Recap Of Historic Reveal Of All-New 2015 Indian Scout In Sturgis. A Night Of Stars Under The Stars…

Indian-MotorcycleBelow are highlights of the Indian Motorcycle® star-studded VIP party in Sturgis, SD last Saturday evening, August 2, at the 74th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

The event was centered on the historic unveiling of the new 2015 Indian® Scout®, the first truly new Indian Scout to be introduced in more than 70 years. Scout is widely recognized as one of the most innovative, nimble, versatile and perfectly balanced motorcycles of all-time, and the stars were aligned as celebrities, VIPs and journalists from around the world gathered to witness its historic relaunch. Starting at $10,999, the new Scout is destined to appeal to riders of virtually every size and experience level who desire the perfect balance of style, maneuverability, power and price.

Hear in the video below, Industrial Design Director Greg Brew and Rich Christoph, lead designer on the Scout, discuss how the storied history of Indian Scout models influenced the development of the new 2015 Scout.

Mike Wolfe, die-hard Indian Motorcycle enthusiast and host of “American Pickers” on HISTORY emceed the evening’s festivities. One of his first duties of the evening was the introduction of superstar guest Mark Wahlberg, a long-time fan of the Indian Motorcycle brand. Wahlberg, one of Hollywood’s leading actors and producers, talked with Wolfe about his passion for the brand before the shoulder-to-shoulder VIP crowd.

Other Hollywood celebrities in attendance for the historic reveal included Kristy Swanson, star of the 1992 film Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Alonzo Bodden, American comedian and winner of Last Comic Standing. Also on-hand all the way from New Zealand was John Munro, son for motorcycling legend Burt Munro, who was famously portrayed in the biographical movie “The World’s Fastest Indian” in which Burt Munro piloted a modified 1920 Indian Scout to history by setting the land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

The celebration and unveiling included remarks and comments from Polaris Industries CEO Scott Wine and VP of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries Steve Menneto

“I am incredibly proud of the team that poured so much of their passion and commitment into designing, engineering and producing the stunning new Indian Scout,” said Steve Menneto, VP of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “They have meticulously crafted this motorcycle with all due respect for its rich heritage and its unequalled reputation for handling, power and precise balance, and carried that forward with modern styling, technology and engineering. It is truly a bike that lives up to its heritage and brings it to a new generation of riders.”

The evening was capped by a spectacular stunt show by the American Motordrome Company, featuring death-defying riding feats performed on a series of vintage motorcycles, including early Indian Scout models, on an authentic Wall of Death. The crowd was treated to the inaugural run of a customized version of the new 2015 Indian Scout on the Wall of Death, showing the superior balance and maneuverability of Indian Motorcycle’s newest bike. The American Motordrome Company continues its shows in the Indian Motorcycle display space on Lazelle St. during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally until Saturday, August 9.

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15 Responses to “Recap Of Historic Reveal Of All-New 2015 Indian Scout In Sturgis. A Night Of Stars Under The Stars…”


  1. 1 Gary Princeton Aug 7th, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    The 2 designers explained well.

  2. 2 Rodent Aug 7th, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    According to those who know, the original ’29 Scout was the best wall bike ever built with modifications. Just wonder if the new “Scout” is going to be a regular performer on Walls worldwide or was this a one time event.

  3. 3 The Vintagent Aug 7th, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Very clever promotion, using the Wall of Death. Polaris certainly isn’t shy about mining the brand’s history for promotion… and we used the Indian ‘Spirit of Munro’ streamliner in our ‘Built for Speed’ exhibit at the Buffalo Chip. Late ’20s Indian 101 Scouts are still the riding staple of Walls everywhere, so it was fairly genius to bring a Wall to Sturgis for the launch party. Of course, you can use any motorcycle inside that barrel, even a new Scout, but the old one has perfect balance, is very low, and extremely light, hence its favor with saddle-standers and hands-off riders…

  4. 4 nicker Aug 7th, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Vintageeeent,

    Wouldn’t it be interesting to hear Paladin pontificate on the Scout………… :-)

    -nicker-

  5. 5 ihealbox.com Aug 8th, 2014 at 1:43 am

    Looks cool

  6. 6 TJ Martin Aug 8th, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Like I’ve said before . Its pretty decent looking . The ‘ Wall of Death ‘ version showing all the fundamentals are all in place . But that radiator ? Its a disaster and seriously lacking solid integrative design principals . Redesign that to fit in with the overall design along with an optional larger fuel tank and the bike’ll be a winner … both in stock form as well as being a foundation for some very cool custom builds .

