Indian let the Young Guns loose on their Scout

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Young Guns Speed Shop get an Indian Scout to play with

Indian have given the guys at the Young Guns Speed Shop in Switzerland free rein on one of their popular 1200cc Scout models.

The pair are customising the bike ahead of its debut at the Art & Wheels show in May before racing the machine this summer in the Punks Peak race at Wheels & Waves, and also at the Essenza sprint race at Glemseck 101


The faces behind the build at Young Guns are Nik Heer and Fabian Witzig, who operate out of a small workshop in the small village of Rapperswil in Switzerland. They’re no strangers to rapid bikes though and are versed in creating machines for sprint races, after building a heavily modified Guzzi missile dubbed Ferdinand the Sparrow, which Nik rode to a world speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats, and also building a tuned and customised Triumph T120 for Punks Peak last year. 

“We have been watching Indian Motorcycle become more and more popular in Switzerland,” said Nik. “And are thrilled to finally have an Indian Scout in our workshop. We have some amazing ideas in mind to transform this into a real racing machine.” 

They have been gathering support for the project too, with Ohlins, Brembo, motogadget, Akrapovič, LSL Motorcycle Parts and the Wizard of Nos all helping their cause.

So far the pair have removed and resized the fuel tank, it won’t hold fuel any more though so they are constructing two separate fuel tanks to sit alongside the relocated electrics under the resized number.

“We took off the fuel tank, cut it down smaller and welded it back together,” Nik added. “We made it smaller, mainly so we can grip the tank more easily with our legs while racing, but also because we wanted to relocate all of the electrics and add a lighter battery directly underneath it.”

Next job on the agenda will be to remove the Scouts standard radiator so that more of the V-twin engine is visible from the front of the machine, replacing it with two separate units that will measure half the size of the original.

The pair are aiming to have completed their first test ride on the machine in four weeks, which will put them on schedule for the May deadline where it will debut at Art & Wheels in Basel.


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James Archibald

By James Archibald

Former MCN Junior Web Producer