Driven: Indian Scout Bobber
The Indian Scout Bobber sits just above the Scout in the family of Indians, which underpins the Bobber’s blueprint. What distinguishes the two is that the bobber is the rebel with a more masculine appearance and rough around the edges demeanour, which is just what the doctor ordered when dealing with this genre of bikes. A cropped rear end, blacked-out frame, engine and exhaust all come together to give it that rebellious street cred. When riding a cruiser I always take preference to a foot forward approach and the Bobber accommodates this with forward control adaptability. Paired with the right exhaust (Vance & Hines Grenades in our test unit) it makes this package an exciting prospect.
The Bobber’s all-round appearances, as well as the thunderous audio from those aftermarket cans, give the bike a bruiser appearance and presence. The 1200cc motor is strong enough to keep you entertained and there’s never a dull moment on the bike. In this format, the legs out, leaning forward riding position is always a winner, and the Indian offers both.
A firm seat and stiff suspension mean people suffering from any back issues may not enjoy spending extended rides on the Bobber. The suspension setup paired with handlebars that require you to lean forward will definitely take a toll on the body during long trips - back injuries or not. At the rear the standard tyre leans more towards the narrow side, wider rubber would definitely do the Bobber justice in aesthetics. Of course there is the aftermarket option of upgrading the rubber for a wider stance and more traction.
The Indian Scout Bobber sits at the lower end of the cruiser segment when compared to bikes such as the Harley Davidson FXDR 114, which is not only more appealing but more bike if you ask us. However, the Indian will cost less procure, so that’s one thing to consider. To be fair and compare apples with apples, the Indian will be the preferred option when put up against Triumph’s rendition of the bobber design.
Price: R209 900
By: Gugu Masuku