Three custom Indian Scout Bobber bikes from the Brooklyn Invitational
As the title sponsor of the ninth annual Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show, Indian Motorcycle unveiled three custom versions of the all-new ScoutBobber earlier this year.
The three bikes were built by Keino Cycles, Kraus Motor Co. and skateboarding icon Steve Caballero, in conjunction with Roland Sands Design.
Indian Motorcycle specifically partnered with these three highly regarded customisers, as each brings a uniquely distinct vision and signature style.
The end result was three totally unique custom interpretations of the Scout Bobber, which helps showcase how easily customisable the bike is and the versatility of the platform.
While Keino Sasaki and Satya Kraus carry long-standing reputations forged through years within the customisation and aftermarket industry, skateboard icon Steve Caballero has seen his profile increase steadily within the last several years thanks to his love for vintage American v-twins and his participation in festivals such as Wheels & Waves.
“Strip it down” was the mantra and the inspiration that Indian Motorcycle used when developing the latest model in its iconic Scout line-up. A low-slung, blacked-out, 94-horsepower, minimalist motorcycle that proves less is definitely more.
Here’s a look at the three bikes in more detail:
CUSTOMISER: Keino Sasaki BUILD TIME: 6 Weeks INSPIRATION: Harkening back to the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s, Keino’s custom Scout Bobber was inspired by streamliner trains, airplanes and automobiles.
Aluminum fuel tank
Beringer inboard brake system
Custom spoke wheels
Stock Modified rear set foot control
BUILDER STATEMENT: “It was a great opportunity for me to work with the new Indian Scout Bobber with freedom of creativity and ideas. When I stripped the bike down to its main chassis, I knew it could go beyond its styling originally intended. I hope this bike showcases the possibilities of the Scout Bobber with little imagination and creativity.” – Keino
CUSTOMIZER: Satya Kraus / Kraus Motor Co. BUILD TIME: 4 Weeks INSPIRATION: Kraus Motor Co. was inspired by a new generation of motorcycle riders looking for quality and performance in their American motorcycle and aftermarket products.
Inverted Front Suspension with Ohlins Forks
Beringer Radial Brake Caliper
Beringer Master Cylinders
320mm Brake Tech Rotors
Rotobox Carbon Fiber Wheels
Clearwater LED Headlights
Linear Steering Damper
Kraus Isolated Risers
Moto Style Bars
Rizoma Mirror and Lever Guards
Custom Seat by Saddlemans
Billet Rear Shock Mount / Fender Struts
Ohlins Rear Shocks
Rear Radial Brake Caliper and Oversize Rotor
Mid Foot Controls using Rizoma Components and Beringer Rear Master Cylinder
Taylor Schultz Paint Job
Stainless Steel 2 Into 1 Scrambler Inspired Exhaust Pipe Executed by Fab28 Ind.
BUILDER STATEMENT: “When we build on the foundations laid by tradition we are reminded to learn from the past and push the limits beyond what has been done. Indian Motorcycle has opened the opportunity to recreate American made quality standards and performance. Each Indian model platform has unique qualities that offer the aftermarket and consumer opportunities for customisations to easily reflect individual styles and designs. It has been a complete pleasure to customise and build upon the foundation laid by Indian engineers.” – Satya Kraus
CUSTOMISER: Steve Caballero, in conjunction with Roland Sands Design BUILD TIME: 3 Weeks INSPIRATION: Steve Caballero’s custom Indian Scout Bobber was inspired by the style and designs of a street flat tracker. Utilising Caballero’s number 360, he worked with Roland Sands to feature a variety of RSD’s premium offerings for a clean and classic look.
RSD Radial Cable Clutch Perch & Lever (custom 1”-to-7/8” reducers)
RSD Mid Controls
Barnett Cables & Clutches
Renthal FA Tbar Handlebars
RSD Pullback Riser 1-1/8”
RSD Gauge Relocator
Turn Signals Removed with Custom Spacer
RSD tracker Fork Brace
0” Proressive Suspension 970 Series Reservoir Shocks
RSD Verticle Shock-mount Taq Bracket
Jesse Davis Pain
Sonny Boy Pinstriping & Indian Headdress and 12k Gold Leaf Work
Colors – Grigio Telesto with Brushed Silver Sides
Powdercoat Work by Specialized Coatings (Huntington Beach, CA)
BUILDER STATEMENT: “When we decided to customise a Scout Bobber for the Brooklyn Invitational I knew I wanted to work alongside Roland and his team at RSD. As a renowned bike builder, Roland has extended experience with the Scout platform and has a suite of offerings for the street flat tracker look we wanted to achieve.” – Steve Caballero