2021 Indian Scout Bobber Sixty Review [Urban Motorcycle Test]

Every now and then a new motorcycle slips through the cracks. The Indian Scout Bobber Sixty debuted in the middle of 2020 – a horrible year by any standard. Not only was viral hysteria in full swing, but I also managed to break my right fibula and tibia in a dirt bike accident. There was no official introductory event for the bike, and we just missed it. We didn’t catch it in 2021, but when I was recently aiming to link to our review of the Scout Bobber Sixty, I found that we had never reviewed it. I haven’t been able to get a 2022 edition of Indian yet, but we were able to get our hands on a ’21, which is the same as the last edition. So get in the saddle, better late than never. Let’s ride the 2021 Indian Scout Bobber Sixty.2021 Indian Scout Bobber Sixty Review: For SaleFor those unfamiliar with the “Sixty” designation, it tells you that it is the 60ci version of the 69ci DOHC liquid-cooled 60-degree V-twin engine used in standard Indian Scout models. Indian shaves nine cubes off the engine by shrinking the bore by 0.237 inches, or 6mm for those of metric persuasion. Power output from the V-twin increases from 100 horsepower to 78 horsepower, with the smaller engine peaking 900 rpm earlier. Torque peaks at 65 lb-ft on the Sixty, down seven lb-ft from the standard Scout, with the Sixty peaking at 5800 rpm, 200 rpm earlier than the 69ci engine. This makes sense, as the Sixty has a less boxy setup, as the displacement reduction came solely from the narrower piston – the stroke is unchanged.2021 Indian Scout Bobber Sixty Review: PriceIn addition, the standard six-speed gearbox is replaced by a five-speed gearbox in the Sixty. Indian did this in an unexpected way – engineers simply removed 5th gear from the transmission. When you shift from 4th to 5th on the Sixty, it is equivalent to shifting from 4th to 6th on the standard Scout tranny. The other functional difference between the standard version and the Sixty is that the standard’s Pirelli Night Dragon tires are replaced with Indian-branded Kenda. 673s. Otherwise, you get functionally the same bike with a smaller displacement engine and less gear ratio for a $2000 price break.2021 Indian Scout Bobber Sixty Review: MSRPThe 2021 Indian Scout Bobber Sixty is definitely an urban ride. Power is easily handled at low revs, with extra horsepower and grunt available if you want to rev the engine willingly. In town, the lower four gears work well on surface streets, and 5th gear acts as an overdrive on the highway. Ergonomically, the Bobber Sixty is a short-haul ride. Your feet and hands are forward, so your position is more confrontational than comfortable. It looks cool, and that’s what the Scout Bobber Sixty is all about.2021 Indian Scout Bobber Sixty Review: Urban MotorcycleSitting low with fairly narrow handlebars, the Bobber Sixty is a great way to squeeze through city traffic. We can split and filter lanes here in California, and this Indian is taking advantage of it. The engine isn’t harsh at low revs, so maneuvering is effortless. The vibrations emitted by the V-twin are pleasant, rather than tiring. Suspension has not been a strong point for the Scout series, and the Bobber Sixty is no exception. The fork is underdamped and the rear shocks are just harsh—that’s about as close as you’re going to get on a modern motorcycle to experiencing a hardtail with a sprung front end. You feel all the inconsistencies of the pavement, and even the smallest pothole is shaken by the tailbone. The comfortable solo seat and big 16-inch tires do their best to help, but we’re talking about two inches of rear-wheel travel. Consider budgeting around $1,000 for aftermarket shocks from Fox, Legend, Öhlins, or Progressive, or get used to the pounding.2021 Indian Scout Bobber Sixty Review: Cruiser MotorcycleWhen the road is smooth, the ride is excellent. The same goes for riding the canyons. Urban canyon roads, such as Mulholland Drive and Chevy Chase Drive, are often in poor condition, preventing you from exploiting the Bobber Sixty’s stable chassis. With 29 degrees of lean and a 62-inch wheelbase, the chassis settles well in corners. On a smooth pavement, the Indian glides with authority. Your boot heels touch first when using the limited cornering clearance, and the Kenda tires are more than enough to deliver the power and account for the Bobber Sixty’s 551-pound curb weight. The 78-horsepower mill is enough for urban commuting. the highway passes. You will notice the vast gap between 4th and 5th gear overdrive when accelerating up to speed. Once you get used to it being there, you’ll remember to spin it into 4th gear, rather than making short shifts, as is usually the case with torquey engines. In particular, cyclists with large feet will appreciate the long gear lever. My size 9 boot required putting the heel on the footpeg to avoid finding false neutrals. Shifting is a deliberate act on the Sixty’s drivetrain.2021 Indian Scout Bobber Sixty Review: ExhaustOur test bike came equipped with Indian’s Stage 1 2-Into-1 full exhaust system. It’s supposed to increase power by 10%, but the real benefit is its improved sound. The throatier tone is greatly appreciated each time the throttle is twisted. As for how it looks, I prefer the stock dual exhaust, but everyone has different tastes. Either way, the steampunk styling of the 2021 Indian Scout Bobber Sixty never fails to draw positive attention. Most cruisers have linear power. In the Sixty’s case, there’s definitely a mid-range boost you can feel. That’s not a bad thing, as it keeps the engine docile in tight spaces and ready to go when you want to rev it up. You will most likely find yourself revving the engine at a higher rpm than intended, although you will not shift out of 4th gear on a road with a speed limit lower than around 50 mph.2021 Indian Scout Bobber Sixty Review: Kenda TiresBraking from the 298mm discs – one on each wheel – is predictable. The front end is initially soft, which is ideal for urban driving. You need to add some pressure to the brake lever to get a more aggressive slowdown. The rear brake tells the same story – it’s predictable and powerful when coaxed. ABS is standard (except in the color Thunder Black) and discreet. The equipment is functional and basic on the Bobber Sixty. There’s a single clock with an analog-style gear indicator, along with warning lights and a small LCD screen that shows gear position. It’s clean and easy to read. The positioning of the 2021 Indian Scout Bobber Sixty is unambiguous – it’s an urban variant of the standard Scout. Those who stick to the city limits for most trips can confidently save the two thousand dollars over the standard Scout Bobber, and not feel like they’re on a lesser quality bike. In fact, they can argue that the Sixty is a superior engine around town. The 69ci Powerhouse and 60ci Factory have staked their territory – all you have to do is know where you are.Photography by Kelly CallanDRIVING STYLE2021 Indian Scout Bobber Sixty SpecificationsMOTOR

