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    Cool Indian Scout 2021- got it!

    Not a busy forum this cruiser one is it?
    Been a long wait but finally my Scout arrived . Clocked up 650km yesterday around lake Wairarapa- Ngawi-Martinborough-plus lots of detours along some tasty backroads. MartinB was bustling with holiday makers enjoying level 2 freedoms while we can. Never seen so many campers, tents, campervans at Ngawi. Chatting to one he said they are all afraid it may be their last escape for some months especially with Saturday's news of Blenheim getting a covid case- Bugger. I'm touring the South Island in 5 weeks- hopefully!

    I have owned cruisers before. A Yamaha 650 twin US Special in London (1981) a Harley Sportsters 1989 and 2004 I got a Triumph America. The Harley fell apart at a rate I couldn't keep up with. Consumed more parts than petrol fill ups. The America was cool but 54hp was not cool.

    What can I say. The Scout is a beaut. Extremely happy with it. Sweet 100hp motor is silky smooth and gearbox/clutch light as a feather to operate. Good brakes, goes around corners well, surprisingly well except that limited ground clearance keeps you on your toes. Wouldn't want to misjudge an unknown bend. All day riding and no comfort worries. The bags look fantastic and got lots of praise. The screen that arrived was the light blue instead of matching the dark blue of the bike but Jimmy was on to that straight away before I even noticed it and a replacement is on order. On that note cheers Jimmy (Whitetrash), as always a top bloke to deal with. That goes for all the crowd at TSS.

    My only real concern buying it was tank range at 12.5 litre claimed. What a relief. I rode it to completely empty twice and it died at 252km and 248km so that's Ok. Took 12.9l to refill. Not fantastic but I can tour on that, maybe keep a 1L bottle in the side bags.

    Lots of favourable comments from passers by. Does U-turns on a dime, so tight I was shocked, more like a small dirt bike at low speeds.

    Nice gauges that my aging eyesight can easily read on the go and nice switchgear to operate.

    I'm watching rain clouds gathering as I write this wondering if I can get out again today
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    Certainly aren't afraid to swap the genres around are you?

    Having bought a bike from Jimmy in last few months I'd have to agree, but I was only ever going to deal with him having known him for 20 odd years.

    Going to SI in 4 weeks. We'll try not to louse it up for you.


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    Nice machine you have there. Lovely motor from memory and the fit and finish was lovely on mine. I always thought that Indian would do well to fit that motor to a naked of some sort - Then they went and brought out the FTR1200...

    I found the Indian screen to give me lots of buffeting but the batwing fairing like yours will almost certainly be better in that respect.

    Enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Boy View Post
    Nice machine you have there. Lovely motor from memory and the fit and finish was lovely on mine. I always thought that Indian would do well to fit that motor to a naked of some sort - Then they went and brought out the FTR1200...

    I found the Indian screen to give me lots of buffeting but the batwing fairing like yours will almost certainly be better in that respect.

    Enjoy
    Thanks. yes the fairing works a treat. Considered the higher screen option but pleased I went with the 2" shorty. It's a fantastic motor. Pulls like a train from idle then go nuts from 4,000rpm to over 7,000. Soft limiter cuts in at 7,750 (I tested it). So sweet to ride through twisties was the unexpected surprise bonus. Agreed the fit and finish is excellent. Every part is solid and well made.
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