2016 Indian Scout Sixty

Editor Score: 85.0%
Engine 17.5/20
Suspension/Handling 12.0/15
Transmission/Clutch 8.0/10
Brakes 8.0/10
Instruments/Controls4.5/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 7.5/10
Appearance/Quality 9.5/10
Desirability 8.5/10
Value 9.5/10
Overall Score85/100

Personally, I feel like five speeds is plenty for a cruiser, really. Who wants to be shifting extra gears when they’re cruising relaxationally along feeling all Lee Marvin, having their chassis “further complimented by stout forks and shocks” like the press material for the new bike says? Why, thank you, forks and shocks, you’re not so bad yourself…

The other key difference from the original Indian Scout (MO’s 2015 Motorcycle of the Year) is a simple sleeving down of the bike’s excellent liquid-cooled 60-degree V-Twin, from 1133cc to 999cc (69 to 61 cubic inches). That was accomplished with 6mm slimmer bores, down from 99 to 93mm diameter. Stroke remains 73.6mm, meaning this is still an oversquare Twin that doesn’t mind using its 4-valve DOHC heads to rev smack into the 8200-rpm limiter now and then if you so desire. Compression ratio for the smaller engine is a bit higher; up to 11:1 from the 10.7:1 of the 1133cc version.

Indian claims 100 hp for the big Scout, which translated to 83 at the rear wheel on the MotoGPWerks dyno last September. For the Sixty, they say 78 horses, which should put it at about 65 Dynojet horsies using the same “correction factor” – but it feels like more. Indian claimed 72 lb-ft. of torque for the bigger engine, which was 62.5 on our dyno at 5800 rpm. For the Sixty, Indian says 65 lb-ft at the same 5800 rpm.

112415-2016-indian-scout-sixty-engine-cutawayThe other important number is weight: At 542 pounds dry, Indian says the Sixty is 4 pounds heftier than the big Scout, which wound up registering 562 lbs fully fueled (with, sadly, only 3.3 gallons of gas) on the official MO scales.

But the most important number attached to the Scout Sixty is its price tag; it can’t be very much less expensive to build than the original Scout, seeing as they’re almost identical, but Indian wants nearly 20% less dollars for the Sixty – $8,999 for the black version ($300 more for red or white). About the only way to tell the Sixty from the Scout is that the large Scout has polished cam and engine covers and wheels, and a brown leather seat – and I think there’s a small “60” badge in the V of the motor on the left side of the Sixty. I’ll go out on a thick limb and guess Indian badly wanted a bike to compete with another American manufacturer’s least expensive biggish cruiser: Your H-D Sportster Iron 883 sells for $8,849.

Gear ratios Scout (1133 cc) Scout Sixty
1st 10.782:1 10.782:1
2nd 7.328:1 7.328:1
3rd 5.841:1 5.841:1
4th 4.957:1 4.957:1
5th 4.380:1 4.034:1
6th 4.034:1 N/A
Oh, so basically Indian just removed 5th gear. I didn’t really miss it…

As for the riding experience, like I started off saying, I think I actually prefer the Sixty’s five-speed, which requires 18% less shifting. Why does a cruiser need as many speeds as a MotoGP bike? The clutch is light at the lever but feels plenty stout for hard launches. Final-drive gearing is the same for the Sixty and the big Scout, but the Sixty doesn’t feel like its first is too tall nor its top gear too short: 80 mph in top has the tachometer reading 4200 rpm, just past halfway to redline.

At that speed the bike runs really smoothly with just a hint of V-Twin rumble coming through the grips and pegs; in fact it runs really smooth everywhere, including at idle. It does start to vibrate past about an indicated 95 mph, which matters barely at all since you’ll never go that fast. Much. The Sixty has plenty of power to easily push the speedo well past 100 mph, but I ran out of road past about 105 indicated.

Simple yet comprehensive, you can scroll through the tach, odo, tripmeter, and engine temp with one button on the left bar. Do we really need the ® on the speedo? Really?

Simple yet comprehensive, you can scroll through the tach, odo, tripmeter, and engine temp with one button on the left bar. Do we really need the ® on the speedo? Really?

