mduck60
hi guys/gals
 I'm currently a BMW F800GS rider who has realised that with the course of time adventure riding is behind me. 
 iv been researching an Indian Scout and have been blown away with the reviews.
So thats where I'm heading, and really looking forward to getting one. 
 One draw back is the size of the tank, can you get an after market one thats larger? I read the front suspension is soft, is that correct. Also i see you can upgrade the rear so thats not an issue.
 Any general info would be appreciated.
Oh, also if i decide to buy from a private seller any ideas of how i can get the bike checked before purchase.
 Thanks in advance and look forward to chatting in the future.
Cheers all
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crash
Mduck60 - greetings.  Not much I can say about the scout really as I own a Roadmaster.  But there are quite a few good people here that can provide the advice that you are looking for - from tyres to seats to suspension and so on.   Have a bit of a poke around a number of the topics, I am sure that there have been discussions like this on a number of occasions. Good luck with your research. Something that you might want to consider is getting a test ride from the Victory / Indian store - see if it fits properly.
Ulysses #30673
IMRG #AU100394
Current: RoadMaster (ebony and ivory)
Highett Victoria Australia
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V-Twin
mduck60 wrote:
So thats where I'm heading, and really looking forward to getting one.
Welcome to the tribe mduck.  It is an exciting time for Scout with recent introduction of Scout Bobber and several other variations heading our way.

mduck60 wrote:
One draw back is the size of the tank, can you get an after market one thats larger?
Not that I am aware of.

mduck60 wrote:
I read the front suspension is soft, is that correct. Also i see you can upgrade the rear so thats not an issue.
DarkScout on here produces his own suspension kit that will transform the handling of stock Scout.  People buy his suspension from all over the world so.

mduck60 wrote:
Any general info would be appreciated.
Stock tyres are said to be scary so I would swap them asap.  Once front and rear suspension and tyres are addressed, they are great little bike.  It might be worth checking out a Victory Octane too.

mduck60 wrote:
Oh, also if i decide to buy from a private seller any ideas of how i can get the bike checked before purchase.
I am not sure if there is a pre-purchase inspection service for motorcycles but that might be an option.  Be advised that earlier Scouts did have throttle surge issues during warmer months.
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Melbourne, Victoria
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ppchief61
Welcome to the forum mduck, cant give any advice on the scout as I ride a RM like Crash, but if your already talking about tank being to small and suspension upgrades. Then your already going to commit to spending more money, you might want to look at a chief of one of the bigger models....just my thoughts for what there worth [biggrin][thumb] 
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Robbo
G'day Mduck
Like others so far I can't offer any specific advice on the Scout but there are plenty of Scout owners on this forum so hopefully they will chime in.
I have ridden a Scout and it was great, heaps of power, fun and a great looking package.
2017 Dark Horse  - Stage 2, Rush Pipes

Location - Perth, Western Australia
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CHF10
Are you physically "big"? 

I sat on a Scout and it just felt too small for me... Just some food for thought.

I love RevZilla reviews. Lemmy from RevZilla is 6.0" and 125kg. Same as me pretty much minus 2 inches.

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Thunder Scout
Welcome Mduck, dont listen to those guys on their bigger bikes [they all suffer from small man syndrome].
I have a scout and think it is unreal. 6ft 1 and 100kg [never a pillion on it] and just love it. you can do things to it with OEM products and there are quite a few after market mods as well. 
i have put on Maverick Crusher exhausts, done the DS Suspension upgrade [A MUST] and changed the air intake.
looking to do more and as you can see from photo test rode the mustang seat from Zorro's.
i really am jealous of the new Bobber coming out. would trade up if i could
all i can say is go for a test ride from a dealer and form your own opinion, try a bigger [dick ext] bike and stick to what you fell is right and in your budget.
whatever you choose will be the best for you
good luck and am happy to help in any way
South Eastern Melbourne
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mduck60
thanks for your comments, got a test ride tomorrow. looking fwd to it.
i don't really want a big bike, I'm sure the Scout will impress, just to stop at the lights and not be on my tip toes will be an improvement.
cheers
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Hunter
I was a little concerned about the size of the tank when I was doing my research on the scout. Now that I've owned it for eight months, I must say I've never had an issue with it. There's enough fuel in there to carry you much farther than your behind will want to sit in that stock seat. I have a 2016 sixty and the only thing I've done to the suspension is put in thicker fork oil and new seals. I want the DarkScout upgrade but haven't gotten around to it yet. 

Like thunder scout said. These guys with their "big" bikes don't know what they're talking about. The difference in dimensions is negligible. I'm six foot two, hundred and eighty pounds and my scout fits me perfectly ( with a few ergonomic adjustments of course )  The flipside of this it's that even replacing everything on the scout, suspension, seat, bars, pegs, intake, whatever else your heart desires.... It will still be significantly cheaper than a so called big bike. 

