Beginning of 2019 The Bigtwin Magazine and Indian Motorcycle Benelux announced that they were gonna give away a brand spanking new Indian Scout bobber 2019. All needed to be done was to create a custom design for that bike. So what did I do, exactly that. But along the process I kinda got over exited and away from designing just one, this turned into creating a family of custom scouts all with their own identity and fitting custom design fitting for the Indian heritage with the Scout in mind. (top down)
1: Beach-tracker, a part of Indians drag racing history competing with the Harley WR in the 50’s
2: Vintage flattank Indian Red, a cruiser bike that is a mix between the first scout rounded gastank and the very early first flattank Indians.
3: Board-tracker Indian, a reference to the time of the infamous Wrecking Crew in Indians early days.
4: Indian classic Blue, A reverence to the pre and post war Indian Chief models (which funny enough had a 1200cc engine)
5: Flattank Indian black, same as the red one but in black, Richard Christoph, head designer at Indian, wanted to see this color scheme (and is his favorite of 4 designs)
Starting of with 1 thing that all design have in common, designing it to production. Customizing with bolt on in mind, not having to alternate original parts. Eighter reusing that part or creating a brand new one. For example some of the bike designs have a swaped out rear frame, since the original frame from the scout is a 3 piece, this creates a lot of freedom for designing. In other design this is also done with the middel end front section.
Videling with the design lines I took a bold move of asking the head designer at Indian: Richard Christoph, who designed the latest Indian production bike the FTR 1200. And to my surprice I got feedback on my questions, his honest opinion and a few tips that I put to good use. Eventualy going from 2 designs to 4/5 (number 5 being a FTR design not shown in this project) After presenting Richard with my final 4 design he returned with the reaction: “Yeah man, works, do you know what you just did?” I said: “"what?” Richard: “it’s a family, and now the easy part, build it!”
So next I submitted all 5 designs, and got a reaction back from the judges regarding questions they had on how I was gonna overcome some of the design challenges I would encounter with the bike. Since all is CAN-bus the ABS would have to stay, it’s water cooled and fuel injected? so I came up with 3 ideas to overcome these problems:
A: Having some experience with CAN-bus replacing the entire wire (when something need to be relocated) so no resistance changes would be present as it would be with soldering something and screwing up the ECU and not having a running bike anymore. This would only be realy painstaking and a tedious job. so next..
B: Unplugging the ECU, usinging it as a coaster and redoing every wire to wire up a MAXXecu Mini, A universal fully programmable ECU in combination with a M-unit. This would take care of the complete CAN-bus wiring not having to think about that anymore and fixing all the problems and getting full controll over whatever I wanted to do with electrical components. However such a ECU is may be a bit of a expense there is a 3rd option that is not cheaper but way more fun!
C: Using the Altmann P1 Universal ignition box converting the bike from injection to a 2019 Carburated Indian Scout. This ignition box is specific design to do such a thing. enginering a trigger plate setting up a sensor, printing a Manifold and slamming on a S&S or Mikuni Carb! this with a M-unit taking control of the rest of all the funtions, this idea would result in the cleanes option for the wiring and problably the most fun as well, but pretty expencive.
Now all that can be done is wait what the judges have to say and see if one of these designes will be made reality? Peronaly, I like the Beach tracker the best.