Indian celebrates the Scout’s centenary in style.

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Originally launched in 1920 and responsible for rejuvenating the post-Hedstrom/Hendee Indian Motocycle Company, the Scout will be a hundred years old next year and a further rejuvenated Indian Motorcycle has just announced how they intend to honour such an iconic part of the marque’s history.

And if you thought that the liquid-cooled, DOHC model that bears the Scout name is incapable of paying tribute to something that old, you might be surprised by how good a job they’ve done, without straying too far from the Scout’s parts bin.

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There are actually two models involved here, but as the Limited Edition 100th Anniversary will number just 750 worldwide, we will be focusing on the new Scout Bobber Twenty … after remarking on just how the classic pin-striping changes those mudguards, working with the black-rimmed laced wheels beneath, a chrome rear rack and Hollywood-style handlebars. Top it off with a large Indian script decal on a close-enough match to the original vermillion and a desert tan solo seat suspended above the frame, and then hide the mechanical bits and pieces beneath a layer of black paint and you’ve got a worthy tribute to the work of CB Franklin.

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What you are more likely to see on the street is no less impressive: a restyled Bobber with mini-apehanger handlebars, laced wheels, another solo seat in a darker hue and the biggest Indian headdress that will fit on the flat side of the fuel tank, painted in a contrasting colour to its main body. It is as the Forty-Eight Special is to Harley’s Forty-Eight, but don’t knock it: it works. I want the Scout Bobber Twenty in its black and silver livery more than I want an FTR!

Sadly, we won’t be getting the nice underslung mirrors here, or the side-mount – they don’t conform with EU regs – but they can be added later and there are plenty of other options available. And while we won’t get the sportier two-into-one shown on a couple of bikes as standard, it’s good to see Indian offering an alternative to the homologated system that has always worked against the models’ simplicity: let’s hope they get that certified and start using it more often.

We’re still waiting on the all-important price details to come out and will update this when they do: let’s hope its closer to the Forty-Eight than the Street Bob.

I’m looking forward to seeing what they do for the Scout’s 101st anniversary!

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