If you mentioned water-cooled to a Harley old-timer like me, you were speaking fighting words – or so I thought, until I rode the V-Rod. I became a convert the minute I rode my 2003 Anniversary Model. While everything felt different, I was captivated by the smooth ride, clutch action, shifting pattern and ease of handling.
It has a sound like a Harley, but still different enough to interest me. The chug, chug was basically gone because of the incredible RPM capability and I had a tendency to lug her down until I got used to Porsche-designed power plant, hydraulic clutch and transmission.
While I did endure some snide remarks from bagger riders, payback was sweet when we all stopped at traffic lights in Phoenix during the summer. While all the air-cooled bike motors were pinging and trying to jump out of their cradles, my V-Rod was purring like a kitten. I was unable to see all the black smoke billowing out of the bagger bikes from loading up while idling in the heat because I was already at the next light waiting for them.
Enter the Indian Scout – what a pleasant surprise.
I love the new Indians to begin with and the new water-cooled Scout is the icing on the cake. I have not had the pleasure of riding any of the line-up, so I am unable to have anything but a visual opinion. I am here to tell you the vision is sublime.
Polaris has the reputation of building great off-road products along with Victory motorcycles, which are air-cooled. I have owned their quads and they are top-of-the line products. While I do not care for the Victory motorcycle design much, I am sure it is because they were targeting much younger riders.
Some are comparing the Scout to the Harley Sportster.
While I know from experience that the 1200 Sporty is a screaming machine, I doubt there will be any comparison to the Indian Scout’s water-cooled 100 H.P. engines and smoothness of the ride. My V-Rod is rated at 115 H.P., but I bet the Scout may give it a run for the money. The suspense is killing me – I just have to test ride one soon!
I’m just saying,