Women Riders Now contributor Sash Walker loved the
Indian Scout reviewed here in autumn 2014. Nearly identical visually to the original 69-cubic-inch-powered (1100cc) Scout, the newer Scout Sixty is priced at $8,999 which is $2,300 less and better-suited for a rider still new to motorcycling. I reviewed a 2016 model but the 2017 is exactly the same.
Powered by a 61 cubic inch (1000cc) liquid-cooled, fuel-injected V-twin engine, the Scout Sixty produces 78 horsepower compared to the bigger Scout’s 100 hp. Without riding them back to back, however, I didn’t feel like I lacked enough power while aboard the Scout Sixty. In fact, I admired its smooth power delivery, easy shifting, and noted there was plenty of passing power.
The Scout Sixty looks just like its larger sibling, sharing its good-looking classic cruiser styling: two-into-two exhaust, single bucket-style headlight, pull-back handlebar, solo seat, and exposed rear shocks. Besides the displacement and price, the only real difference between the Scouts is that the Scout Sixty has 5 gears, where the larger Scout gets 6.
The forward foot controls are easy to reach even for shorter riders.
You can see how my 5-foot 7-inch height allows for an easy reach to the ground. The seat height on the Scout Sixty is a super low 25.2 inches.
The forward-positioned footpegs means that nothing gets in your way when you put your feet down at a stop. Reaching the handgrips is also easy and relaxed.
Most average height men, 5-foot-8 to 6 feet, will feel comfortable on the Scout Sixty with its forward controls.
Despite it being considered a cruiser, the seating position for this size rider is more upright because the handlebars are angled to reach back towards the rider as you can see here in this overhead shot.
The Scout Sixty doesn’t have adjustable levers, but I noticed the easy reach and effortless clutch pull right away. (I am wearing the Hot Leathers gloves I reviewed here.)
While reaching all the controls is a piece of cake, there’s not much opportunity to change your body position while riding. The solo seat “locks” you in one place with no room to spare. I wished for just a little more room to move around, especially when cornering sportily and when my butt got sore after about an hour of riding. Indian does offer reduced reach and extended reach seats, but I didn’t have the opportunity to test one.
The solo seat sports no visible hardware. It comes off without any tools. Simply pop it up off its grommets and push it forward to remove it.
Under the seat youll find a tightly packed battery, fusebox, and coolant filler cap. I was able to squeeze my registration papers in there, but theres no room for anything else.
Tasteful details adorn the Scout Sixty practically everywhere you look. The air cleaner cover uses an italic font to highlight the company’s long-established roots while the engine cases get the Indian “I” logo.
On the left side of the bike, the clutch cover references the date again along with the well-known Indian head profile.
The Indian head appears in some subtle places such as the mirrors.
I was particularly taken with the shape of the key. Most manufacturers don’t even think about small details like this, but its part of the clean fit and finish of this high quality American motorcycle.
The ignition key is also used to unlock the fuel door on top of the tank. It looks pretty cool just resting in there.
The fuel door stays on the bike, pivoting backward so there’s no having to find a place to put the cap while fueling up. The Scout Sixty takes 3.3 gallons of fuel, which turns out to be about 165 miles per tank for me. There’s no fuel gauge so I kept track with the trip meter.
The instrument display is simple and elegant, with an up front, central position that’s easy to glance at while riding. The LCD readout displays the time and you can choose between rpm, engine temperature, odometer, or the one trip meter readout.
Use this button with your left forefinger to toggle through the LCD display options. I love not having to take my hands off the grips to do this.
The usual cluster of warning lights reside in the middle of the classically-styled red and tan readout. An analog speedometer reads easily during the daytime.
At night, the display turns into a red glow that my 45-year-old eyes found very difficult to see.
The left side controls include hazard lights incorporated into the turn signal switch. This is a smart detail that eliminates the need for a separate button to activate the hazard lights.
The right side controls feature the usual—engine start and engine cut-off switches.
The Scout Sixty’s fit and finish is top quality. The glossy black headlight bucket, handlebar, triple trees and fork legs show nicely. This picture has the hazards illuminating the turn signals—not to be mistaken for daytime running lights.
The simple design of the taillight is elegant, but the turn signals dont double as running lights so theyre not very “attention-getting” in daylight.
Nighttime visibility isn’t much better. If this were my bike, I’d find a kit to turn all the signals into running lights. I also wear lots of reflective gear.
The other thing I’d change if the Scout Sixty was my bike is the exhaust. The chrome stock mufflers look nice but the exhaust note in my opinion is weak and muffled. The steady beat this bike exudes isn’t appealing to my ear. An aftermarket exhaust coupled with a high-performance air cleaner would solve these issues for me.
The Scout Sixty handles well due to its light weight and low center of gravity. Though it’s a little too easy to touch down the footpegs while cornering, you get used to it quickly. Suspension feels just right for this bike, and is made up of a nonadjustable 120mm telescopic front fork and two exposed shocks out back. Rear preload is adjusted using a spanner wrench (not included).
Braking is adequate on the Scout Sixty and uses the same setup as the larger Scout. A single 298mm rotor up front is stopped with a two-piston caliper while the rear gets just one piston caliper on its 298mm rotor. ABS is included on the red Scout Sixty and is not an option for the black or white versions.
The 16-inch front and rear cast wheels on the Sixty also match the ones on the Scout.
The belt drive is clean and simple to maintain.
One thing I noticed is the limited “full lock” positions. It surprised me when making my first parking lot u-turn, as the fork stopped turning way before I expected it to. It’s not a really big deal, but can make slow maneuvers extra challenging.
The tank badge logo is simple and elegant. The steel tank will accept a magnetic tank bag, which is good since I need to carry a heavy disc lock to lock the bike when parked. There is no fork lock on the Sixty (which some motorcycles have) to immobilize the front end which helps prevent theft.
My short time with the Scout Sixty was a pleasant one. I can see why women riders trading up from their beginner bike would love it. The extremely light clutch pull, smooth gear engagement, light weight, low seat height, sensible ergonomics, and beautiful style make it a great choice for riders looking for a simple mid-sized cruiser.
The Scout Sixty comes in three colors, “Indian Motorcycle” Red, Pearl White, and Thunder Black.
Specs At A Glance: 2016/2017 Indian Motorcycle Scout Sixty
Engine Size: 61 ci (1000cc) Seat Height: 25.3 inches Weight: 555 pounds Fuel Capacity: 3.3 gallons Colors: Pearl White, Thunder Black, Indian Motorcycle Red (ABS) Price: $8,999 (black); $9,299 (white); $9,999 (red ABS)
WRN RecommendationThe Scout Sixty is a great basic cruiser that’s ideal for a beginning riders trading up from their baby learner bike. The Sixty inspires lots of confidence in new riders who are still getting used to how it feels to ride a “big” bike. The engine offers plenty of power so you can ride on the highway comfortably but isn’t overwhelming for a new rider. Lightweight and low with easy-to-reach components, the Scout is user friendly. At $9k it’s affordable too, but be prepared to spend some money to add accessories like saddlebags, luggage rack, disc lock, and a windshield if you want to enjoy this motorcycle on more than just cruises around town.
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