2017 Indian Motorcycles Scout

Sturgis, South Dakota, US, is the scene for an annual motorcycle rally that is always well-attended by bikers riding American iron, notably machines emblazoned with the initials “H-D”. What many may not know is that the Black Hills Motor Classic, now popularly known as Sturgis, was started by an Indian Motorcycle dealer named J.C. “Pappy” Hoel, back in 1938.

At this year’s event, said to be attended by over 400,00 bikers, Indian Motorcycles unveiled its 2017 line up of cruisers, baggers and tourers. For the coming year, there will be nine motorcycles in the range, covering various cruiser riding styles.

For the entry-level into Indian motorcycles, there are two variants on offer, the Indian Scout at US$11,299 (RM45,600), and Indian Scout 60 at US$8,999 (RM36,300). Both bikes are powered by a liquid-cooled 60-degree V-twin, with the Scout coming with a 1,130.7 cc engine producing 100 hp and 97.8 Nm, while the Scout 60 displaces 983.2 cc with 78 hp and 88 Nm.

Indian has a pair of cruisers on offer, which can be suitably kitted out from the range of accessories in its catalogue. They are the Chief Dark Horse, which goes for a base price if US$17,499 (RM70,600) and the Chief Classic at US$18,499 (RM74,600). Both cruisers share a 1,811 cc Thunder Stroke V-twin with 161.1 Nm torque.

Baggers – a cruiser with hard- or soft-shell panniers and fastback styling – are represented in Indian’s range by the Chief Vintage at US$19,999 (RM80,700), Springfield at US$20,999 (RM84,700), the Chieftain Dark Horse at US$21,999 (RM88,700) and the Chieftain USD23,999 (RM96,800). All come with the 1,811 cc Thunder Stroke mill.

At the top of the heap is the Roadmaster, Indian’s full-dress tourer which starts at US$28,999 (RM117,000). Also using the Thunder Stroke, the Roadmaster comes with Indian’s Ride Command infotainment system. The system integrates navigation, sound and bike information on a seven-inch touchscreen display.

Besides the Roadmaster, the system also comes standard on the Chieftain and Chieftain Dark Horse. USB and Bluetooth connection is set for compatible devices, and the nav system is driven by TomTom.