Review of the spectacular 2015 Indian Scout

Don’t call this thing a cruiser. The 2015 Indian Scout is a new breed of motorcycle that is hard to put it in one particular category. The price isn’t low to be entry level, the seating position is not quite as lean back as a cruiser, it is fast, but not a sport bike fast and it is very beautiful. What do we call this amazing thing? The Scout. Everything is new with this super bike and this is the first of its kind. In the development of a bike like this, Polaris has invested a serious amount of money and time. It is a completely new, double-overhead cam, water-cooled, produces 100 bhp, 69ci V-twin and it is bone stock.

This amazing bike uses a proprietary 1133cc liquid cooled and fuel injected V-twin that is great for 100 HP and 72 lb-ft of torque. In a lush swell it will swap to 5900 RPM, and there is no limb-numbing vibration or god-awful lope, only clean, smooth revs for days. The bike is easy on new riders because of its big, heavy flywheel, and with that torque you can roll out in second gear if you are in the mood. If you drop a gear on the interstate, peg the throttle, you will see the speedometer swing right past the triple digits. If you get 2 cylinders trashing the bike will just want to keep pulling.

It is also very beautiful and you can spend an hour staring at the engine without catching all the details. The Indian gave the Scout a 6 speed transmission with nice wide gearing. For only one second you will pass 60 MPH and the extra power means that it is hard to pick a bad gear. The shifts are precise for a forward-control rig. The clutch is very easy to modulate in stop-and-go city crawling and the lever offers up a moderate throw without undue clunkiness.

When you will pick it up off the kickstand, the first thing that you will think of is how this thing is light. It is much lighter than the Sportster 1200, there are 26 pounds between them. The Scout’s engine can be rewed higher than most cruiser V-Twin engines. First gear tap out at 55 MPH and the second almost at 88 MPH before hitting red line.

It feels faster than 100 HP and that is thanks to the lack of weight. Everything is good on this bike besides the seating position. This bike will demand more respect when you roll into the local bike night, and this bike is better than a Harley. The Scout has a lot of vintage-inspired and modern components, the gauges and controls are modern and you will feel the Scout like a very expensive bike, but it still has a lot vintage elements like no ABS and throttle cables. You can buy this beast for $10,999. At the launch, you can choose between four colors including gloss black, gloss red, silver matte and black matte.

 

 


2015 Indian Scout – USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: Thunder Black $10,999; Indian Motorcycle Red $11,299; Silver Smoke $11,299; Thunder Black Smoke $11,299 USD

ENGINE
Engine Type Liquid Cooled V-Twin (60 degrees)
DOHC, 4-Valves Per Cylinder, Semi-Dry Sump
Horsepower 100 hp at 8100 rpm
Peak Torque 72.2 ft-lbs at 5900 rpm
Transmission 6-speed/sliding-mesh/foot shift
Battery 12 volts / 12 amp/hour, 210 CCA, Maintenance Free AGM
Bore x Stroke 3.898” x 2.898” (99mm x 73.6mm)
Charging System 35 amp max output
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Cooling System Liquid
Displacement 69 cu in / 1133 cc
Exhaust Split dual exhaust with crossover
Exhaust Control Two O2 sensors, one each bank, single three-way catalyst
in each muffler
Final Drive Belt drive, 141 tooth
Fuel & Capacity 91 octane recommended, 3.3 gal/ 12.5 ltr
Fuel System Electronic fuel injection, closed loop/60 mm bore
Oil & Capacity SAE 15W60 , 5.0 qts / 4.73 ltr
Primary Drive Gear drive wet clutch
SUSPENSION
Front Suspension Telescopic fork, 41 mm diameter, 4.7 in / 120 mm travel
Rear Suspension Dual shocks, 3 in / 76 mm travel
BRAKES
Front Braking System Single 298 mm rotor with 2-piston caliper
Rear Braking System Single 298 mm rotor with 1-piston caliper
CHASSIS
Dry Weight 538 lbs / 244 kg
Wet Weight 558 lbs / 253 kg
Ground Clearance 5.3 in / 135 mm
GVWR 988 lbs / 449 kg
Length 91 in / 2311 mm
Width 34.6 in/ 880 mm
Height 47.5 in/ 1207 mm
Rake/Trail 29° / 4.7 in / 119.9 mm
Seat Height (Laden) 26.5 in / 673 mm (25.3 in /643 mm)
Wheelbase 61.5 in / 1562 mm
Electric Lights and Gauges
GEAR RATIO (OVERALL)
1st 10.782:1
2nd 7.328:1
3rd 5.841:1
4th 4.957:1
5th 4.380:1
6th 4.034:1
Final Drive 2.357:1
WHEELS & TIRES
Front Tire 130/90-16 72H
Front Wheel Cast 16” x 3.5”
Rear Tire 150/80-16 71H
Rear Wheel Cast 16” x 3.5”

2015 Indian Scout – Canadian Specifications/Technical Details

Canada MSRP Price: Thunder Black $12,199; (Indian Motorcycle Red; Silver Smoke; Thunder Black Smoke: See dealer for pricing) CDN

Engine
Drive/Driven Clutch Wet, Multi-Plate
Horsepower (HP) 100 (74.7 kW)
Transmission/Primary Drive Gear Drive Wet Clutch
Engine Type Liquid Cooled V-Twin
Displacement 69 cu in
Bore x Stroke 3.976 x 4.449″ (101mm x 113mm)
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Electronic Fuel Injection System Closed loop fuel injection / 60 mm bore
Performance
Peak Torque (J1349 ft-lbs) 72.2 ft-lbs. (97.7 Nm)
Peak Torque RPM 5900 rpm
Brakes
Brakes/Rear Single /298 mm Rotor / 1 Piston Caliper
Gear Ratio (Overall)
1st 10.782 : 1
2nd 7.328 : 1
3rd 5.841 : 1
4th 4.957 : 1
5th 4.380 : 1
6th 4.034 : 1
Final Drive 2.357 : 1
Chassis
Suspension: Front – Type/Travel Telescopic Fork/4.7″ (120 mm)
Suspension: Rear – Type/Travel Dual Shocks/3.0″ (76 mm)
Brakes/Front Single / 298 mm Rotor / 2 Piston Caliper
Tires/Front 130/90-16 72H
Tires/Rear 150/80-16 71H
Wheels Cast 16″ x 3.5″ Front and 16″ x 5″ Rear
Exhaust System Split dual exhaust with crossover
DIMENSIONS
Fuel Capacity (gallons/liters) 3.3 gallons
Ground Clearance 5.3 in / 135 mm
Overall Height (in./cm.) 47.5 in / 1207 mm
Overall Width (in./cm.) 34.6 in / 880 mm
Rake/Trail 29°
Seat Height 25.3 in / 635 mm
Wheelbase 61.5 in / 1562 mm
Overall Length (in./cm.) 91 in / 2311 mm
Lean Angle 31 degrees
GVWR 988 lbs / 449 kg
Trail 4.7 in / 119.9 mm
Weight (Empty tank / full of fuel) 538 lbs / 558 lbs (244 kg / 253 kg)
Electric
Gauges Digital tachometer, odometer, trip meter, engine temp, and low fuel lamp
Lights Headlight, tail/brake light, turn signals, license plate light, and speedometer and indicator lights

Specifications and appearance are subject to change without prior notice.

 

 

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