a Bobber, they decided to do it themselves and make more money. Hence, they introduced the Indian Scout Bobber, a motorcycle that has all the essentials, all the fun yet is lighter. This translates into a better power-to-weight ratio which gives any motorcycle the agility it needs to quench the thirst for speed of an enthusiast.
When compared to the standard Indian Scout, the Scout Bobber gets chopped front and rear fenders, a blacked-out theme that now is everywhere on the motorcycle, unlike the Scout which has chrome exhausts and some other elements with the same material. Other changes on the Indian Scout Bobber include street-tracker handlebars with bar-end mirrors and wider tyres. The only contrast to the all-black theme on the motorcycle is the saddle-brown seat for one person.
The rear also gets considerable changes which include a side mounted number plate and turn indicators only. These indicators also double up as the rear tail light maintaining the utilitarian aspect while keeping in sync with the Bobber motorcycle appeal. Although there isn't an official confirmation of the launch timeline, the Indian Scout Bobber is expected to come to the country by September this year and would have a similar price tag to its prime competitor, the Triumph Bonneville Bobber.
Powering the Indian Scout Bobber is the same Thunderstroke 111 engine that has been carried forward from the Indian Scout. This V-twin motor generates 100 hp of power and 98 Nm of torque which is mated to a 6-speed transmission. In international markets, the Indian Scout Bobber is priced at 11,000 USD which translates a little over Rs 7 lakh. Considering that the motorcycle will come to India as a CBU (Completely Built-up Unit), it would entail about 75 percent import duty and additional taxes like GST of 31 percent, it would cost upward of Rs 13 lakh, ex-showroom.
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