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Indian mark 100th with Scout updates and new models

For 2020, the Indian Scout gets a new model and a limited edition to mark its 100th anniversary, plus better brakes, tyres and a host of accessories for current models.

However, there is no word on updates to the rest of the Indian range nor the expected Challenger models powered by a new liquid-cooled 1770cc engine called the Powerplus.

Indian Challenger Powerplus 100th
Indian Challenger Powerplus V-twin

Pricing will be announced on September 11, says Indian Motorcycle Australia and New Zealand marketing manager Chris Gale.

“We will be selling the 100th Anniversary and Bobber Twenty in Australia and will receive stock later this year. No dates confirmed,” he says.

The Scout Sixty is not returning to Aussie showrooms “any time soon”, he says.

Bobber Twenty

Indian Scout 100th Anniversary
2020 Indian Scout Bobber Twenty

The new Scout is a Bobber Twenty which refers to 1920 and pays homage to the original Scout in its 100th year since it began.

In acknowledgement of its tradition it comes with classic wire wheels, 10-inch ape hanger handlebars and a floating saddle like the original.

Expect a small premium over the standard ride-away Bobber price of $A18,995.

They come in a choice of Thunder Black, Sagebrush Smoke (green) and Burnished Metallic (red).

Scout 100th Anniversary

Indian Scout 100th Anniversary
Limited-edition 2020 Indian Scout 100th Anniversary.

Only 750 limited-edition 100th Anniversary models will be available worldwide.

It is highlighted by the “100th” badge on the engine and features “Indian Motorcycle Red” paint with “Anniversary Gold” trim, a desert tan leather solo seat, black wire wheels, beach bars, a luggage rack and chrome finishes.

Indian Scout 100th Anniversary
Limited-edition 2020 Indian Scout 100th Anniversary

In the US, they cost an extra 28% more than the standard model, so they could be around $A24,000.

Scout updates

Indian Scout 100th Anniversary
2020 Indian Scout Bobber

Scout and Scout Bobber models get upgraded brake callipers, master cylinders and floating rotors.

Bobber now comes with Pirelli MT60RS tyres.

All other Scout models get a new sport seat and passenger pegs.

There will be quite a colour range to choose from.

Indian Scout 100th Anniversary
2020 Indian Scout.


For those who want to convert these competent cruisers into competent tourers, there is a host of accessories.

The most interesting is the colour-matched quick-release bikini fairing with a 5cm windscreen or optional 12cm and 18cm screens.

There is also a solo luggage rack and solo rack bag and new semi-rigid quick-release saddlebags.

Indian Scout 100th Anniversary
2020 Indian Scout.

Other accessories include a new Bobber seat plus bar-end mirrors, smoked turn signal lenses, tinted windshields and various handlebar and foot control options for the standard Scout.

To cap it off are new stage 1 shorty slip-on mufflers and a 2-into-1 full exhaust system.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Touring The Andes Mountains On An Indian Scout

While riding out the Maipo Canyon in Chile, just southeast of Santiago, the Andes mountain range greets you with a rugged beauty. Sweeping canyon roads meet active volcanoes and raging white waters of the Maipo River. Although some of this canyon has been mined, there is still untamed wild lying just beyond the quarried hills.

As you make your way through the foothills of the Chilean Andes and enter the canyon, you begin to know the winds that helped shape these walls, a force named “el Raco” It is on these tremendous winds that you may see the likes of a soaring dinosaur. After all, giants still roam these mountains. If you’re lucky, perhaps you might catch a glimpse of one while leaning through a turn: the Andean condor, soaring high above on the rising thermals.

The fossil records show that Andean condors have remained nearly unchanged for millions of years.

Andean condors, one of the largest flying birds in existence, have been an extremely important cultural symbol in the Andes for thousands of years. In the high mountains, the condor represents the upper world, the heavens, one of the three realms of existence, while the puma or jaguar represents the earth, and the snake the underworld.

Condors are important symbols for the United States as well. When their numbers dwindled to a mere 22, all remaining individuals were captured and brought into captivity. It was then that captive female Andean condors (Vultur gryphus) were released into the wild in California. This project has been a success, bringing back California condors (Gymnogyps californianus) from the brink of extinction. The female Andean condors have since been recaptured and reintroduced to their native habitat in South America.

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Past conservation concerns focused on the use of lead ammunition for hunting because condors’ digestive systems are strong enough to absorb large quantities of the lead when ingested from scavenged gunshot kills. Hunter-killed carcasses often have lead remnants from lead shot or fragments from shotgun slugs, leading to secondary toxicity. Lead poisoning is apparent in the condor’s crop (an enlarged part of the esophagus where the bird stores food before digestion); reportedly it turns bright green. There has been much effort to end the use of lead ammunition within the range of Andean and California condors, but concern still exists.

Here in Chile and just across the Andes mountains into Argentina, toxic agricultural poisons like carbofuran are illegally used by ranchers to combat predators. When these carcasses are scavenged upon by condors, more deaths ensue.

Last year outside of Mendoza, Argentina, 34 Andean condors were found dead next to the corpse of a puma, all due to carbofuran. Such a tragedy is as heartbreaking as it is needless. Further education outreach and enforcement is needed, but carbofuran is extremely inexpensive and regulating such a vast land is difficult.

We need condors. Condors serve essential roles for humans as important carrion feeders that help limit the spread of disease, and with their tremendous size, their survival in the native habitat is important for ecotourism in South America.

There is no better way to have a sense for the extreme environments that these gigantic birds inhabit than riding on two wheels among the Andes. There are volcanoes to climb and hot springs to soak in, or you could simply make a lunchtime stop at Santuario del Río like I did, where you can take in the sights and sounds of the Maipo River gorge on a back patio. Although the winds of El Raco blow strong, it is the raging Rio Maipo that truly formed the canyon and now serves as the main source of water for the entire capital city of Santiago.

With surrounding horses and the huasos who ride them (pronounced “wasos,” meaning Chilean cowboys), there is a nostalgic Western feel to these country roads. Settled beneath the San José volcano is El Volcán, an old boom town that supported those working the copper and mineral mines until it was abandoned in the mid-1900s. Now succumbing to dilapidation, a rusted and crumbling tower still stands amid the tumbleweeds, giving the area an eerie, post-apocalyptic feel.

Let’s not allow creatures as grand and enigmatic as the condor to become ghosts like the deserted mining village of El Volcán. When we travel with a desire to appreciate the landscape and animals that live within it, we help preserve an ecosystem through our tourist dollars. Let those offering services know what matters to you and ride with respect into these lands, enjoying all that they have to offer, leaving no trace and taking only memories.

Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com