Scouting Ahead | Custom 2016 Indian Scout

John Shope shows us the shape of Scouts to come

Dirty Bird Customs 2016 Indian Scout

Dirty Bird Customs 2016 Indian Scout

Photo: Paul Morton

One way to gauge success in this industry is through aftermarket support. If you create a production bike and no one believes in it enough to make custom parts for it, the writing is on the wall. Remember a decade back when everyone who could ignite a cutting torch thought they were Jesse James? A lot of those cats thought cobbling together choppers from catalog parts and calling them “production customs” was a ticket to fame and fortune. Even the “Indians” of that time practically started out as catalog iron.

Dirty Bird Customs 2016 Indian Scout

Dirty Bird Customs 2016 Indian Scout

Photo: Paul Morton

Polaris knew better. They'd learned many a bitter lesson with Victory's V92 series cruisers and reinvented itself with the Vegas in 2002. Not only that, but the company applied its hard-won knowledge to Indian when the manufacturer took it over a few years ago. Polaris didn't buy a bunch of S&S motors, mount them into Daytec frames, slap on some swoopy fenders, and call that an Indian. The company had the good sense to look into the past to what made Indian, well, Indian, as the foundation for its new Chief and Scout lines.

DBC Exhaust

DBC Exhaust

Photo: Paul Morton

The new Scouts were greeted with such enthusiasm that Dirty Bird Concepts, long known for its baggers, embraced the middleweight bikes and started a parts line around them. When a bagger maker pulls a 180 and starts making stuff for a stripped-down peppy bike like the new Scout, it's kind of a big deal.

This particular 2016 Scout is just the second in a line of 20 limited-edition bikes John Shope and his shop are customizing even as we speak. You probably already guessed from the pics that he's not giving them the bagger treatment either. John knows full well that the powerplant and light weight are what make Indian's midsizers so fun to ride. Dirty Bird's Scout parts embrace those concepts.

69 CI Indian Motor

69 CI Indian Motor

Photo: Paul Morton

“Indian was around before Harley,” John explains. “It's a no-brainer. Before anyone else got the Scouts, we got one from Indian. A Scout'll burn tire for as long as you hold the throttle open. Guys are putting bags on ’em and shit like that. I think they need a race look myself.”

Bear in mind, this endorsement is coming from one of the premier baggersmiths in the country. Not only does this tell you he loves the Scout, but it says a lot about Shope that he's open minded enough to stay true to the bike's nature with his parts for it.

Dirty Bird Custom Rear Fender

Dirty Bird Custom Rear Fender

Photo: Paul Morton

While Dirty Bird is in the business of making DIY parts for motorcycles, no one can accuse the new Scouts of being “production customs.” Thankfully, that oxymoron faded into obscurity 10 years ago. It's easy to hindsight a fad like that, but John Shope has a prediction of his own for the near future: “The Scout's gonna give Sportsters a hard time. It's a barhopper from hell. The thing's badass.”

Dirt Bird Custom Front Fairing

Dirt Bird Custom Front Fairing

Photo: Paul Morton

Joker Machine Pegs

Joker Machine Pegs

Photo: Paul Morton

Indian Gauges

Indian Gauges

Photo: Paul Morton

Guy's Upholstery Seat

Guy's Upholstery Seat

Photo: Paul Morton

DBC 2016 Indian Scout

DBC 2016 Indian Scout

Photo: Paul Morton

Specifications
General
Owner Brad Lewis
Shop Dirty Bird Concepts|
Shop Phone (623) 465-5263
Website dirtybirdconcepts.com
Year/Make/Model 2016 Indian Scout
Fabrication DBC
Build Time 2 weeks
Engine
Year/Type/Size 2016/liquid-cooled V-twin/69ci
Builder Indian
Cases Indian
Cylinders Indian|
Heads Indian
Rocker Boxes Indian
Cam(s) Indian
Throttle Body Indian
Carburetor Indian|
Air Cleaner Indian
EFI Controller Indian
Exhaust DBC
Transmission |
Year/Type 2016/Indian Scout
Gears 6-speed|
Clutch Indian
Primary Drive Indian|
Frame
Year/Type 2016/Indian Scout
Rake/Stretch 29º/None
Suspension
Front End Indian
Length Stock
Triple Trees Indian
Swingarm Indian
Rear Shocks Indian
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Front
Builder/Size Indian 16 x 3.5 in.|
Tire/Size 130/90-16 72H|
Calipers Indian
Rotors Indian
Rear
Builder/Size Indian 16 x 5 in.
Tire/Size 150/80-16 71H
Caliper Indian
Rotor Indian
Pulley Indian
Finish/Paint
Manufacturer Legends Collision Center
Colors Wildfire Red and Beige|
Paint/Graphics Legends Collision Center|
Accessories
Front Fender DBC
Fairing DBC
Chin Spoiler DBC
Rear Fender Indian
Gas Tank Indian
Dash Indian
Gauges Indian
Handlebars Trask Performance|
Grips Scott|
Mirrors Arlen Ness
Hand Controls Indian
Foot Controls Indian
Pegs Joker Machine
Headlight Indian
Taillight Indian
Turn Signals Indian
License Mount Indian|
Seat Guy’s Upholstery

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