Mostarac
Hi ppl
I find my dream motorbike but I have couple of questions / braking points to consider before I make final decision. I did ride test 2018 Scout and I love it, how it handles, how is balanced, and 75% of other things. Couple of things which are mentioned everywhere, suspension and seats I didn’t like but I believe , with bit of love and $$$ should not be problem to rectify. Now, to do some calcs , how much is going to cost me and how much for “ must be done immediately “ I will need you help.
1. How good are original Pirelli tyres and for how many kms ?
2. Crusher pipes installed and original pillion pegs are not possible to install?
What about aftermarket mini Footboards? Anyone had same issue?
3. I owned Kawasaki Vulcan and I didn’t feel good on slow maneuvers, handlebar will kick to full lock with slightest touch on brake and some more issues, but it was very stabile on 110kmh. Tested 2018 Indian Scout was not that good on freeway. I had feeling of “ floating” and “surfing” . Didn’t need correction to keep the line but...that feeling! So, do you reckon suspension upgrade will solve this issue or it was just me riding on lighter motorbike? 
4. Any big services required before 40.000km or just regular 8000km services?
 
How about that for start 😜
Thank you , cheers.
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Dr.Shifty
1. If they are now using Pirelli tyres, that is an improvement and probably best to leave them on. They used to be Kenda and many people hated them. I replaced mine with Pirelli before heading to Tasmania.

2. Some pipes get in the way of pillion pegs. I didn't know the Crushers got in the way as they seem to sit as low as the stock. I thought it was more high-mounted two into one pipes that got in the way.
Do you mean the mini floorboards for the pillion or on the front? See more on boards below.

3. Unfortunately if you hit the front brake on a cruiser while turning it will try to throw you off. The rake is not set up to take front braking in a sharp turn such as u-turn or carpark maneuvering. I dropped my Scout in a carpark about five days from new because the turning circle was so different from my previous sport bike and it took me by surprise. The way around it is to use the 'friction zone' of rear brake and clutch together. Chase up a youtube guy named Motorman or Jerry Palladino. He does videos called Ride Like a Pro - some exceptional riding on his vids with fairly fast full lock u-turns on big bikes like Goldwing and Roadmaster.

4. I don't think there were any major service things needed on my Scout when I had it. The TS111 bikes have a fork oil replacement at 16,000 or 24,000 km which about doubles the service cost. However, the Scout these days has different forks from when I had mine so the servicing schedule might have changed since then.

I tried floorboards, Aeromach brand. They touched down before the pegs used to and I took them off. As well as the Scout mini boards, check out Gort Boards. They are longer for more foot comfort but are tapered to the rear to prevent touching in corners. They are also fixed and not pivoting so they protect the gear peg and rear brake peg from damage if you drop it. I once dropped the bike in a carpark (forgot to unlock the steering) and did some damage to the foot brake.

I found the suspension very bad on my 2016 Scout and replaced it. It had the 1920 Solo Saddle which I liked and before I sold it I was considering a spring saddle to help the suspension on my rough local roads. The Springfield won out.
Cheers, Kim.

From Woodrising (no, nobody else has heard of it either)
Rides a Springfield Dark Horse
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Mostarac
Thank you Kim
I appreciate your time mate and thank you on great and helpful informations.
My old cruisers was not my favourite and I watched very experienced guy on youtube having same problems as me. That was the reason and excuse for me to try Scout. Man, what a difference in control and balance. 
Anyway ,hire I am, getting my first Indian.
In regards to pillion pegs, salesman is telling me that original foot pegs will not fit. That is why I am asking.  What do you reckon?B0519512-90E6-4E86-ADFA-781932B2385A.jpeg 
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Dr.Shifty
I had the solo saddle on my Scout but the stock seat lived in the garage. I put pillion pegs on if my son wanted to ride with me as the seat swap was not difficult. Here's how they sit with my stage 1 pipes, same dimensions as stock.

You have to take off the top pipe to fit the bolts then it goes back on. If an aftermarket pipe uses the same header then it's OK. But some pipes are full systems and the path of the header pipe has the wrong bend and it gets in the way of the peg mount itself.

Scout pillion pegs.jpg 

 
Cheers, Kim.

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Dr.Shifty
Here's a pic of aftermarket pipes that get in the way of the peg mount.

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Cheers, Kim.

From Woodrising (no, nobody else has heard of it either)
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Dr.Shifty
This guy has pillion seat but no possibility of pegs.

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Cheers, Kim.

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damienpearse
I had a Husqvarna motard and it would turn and then fall into a corner at low speed.
The neither the scout or any other bike I've had does that.
Suspension is tolerable, if you're patient you can find second hand scout parts on ebay or gumtree cheap.
I'm a sht rider, I trail brake into corners and do all sorts of dumb stuff, but on the scout I've never felt unsafe and it has never done something unexpected.
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Mostarac
I had a Husqvarna motard and it would turn and then fall into a corner at low speed.
The neither the scout or any other bike I've had does that.
Suspension is tolerable, if you're patient you can find second hand scout parts on ebay or gumtree cheap.
I'm a sht rider, I trail brake into corners and do all sorts of dumb stuff, but on the scout I've never felt unsafe and it has never done something unexpected.


