INDIAN SCOUT (2014-on) Review

Published: 13 November 2014

A good entry-level-to-mid-sized cruiser with more style, authenticity, class and performance than most

INDIAN SCOUT  (2014-on)

A good entry-level-to-mid-sized cruiser with more style, authenticity, class and performance than most

  • At a glance
  • 1133cc  -  100 bhp
  • 39 mpg  -  119 miles range
  • Low seat height (673mm)
  • New: £10,395
    Used: £7,900 to £12,500 See all INDIAN SCOUTs for sale

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Indian has done it again with another all-new bike – the Scout. The company’s quoted aim with the Scout was to build the ‘best in class, mid-size American motorcycle’, or as company boss Steve Menneto more succinctly puts it: “It’s our answer to the Harley Davidson Sportster.” In the metal it’s a good entry-level-to-mid-sized cruiser with more style, authenticity, class and performance than most. For that, it should be a huge success. It outperforms Harley and outstyles Europeans. Our only slight doubt is the price.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Although unusual at first (similar to Ducati’s Diavel, the Scout’s cruiser riding position is a little at odds with its willingness to sweep and scratch through the bends) The Scout has enough performance and handling to be a blast anyone can enjoy. Despite the fat, 130-section front tyre, the steering remains light and precise, the ride quality consistent and smooth. The twin pot single disc front brake is basic but braking power is more than adequate for this type of bike. Handling-wise, the Scout reminded me most of a Triumph, bikes renowned for their handling aplomb. Think of the Bonneville America but with extra oomph, style and substance, extra everything really. That’s praise indeed.

Engine 4 out of 5

To meet performance targets, the all-new, V-twin had to be liquid-cooled. Yet the Scout doesn’t hide its water jacket with fake finning as so many do. Instead it revels in it with clever styling and tactile machining. It’s also decently brisk. From zero to four or five K the Scout just thumps along, happily, familiarly, like many other V-twin cruisers. Above that, however, the new Indian has an added dimension most of its rivals lack: a willingness to rev to eight thou. Cruising and ‘squirting’ has never blended so well…

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Too early to say on reliability and, although some components are a tad basic and it nowhere near matches the luxury of the bigger Indians, the Scout’s largely good enough.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

Our only doubt is the price which, we think, is a tad salty. It’s over a grand more than the closest Harley, the 48, which has far more proven residuals. It also puts it a full £3000 more than, say, Triumph’s America (which, admittedly, it both outguns and out-poses). In fact, that price puts it in Ducati Monster 1200 and Guzzi Griso LE territory which, while not strictly cruisers, both have justifiable performance and quality claims of their own. 

Equipment 4 out of 5

Less lavish and extravagant than the £20K Indian Chief range but there’s still plenty of class. Paint and chrome are thick, clocks, mirrors, levers and more are decent, shocks (see above) better than most. Only slight disappointments are slightly basic switchgear and front brake performance. ‘Signature’ tan leather seat, meanwhile, according to lead project designer Rich Christophe, was “a no brainer”.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their INDIAN SCOUT (2014-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your INDIAN SCOUT (2014-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3.5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 3.5 out of 5
5 out of 5

A cracking cruiser that might change your mind about the genre

17 May 2016 by Lee Blackburn

The best cruiser-style bike I've ever ridden. Beats any Harley-Davidson I've ridden (I've owned an XR1200 in the past too) and looks fabulous too. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
The bike's only real drawback is that, similar to most cruisers, the suspension isn't up to enthusiastic riding. The front end bottoms out fairly quickly if you are enjoying yourself and the rear isn't much better. The seat and ergonomics are good though (I'm 6'00").
Engine
5 out of 5
Fabulous - Smooth, sounds nice even with the standard pipes, has a good rev range so that you can hold a gear for overtakes and feels modern and well developed. It's everything a Harley-Davidson engine should be.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
It's early days yet as I've only owned my bike since October 2015 but thus far all appears well.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Too early to tell really but servicing costs should be competitive with other brands.
Equipment
4 out of 5
The speedo's various functions are welcome though I'd like a fuel gauge too.
5 out of 5

Scout Surprise

21 April 2016 by Yoni Orritz

I'd NEVER contemplated buying a Harley type bike in 40 years of biking, but a pal bought a Scout 60 and as a total novice mechanically, asked if I'd give it a basic service, so after changing the oil,air filter etc I took it for a test ride and was... Read more very pleasantly surprised as I'd once hired a Harley XR1200 while on holiday and was totally underwhelmed by the experience, the only complaint I had with the Scout 60 was although much more powerful and infinitely better handling than the alleged "sportster" Harley, it still lacked a bit of power, then my pal upgraded to the Scout and after a run on it I was so impressed decided to buy one and have fallen in love with it , it has the power ,class, character and handling Harleys can only dream of and it's also a wolf in sheep's clothing, enabling me to have a ball taking fellow bikers by surprise at traffic light drags. don't get me wrong my Gixer 750 is still my first love but the Scout is just a pleasant relaxing alternative occasionally, but with the power to go with it, something I'd thought I would never say in a million years about a cruiser type bike.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
surprisingly good brakes and excellent handling (for a cruiser)
Engine
5 out of 5
torque like a Massey Ferguson!
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
my only complaint was slight rusting on the wheel nuts
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
Basic but it is an entry level Indian
Read all 2 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £10,395
Used price £7,900 to £12,500
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost £160
Performance
Max power 100 bhp
Max torque 72 ft-lb
Top speed 120 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 39 mpg
Tank range 119 miles
Specification
Engine size 1133cc
Engine type liquid-cooled, four-valve, V-twin
Frame type Cast aluminium spine
Fuel capacity 12.5 litres
Seat height 673mm
Bike weight 246kg
Front suspension Conventional telescopic forks, no adjust
Rear suspension Twin shocks, no adjust
Front brake 298mmd, twin piston caliper
Rear brake 298mmdisc, single piston caliper
Front tyre size 130/90 x 16
Rear tyre size 150/80 x 16

History & Versions

Model history

2014: Model introduced

Other versions

None

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