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[cycleworld.com] - 2025 Indian Scout First Look

Indian’s 2025 Scout cruiser is available in five unique flavors, including Scout Classic, Super Scout, Scout Bobber, Sport Scout, and 101 Scout.e

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Indian’s all-new, five-bike Scout lineup marks a turning point for one of the brand’s most successful (and important) models. (Indian Motorcycle/)Indian Motorcycle has gone back to the drawing board and reemerged with an all-new Scout lineup for 2025. Dubbed the “Next Evolution of Indian Scout.” Referred to as the most important lineup since the brand was relaunched in 2013, the new family consists of the Scout Classic, Super Scout, Scout Bobber, Sport Scout, and 101 Scout—five uniquely styled machines that share similar bones, but a different look and feel.

Five 2025 Models:
  • Scout Classic: Where heritage-inspired design meets the needs of today’s American cruiser rider—chrome, flared fenders, and wire wheels paired to a low seat height and relaxed ergonomics.
  • Super Scout: Indian’s light touring option, the Super Scout follows in the Scout Classic’s tire tracks but adds saddlebags, a windshield, and passenger pegs for added highway comfort.

2025 Scout Classic (left) and Super Scout (right). More chrome and swoopy fenders here. Also worth mentioning is that the Super Scout’s windscreen is removable with a quick release. (Indian Motorcycle/)
  • Scout Bobber: Blacked out front to back with chopped bobber fenders and headlight casing, the Scout Bobber leans into the “everything you need, nothing you don’t” ethos of traditional bobbers. Big changes from an ergonomic and performance standpoint include a bobber-style seat and slammed, 2two-inch suspension.
  • Sport Scout: The replacement for Indian’s mini-faired Scout Rogue, the Sport Scout is inspired by the West Coast scene and features 6six-inch moto-style handlebar risers and handlebars attached to machined triple clamps. Sportier handling and looks come from a taller, sport-style seat, quarter fairing, and larger, 19-inch front wheel.

2025 Scout Bobber (left) and Sport Scout (Right), which replaces the Scout Rogue. The Scout Bobber has shorter rear shocks with 2.0 inches of travel, vs. 3.0. (Indian Motorcycle/)
  • 101 Scout: An homage to the original 101 Scout, this performance-first version gets dedicated ECU tuning for more power, plus a fully adjustable front fork, adjustable piggyback rear shocks, and dual Brembo front discs. Other premium touches include a custom-stitched seat and exclusive paint. Like the Sport Scout, the 101 gets a 19-inch front wheel, plus six-inch moto style risers with machine highlights, machined triples, and moto handlebars.

2025 Indian 101 Scout. Notice the inverted, fully adjustable fork and 19-inch front wheel. (Indian Motorcycle/)The majority of 2025 Scouts will be available in three trim levels:
  • Standard trim: Includes ABS, LED lighting, and an analog gauge with fuel level and fuel economy readouts. Not available on the Super Scout and 101 Scout.
  • Limited trim: Adds to the Standard trim with premium badging and more tech, including traction control, cruise control, and a USB charger. Three selectable ride modes are available, including Sport, Standard, and Tour. Not Available for the Super Scout and 101 Scout.
  • Limited + Tech trim: Indian’s top-of-the-line trim package adds a push-button keyless ignition and 4-inch, round touchscreen display with Ride Command, which opens the door to turn-by-turn navigation and more. Available on all models.
If you like American cruisers, and you like options, you’ve come to the right place. Only there’s a lot more to the bikes than just a few category-shifting styling touches, with Indian having revamped the chassis and engine that’s shared across the entire lineup. This is where all-new really takes shape.


Upgrading to the Limited + Tech trim gets you access to the 4-inch touchscreen display (left), which takes the place of the analog display that comes standard (right). (Indian Motorcycle/)2025 Indian Scout Overview

Saying the Scout is an important model to Indian Motorcycles would be a gross understatement. More than 100,000 models have been sold globally; Indian claims that 93 percent of Scout owners are new to Indian and 28 percent are new to motorcycling.

“This is often the first interaction with our brand,” says Ben Lindaman, Product Director at Indian Motorcycle. “If we get [customers] into our brand, and we give customers and riders a great experience, we know they’re going to stick with us. A lot of [our] growth is driven off the back of Scout.”

To better understand those customers and changing needs, Indian talked to owners, dealers, and customizers ahead of the Scout’s redesign. The takeaway? The new bike needed to stick to its iconic American styling while offering a balance of power and control while incorporating rider-aid technology—something that wasn’t heavily emphasized when the first-gen Scout was developed.

Importantly, all of this needed to be done while keeping the bike simple and easy to customize, with a focus on the engine and keeping the newly added electronics simple and in the background. This is an American cruiser that’s meant to be simple and straightforward, but still a step forward in terms of performance and tech.


The Scout’s liquid-cooled SpeedPlus 1250 has a larger bore (104mm vs. 99mm) and a higher compression ratio (12.5:1 vs. 10.7:1). It makes 111 hp in 101 Scout trim, but 105 hp on all other models, due to different ECU tuning. (Indian Motorcycle/)2025 Indian Scout Engine

The redesign starts at the Scout’s larger, SpeedPlus 1250 engine, which produces a claimed 111 hp on the 101 Scout and 105 hp on other models, but 82 lb.-ft. of torque across all versions. That is a 5 to 11 hp bump compared to the outgoing, 1,133cc engine, with each version making a claimed 10 lb.-ft. more torque.