  • Type: 60 degree V-twin
  • Displacement: 60 ci (999 cc)
  • Bore x Stroke: 3.661 x 2.898″ (93 x 74 mm)
  • Maximum power: 78 horsepower at 7200 rpm
  • Maximum Torque: 65 ft-lbs at 5,800 rpm
  • Compression ratio: 11:1
  • Valvetrain: DOHC; 4vpc
  • Fueling: EFI with 54mm throttle body
  • Cooling: Liquid
  • Lubrication: Semi-dry sump
  • Accessory exhaust, as tested: Stage 1 2-into-1 complete exhaust system ($1,400)
  • Transmission: 5-speed constant mesh
  • Final Drive: Belt

FRAME

  • Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable cartridge fork; 4.7 inches
  • Rear suspension; Travel: Non-adjustable shocks; 2.0 inch
  • Wheels: cast aluminum
  • Front and rear wheels: 16 x 3.5
  • Tyres: Kenda K673
  • Front tire: 130/90 x 16
  • Rear tire: 150/80 x 16
  • Front brake: 298 mm floating disc with 2-piston caliper
  • Rear brake: 298 mm floating disc with single-piston caliper
  • ABS: optional ($800)

DIMENSIONS

  • Wheelbase: 62.0 inches
  • Rake: 29 degrees
  • Trail: 4.7 inches
  • Seat height: 26.1 inches
  • Fuel capacity: 3.3 gallons
  • Curb weight: 551 lbs.

Indian Scout Bobber 2021 Sixty Colors and prices

  • Thunder Black (non-ABS): $8999 MSRP
  • Thunder Black (ABS): $9799
  • Thunder Black Smoke (ABS): $10,299
  • Blue Slate Smoke (ABS): $10,299
  • Titanium Metallic (ABS): $10,299 ($11,699 as tested with accessory exhaust)

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