Same was with my Vulcan custom. I had to fight very hard to hold it at low speed turns. Especially with passenger. I had very scary moment, “t” junction, turning right, down hill. Just touch on brake, as I know her, and bang! Full lock to the right! Put my foot down but slid on sand and gravel. We didn’t fall, god’s will, but after that experience never feel safe on that bike. It took me couple of months to get back on it! Did couple of hard braking tests and, on lock, front wheel will unpredictably kick left or right no matter what I do. Changed tyres but with not much of difference. Tested couple of bikes and Scout give me back confidence. Or maybe it was that I always wanted Indian 😎
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JuanPoop
Great to have you on board mate.

Sounds like you are on the right track, with plenty of good advice above.

I found that the Scout was a dream to ride around town, but thought it would be a bit tough to do long kilometres on.  

Each to their own, but I went with the Springfield after deciding the handling was manageable in city traffic, it was awesome on the open road and now, after owning it for a couple of years, it handles quite easily at low speeds.  I would love to own both, as they are brilliant in different ways.

Yes the allure of Indian motorcycles is very strong . . .

Good luck with the purchase - you won't regret it.

aka - John
2017 Springfield - grey / burgundy
Northern Beaches - Sydney
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Mostarac
Thank you John
I am 90% local area rider, never made more than 300km in one day. I hope , with nice seat, I will be able to make 600-700kms.  My riding friends are planing some 2-3 days tours and I would love to join them.  
This forum is great. There are plenty of topics in regards to Scout seats, I am sure  It will help me to upgrade existing one. It looks like it is modified Indian seat, not sure what it is but It does not suit me. My tailbone area gets numb in 20-30 min. Not fun at all. 
Cheers
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Bretto
Footpegs fit just a little fiddly, use  a small with  allen bit. 
Pirelli Dragons fitted from new great tyre.
For me 75kg shocks  work
Seat i changed to 1920 solo, awesome seat
Cheers and ride safe 

2019 Indian Scout - Dirt Track Smoke / Thunder Black

IMRG - AU102383

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Dr.Shifty
I also had the 1920 solo seat on my Scout from new. I used an Airhawk for riding more than a few hours. The solo seat allowed me to move around a bit and didn't lock me into one fixed position.

When I sold the Scout the buyer wanted the original seat so I put it on and rode the bike three hours to meet up. That was the worst three hours I ever spent on the Scout.
Cheers, Kim.

From Woodrising (no, nobody else has heard of it either)
Rides a Springfield Dark Horse
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Mostarac

Pegs fitted, no problems there👍
It looks like I have original standard seat with black vinyl cover. I am in direction of striping if off, shaving some sponge off and inserting silicon insert. 

Chers

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srd0060
Mostarac wrote:
Hi ppl
I find my dream motorbike but I have couple of questions / braking points to consider before I make final decision. I did ride test 2018 Scout and I love it, how it handles, how is balanced, and 75% of other things. Couple of things which are mentioned everywhere, suspension and seats I didn’t like but I believe , with bit of love and $$$ should not be problem to rectify. Now, to do some calcs , how much is going to cost me and how much for “ must be done immediately “ I will need you help.
1. How good are original Pirelli tyres and for how many kms ?
2. Crusher pipes installed and original pillion pegs are not possible to install?
What about aftermarket mini Footboards? Anyone had same issue?
3. I owned Kawasaki Vulcan and I didn’t feel good on slow maneuvers, handlebar will kick to full lock with slightest touch on brake and some more issues, but it was very stabile on 110kmh. Tested 2018 Indian Scout was not that good on freeway. I had feeling of “ floating” and “surfing” . Didn’t need correction to keep the line but...that feeling! So, do you reckon suspension upgrade will solve this issue or it was just me riding on lighter motorbike? 
4. Any big services required before 40.000km or just regular 8000km services?
 
How about that for start 😜
Thank you , cheers.


Hey mate, 

1. The tyres are good no issues, i upgraded my rear to a 180 and its great.

2. Rear foot pegs fit with Crushers, if your going to run crushers buy some good ear plugs. 

3. I ride my 2018 from Canberra to Sydney with no issues and have been down to Victoria on it.

4. 15000km services i get the belt adjusted every 7000km.

Ive had 2 HD and would never look back.

cheers
2018 Scout, Thunder black, Beach bars, DART screen Bobber Rims, Stage 1.
IMRG  AU 101571
Ulysses  67236

Canberra, ACT
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Dr.Shifty
srd0060 wrote:


2. Rear foot pegs fit with Crushers, if your going to run crushers buy some good ear plugs. 


Plus 1 about the noise of the Crushers. When I first got my Scout I met up with two other Scout owners. One had Crushers, the other had V&H Slash Cuts. Both were so loud, and the Crushers so sharp and snarly, that within a half hour I let them go off by themselves. Funnily enough, the Crusher guy was a local barrister, probably one of the most conservative professions I can think of.
Cheers, Kim.

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Rides a Springfield Dark Horse
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