It’ll also burble around town dropping as low as about 40 mph and 2000 rpm in fifth before you need to drop it down a gear. It uses the same 60mm throttle body as the bigger Scout. There’s sometimes the slightest hesitation when rolling back into the gas from trailing throttle, but not enough to complain about unless it’s your job to complain. Everywhere else, fuelling seems perfectly fine, and never a pop or backfire on decel either. All very civilized, yet at the same time the Sixty feels pretty spunky when you give it a big handfull. In fact, it doesn’t seem that much slower than the big Scout to me, probably because like with all smaller bikes, you work it harder, don’t you? Maybe the cruiser guys don’t like that. But I do.

The ride itself is indistinguishable from the big Scout, which makes sense since we’re told they have the exact same specs and suspension. It’s all gravy on smooth pavement and over small bumps, but big ones connect with your tailbone to remind you it’s those rear shocks where Indian economized. By cruiser standards, not so bad really; it’s the nature of the forward-footpegs beast. There’s supposed to be three inches of rear-wheel travel out back, which makes perfect sense because there will be air between your butt and the seat over any bump taller than three inches. For 2016, all the Scouts’ shocks get softer top-out bumpers, which should reduce the velocity of your butt leaving the seat.

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The front end is more compliant and dialed, but that fat 16-inch front tire isn’t the most communicative or planted-feeling at speed. Again, it’s not supposed to be a MotoGP bike anyway. In fact, the thing steers light and quick enough when you ask it to, and has a reasonable amount of cornering clearance.

Both Scouts’ single 298mm front discs use a cheapie two-piston slide-type caliper not unlike the terrible one H-D put on the Street 750 (that’s been upgraded for ’16, we hear), but Indian did it right. There’s plenty of strong, progressive stopping power, especially when you use the other 298mm disc out back. (No ABS on US models; the ABS bike in Europe will sell for €11,990, which is $12,765 today.)

You don’t really need monobloc Brembo calipers if you get the hydraulics right. The Scout stops hard with a pair of 298mm discs and only three pistons between both calipers. Know the Sixty by its black wheels...

You don’t really need monobloc Brembo calipers if you get the hydraulics right. The Scout stops hard with a pair of 298mm discs and only three pistons between both calipers. Know the Sixty by its black wheels…

Comfortwise, the seat’s thick enough and I felt great after about a half day sitting on it, though we do stop a lot on press junkets to shoot pictures and eat and wait for lost people to get found and whatnot. As for me, I’d rather have the footpegs further rearward. There was a bike along for the ride outfitted with Indian’s “reduced reach” kit, but I could never find it when I wanted to ride it. Might be better, as my arms are apparently as short as my legs – which easily flat-foot the pavement on this bike. My throttle paw was tired of having to reach forward and hold on the gas by the end of the day and might’ve liked it better if it had only had to do one or the other. Also, like the bigger Scout, there’s no place for a friend on the Sixty, so you’ll be needing another $370 or so for the optional passenger seat and pegs. (Oh, look! There’s new Indian Performance Shocks by Fox in the catalog now, too, and $899 is only 10% as much as the whole motorcycle.)

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Okay, so the Sixty’s a little slower than the full-size Scout, but if it’s a real high-performance motorcycle you’re after, you’re sort of shopping in the wrong aisle anyway. By cruiser metrics, the Sixty feels perfectly fast enough to me and not that much slower than the big Scout when you’re giving it the ol’ whip – and it’ll blow its nearest competitor, the 883 Sportster, completely away in any performance contest as well as in any sophistication one. Now that we’ve had a year to digest the new Scout’s looks, I have to say I think they did a fantastic job hiding a pretty sweet, smooth-running and powerful modern motorcycle under a skin that projects classic Indian looks very nicely into the jet age. (And we need to get our hands on some of those Fox shocks (at a substantial discount)).

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2016 Indian Scout Sixty
+ Highs

  • The 5-speed trans is really no sacrifice at all
  • 999cc used to be plenty big and it still is
  • The $8,999 black cheapest one is the prettiest one
– Sighs

