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Two Custom Indian Scouts Revealed At The New York Progressive International Motorcycle Show
Published by Cyril Huze
December 12th, 2014 in Builders
This weekend the New York Javits Center is host to the Progressive International Motorcycle Show (IMS) On the Indian Motorcycle
display, 2 custom Indian Scouts
by builders John Shope from Dirty Bird Concepts
and Karlee Cob from Team Klock Werks were unveiled to the press, then to the public.
Following the launch of the Indian Scout
in Sturgis, the first truly new Indian in over 70 years, both builders got a chance to test ride it in the Black Hills. Each, in their own words, say that they loved right away the design, and on the road the performance and reliability. Both got fired up at the at the idea of customizing one, but each had a very different vision of the way a custom Indian Scout should look.
Indian Scout 42 By Dirty Bird Concepts
. Owner John Shope is well known for his custom baggers and co-starred in the television show Biker Battle Ground Phoenix, “So when I saw the new Scout I knew it was going to be a real player on the market – and when I had a chance to ride it – I was totally blown away by how great the engine and handling is” says Shope. His custom was built to reflect the sporting heritage of the Indian Scout
. Known for its balance of chassis and power, the history of the Scout model name is framed by racing wins, world records and performances on the fabled “Wall of Death”. The custom work on “Scout 42” was done to increase the sport appeal of the motorcycle, without sacrificing the highly praised handling of the stock bike.
From a design standpoint the front of the motorcycle received the most attention. A custom fairing and chin spoiler bring a sport bike aesthetic to the Scout. Interestingly, Shope decided to leave the stock tank alone. “The designers knocked it out of the park. That’s the most bad-ass stock tank ever, I just love the shape.” While the foot peg location remains stock, “Bear Claw” pegs were mounted for increased boot traction, a Renthal handlebar pulls the rider forward into an aggressive stance and for more weight on the front end. A new chin spoiler changes the lines around the stock radiator and front frame member. A custom front fender compliments the tighter look. The Dirty Bird Concepts “Scout 42” will be on display in the Indian Motorcycle Display through the end of the International Motorcycle Shows tour