Our congratulations to Indian Motorcycle for the selection of Satya Kraus, Keino Sasaki and skateboarder Steve Caballero (in collaboration with Roland Sands) as customizers to design three Custom Scout Bobbers. Three very different individuals, and AMD is delighted to recognize the individuality they have each brought to what started out as three identical stock bikes.
|Three stock Scout Bobbers, three very different personalities, three very different custom outcomes. From the left: Kraus Motor Co., Keino Cycles, Steve Caballero/RSD|
First unveiled at this year’s Minneapolis X Games, “Strip it Down” was the mantra that Indian say drove the design of the Scout Bobber, and as the title sponsor of the annual Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show, Indian unveiled these three custom versions to highlight the intended versatility of the platform.
Indian describe their stock Scout Bobber as “a low-slung, blacked-out, 100 horsepower, minimalist motorcycle that proves less is definitely more.” Keino Sasaki, as ever, certainly “got that” and has kept it simple with an aluminum fuel tank, front fairing, fenders, exhaust, Beringer inboard brake, some custom spoke wheels and stock modified rearsets.
Roland Sands took Steve Caballero’s ideas for a street flat tracker and raided the RSD parts bin.
For Satya Kraus the clue is in the upside downies – performance and handling were the order of the day (coincidentally see page 45 of this edition of AMD), with selected parts including Rotobox carbon fiber wheels (Slovenia), Beringer brakes (France), inverted front suspension with Öhlins forks (Sweden), a linear steering damper, Kraus isolated risers, Rizoma mirrors (Italy), chain drive and a hand TIG-welded 304-16 stainless steel 2 into 1 Scrambler inspired exhaust by Fab28 Industries.