Indian Motorcycle is set to showcase four custom motorcycles based on the Scout and the Scout Sixty at the 2016 EICMA Show in Milan, next month. While three of the custom bikes have already been unveiled, the Apache One is yet to make its public appearance. The Wall of Death Scout is the same bike on which British motorcycle racer and daredevil Guy Martin set the world record for the fastest speed recorded on a wall of death. Among other modifications, Indian got rid of the headlamp, body panels and the stock suspension (it’s a rigid frame motorcycle) to cut down on weight. With custom headers and no mufflers, this motorcycle pumps out a mighty 112bhp - 14bhp more than the stock bike.
A brainchild of the company’s French division, the Tank Machine is essentially a Scout Sixty customised to resemble a bobber. The tank has been painted a brushed aluminium shade and bears the traditional Warbonnet logo. The brown leather solo seat, bare minimum body work and brushed aluminium fenders further accentuate the bike’s raw appeal.
The Spirit of Freedom is Indian Motorcycle Austria’s take on the Scout. This drag racer styled custom bike gets lowered clip on handlebars, chopped fenders, flat seat and a retro headlamp visor to give it the unique look. Unlike a majority of custom bikes, the modifications are more than skin deep. The Spirit of Freedom even gets a two into one exhaust system, Ohlins suspension and sticky Avon Cobra tyres ensure that it has the performance to match its looks.
The Indian Scout was launched as a blank canvas for custom motorcycle enthusiasts. While Indian Motorcycle itself offers a slew of optional accessories, the Scout’s platform was developed to make it easy for those wishing to build a custom bike. As such, these factory custom bikes play an important role in promoting the motorcycle.
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