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Indian Scout And Scout Sixty: Premium Motorcycles For the First-Time Rider

If you’re looking for a first motorcycle and love Indian’s design ethos, you might want to spend a year experiencing the physics of two wheels on a 100-horsepower Indian Scout, or the newly introduced 78-horsepower Scout Sixty, named for its slightly smaller 60 cubic inch engine.

Scout is 259 pounds lighter than the Indian Chief Vintage model, an obvious advantage throughout the learning curve. Only a wag like me would have the nerve to call this 538-lb. bike a scooter, but Scout and Scout Sixty are not difficult to ride so long as one respects the weight. With hips slung low behind the mass of a tall, narrow V-twin, two feet can be placed firmly on the ground at stop signs or when maneuvering Scout into a parking spot—no tip-toe walking and little risk of dropping the bike curbside. Yet like all traditional American bikes, the seating position is roomy, a comfortable place for either a tall lanky guy, or a petite woman with short legs. For morning rides or rumbling about town, there’s a purity and ease of motion found in lighter bikes like Scout.

If you fall in love with riding and move up to a Chief with its 111 cubic inch Thunder Stroke V-twin, then your Scout can stay part of the family, ready to entertain a friend who wants to come along. The revived Indian Motorcycle Company turns out high-quality machines, with well over 90 percent of the content sourced here, in America. Like the originals, a Scout or Chief can provide enjoyment for decades.

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