Indian has had quite a run in the years since it restarted production under the Polaris banner. In that short time, Indian has racked up two MO Best Cruiser awards (2014 Indian Chief and 2015 Indian Scout), Readers’ Choice Best Cruiser 2015 (2015 Indian Chief), Readers’ Choice Motorcycle of the Year 2015 (2015 Indian Chief), and Motorcycle of the Year 2015 (Indian Scout). That’s quite a roll. So, what has Indian decided to do next? Downsize.

2015 Indian Scout First Ride Review

And that sounds like a good thing.

Indian Scout Sixty

The Scout Sixty retains the relaxed riding position and sporty chassis of its sibling.

By partially downsizing the popular, existing Scout and engineering it’s premium fit and finish, comfortable riding position, and amiable character into a slightly smaller displacement, lower priced motorcycle, Indian might just capture some of those fence-sitters on the cusp of buying a cruiser that they missed with the original Scout. Thanks to a raft of similarities and just a few differences, the 2016 Indian Scout Sixty looks like an interesting plan.

Indian Scout Sixty

On the outside, the engine has the same appearance, but it now displaces sixty cubic inches and has a 5-speed transmission.

Indian Scout Sixty

The new cylinders are fed by the same 60mm throttle body that gave the Scout its near-flawless throttle response.

For starters, two things are different from the Sixty’s big brother: The displacement and the MSRP. The Sixty gets its name from the 60 cubic inches it displaces. (That’s 999cc for the metrically inclined.) The engine now utilizes a 93 mm x 73.6 mm bore and stroke for its motivating force and sends it out through a new 5-speed transmission – which we hope will be as slick-shifting as its progenitor’s six cogs. While the EFI programing, compression ratio (11:1), and other expected things like valve timing will be different, the Sixty sports essentially the same engine from its liquid-cooling to its DOHC-activated four valves per cylinder to its 60 mm throttle bore. This decrease in displacement may even address the concerns of riders who felt the Scout’s 1133cc displacement was too much for novice riders despite the very benign initial power delivery.

The rest of the Sixty’s features can best be summed up by Indian’s press release, which says the “Scout Sixty model carries over the highly complimented chassis, suspension and braking components from the Scout.” So, based on experience, we expect to wish for more rear suspension travel and wider angle steering lock. We should be happy with its braking power but will still puzzle over the lack of ABS as an option in the US. Perhaps the smaller engine will limit the heat we felt from the rear cylinder will be lessened. However, if the Sixty is identical to its big brother, the sum of its parts will be a formidable combination in its displacement class.

Indian Scout Sixty

The Scout Sixty will come in three color options: Thunder Black, Indian Motorcycle Red, and Pearl White.

When it comes to styling and build quality, the we’ve typically found very few quibbles with Indian products. The fit and finish of the Scout put it at the premium end of its class while still undercutting six competitive models in our Bout with the Scout Shootout in price – some by thousands of dollars. The Sixty’s MSRP of $8,999 for the Thunder Black model, a $2,000 drop from the Scout, appears to be quite a value for the quality of workmanship typically delivered by the Scout. The extra cost colors, Indian Motorcycle Red and Pearl White, raise the cost to $9,299, while still maintaining the $2,000 price drop from the previous Scout.

Shootout At The MO Corral: A Bout With The Scout + Video

By keeping the differences between the Scout and the Scout Sixty minimal, Indian appears to be counting on the economies of scale and simplicity of manufacturing just one set of components for the Scout line to keep the value to cost ratio high. Because of our fondness of both the Scout’s engine and the motorcycle as a whole, the Scout Sixty is one cruiser we’re looking forward to testing as soon as it is available. Stay tuned.

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  • steve907

    If you’re going to write articles for public posting, please learn the difference between it’s and its.

  • Mark Trimmer

    Price increases?

  • Cody

    There is zero mention in here about the new R1200RT, of which we’ve all seen the “spy shots.”

    • denchung

      The only 2014 models BMW has announced are the ones receiving minor changes. Models receiving more significant updates are usually reserved for the fall motorcycle shows like EICMA. In other words, if you don’t see a BMW model listed here …

      • Cody

        Good call. Probably should have mentioned that in this article.

  • Alexander Pityuk

    The engine is only 134 cc down. And there is 1 fewer gear in the box. Where did $2K price reduction come from?

    • Auphliam

      Apparently that sixth cog is an expensive little bugger LOL

    • Craig Hoffman

      My guess is this is a narrow margin loss leader bike intended to get people into the Indian fold. The loss of 6th gear would seem more of a concern that the slight loss in displacement. It will be interesting to see how it does.

      • Montana dave

        Your right,Craig. It will pull in potential Sportster and Japanese cruiser buyers. They will hopefully step up later to bigger,more expensive models in the future. Always chuckle when companies charge $300 for another color. Never realized that paint & a 6th gear were that expensive.

      • Rob Alexander

        Exactly… it gives them something to compete against the 883 and Bolt – the original Scout (69) was just too expensive for people considering those bikes. This is probably not much, if any, cheaper to build than the 69 – there’s a little less chrome, no leather seat and one less gear, but mostly IMO these are “intentional downgrades” to make sure it’s enough of a jump from 60 to 69 models so people who have it can justify spending the extra 2K.

  • John

    I know the article says that it uses the same chassis but I wonder if just by sitting on it you can see and feel the difference in the bikes other than by just looking at the engine. Size wise anyway

    • Auphliam

      Supposedly everything is exactly the same. Engine, chassis…everything. Only thing different is the smaller bore.

  • Auphliam

    There doesn’t even appear to be any ’60’ specific badging, and aside from the pearl white, the colors are the same. So, how are you supposed to tell these from the 1100s? Or, are the bigger ones going away?

  • Ducati Kid

    INDIAN devotees,

    Wonder if it’s smaller displacement (1000cc) permitted Medina engineers to inject low RPM grunt it’s bigger brother lacks only requiring five (5) speeds?

    We shall see …

    Revised …

  • RandleMcMurphy

    Give ’em credit, Indian is giving people what they want. If I were in the market for a 883 I’d definitely look at the Sixty. It HAS to have a more comfortable ride than the HD. The 883’s are brutal on your back. This is a nice bike at a nice price by the looks of it.

  • Douglas

    Probably a good bike, but the styling……meh.

  • Peter c

    Indian lost the plot on this one. The jewel in the crown for the Scout was the 100hp engine. Take that out of play along with down grading the gearbox from a 6 to 5 speed and all of a sudden it’s just another under done over priced cruiser that no one really cares about. Harley Davidson must be happy about this one.

    • TheMarvelous1310 .

      They’re not.

      Before this, buyers looking for an American cruiser under 10 grand had no choice but a Harley-Davidson. Now, they can choose something with a stiffer chassis, an engine with a much broader powerband, and a cleaner more modern aesthetic.

      Believe me, The Motor Company is definitely not happy about it. They’ll survive, but The First Company’s taking a good sip of their milkshake-and probably a huge sip of the metric cruiser makers’ as well-with this one.

  • Peter c

    Here in Australia bikes are dearer then the US. The Scout 60 cost $18k and the 1130cc Scout is $20k. When you are around these sort of prices is it worth the extra for the bigger motor and extra gear? Will you make up that $ difference around trade in time? Currently the base model 2015 Harley 883cc is being sold at $13k. I appreciate the new Scout 60 is a better bike then the 883cc Harley but such a substantial price difference will do little to win over many from the Harley camp.