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Project Scout: Build a Legend -winners announced!

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, is proud to announce the winners of its inaugural ‘Project Scout: Build a Legend’ custom program.

The program kicked off on November 30 and was open to Indian Motorcycle dealers around the world, giving their teams a global stage from which to showcase their design and customization talent.

With minimal rules, dealers were free to customise a 2016 Indian Scout using any theme, style or budget they chose, as long as it incorporated at least three genuine Indian Scout accessories from the current catalogue of more than 200 items.
On February 20 the top three finalists were announced and each finalist was given an all-expense-paid trip to the 75th annual Daytona Bike Week for themselves plus a guest.

Of the competition, Reid Wilson, Indian Motorcycle’s Marketing Director said:
“Passionate motorcycling enthusiasts have been drawn to the Indian Scout as the ideal platform for customising for over 100 years because its powertrain, chassis and lines are nearly perfect right off the assembly line. In fact, the historic 1920 Indian Scout that broke the under-1000cc land-speed record in 1967 at the Bonneville Salt Flats as famously portrayed in the motion picture ‘The World’s Fastest Indian’ was among the earliest custom Scouts. We salute the winners of the inaugural ‘Project Scout: Build a Legend’ program, recognising that these beautiful custom Indian Scouts are now a part of the rich history and heritage of Indian Motorcycle.”

The Finalists:

Bike name: ‘The Rebel’
Dealership: Indian Motorcycle Winnipeg, Headingley, Manitoba

Build Description:
During the build lots of staff helped contribute ideas, man power and even to acquire parts. Jeff Altenburg was lead technician who dis-assembled the entire bike in order to have the frame sent out for powder coating. He also re-assembled and installed all custom parts and accessories on the bike plus a custom double LED headlight conversion set-up.

During the teardown, I myself was busy painting the flat rustic oxide across all the fenders, tank and trim pieces. First starting with a base coat of a color matched primer red. Then layering with an AutoAir wicked oxide red followed by AutoAir transparent root beer to give all the edges and contours a darker color giving depth. The AutoAir wicked gold for the Indian script and a few trim pieces to finish the paint off. To give the bike an older look I added a urethane flattening agent to the clear coat to achieve an ultra flat finish.
The exhaust was hand fabricated starting from the header mounts back. I wanted to keep similar lines as the stock exhaust but make it a loud, true dual exhaust with shorten pipes with a classy yet aggressive side slash cut stainless tips. To keep with the theme we wrapped the pipes in 1” black header wrap.

Bike name: ‘Fusion’
Dealership: Indian Motorcycle Charlotte, Lowell, North Carolina

Build Description:
Fusion – The best of yesterday and today…. As passionate stewards for the Indian Brand and with a deep respect for what the brand was and is, we decided to ‘blend’ key essentials of the Indian Scout from two decades over 70 years apart. The goal was to utilize the incredible bones of the Spirit Lake machine and add memorable and recognizable elements of a bygone era. Our concept for the design is to attract a new and unique audience that appreciates the incredible performance of today’s 100 HP machine, while carefully paying tribute to the DNA of the iconic Indian Scout…

Bike name: ‘Boardtracker’
Dealership: Motos Illimitees, Terrebonne, Quebec

Build description:
This bike is a tribute to the legendary Scout who used to race on Board track. White tires mounted on 26-inch wheels gives an antique look to this historic motorcycle. Cope pipes and wood imitation seat recall the 1920 – 1927 models. We have included many names Jack Daniel’s because we wanted to commemorate their 150th anniversary and 115th anniversary of Indian Motorcycle. The footrest, number plate and handle are worked in high-quality white oak. We wanted this Scout custom to remind you good memories and encourages you to learn more about the history of the iconic brand.

You can see all the entrants here