Indian Unveils Custom Scouts in New York City

See what happens when two new Scouts go custom

The custom segment of the market wasted no time putting Indian Motorcycle's new 2015 Scout under the knife. This week, the earliest results of their experiments were unveiled in New York City at the IMS event. Those Scouts were the proud work of baggersmith John Shope and land speed racer Karlee Cobb. Here's what Indian had to say about the two bikes.

Indian #1: Scout 42

Dirty Bird Concepts owner, John Shope, was fired up about the project called “Scout 42” as soon as he saw the new motorcycle revealed at the Black Hills Rally in Sturgis SD earlier this year.

“Dirty Bird is well known for our custom baggers,” says Shope who co-starred in the television show Biker Battle Ground Phoenix, “So when I saw the new Scout I knew it was going to be a real player on the market – and when I had a chance to ride it – I was totally blown away by how great the engine and handling is.”

Shope’s custom reflects the sporting heritage of the Indian Scout. Known for its balance of chassis and power, the history of the Scout model name is framed by racing wins, world records and performances on the fabled “Wall of Death”. The custom work on “Scout 42” was done to increase the sport appeal of the motorcycle, without sacrificing the highly praised handling of the stock bike.

From a design standpoint the front of the motorcycle received the most attention. A custom fairing and chin spoiler bring a sportbike aesthetic to the Scout. While the footpeg location remains stock, "Bear Claw" pegs were mounted for increased boot traction, a Renthal handlebar pulls the rider forward into an aggressive stance and for more weight on the front end. A new chin spoiler changes the lines around the stock radiator and front frame member. A custom front fender compliments the tighter look. Shope developed a series of frame inserts to add additional details to the otherwise stock cast aluminum frame. For more info on John's shop, click here.

Scout #2: Outrider

Indian also left a brand new 2015 Indian Scout in the capable hands of Klock Werks Kustoms following the Sturgis reveal. The job of being one of the first to customize the new model fell to Karlee Cobb. “In 2008, at age 14, Karlee became the youngest person to set a land speed record at the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats, so it seemed only appropriate that she would design one of the first 2015 Indian Scouts”, says Klock Werks owner Brian Klock. “She had the biggest grin after test riding the new Scout – so giving Karlee the reins on this project seemed a natural fit.”

Changing the stance towards a bobber was the first task on Karlee's list. She swapped from the stock 16” rims to an 18" X 5.5" rear and chose a 19"x 3" front; both in one-off contrast cut Reveal Wheels by Performance Machine. A 180 and 130mm set of Dunlop tires ensure that the bike has great traction and handling to match the new attitude.

Karlee’s pal, Kully Millage of Kully Co. created a one-off stainless pipe for the bike. 22 year-old Kully from Hartford, SD recently produced winning exhausts for AMA racer Henry Wiles flat track bikes. The intake was modified with a K&N air filter for a nice boost to the already potent 69 c.i. powerplant.

The handlebars are custom-fabbed for the bike in black powdercoat with stealthy bar-end signals and tucked in rear signals from Motogadget. The front fender is a Klock Werks item custom trimmed to fit front and the rear is an upswept traditional bobber look featuring a “half-frenched” oval taillight that splits the fender surface. A low profile seat pan was fitted to give Karlee the feel of being “in” the bike.

PPG Paint was expertly laid on by Brad Smith at The Factory Match shop in Tea, SD is various panels of sage, gray, and earth tones to blend with the stock cast frame color and highlight the incredible engineering on the latest generation Scout.

“My goal was to build a bike that while is clearly customized, is one that a decent home mechanic could build,” says Cobb of her project she calls Outrider. “I was really blown away by the power and quality of the production Scout – and going a bit old-school yet maintaining the ride-ability of the bike was really important to me. Getting the first Scout to customize inspired the name. I’ve got a great team of friends and family in and around Klock Werks, and want to thank Indian Motorcycle for the chance to customize this bike.”

Karlee's Outrider will be on display at the New York City International Motorcycle Show and will be seen in the pages of custom bike magazines. For more information on Klock Werks Kustoms, log on to