They say that a motorcycle is never finished, but “Indy” (the name of this beauty) nearly is (at least for now). As people keep asking me which modifications i did, I’ll list all mods in this posting. Maybe it inspires another rider to work on his or her Scout.
Before I start I want to thank Harald from Indian Vienna for his great support and perfect customer service! And maybe it is worth mentioning that this is a 2016 Indian Scout Sixty – just in case someone with a newer Scout is wondering why some parts may not fit.
To get a more sporty look I mounted the Indian 1901 Mini Windshield. I got it painted black before, as I don’t really liked the “1901”- lettering). The windshield-performance (in terms of keeping the wind off me) is not really big, but I mounted it for style reasons anyways.
Together with the wind shield the Indian Beach Bar Handlebar makes riding much more comfortable (it’s lower and wider than the original handlebar).
As the original footpegs were quite worn out (due to contact with the tarmac in corners), I mounted the Indian Scout Bobber Footpegs (with those little screws that you can change…however they are called) and added Indian Passenger Footpegs for passengers.
For tours I also use the black Indian Leather Saddlebags (not during this photo shoot), you can see them on my photoblog posts for the tours in Vorarlberg and Scotland). To improve the handling I changed the front shocks and installed the Cartridge Tracker by K-Tech (available via Zupin) – they make a huge difference!
Also the rear shocks were changed – I mounted the Bullit shocks byK-Tech (also available via Zupin). They get custom-fitted to your weight and work like a charm.
The original sound is…well…let’s say “not optimal”. Therefore I changed the exhaust and mounted a VPerformance exhaust. The sound is marvellous and it is street-legal in the EU. The loudness can be set by changing the DB-killer (there are 2 different ones available). I also like the look, as the exhaust is much smaller than the original one and also gives more space to the Metzeler white wall tyres.
This seat is so comfortable and also has space for a passenger – to be honest: only for short rides. The mounts for the saddlebags allow for a passenger sissy bar to be mounted. But as it is quite ugly, I only mount it when a passenger is on board.
I didn’t really like the massive original blinkers, so I changed them and used the Bullet 1000 LED-Blinker by Kellermann (you can get them also at Louis), fortunately my Scout didn’t need any changes in the electrical system (you can find a detailed how-to manual in German on Mo’s Blog). The Highsider LED Headlight is a perfect addition – thanks to the guys from IWAN-Bikes in Munich for the tip!
The logo on the tank was removed, instead I got a hand-painted lettering (made by the master himself, August Mischinger).
The exhaust is taped and thanks to some Nike sneakers and a rain trouser it has two beautiful stains from plastic (proof that it really gets hot!). ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
As I don’t like to have my smartphone in my pocket when I ride, I mounted the SP-Connect Mount (together with a RAM Ballmount) on the handlebar. It works perfectly and keeps the smartphone right behind the small wind shield.
Last, but not least: The frame of the rear light was also painted black.
That’s it for now – let’s see what additional mods I’ll add in the future.
UPDATE 2020: The Corbin seat is not approved for two persons in Austria, as it does not have a strap. So I changed it to the Indian Sport Seat, that has one.
No one will ever use it, as the passenger sits directly on top of the strap – but that doesn’t interest the law, right?! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
The construction and comfort is quite similar to the Corbin seat and the chrome Indian logo is also a very nice detail.
To better store the first aid kite and not having to put it underneath the wind screen, I installed a Ends Cuoio swing arm bag (Paco). There is also space for some tools and the red seams match the red lines of the custom tank logo perfectly.
All modifications have been added to the vehicle registration book. The qualified experts from IBBZ Ingenieure have been extremely helpful there, as they documented all modifications in a technical report, which made it much easier to get everything approved by the vehicle inspection authority.
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