Wednesday, June 29, 2016

RSD Scout pays homage to 1920s Indian racebikes

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The RSD Scout, another gnarly build from Roland Sands, is for a customer called Thor. Ahem..

Indian have provided the first official pics and details of their latest custom-built bike, the RSD Scout, which was first shown earlier this month at the Wheels & Waves festival in Biarritz, France. 'The Scout is a pretty cool machine stock. Polaris did a damn good job of putting together a production Scout with a great powerplant. And in its stock form it’s got a lot to work with from a customisation stand point,' says Roland Sands, who's built the RSD Scout. 'Stylistically, this RSD Scout points towards the future with, say, a 15% nod to the Scout of the past. What it’s not? Well it’s definitely not a ‘cruiser’ anymore. If you’re a fan of the traditional Indian Scout, then you understand that the Scout was originally a racer. This RSD Scout carries that racing heritage,' he adds.

To build the bike you see here, the RSD team completely deconstructed the stock Scout and rebuilt it with a frame made from ChroMoly. 'The actual frame we came up with is very similar to the one we used for Victory’s Project 156. What that means is it’s a very lightweight frame with much more aggressive geometry than the stock Scout frame, shorter, and with less rake. We’ve also utilised the same rear suspension package we used for Project 156. If you’re hip to the Polaris method, the Scout and the Project 156 share some mounting points, which made this project much easier, as we’d perfected the suspension geometry on the 156,' says Sands.

The RSD Scout has, in fact, been built for one of RSD's customers who prefers to be known as 'Thor.' No, really. 'Thor picked the bike up from RSD in California and rode it to Black Rock City. Madness, as this completely hand-built, re-engineered machine had a mere 20 miles on it before it left. It had exposed wiring, a mangled mess of cooling pipes and radiators complete with zip ties. It’s safe to say madness is an inherent part of many of our projects. After all, who wants to rip apart a perfect brand new motorcycle and reconstruct it from the ground up? We are one of a few that will do that with smiles on our faces,' says RS.

Interesting bits on the RSD Scount include its one-off girder fork, custom-built radiators and modified cooling system, a faux oil tank that houses all the electronics, custom stainless exhaust and Ohlins TTX rear shock borrowed from a mountain bike! The frame, fork and swingarm have all been powdercoated in vintage Indian red and the matching paintjob, complete with hand-turned gold leaf accents, has been provided by Airtrix. 'This was a fun build and we put our best foot forward in the hope of paying homage to the original Scouts that tore up racetracks all over the US from the 1920s through the 1950s,' concludes Roland.

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