2016 Indian Scout

Indian-Scout - 20162016 Indian Scout Indian Motorcycle of Mineola
336 Jericho Turnpike
Mineola, NY

Article by Lee Sheridan

Indian’s Chiefs and Fours were always at the head of the company’s catalog, but many would argue it was the Scout that gave Indian its soul. Unveiled in 1920, the middleweight Scout was originally powered by 37ci (600cc) V twin running a three-speed gearbox; it was capable of 60 mph. A hit from the start, the bike quickly gained a reputation for reliability: “You can’t wear out an Indian Scout,” went a catchphrase of the day. Over the next decade, the motor would grow to 45ci (750cc) and lead to the 101 Scout of 1929-31, still regarded by many as the finest Indian ever. The small-displacement Scout and the Sport Scout, introduced in 1934, were continued until the end of civilian production in 1942. Military versions of both models were used by US and other Allied forces during World War II, and then discontinued after that period of time. In 1949 an all-new motorcycle, with an overhead valve straight-twin engine, was called the Scout; it was enlarged and renamed the Warrior in 1950. Between 2001 and 2003, the Indian Motorcycle Company of America, based in Gilroy, California, built a Scout model using proprietary engine and transmission parts.

Today, the legendary heritage of the Indian Scout was carried forward into 2015 after over a decade-long hiatus. The new Scout spent years in the making and was manufactured with the same masterful balance that conquered the ‘Wall of Death’, carried the Wrecking Crew to victory and made the world’s fastest Indian. It was reborn for the 21st century with its sporty style and beefed up performance, but still lists in middleweight category (like its great grand pappy), so that even the novice rider will feel comfortable and in control sitting behind the handlebars.

The Scout has cut-down fenders, unlike the rest of the Indian lineup with valenced fenders, and lacks the iconic fender-mounted war bonnet. Still, the Scout is Indian in all the right places. The fat 130-series front tire gives the Scout a great dose of American-cruiser styling. The 69 cubic-inch (1,133 c) engine is the real showpiece for the Scout. Indian engineers reached for connections to its roots through a design that hints at the old pushrod engines. The liquid-cooled, 60-degree V-twin is sharp looking, but make no mistake, its good looks definitely matches its street performance. It puts out 100 ponies and 72.2 pound-feet of torque, but being a short-stroke engine, you have to wind it up to 5,900 rpm to get the full grunt out of it. Still, you can’t deny its power once the throttle is wide open.


Engine: Liquid Cooled V-Twin
Displacement: 69 cu in
Electronic Fuel Injection System: Closed loop fuel injection / 60 mm bore

Primary Drive: Gear Drive Wet Clutch
Final Drive: 2.357: 1
Horsepower: 100 (74.7 kW)
Peak Torque: 72.2 ft-lbs. (97.7 Nm)
Peak Torque RPM: 5900 rpm


Front Brakes: Single / 298 mm Rotor / 2 Piston Caliper
Rear Brakes: Single /298 mm Rotor / 1 Piston Caliper
Front Tires:130/90-16 72H
Rear Tires:150/80-16 71H
Exhaust System: Split dual exhaust with crossover

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