I have just taken delivery of a 2015 Indian Scout. Before I give you my initial impressions of the bike, I think some backstory is in order.
Back in 2013 I was in a serious accident on my Harley Heritage Softail. It was totaled and I was in the hospital for 10 days. No broken bones or abrasions. A serious sprain, a contusion on my thigh and some cracked ribs. Oh, and did I mention my brain was bleeding?
My body healed and my brain was physically OK, but I still don’t remember the time from right before the accident until a day and a half later in the hospital. They say at no time was I unconscious; I just don’t remember. I tried a few times to get back on a bike, but that was a no go. I guess my brain was physically fine, but mentally scarred. Finally, I took a private lesson. Not because I had forgotten how to ride, but because I needed the controlled environment. It worked. I was a little bit wobbly, at first, but by the end of the lesson I was mostly back to my former self.
I went full steam ahead and got me to an Indian dealer for a test drive. I was honest with them about my situation and they gave me a 2015 Scout. I drove it around the block a number of times and decided it was a good fit. You might ask why I was moving from a Heritage to a much smaller Scout. That’s why I gave you the back story. The Scout is smaller, easier to handle and more maneuverable. A good thing for someone who hadn’t ridden for almost two years.
Oh, and did I mention it’s also a blast to ride?
After two days and 250 miles, let’s get the negatives out of the way. Basically there are two negatives. First, the Scout does not do well on extremely rough pavement. I went up to Laconia Bike Week yesterday and there is a road that is notorious for being wracked with frost heaves and pot holes. That was an experience I’d rather not repeat. The suspension travel, front and rear, is not set up to handle rough pavement. Second, there is a noticeable vibration through the handlebars if you’re not in the right gear for your speed. I was tending to rev the bike high and that caused the vibration. No big deal and by the end of the day I had the gearing figured out and had learned to minimize the vibration. There is a minor third negative. It has a very small gas tank. 3.3 gallons, to be exact. I was gettin around 45 MPG, so I filled up around 100 miles, just to be safe.
Now, on to the good stuff. The bike is scary fast. Indian rates it at 100HP which, for a 550 lb Cruiser, is quite powerful. It’s got torque just where you want it, and is quick off the line. As for handling, I might even say it’s flickable. The forks are raked more like a sport bike than a cruiser, so quick maneuvers are not an issue. It’s good at highway speeds, though I think the windshield is causing a slight buffeting. The bike looks great. Mine is gloss black which, when combined with the black engine, side covers, headlight housing and lower fork forks gives it a blacked out look, which I like. I added the brown leather bags and passenger pillion, and they look great. A mid height windshield completes the package.
All in all a great bike for a guy who hasn’t ridden in two years and it puts a smile on my face when I ride it.