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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, Customs, Editorial and Events.
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.
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Indian Scout Outrider By Klock Werks. The job of being one of the first to customize the new Indian model fell to Karlee Cobb. In 2008, at age 14, Karlee became the youngest person to set a land speed record at the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats. “So it seemed only appropriate that she would design one of the first 2015 Indian Scouts”, says Klock Werks owner Brian Klock. “She had the biggest grin after test riding the new Scout, so giving Karlee the reins on this project seemed a natural fit.” Changing the stance towards a more retro appearance was the first task on Karlee’s list. She swapped the stock 16” rims for a 18″ X 5.5″ rear and a 19″x 3″ front. Both Reveal Wheels from Performance Machine in “contrast cut” finish. A 180 and 130mm set of Dunlop tires ensure that the bike has great traction and handling to match the new attitude.
Karlee’s pal, Kully Millage of Kully Co. created a one-off stainless pipe for the bike. 22 year-old Kully from Hartford, SD recently produced winning exhausts for AMA racer Henry Wiles flat track bikes. The intake was modified with a K&N air filter for a nice boost to the already potent 69 c.i. powerplant. The handlebars were custom fabricated and black powder coated with stealthy bar-end signals from Motogadget. The front fender is a Klock Werks item custom trimmed to fit front and the rear is an upswept bobber inspired look featuring a “half frenched” oval taillight A low profile seat pan was fitted to give Karlee the feel of being “in” the bike. PPG Paint was expertly laid on by Brad Smith at The Factory Match shop in Tea, SD is various panels of sage, gray, and earth tones to blend with the stock cast frame color and to highlight the incredible engineering on the latest generation Scout.
“My goal was to build a bike that a decent home mechanic could build,” says Cobb of her project she calls Outrider. Karlee’s Outrider will also be on display at the International Motorcycle Shows.
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Really like the blue bike. The other is not for me, it looks to busy, just seems like they did not know what direction they wanted to go IMO. I know people will love both, give me the more sporty one!

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Holy crap- great job John Shope! They look totally wicked!

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Keeping an eye on that Dirty Bird Exhaust sure beats the Stock Look ..

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I saw them this weekend, I really like the blue one, the other for me does not flow well and I hate the rear fender. In person it looks like they ran out of time and didn't finish.

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That blue one looks better than the original. Nice attention to detail all around. A+

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I like a packed bike when you view it from the side. No empty space like something is missing. Gives it grunt and shows a machine that mean bidness. That blue really pops!
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I saw them this weekend, I really like the blue one, the other for me does not flow well and I hate the rear fender. In person it looks like they ran out of time and didn't finish.
I can see, in my mind, what you mean. I too thought the rear fender sat too high off the tire but I wasn't sure about how much travel the wheel had so I just kinda let that one go.

They were obviously going for the newish style bobber look and did pretty well until that dang back fender. I would like to see it either cut back even further or set down lower. Either one would do I think.

By going after two entirely different looks they illustrated how much customizing potential this little Scout has. I think they hit ball out of the park in that respect.
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I can see, in my mind, what you mean. I too thought the rear fender sat too high off the tire but I wasn't sure about how much travel the wheel had so I just kinda let that one go.

They were obviously going for the newish style bobber look and did pretty well until that dang back fender. I would like to see it either cut back even further or set down lower. Either one would do I think.

By going after two entirely different looks they illustrated how much customizing potential this little Scout has. I think they hit ball out of the park in that respect.
Appreciate you putting this out here Bob .. Still checking on Dirty Bird Exhaust .. I have seen and heard the Indian Scout Version of their Stage 1 Exhaust and Looks just as Ugly and don't sound much better for 1,000.00 and DB's is $930.00

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