Indian Motorcycle Dealers Build Custom Scouts

Enthusiasts vote for the top three to face off in Daytona.

Launched in November, the Project Scout competition is giving dealers from around the globe a high-profile forum to showcase their passion for Indian Motorcycle and their team’s talent by building a custom Indian Scout. You can see five of them in the above gallery. There are thirty six total you can vote on at the company website.

There are no restrictions on the bike’s theme, cost or build style, the only rules being the dealers had to use an Indian Scout or the newly introduced Scout Sixty as the base model and use a minimum of three authentic Indian Scout accessories from the current catalogue.

From now through Friday 19th February, Indian Motorcycle fans can vote for their favorite Project Scout by visiting this link.

On Saturday 20th February, the top three Project Scout finalists as voted by Indian Motorcycle fans will be announced. The dealers behind these three machines will then receive an all-expenses-paid weekend trip to the 75th annual Daytona Bike Week.

Indian Motorcycle will host a special award ceremony in Daytona Beach on Friday 11th March, during which a panel of celebrity judges will select the ultimate winner of the ‘Project Scout: Build a Legend’ program, with party goers voting for the winner of the Fan Favorite award.

Reid Wilson, Marketing Manager for Indian Motorcycle commented: “The response from our dealers to the Scout Custom Series and now this Project Scout program has been incredible. Watching these builds come together from around the world has been amazing. It’s clear that the passion and talent for customizing Indian Motorcycle models is built into our dealer base, and we know that people will be fired up when they see the final Project Scout builds.”

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Steve McQueen

1930's Inspired *Chandler, AZ, United States * Story of our build: Our build was inspired by the History of Indian Motorcycles and their winning heritage. Our design was inspired by the way these bikes looked and rode like in the 1930's. This specific custom scout build, was built from the inspiration of a Steve Mcqueen 1934 sport Scout that recently sold at auction for over $120k. 1. Front fender custom made, fabricated using a Indian Dark Horse front fender. 6 hours of metal work on front fender. 2. Fender struts custom made, fabricated in house , hand made. 3. Front forks, modified , tabs welded on for fender struts, re powder coated. 4. Handle bars, custom made, fabricated in house. 5. Seat, modified Indian accessories seat to be a true Springer seat. 6. Rear fender, modified stock scout rear fender, trimmed 2 inches off the sides, tail light hole filled. 8 hrs of metal work on rear fender alone. 7. Wheels, Spoke wheels from Indian accessories catalog. 8. Tires, stock tires 9. Chrome engine parts powder coated black . 10. Front pulley cover, modified, design Indian Motorcycle Chandler 11. Horn, relocated, and replaced with a 4" old school look to replicate period correct horn. 12. EXHAUST, stock headers, modified, reshaped, and turned into true dual system, with crossover eliminated, exhaust ceramic coated and wrapped , aftermarket mufflers modified and ceramic coated. 13. Taillight, aftermarket 14. Paint, Indian Motorcycle cream paint code custom mix, with hand pinstriped lines , airbrushed Indian Motorcycle head . Paint by H13 KUSTOMS Phoenix AZ. Design INDIAN Motorcycle CHANDLER. 15. SUSPENSION, rigid mounts, custom made, Spring seat suspension. 16. Swing arm. Modified , rear fender strut tabs welded and re powder coated. 17. Forward controls, modified rear passenger floorboards from chieftain to replace foot pegs. 18. POWDER COATING , Affordable powder coating , Phx AZ. ALL METAL WORK, WELDING, FABRICATION, AND ASSEMBLY DONE IN HOUSE AT Indian Motorcycle Chandler by Eric Hancock.

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Munro's Revenge

Modern Café Racer Fargo, ND, United States 69 Cubic Inch Scout Built into a modern Cafe Racer/Street Tracker that only Bert could dream up! Dressed up with radicalized Willow Green and Thunder Black, Indian Wire Wheels, Indian Forward controls and Indian Fox Performance Shocks! Just to top all off the performance has been bumped substantially and a custom exhaust that barks fire and demands respect that the Scout is entitled to! Build was done 100% in house by shop employees and not farmed out with a big check and no in house talent. Builder Henry Tessier(Service Manager), Paint & Bodywork by Bruce Eisenzimmer (Sales & Parts) and Concept/Design Andy Stalboerger (Sales).

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Scout JD Bagger-BBQ

Jack Daniels and BBQ *Quebec, Canada * Jack-Daniels barrel that we turned into a BBQ. Stretched the front end with a 21" wheel, saddle bags open, took the speedo and added into the tank. After we saw that Jack Daniels is not a part of Indian, this idea came to us, plus we will use this custom build to generate interest at shows.

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Blue Max

Bikes with Respect Westfield, MA, United States Paint color is Seafaom Blue. Indian used this as one of the colors on the Model 648 Scout. The last model to win the Daytona race in 1948. Bike was built as a tribute to that bike but also as a Bobber style bike. Bike utilizes a Early Chief leaf spring fork as used on the bikes until 1945. Indian Motorcycle of Springfield likes to build their bikes with respect to the Indian Motorcycles which were once built in our town from 1901 until 1953.

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I'm a Legend

Adlliswil, Zurich, Switzerland We wanted to create a weird crazy mix of all ages of motorcycle building and customizing. so you can find elements of 50 years bobber , 80 years endurance, dirttrack and so on. We didn't have a concrete plan at the beginning, we only knew that we wanted to build a legend.

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