Roland Sands gives Indian Scout the tracker treatment
With Indian’s ‘Wrecking Crew’ race team continuing to dominate US Flat Track with the Scout-inspired works FTR750 racers you’d be forgiven for fancying a Scout-based street tracker of your own.
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And if you already own a 2015-on Scout (or Scout Sixty) but don’t fancy (or can’t afford) Indian’s own, updated-for-2021, £12K+ FTR1200, now you can get exactly that – thanks to a new kit from Roland Sands Design.
The Californian customisers and accessory specialists have been producing Scout-based tracker race kits, dubbed the ‘Hooligan’, since Indian’s 1200cc twin first came out in 2015. Now, due the company say to popular demand, they have come up with this street tracker kit enabling owners to create their own road-going versions.
As with many kits, different degrees – or ‘phases’ – of conversion are possible, depending upon how extreme a result you desire – or how deep your pockets are.
The basic, ‘Phase 1’ kit costs $1300 (£942) and essentially converts the Scout’s cruiser-style rear end into a flat tracker style one courtesy of a new aluminium subframe, fibreglass tail unit, race seat with rectifier relocator, new drive belt tensioner and shock relocator, plus front and rear ‘race’ plates and mounts.
How far you go beyond those basics, however, is up to you. A different handlebar riser kit is a further $250 (£181), instrument relocator $200 (£145), there’s a front mudguard replacing fork brace, a ‘midi’ foot controls kit, different belt guard and so on.
While if you want to go the whole hog, special, race-replica 19inch wheels ($749 or £543), race air-filter and longer shocks (to help jack-up the rear end) are available, too. And that’s still without exhausts, paint and other finessing.
Tally up the whole lot on top of a stock Scout or Sixty (now £11,995 and £10,495, respectively) and you might argue you’d be better off going for an FTR1200 in the first place – but they say you can’t put a price on individuality (you can, actually) and the satisfaction of creating a unique bike.