The folks at Indian Motorcycle continue to come up with off-the-wall ideas that kick ass and you are looking at their latest venture: Appaloosa. This is a one-of-a-kind custom Scout Bobber built by the famous fabricator Brice Hennebert of Workhorse Speedshop. It was designed to compete in the Sultans of Speed Sprint series in Europe, and Grand Prix legend Randy Mamola has agreed to pilot this wild stallion in the upcoming competitions.
“I’ve always been a big fan of Indian Motorcycle and I’m really looking forward to racing this amazing creation,” Mamola says. “It’s great to be part of this project, especially during the Scout’s 100th anniversary. With the Sultans of Sprint being such a unique series, it’s going to be a lot of fun soaking up the atmosphere, meeting the crowds, and putting on a show for them.”
For those of you who are not aware of the Sultans of Speed then you can check out the video below. But basically it is a gathering of classic-style motorcycles, built in whatever retro cool style you can come up with, that drag race from point A to point B at the behest of a flagger dressed in rockabilly garb. It’s old-school racing that those crazy kids of Europe really enjoy.
For this particular project, Indian had the goal of commemorating the 100th anniversary of its Scout, which was first released in 1919, hence Appaloosa will compete with the number 19 on the plate. This motorcycle has been designed with sprint racing in mind too. The fuel tank has been narrowed and the controls are set up in a drag racing configuration that will have Mamola splayed out with his weight forward, along with an extended swingarm for maximum traction. The jet-fighter-inspired bodywork should help shield Mamomla’s mass while it slices through the air.
With companies like Akrapovič, Öhlins, and Beringer Brakes helping Workhorse get it completed, you can be sure this bike will be as impressive on the track as it is to look at. Especially with the free-spirited Mamola at the controls.
“I wanted a name that could link Workhorse, Indian Motorcycle, and speed,” Hennebert explains. “As soon as I discovered that the American horse breed Appaloosa was one of the world’s fastest horses, I knew I had the name for an American sprint bike built by Workhorse. After putting so much into this build, I’m excited to see the reaction to it and I can’t wait to see Randy blast it down the racetrack.”
In addition to competing in the Sultans of Sprint championship, Indian Motorcycle also plans to have the bike on display in the UK during The Bike Shed (May 24–26) and at Wheels & Waves in France (June 12–16).