  • Rear suspension is still harsh on bumps 2.97 inches and taller
  • 3.3-gallon fuel capacity is not enough
  • Indian’s going to lose money on this bike (ok, probably they’re not)
2016 Indian Scout Sixty Specifications
Engine Type Liquid-cooled 60-degree V-Twin; 4V/cyl, DOHC
Engine Capacity 999 cc
Bore x Stroke 93.0mm x 73.6mm
Horsepower 78 hp (claimed)
Torque 65 ft-lb at 5800 rpm (claimed)
Compression ratio 11 : 1
Fuel System EFI, 60mm throttle-body
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 5-speed constant-mesh
Final Drive Belt
Front Suspension 41mm telescopic fork; 4.7-in travel
Rear Suspension Dual coil-over shocks; 3-in travel
Front Brake 298mm disc; 2-piston slide-type caliper
Rear Brake 298mm disc, single-piston caliper
Front Tire Kenda K673F 130/90-16
Rear Tire Kenda K673 150/80-16
Seat Height 25.3 in
Rake/Trail 29°/4.7 in
Wheelbase 61.5 in
Ground clearance 5.3 in
Dry Weight (Claimed) 542 lb
Fuel Capacity 3.3 gal
Colors Black, Red, White
MSRP $8,999 (Black), $9,299 (Red or White)

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  • DickRuble

    Take an existing motorcycle, spend some money on it to LIMIT, DISABLE, DETERIORATE an already blah performance, then sell it for LESS than the bike you started with. Brilliant microeconomics. A company that stoops to such gimmicks does not deserve a second look.

    • Old MOron

      Sure seems like they could’ve just lowered the price on the Scout.

      • Ducati Kid

        Guy,

        Let’s try this –

        1) Listen to consumer Engine related complaints and revise the smaller (1000cc) motivator affording grunt at low RPMS.

        2) The INDIAN ‘Scout’ receives hidden Rear Suspension, greater Front Fork travel and extended Front Fender. (as depicted below)

        3) Recommend variable, dealer adjustable, Foot Controls.

        • Old MOron

          Gee Kid, that’s your best one yet!
          Uh, not enough to make me buy one, but keep it up.

          • Malcolm

            Those changes look great!

      • Max Wellian

        Guess the design team needed something to do.

        • Old MOron

          Ha ha, I can just see the end-of-year review:

          * Key contributor to Scout-60 development team, effecting rapid development on new model.

          * Leveraged technology from existing Scout model, acclaimed as MOTY by a handful of idealist MOrons, to pave inroads into new market segment.

          * Exceeded competitor’s target model in every objective performance measure while virtually matching competitor’s price.

          * Proactively deployed media operative (code name Simon Evans http://www.motorcycle.com/features/whatever-sales-and-marketing.html#comment-2368557344 ) to produce enthusiastic reception in moto press.

          * etc.

      • TheMarvelous1310 .

        They did lower the price.
        And the displacement.
        And the gear count, as well .

        • Old MOron

          “But the most important number attached to the Scout Sixty is its price tag; it can’t be very much less expensive to build than the original Scout, seeing as they’re almost identical, but Indian wants nearly 20% less dollars for the Sixty”

          Even a MOron should know that he’s overpaying for the Scout.

          • john burns

            Y’know, I was reading a review from an English publication. Over There, this bike will sell for 8,999 pounds. Today that’s $13,608.29. This bike is a loss leader for Indian I’m thinking.

          • Old MOron

            Well, it’s more fun to rant about the Scout being overpriced, But you and others have pointed out that a loss leader strategy seems to work for Harley. I would hate to see Indian become a brand rather than a motorcycle.

          • pcontiman

            I understand your point but the bikes seem to be so well built (like the current Victory’s) that I don’t see that happening. Love my Harley’s but I’ve heard too many horror stories of Big Twins shelling out with less than 50k on the motor. That is what a Brand does, not what a Motorcycle Company does.

          • TheMarvelous1310 .

            Everything is overpriced. Including whatever device you type your replies on, the house you live in and even the food you eat, nothing in the world is sold at cost. The fact that you still buy things is proof that value is relative.

            Personally, I think this is way less overpriced than the Street 750, or even the Iron 883, and if I were shorter I’d buy one of those. It’s definitely a good price for it’s class, all things considered.

          • Old MOron

            “…value is relative.” Okay, I accept that proposition. Now, doesn’t the Scout’s price seem relatively high in light of the Scout-60?

          • TheMarvelous1310 .

            Well… Yeah, but I personally think it’s worth it, because it raises the bar for its class. It’s still cheaper than most of the other cruisers it can be compared, to so I think they should just eat while it’s hot, then drop off a few bucks when the other guys catch up.

