2015 Indian Scout

Indian Scout Vs Harley Sportster

Indian Scout EngineThe rumors were true, the Indian Scout is back. Fast on the heels of the Victory Magnum and Harley Road Glide launches, the 2015 Scout adds to a level of choice unseen by American V-twin motorcycle buyers since the 1920s.

So where will the Scout fit into this busy marketplace? Is Indian challenging Harley’s new ‘Street’ models for the younger rider, or competing for a share of the established Sportster market? Well, we know that now too. As Steve Menneto, vice president of motorcycles for Polaris confirmed, the Scout will compete against the Harley-Davidson Sportster.

It’s a tough call for Indian. While Victory is a relatively new brand and Harley never stopped making bikes, an Indian motorcycle hasn’t been produced in significant numbers since 1953. That kind of nostalgia might sell a Road Master to baby boomers, but Indian must have wondered whether the brand had enough traction to sell sufficient Scouts to riders under 30. Much less risky going after the Sportster.

Our side by side comparison with the 1200 Sportster Custom (below) certainly highlights many similarities in basic specifications. However, looks aside, the biggest difference is the Scout’s liquid cooled DOHC motor which produces at least 30hp more than the Sportster. Just as important are the torque figures – which are within 3 ft lbs of each other. However, the Scout doesn’t achieve it until 5900 rpm – that’s 2400 rpm higher than the Sportster and only 100 rpm below it’s red line.

Only a test ride will show how that feels on the road, but the Scout’s performance is clearly going to kick in where the Sportster leaves off. That’s an interesting mix when you think about it. A bike designed to include as many pre-war styling clues as possible, but with power delivery closer to the V-rod than the air cooled Sportster it’s designed to compete with.

Can’t wait to get my hands on one!

2015 Indian Scout

2014 Harley 1200 Custom

Price $10,999 $10,649
Fuel Capacity 3.3 gallons 4.5 gallons
Weight (empty) 558 lbs 584 lbs
Seat height 25.3 in 28 in
Wheelbase 61.5 in 59.8 in
Overall length 91 in 87.6 in
Ground clearance 5.3 in 4.3 in
Rake 29 degrees 30 degrees
Engine 60 degree dohc V-twin 45 degree ohv V-twin
Capacity 69 cu in 73.4 cu in
Cooling Liquid Cooled Air Cooled
Compression Ratio 9.5:1 10:01
Power 100 hp 68-70 hp (est)
Torque; 72.2 Ft-Lbs 70.8 ft-lb
Peak Torque RPM 5900 rpm 3500 rpm
Primary Drive Gear driven Chain driven
Gearbox 6 speed 6 speed
Final drive Belt Belt
Front tire 130/90-16 72H 130/90B16 72H
Rear tire 150/80-16 71H 15080B16 72H
Front brake Dual piston caliper Dual piston caliper
Rear brake Single piston caliper Dual piston caliper



  1. Profile photo of Jackman

    Just hate the look of it.

  2. Profile photo of Ted12

    The Scout’s a good looking bike but it sounds like its gonna be a bit rev happy. Maybe, it’ll help get Jap cruiser riders to ride American?

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