Outside of the temperature-oriented definition, “cool” is a pretty elusive term, isn’t it? Like Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s famed 1964 definition of obscenity — “I know it when I see it” — coolness us a quality you just kinda have to witness. It’s also one of the first words that came to mind when we laid eyes on Indian’s latest release: the blacked-out, stripped-down and nicely affordable Scout Bobber Sixty.
We’ve ridden some gorgeous Scouts that deliver surprising performance — and like them, this $8,999 iteration isn’t just getting by on its looks. Essentially a streamlined version of the original Scout Bobber, the Sixty features slightly less displacement (999 ccs versus 1,133) and a lower weight (548 pounds wet, versus 572). Those qualities, combined with 78 ponies on tap, translate to a low center of gravity, frisky handling and a high thrill-to-dollar ratio. A few other elements we love are the chopped fenders, ABS option and ability to accessorize and take on a pillion with a color-matched passenger seat.
If you’re a regular highway cruiser who craves amenities like cruise control and heated handgrips, look elsewhere. But if you’re looking for a cool around-town bike — at an even cooler price — it might be time to saddle up and Scout up.
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