As those who follow the industry know, Indian Motorcycle made a lot of headlines when it unveiled the Scout Bobber over the summer. This fierce-looking 100-horsepower beast (far left) is ready to ride right off the showroom floor. But as we saw over the weekend at the Brooklyn Invitational, in the right custom builders’ hands, it can transform into something completely different but equally gnarly…
Indian tasked three different icons with re-interpreting the bike to match their own style. First up was skateboard legend Steve Caballero, who recruited Roland Sands Design to help him pay homage to his career (and pioneering of the 360) as well as his love for flat track. Cab also convinced Sonny Boy Studio to handle the pinstriping, gold leaf work and that gorgeous handpainted Indian logo on the gas tank.
“The Indian Scout is a fantastic platform for customizations, and when we decided to customize a Scout Bobber for the Brooklyn Invitational I knew I wanted to work alongside Roland and his team at RSD,” says Caballero. “As a renowned bike builder, Roland has extended experience with the Scout platform and has a suite of offerings for the street flat tracker look we wanted to achieve.”
Next up was Keino Sasaki, whose interpretation is radical, to say the least. Nodding to earlier days, Sasaki’s take brings to mind old-school Airstreamers. At the same time, those headlights could easily be the eyes of a futuristic, buglike robot or dare we say a Transformer.
“It was a great opportunity for me to work with the new Indian Scout Bobber with freedom of creativity and ideas,” says Sasaki. “When I stripped the bike down to its main chassis, I knew it could go beyond its styling originally intended. I hope this bike showcases the possibilities of the Scout Bobber with a little imagination and creativity.”
The third and final custom builder Indian approached was Satya Kraus. As a seriously performance-oriented dude, Kraus re-engineered the bike to blow everything else off the road. Hence touches like an inverted suspension, carbon-fiber wheels, a chain drive and that serpentine stainless steel exhaust pipe.
“When we build on the foundations laid by tradition we are reminded to learn from the past and push the limits beyond what has been done,” says Kraus. “Each Indian model platform has unique qualities that offer the aftermarket and consumer opportunities for customizations to easily reflect individual styles and designs.” And as we’ve seen from these gorgeous, wide-ranging mods, he ain’t lyin’.