Indian Scout 100th Anniversary celebrates a century of riding in style

The specs are powerfully Indian, too, with loads of torque riding on a long, comfortable wheelbase. The black-cased, liquid-cooled 60-degree V-Twin makes 100 hp, one for each year of the Scout’s existence. It also makes a healthy and meaty 72 lb-ft of torque at 6,000 rpm, most of which is available right off idle, it seems. With closed-loop fuel injection, there’s never a worry about firing it up and keeping it running. It’s as reliable as any modern car, or at least it was during my tenure with it.
This is a big bike, 91.6 inches long and a handlebar-scrapin’ 40.5 inches wide. That’s 7.5 feet by 3.5 feet. The wheelbase is a leisurely 62 inches. Combined with an appropriately streety rake and trail of 29 degrees and 4.7 inches, and a curb weight of 565 pounds before you fill up the 3.3-gallon gas tank, this is an industrial operation on wheels, albeit a stylish one. The Scout is all about city cruising.
I picked it up way down in Orange County, about an hour’s ride from home. The low seat height of just 27.4 inches is about the lowest you’ll find on a production bike short of a Honda Monkey. It opens the Scout up to all sizes of riders. If you’ve had trouble finding a bike on which you could put your feet on the ground, try a Scout – you’ll fit. Feet ride on pegs way up forward of your sitzplatz. The beach bars reach back to greet you. Twist the key on the side of the engine, touch and release the start button just once to fire the twin, and you’re ready to ride.
The seating position is immediately comfortable, if somewhat slippery. The prodigiously low torque band makes stop-and-go traffic a breeze – just let the clutch out anywhere above idle and roll out. So easy. You’ll never stall. Cruising around Costa Mesa’s afternoon traffic was like riding on Capt. Kirk’s command chair.