That being said the ultimate decision is in your hands. The test ride should tell you everything you need to know. Good luck and God speed, friend. Let us know what you settle on.
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V-Twin
Before switching to Indian brand a few years ago, I was touring on a Triumph Speed Triple (overall length 2086mm). And on two occasions, it was two-up with luggage.  Looking back, we exceeded the bike's maximum carrying capacity but we managed to ride up to Blue Mountains from Melbourne.

Indian Scout is a bigger bike (overall length 2311mm, maximum carrying capacity 195kgs) compared to my Triumph so you should be able to do most things on a Scout.  Only comment I will make is the fuel range... there were two Scouts amongst us when we rode up to Alice Springs... most Scouts ran out of fuel at about 200kms, while the bigger Indians went 350kms+.  So if you are thinking of riding in remote areas, you may consider carrying a fuel bladder.

By the way, just as a comparison, Harley-Davidson Street Glide (Chieftain equivalent) has overall length of 2451mm - only 140mm difference.  Also, Chief Darkhorse has an overall length of 2630mm (319mm longer than Scout) and maximum carrying capacity of 217kgs (carry 22kgs more than Scout).  The biggest difference is the weight of these bikes.  Scout weighs in at 254kgs (filled with fuel), while Darkhorse weighs in at 356kgs (filled with fuel - 102kgs heavier).

I have ridden both Scout 60 (no longer available in AU), Scout and Victory Octane and they all had their own characteristics as well.  Some aspects, I liked the Scout over Octane but other areas, I liked Octane more.

I would also encourage you to test ride a few and pick your next bike.  😀
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Melbourne, Victoria
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crash
I find it interesting that everyone calls the scout a "small" bike.  It's not.  It's a 69Cu in machine which is > 1100cc.
A small bike is a Honda c90 or a scooter.  The scout is a respectable size machine that just happens to be smaller than the bigger indians.
Agreed, its the smallest of the Indian offerings but it's not a "small" bike by any stretch of the imagination.
Ulysses #30673
IMRG #AU100394
Current: RoadMaster (ebony and ivory)
Highett Victoria Australia
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CHF10
Feels small to me when I sit on it. That's all. I know it's not a small bike.
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Thunder Scout
Hey Mduck, how was the ride today????
South Eastern Melbourne
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mduck60
really good but not great. I'm not sure about the riding position i found myself in. the bike handled well and theres plenty of grunt but i wouldn't like to ride it for 2hrs straight. mine you i would have to stop for fuel by then.
 don't get me wrong, if i had no choice but to ride a Scout for the rest of my days i would be happy.
its a big change from a BMW 800GS.
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V-Twin
mduck60 wrote:
really good but not great. I'm not sure about the riding position i found myself in. the bike handled well and theres plenty of grunt but i wouldn't like to ride it for 2hrs straight.
Would you consider taking a Chief Darkhorse for a spin?  Does the Scout Bobber interest you?  I hope you will find a bike you love to ride!
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Melbourne, Victoria
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Smiley
Hi Mduck60, welcome to the forum.
Like Thunder Scout I've got stage 1 exhausts, and changed to DS suspension on the rear and put progressives with emulators in the front shocks. Very happy with my Scout now. Hope you find the right bike for you.
Cheers,
Smiley
2016 Scout (red) Canberra, ACT
IRMG #AU 100935
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Dr.Shifty
Hi MDuck60, Welcome to here.
I've got 2016 Scout 60 and came off a tallish Kawasaki Versys so I appreciate the difference you are experiencing. The strangeness of the new position soon wears off.

I knew I had to change the suspension before i bought it and factored that in. I've got Ikon fork springs and Gazi rear shocks. Decent suspension brings the bike back under control. The new models are said to have upgraded suspension so it's worth checking that. However, previous year models are getting special deals and it might be worth going for cheaper and paying for the suspension upgrade.

The Kenda tyres that my bike came with are hard and slippy in the wet. I think I saw that the new models have Pirelli Dragons or something decent. Many people change the Kendas early and I'm planning on moving them on soonish.

Indian make reduced reach bars and footpegs if you have trouble with the need for tiptoes, both probably expensive in the Indian accessory fashion.

My bike has the 1920 solo seat and I've been out touring for 12 days straight without feeling worn out. It's slightly higher and gives broader support than the stock seat, even though it has very little foam under the leather. For longer rides I use an AirHawk seat on top.

The tank is too small in my opinion. I'm used to larger tanks - my Versys gives me 400km and before that a Suzuki GS1000 even more. The Scout has run out at 253kms. so I fill up at about 200 these days. There is a guy on a forum somewhere who got a 20 litre tank made for $2000 or something outrageous.

I imagine most bike workshops would check a used bike for a fee - probably more likely at a small independent rather than a big dealer. Other than that it's time for phone-a-friend to come with you and check it out.

It's not worth buying an OEM windscreen. I got the tall one and it's stupidly bad and a waste of money. I've used a mid size and it's better for wind flow to the rider but made my ears ring with high frequency noise. I've not used the short one, perhaps it's perfect but I doubt it. Forums show lots of screen hunting by Scout riders.

That should do. Once again, welcome. I hope you find your dream machine out there.
Cheers, Kim.

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Rides a Springfield Dark Horse
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