The resurrection of the Scout has been a tremendous success for Indian Motorcycle Co., the 2015 Scout becoming one of the fastest-selling models in company history. It was so successful in fact, production was scrambling to keep up with demand. Striking while the coals are hot, Indian is at it again as the 2016 Scout Sixty made its international debut in Milan at EICMA 2015.
The name refers to the motorcycle’s 60 cubic inches of displacement in a 60-degree V-Twin. The Sixty is a more introductory level Scout that opens more doors for Indian in the global market where smaller-displacement bikes are the norm instead of the exception. At 999cc, the 2016 Indian Scout Sixty is still a big bike by international standards though, but can still serve as a gateway to Indian ownership.
The Scout Sixty is claimed to produce the most power in its class with a peak 78 hp and 65 lb-ft of torque at 5800 rpm. In addition to its 60 cubic inch engine, the Indian Scout Sixty runs a five-speed gearbox instead of the standard Scout’s six-speed transmission. It also rings in a couple grand cheaper, the 2016 Indian Scout Sixty in Thunder Black priced at $8999. The blacked-out model in question features a black aluminum frame and swingarm, a black seat, and gloss black cast wheels. Beyond that, the 2016 Scout Sixty sources the same cast aluminum frame, 41mm fork, dual rear shocks, and braking package as the standard Scout. Unlike the new Scouts, ABS is not an option.
Indian accessories like fit-kit seats, footpeg relocators, and handlebars mean the Scout Sixty can easily be tailored to a rider’s preference. Other goodies from the Indian P&A catalog include wire wheels, Stage 1 exhaust systems, mini-apes, performance shock absorbers, and a 1920 Solo Saddle. Custom builders have been quick to embrace the Scout’s potential with companies like Dirty Bird Concepts, Klock Werks, and TPJ Customs leading the charge.
Indian also has other plans in store for the Scout Sixty – flat track racing. With a heritage that’s steeped in racing, that’s one avenue the new owners of the Indian Motorcycle Company hadn’t explored yet. Seems that’s about to change.
“We are also excited to announce our return to flat-track racing. With a sponsorship for the Hooligan class at the AMA Grand Finale (Superprestigio) in Las Vegas on November 21st, we will be debuting several Scout Sixty models customized by Roland Sands. Built specifically to race, these hooligans should put Indian Motorcycle back on the winner’s podium,” said Steve Menneto, President of Indian Motorcycles, in the official press release.
- The 2016 Indian Scout Sixty features a new 999cc engine and a five-speed gearbox, but the chassis, suspension and brakes are the same as the standard Scout.
- The 60 cubic-inch, 60-degree V-Twin of the 2016 Indian Scout Sixty is mated to a five-speed gearbox.
- The return of the Scout has equated to big sales for Indian. The company hopes the smaller displacement Scout Sixty continues that trend.
- With the same chassis and dimensions, the Scout Sixty sports the same riding position as its higher displacement sibling.
2016 Indian Scout Sixty Specs:
Engine: Liquid Cooled V-Twin (60 degrees) DOHC, 4-valves per cylinder, semi-dry sump
Transmission: 5-speed constant mesh
Bore x Stroke: 3.661” x 2.898” (93 mm x 73.6 mm)
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Compression Ratio: 11 : 1
Displacement: 61 cu in / 999 cc
Exhaust: Split dual exhaust with cross-over
Final Drive: Belt drive, 141 tooth
Fuel Capacity: 3.3 gal (12.5 ltr)
Fuel System: Electronic fuel injection, closed loop / 60 mm bore
Oil Capacity: 5 qts (4.8 ltr)
Primary Drive: Gear drive wet clutch
Peak Torque: 65 lb-ft at 5800rpm (88.8 Nm at 5600 rpm)
Front Suspension: Telescopic fork, 41 mm diameter, 4.7 in (120 mm) travel
Rear Suspension: Dual shocks, 3.0 in (76 mm) travel, adjustable
Dry Weight: 542 lbs (246 kg)
Ground Clearance: 5.3 in (135mm)
Length: 91 in. (2311mm)
Rake/Trail: 29° / 4.7 in. (120mm)
Seat Height: 25.3 in (643mm)
Wheelbase: 61.5 in (1562mm)
Front Brake: Single 298mm floating rotor with 2-piston calipers
Rear Brake: Single 298mm floating rotor with 1-piston caliper
WHEELS & TIRES
Front Tire: Kenda K673F, 130/90-16 72H
Front Wheel: Cast 16” x 3.5” (406 mm x 89 mm)
Rear Tire: Kenda K673, 150/80-16 71H
Rear Wheel: Cast 16” x 3.5” (406 mm x 89 mm)
COLORS & MSRP
Thunder Black $8999
Indian Motorcycle Red $9299
Pearl White $9299