    • TheMarvelous1310 .

      Dick, you’ve got to troll harder next time!

      This so-so motorcycle beat literally every bike in its class(none), then literally every bike that any publication could throw at it(try to find one comparison test the Scout lost. Don’t worry, I’ll wait!), and the only changes they’ve made were to downsize the powertrain-which, by the way, is what every single autobuilder does with their cars(Bentley Continental GT W12 first, Continental GT V8 next. Mustang GT 5.0 first, Mustang EcoBoost next. Dodge Charger R/T Hemi first, V6 Charger later. I could easily go on…), and even some bike builders you might like such as BMW or KTM or some other acronym that races MotoGP.

      So, yeah, shut it Dick.

      • DickRuble

        Hey, go buy yourself an Indian Sixty. Don’t forget to post a picture so we know you put your money where your mouth is..

        • john burns

          not to mention MO’s Motorcycle of the Year. Then there’s the fact Indian’s main target here has been selling an expensive 1200 and a loss-leader 883 Sportster for decades…

          • DickRuble

            Does that make it sound strategy, decades later?

          • john burns

            Beats me. But it’s not like they’re doing something wildly unprecedented. And H-D still sells half of the big motorcycles in the US.

          • Kevin Duke

            And five of the best-selling bikes in the world, according to Claudio Domenicali (see my EICMA report), including both the 883 and the 1200. You may not agree with H-D’s strategy, but you can’t argue that it’s a failure.

          • Kenneth

            Judging by the sales of the Harley Sportster, wouldn’t the answer be – yes?

          • DickRuble

            Do you have the breakdown Sportster 1200 vs Sportster 883 in sales? Some timeline of how that’s evolved over the past 20 years?

          • Ser Samsquamsh

            You and your cat should offer a brand management and production seminar to those clueless HD people. I’m sure they could take time off from rolling around in money.

  • DickRuble

    The riding position is positively ridiculous; a leather clad turkey on a vertical spit roast.

    • john burns

      tough day, Dick?

      • DickRuble

        The leather is nice…

        • Ducati Kid

          Guys,

          Dicks right!

          Time for ergonomic changes – Standard!

          • john burns

            O i thought you were barking out a command like Eyes Right, that I’d never heard before. There’s both a reduced reach and an extended reach kit for the Scout I believe.

          • JWaller

            “O i thought you were barking out a command like Eyes Right, that I’d never heard before.”

            You made coffee come out my nose!

            Happy Turkey Day

          • azi

            In the bicycle world an entire ergonomic design and marketing industry is devoted to keeping dicks right – type ‘prostate and cycling’ into your favourite search engine

        • http://www.motou.info Gabe Ets-Hokin

          Vanson! The nicest.

  • Jaime Berrones

    i would buy this bike over the 883 every day, i dont like ride harleys because they belong to another age in terms of technology, i think Indian is doing well going other direction and avoiding to build HD clones

  • http://www.motou.info Gabe Ets-Hokin

    You are an exceedingly clever writer, John Burns. You should consider a career in journalism.

    • Alexander Pityuk

      He might even be paid for that.

    • john burns

      why do I feel like you want to hit me up for something lately? What is it??

      • http://www.motou.info Gabe Ets-Hokin

        Keys to the Jagrolet.

        I don’t want to drive the car, I just want the keys.

        • john burns

          could be here somewhere, the car’s been gone for years…

  • ryde4ever

    Nice bike. Glad to see Indian put it a model to compete directly with the 883 and Yamana Bolt price wise. The 60 looks to be a better all around bike than the other two. However I take exception to the removal of a gear. Every time I have owned that had only five gears left me looking for 6th. I don’t care if the final drive is the same, I like to shift gears. Just my preference. Keep going Indian. You are doing a great job!

    • Kenneth

      “I don’t care if the final drive is the same, I like to shift gears. Just my preference.”
      — Now that’s a new one on me. Indian simply removed 5th gear. I like to shift gears, too, to stay in the meat of the power band, but to shift more than what’s actually needed? Hmmm.

  • Robert Kwolek

    With the huge price difference between this and the original, seems like better quality rear shocks should be standard on the original.

  • JMDonald

    Well written this article is. The payoff is in the comments section. I haven’t been this entertained for what seems like years. Only a cruiser thread can generate this kind of response. This is a cruiser isn’t it? God love all of you.

