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Randy Mamola to ride special Indian Scout Bobber sprint racer

Published: 20 May 2019

Updated: 20 May 2019

Grand Prix racing legend Randy Mamola is set to compete in the 2019 Sultans of Sprint Championship aboard a factory-backed custom Indian Scout Bobber.

Built in commemoration of the bike’s 100th anniversary by Brice Hennebert of Workhorse Speedshop, the bike is called Appaloosa; named after the breed of horse.

With over 700 hours of design and fabrication going into the project and quality components from the likes of Akrapovič and Öhlins, creator Brice said: "I wanted a name that could link Workhorse, Indian Motorcycle and speed.

"As soon as I discovered that the American horse breed Appaloosa was one of the world’s fastest horses, I knew I had the name for an American sprint bike built by Workhorse," he added.

"After putting so much into this build, I’m excited to see the reaction to it and I can’t wait to see Randy blast it down the racetrack."

The bike will compete in the Factory Class and will run the number 19 as recognition to the first Scout being produced in 1919. All motorcycles in the category must have a four-stroke engine and offer a power-to-weight ratio of no more than 0.65bhp per kilogram.

Randy Mamola will race the bike

Speaking about the bike, 13-time grand prix winner, Mamola said: "I’ve always been a big fan of Indian Motorcycle and I’m really looking forward to racing this amazing creation.

"It’s great to be part of this project, especially during the Scout’s 100th anniversary. With the Sultans of Sprint being such a unique series, it’s going to be a lot of fun soaking up the atmosphere, meeting the crowds and putting on a show for them."

In order to complete the build, a standard modern Scout was completely stripped, before gaining a narrowed fuel tank, built from the original part.

Now only holding 2.5 litres of juice, a new subframe has also been fabricated for greater support under hard acceleration. Clip-on bars and set-back foot controls also force the rider over the front, keeping the weight over the front wheel.

An extended aluminium swingarm is coupled to fully-adjustable Öhlins STX 36 piggyback rear shocks and at the front are Retro 43 forks, complete with a steering damper.

In the middle, power has also been upped to 130bhp, thanks to a full Akrapovič exhaust, racing ECU, Power Commander, nitrous oxide injection, a direct intake and fresh oil.

If you want to see the bike in person away from the racing, Indian are set to display the bike in the UK at The Bike Shed between May 24 and 26.

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