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The World’s Newest Indian

The first Scout released in over sixty years doesn’t disappoint.

Photo Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle

The Indian Scout was one of the most popular bikes in America, a mainstay of the rally and racing circuits, until Indian Motorcycles inexplicably stopped producing them in the early fifties and went under a few years later. The brand was resurrected in 1999 in California and produced “Scouts” with off-the-shelf engines before being sold to a London private equity firm in 2006 and the to Polaris, an actual motorcycle company, in 2011. Now, Indian Motorcycle Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries, has released the first Scout in over sixty years. It’s a hell of a business accomplishment and the bike is nothing to scoff at either.

The $10,999 aluminum chopper weighs in at just 558 pounds, is powered by a 100 horsepower engine, and combines a bit of throwback swagger in the former of oversized chrome tailpipes with decidedly modern lines. The bike is clearly being manufactured with beginning bikers in mind and will compete with Harley Davidson’s Low Rider and Royal Enfield Continental chugging its way toward the U.S. market. Unveiled at this week's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the bike gives motorcycle history buffs something to cheer about and committed commuters something to ride.

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