  • Steve C

    When do we get the flat track version? Now those are really nice looking and your not sitting on the ground and your feet are under you.

  • Craig Hoffman

    Sure, on the spec sheet, the 60 is less bike. But in reality, smaller pistons are lighter and can be smoother, and the 5 speed is fine. The riding experience, despite the spec sheet deficit, is not deteriorated at all, JB prefers the 60.

    This is a fine illustration that we do not ride spec sheets, we ride motorcycles. The 60 sounds like a helluva value!

    • DickRuble

      If you’re right, Indian just signed the death warrant for the 1200.

      • Old MOron

        I wonder if any MOronic editors would be interested in a comparo: Indian’s Scout versus the Scout-60. This is not unprecedented here at MO. T-rod has stated that stepping up from the Street Triple to the Street Triple R “seems almost a no-brainer”. http://www.motorcycle.com/manufacturer/triumph/2013-triumph-street-triple-r-review-91458.html

        How about it, Duke? Give us some comparative insight into WTF Indian is doing.

        • Kevin Duke

          That’s a story totally in line with MO. I endorse it. No offense to Tom, but he wasn’t the first: http://www.motorcycle.com/manufacturer/best-of-2009-motorcycles-of-the-year-88656.html :)

          • Old MOron

            “Lofting the front wheel is a snap.”
            Even without the by line, we know who wrote this one up, eh? :-)

          • Old MOron

            PS: If I may continue something that Evans (unwittingly) started:
            Okay, maybe T-rod wasn’t the first, but he has such camera presence!

    • pcontiman

      As someone above said, we ride Motorcycles, not stat sheets. Been riding a 1200 for 10yrs (yes, I’m cheap) and can say without hesitation that the riding experience makes it anything but a “no brainer” between the Scout and the Sportster. If you want a light feeling, low, smooth ride get the Scout. If you want the V-twin fork shakin’, low end grunt, make some noise ride…get the 1200 Sporty.

      • Craig Hoffman

        I was thinking more along the lines of the 883, as the MSRP for the Scout 60 and the 883 are comparable. The full size Scout is more price comparable to the 1200, and the choice there would seem to be not so much of a “no brainer” as you point out.

        • Gary Latesa

          Their both no brainers. The 883 and 60 scout are just more of a miss match, I didn’t think that was quite possible. As the 1133 Scout fully dispatches a 1200 Sportster in all measurable categories, with the exception of fuel range. I’ll live with that

          • Infadel Macgee

            Until someone puts a 88 inch set of barrels on the sporty , then it’s all over

          • TalonMech

            Then it’s no longer a 1200, or a fair fight. Stock bike to stock bike the Indian embarrasses the Harley. And when people actually compare bikes instead of buying a name brand, they will most likely go with an Indian. Or a Japanese brand for that matter.

          • Infadel Macgee

            True but the potential is there where it isn’t with the Indian

    • john burns

      I said i prefer the 5-speed. I’d rather have the bigger motor but it’s not a big deal.

  • ChainsawCharlie

    If I would be in market for cruiser this would be it.

  • John

    I have literally no issues about this bike EXCEPT for the size of the tank. If the only real difference in the bike is the engine size why change the tank? its not line its going to be miraculously more efficient. I would rather pay the extra 2K for the power and range.

  • pcontiman

    Good article as always. That said, my seat of the pants dyno is more in line with your recorded stats for the original scout than the posted #’s, no way that bike was putting 100 horses to the street. Still a good bike and leads to my only criticism of the Sixty…why make it smaller ? (Just as I don’t know why HD makes a bike just as heavy as the 1200 and underpowers it with the 883) If you want to take over the entry level cruiser market, drop the price on the original Scout and clear out the Sporty market. I rode the orig Scout when it debuted and it wasn’t enough to make me sell my 1200R but if I had been without a bike and shopping I likely would have went with the Scout. (It’s physically a little small though) They have every opportunity to own that market & price does matter.

    • john burns

      dropping the price significantly on the same bike in the 2nd year of production isn’t going to make you very popular with people who paid full price for the original is it? The same people who are probably your best customers.

      • pcontiman

        I may have to quit thinking like a motorcyclist and start thinking like a businessman…nah……I suspect you are right about that though.

