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The 2016 Indian Project Scout custom dealer contest – the first ever – winners were announced at the 75th annual Daytona Bike Week that was held from March 4 to 13. During a special Indian Motorcycle award ceremony, the winners – determined by online voting – in two categories were named, while fans at the event voted for their favourite.

Project Scout was designed to showcase the talent and ingenuity of Indian motorcycle dealers around the world, and there were 35 contenders. Competitors were allowed free-rein on their imagination with a 2016 Indian Scout, with any and all modifications permitted. The only caveat was that a minimum of three Indian Scout accessories from the official catalogue had to be used.

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Winner of the inaugural Project Scout custom contest was “Boardtracker”, by Motos Illimetees of Quebec, Canada. Designed as a tribute to the legendary boardtrack racers of the early 20th century, Boardtracker features white tyres mounted on 26-inch wheels. Wooden accents adorn this vintage racer-replica, including the footrests, number plate, handlebars and seat.

Taking honours for the Builder’s Choice category was “Ol’ #71” by Heritage Indian Motorcycles from Arkansas, US, inspired by two-time AMA National Champion & Indian Wrecking Crew racer, Bobby Hill. Known as one of the friendliest racers during his time in the 40s and 50s, Hill had a lot of input in the build which carries his old racing number. Details include a sprung seat with copper springs and matching distressed leather fender pad, vintage style flat track handle bars and number plates with the iconic #71.

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Fans at the Project Scout event voted for “Fusion” as their favourite. As its name suggests, Fusion, designed by Indian Motorcycle Charlotte from North Carolina, US, is a blend of old and new, brought together into a 2016 Indian Scout. Taking details from bikes made 70 years ago, Fusion has full fenders and incorporates details of that ear, including fish-tail exhausts and swept-back handlebars.

The 2016 Indian Scout is powered by a 1,130 cc, liquid-cooled V-twin, with EFI, producing 100 hp and 97.7 Nm of torque and weighs in at 256 kg wet. The 2015 Indian Scout is available at Naza Automall for RM119,326 including GST. Visitors to the showroom will be eligible for a special discount.