In celebration of its 100th year in production, Indian have announced a whole raft of new and re-released Scout Bobber models for 2020. The company first announced their intention to release the Scout in 1919, with the first model rolling off the production line for the 1920 model year.
100 years later we see five models released for the anniversary year, with the limited edition Scout 100 Anniversary, Scout Bobber Twenty, Scout Bobber, Scout and the entry-level Scout Bobber Sixty.
Two grand cheaper (based on US pricing) than the Scout Bobber, the Sixty provides an entry-level option for those looking for a mean, blacked-out bobber, but can’t quite spring the extra cash for the Scout Bobber, Bobber Twenty or say the Triumph Bobber Black.
The 999-cc Liquid-Cooled V-Twin Engine puts out 78hp (58kW) and 88 Nm of torque. The later at a peak of 5600 rpm.
Unlike its bigger brothers, the Scout Sixty is equipped only with a 5-speed transmission. However I doubt this is going to be a problem for most, given it’s more likely to hit city streets, rather than country roads.
Cushioning the blows up front are 41mm telescopic forks with a decent 120mm of travel, with the rear supported by adjustable (pre-load only) dual shocks providing 76mm of travel.
Braking comes courtesy of a single 298mm disc and floating rotor with 2-piston calipers, and the same in the rear yet with only 1-piston. For a bike weighing in at a dry 246 kg (543 lbs), this seems drastically underdone. Although it’s worth noting that this configuration is consistent across the entire Scout range.
Electronics & Styling
Due to the stripped-back nature of the Sixty, sexy electronics are few and far between, with only a single instrument cluster providing the bare essentials. With all manufacturers seeming hell-bent on out doing each other with their electronics packages at the moment, it’s actually nice to see a ‘back to basics’ approach here.
With regard to styling, if you like your motorcycles in black, with highlights of black and a touch of black, you’re going to love the Sixty. If you like at least a little colour in your life, you can opt for either the Burgundy Metallic or Pearl White / Titanium Metallic colour scheme. Although my favourite is definitely the Thunder Black.