      • Gary Latesa

        A smarter move would be to bump the power and cc on the larger Scout to make more of a difference. Victory is already coming out with a 1200 version.

  • Pastor Dave

    Having not ride one yet but looking at them I think this is a great thing for Indian. Seems cruzzers are mostly compared to HD but I recently bought a Honda 750 Shadow Phantom which I love and is a great bike but the 60 is only $1500 more than the Phantom and after all the upgrades to get more power it puts it less than $1000 more for 250cc’s more and if you get black a very similar looking bike that wouldn’t need anything but a windshield and bags for me. Gets me thinking for the future!

  • Scott

    Well, I’m pretty much out of the cruiser market unless I get a touring bike in my old age, but having owned both 5 and 6 speed ones…I’ll never own another 5 speed. Seems like the only comment I ever got from other 5 speed owners was…wish mine was 6 speed..

    • Kenneth

      If they wish they had a 6-speed, it’s usually because they’re wishing they had an overdrive (or simply lower-numerical) 6th gear. This Scout has had only the original 5th gear removed, substituting the standard 6th ratio as the “new” 5th gear.

      • KLRJUNE .

        I have two bikes, a 5 and a 6 speed. I wish the 6 speed was a five and the 5 was a 6.

  • Scott

    I’m kinda cynical, but this makes me wonder if there isn’t a problem with the 1200 motor we’re going to learn about eventually… I think I’ve heard it’s kinda warm on the legs, but I can’t see them confusing the market this much for a fairly common issue like that. Maybe the heat is worse than we know. Hmm… Or maybe they want to move the scout off that motor since the 156 is going to have one based on it and they want to go upscale there. Or maybe the big scout itself will go more upscale–they are kinda cheapo build compared to HD. Doesn’t make sense to have 2 of these for long, though, so close in price…sportster analogy notwithstanding, IMHO. At any rate, if I had wanted one before there would be enough questions in my mind that I’d have to step back and let this play out now.

  • Bmwclay

    I am buying the ’60’ then removing the ‘sleeves’ and then I’ll have the original! Save 3000.00.
    Pretty smart, huh?

  • Douglas

    Well, this is probably a decent bike, but I think it’s uglier than a mud turtle.

  • frankfan42

    Rationally there is little justification for the extra 2k price delta for the more expensive Scout. But we all know riders tend to use emotive metrics to impact their decisions more than most. Otherwise why include a speedometer that reads to 200 when the bike barely cracks the “Ton?”
    Kudos to John for his great review that goes far beyond the oft used “It’s new and improved” to show us the depth of the changes and how they impact the wallet more than the riding experience. Kudos as well to Indian for taking it to Harley and giving them a damn good run for the money- even Harley heads respect Indian these days.
    Spend your money as you see fit, may you always keep the rubber side down!

    • Andre Capitao Melo

      It seems that you can change from mph to kph, so the graph have to show the maximum based on kph.

      • frankfan42

        Thanks I did not know that one could do that

  • vindog

    Buying a “used” bike is easy. It’s a lot like watching re-runs of a TV show. No big commitments during prime-time… But, buying a “new” bike is a prime-time commitment requiring more comparisons and more in depth decision making.

    When shopping cars one might visit several different dealerships before making a decision and it’s usually the one that pulls away from the rest that is worth the haggling…

    Harley’s Sportster line-up features different styled motorcycles. The 883 Iron has little in common with the 1200 Custom. Same as the Super-Low, etc… They all live under the Sportster moniker, but they are different bikes at different price points.

    What it appears Indian has done with the addition of their “60” is take their Scout and create an mirror version of it, removing certain features for the sake of cost. No one purchasing a new bike wants to feel like they lack funds or went bargain hunting. To me, buying a “60” would come with that sort of label.

    If the “60” had different styling or purpose, I could shop both bikes at the same dealership, but I think it’s going to confuse buyers and make them have to think more about it. And we know dealerships want buyers to do less thinking and partake in knee-jerk buying…

    The Scout and the “60” appear more like big brother-little brother (mini-me) and in the world of motorcycle design that’s just a cheap trick-

  • Peter c

    I had the Yamaha XVS650 and that bike was crying out for a 6th gear on the highway and some reviewers have commented the larger Yamaha need that 6th gear to. I suppose if you wish for a cruiser like the big Scout to only have 5 gears just don’t use the 6th gear.