Indian says that it’s been able to smooth the torque curve so that there are no dips. The difference between the 101 Scout and other versions is solely in ECU tuning, meaning that any of the other four Scout models can be updated at the dealer to produce the full 111 hp. No word on costs for that just yet.


Even on the performance-focused 101 Scout, a lot of consideration went into the low seat height and a narrow stand-over. (Indian Motorcycle/)There are more changes internally and externally, with the SpeedPlus 1250 engine getting a cleaner, less industrial look. A slip/assist clutch reduces clutch lever effort and sound quality is said to be improved. Importantly, Indian has been able to reduce the radiator size by as much as 20 percent, making it appear visually lighter and cleaner.

2025 Indian Scout Chassis

Designers were able to take even more visual weight away by moving to a steel tube front frame and redesigning the aluminum center piece, the latter tasked with hiding more technology than before but offering an overall cleaner look. Out back you’ll find a new subframe, which is common across all models, making it easier to build accessories that fit across the lineup.

That steel tube component is important to the Scout’s design not only because of the visual impact but because of how much easier it’ll make customizing the bike.

“That’s something we heard again and again, from customizers but also customers that do a lot of work on their own bikes,” says Ola Stenegard, Director of Industrial Design for Indian Motorcycles. “An aluminum frame can be pretty daunting if you want to do custom work to it.”


The Scout’s new frame consists of a steel tube section, redesigned aluminum mid-section, and a subframe that’s shared across all models. (Indian Motorcycle/)Indian also touts size and approachability, claiming that the Scout has the lowest seat height in the class (25.7 inches for most models) and narrow stand-over, which will make it easy for shorter and new riders to feel comfortable on the Scout. The base package is 10 pounds lighter than the outgoing Scout, which also helps. The lightest option is the 522-pound Scout bobber, and the heaviest the 571-pound Super Scout.

Wheel sizes split the range: the Scout Classic, Super Scout, and Scout Bobber roll on 16-inch wheels front and rear, but the 101 Scout and Sport Scout get a 19-inch front. All bikes have a single, 298mm front brake disc, except for the 101 Scout, which gets dual 320mm discs.


Attention to detail on the 101 Scout. (Indian Motorcycle/)The story is much the same as you move over to the suspension, with the Scout Classic, Sport Scout, and Super Scout are fitted with a 41mm fork with 4.7 inches of travel and dual, preload adjustable shocks with 3.0 inches of travel. The Scout Bobber uses the same fork but has dual shocks with 2.0 inches of travel, while the 101 Scout gets a fully adjustable, 43mm inverted fork with 5.9 inches of travel and fully adjustable, dual piggyback shocks with 3.0 inches of travel.

2025 Indian Scout Styling and Features

A newly designed tank and rear fender add new lines without losing the Scout identity. Stenegard says designers were “obsessed with the details—with the fit and finish of the bike.” The result is a premium finish for a lot of the outwardly visible components plus cables and wires that are tucked away. “We added a lot of technology, but we wanted to do it in a way where you didn’t see that technology,” Stenegard adds.

As mentioned, specific features do vary depending on model and trim package, with bikes like the Sport Scout and 101 Scout getting small, quarter fairings, and the Super Scout a pair of saddlebags to go with its quick-release* windshield.


Behind the modern-but-simple controls of a 101 Scout with Limited + Tech trim. Indian says it went to great lengths to hide cables and wires as much as it could. Notice adjustable front fork on the 101 Scout. (Indian Motorcycle/)Upgrading to the Limited trim gets you the aforementioned traction control, ride modes, and USB charger, while the Limited + Tech trim moves you from analog to a fully modern touchscreen display.

Consider also that the bike is now available with mid controls, Indian adding that there are a total of 32 ergonomic combinations across the Scout lineup and when dipping into its accessories catalog. There are over 100 family accessories available—in case you need more options.

Given the concept of easy customization, it’ll also be interesting to see what future custom builds will look like. Surely, we won’t have long to wait.


(From left to right) Scout Bobber, Scout Classic, 101 Scout, Sport Scout, and Super Scout. (Indian Motorcycle/)



Five versions and three trim levels for nearly all models means it’s possible to get into the Scout lineup for a wide range of prices. (Indian Motorcycle/)2025 Indian Scout Classic Specs

MSRP:$13,999 - $16,699Engine:Liquid-cooled 60-degree V-twinDisplacement:1,250ccBore x Stroke:104.0 x 73.6mmCompression Ratio:12.5:1Transmission/Final Drive:6-speed/beltClaimed Horsepower:105 hp @ 7,250 rpmClaimed Torque:82.0 lb.-ft. @ 6,300 rpmFuel System:Closed-loop fuel injection w/ 60mm throttle bodiesClutch:Wet, multiplateEngine Management/Ignition:ElectronicFrame:Steel tube w/ cast aluminum sectionsFront Suspension:41mm telescopic fork; 4.7 in. travelRear Suspension:Dual outboard shocks; 3.0 in. travelFront Brake:2-piston caliper, 298mm discRear Brake:1-piston caliper, 298mm discWheels, Front/Rear:Wire; 16 x 3.5 in. / 16 x 3.5 in.Tires, Front/Rear:Pirelli Night Dragon; 130/90B-16 67H / 150/80B-16 77HRake/Trail:29.0°/4.8 in.Wheelbase:61.5 in.Ground Clearance:4.4 in.Seat Height:25.7 in.Fuel Capacity:3.4 gal.Claimed Weight (As Shipped):536 lbs.Contact:indianmotorcycle.com
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