  7. 7 grmp54 Aug 8th, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Crazy how Sturgis is becoming so “star” oriented for events to promote everything. Where were these stars when it was not cool to ride? A few were around, but not many. Remember Sturgis pre star studded events? How many of these mc enthusiasts actually rode to Sturgis on their beloved mc? My money would be on not many. I think it started in 86 when Malcom Forbes and his crew showed up with Liz Taylor and forged the way for wealthy folks to be “cool” for a few days. Rock on Sturgis.Still a great place even if you are not a star or wealthy, just not as economically thrifty as it used to be!

  8. 8 Stony Crane Aug 8th, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I certainly applaud them for bringing back the Scout, but much like the original Victory bikes, it misses the mark, no not the star, the standard that was expected. I bet the next version will look better.

  9. 9 Doug Aug 8th, 2014 at 11:50 am

    “Scout” the Bassett Hound from State College was just about as long & low as this Scout. RIP

    Good job Indian. The bike looks good in pics so I’m looking forward to it in person.

    Question – anyone know if there will be passenger accommodations ?

  10. 10 TopCat Aug 8th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Seriously,
    Get off the radiator issue. It is what it is and there are few ways to beautifully integrate a radiator for both functionality and looks, I have sat in that design room. This bike is all about engineering prowess with a nod to the Indians of the past and an eye to the future.

    I met the core or Indian racers that were still alive in the 1990’s and they are preached about one thing when speaking to the Scout, it was a RIDERS motorcycle. They raved about it being the best woods bike they ever raced and that the balance was perfect, all a rider had to do was stay center of mass and let the bike work under them as they crossed trees and rocks along the way. Indian engineers understood how to make the spring rates work together and how to build a balanced bike. For that matter they understood how to create free horsepower by utilizing a a left side intake that essentially rammed air into the cylinders. These racers LOVED the Scout and you could see it in their eyes and hear it in their voices.

    It looks to me that this new Scout was built as just that, a riders bike that we will love. From the responses I have read from everyone who rode this bike it easily handles everything that is thrown at it and leaves you with a smile on your face, isn’t that what riding is really about? Who cares about a customized bike that hops from bar to bar, I care if it is still hauling the mail fifty thousand miles in and if I still am stoked to ride it at the end of the day. This bike is sexy, sleek and still a badass cruiser. Is there any bike categorically that can take this on as it sits? I do not think so and this bike makes a statement to the European and Japanese manufacturers that the one truly “Made In The USA’ motorcycle manufacturer is serving notice to the world.

    Wall of Death….Pure F***ing Genius Marketing and a hell of a lot of fun, do you guys remember when it didn’t matter what you rode, just that you did ride? I do

  11. 11 Ray Aug 8th, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    This new Scout grows on me. Impatient to demo ride it. Not in Sturgis. When can we try it at an Indian dealership?

  12. 12 Doc Robinson Aug 9th, 2014 at 9:16 am

    I spent half a day riding the Scout in the Black Hills. It is an awesome bike and looks even better when you see it up close than the photographs display. Fast, very fast, with great handling, this bike is the funnest ride I can remember hitting the market. And the price point is brilliant. Watch out, you-know-who.

  13. 13 Rob Aug 9th, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Seriously,if Honda can integrate a radiator into The Fury, why couldn’t The New Indian?

  14. 14 Mr Dick Aug 10th, 2014 at 7:41 am

    I rode it at Sturgis. Very nice, and will kill a 1200 XL.

  15. 15 HD Rider Aug 10th, 2014 at 7:57 am

    I rode it at Sturgis and found it’s power band to be from 5,000 to 8,000rpm. Pretty weak below 5,000. The price point looks good to compete with the Sportster, but the lack of aftermarket parts will be a hurdle.

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