IndianxWorkhorse Scout Bobber Is Ready To Race

Randy Mamola will pilot the modified Scout racer in the Sultans of Sprint.

Indian decided to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Scout by commissioning a Bobber-based sprint racer called “Appaloosa.”Operation Panda

How do you celebrate a century? If you're Indian Motorcycle, you pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Scout by commissioning a purpose-built Scout-based sprint racer, modified by Belgium shop Workhorse Speedshop. The brand even got ex-GP racer Randy Mamola to help in the festivities; he'll pilot it in the Sultans of Sprint race series over in Europe. It's looking like a pretty cool birthday party.

Indian tasked Belgium-based Workhorse Speedshop to create a sprint bike out of a stock 2018 Scout Bobber model, but it didn’t happen overnight. Hand-crafted aluminum bodywork takes time.Operation Panda

The Scout model name has been affiliated with the Indian brand since 1920, and a big-number anniversary like the 100th needs to be acknowledged. To Indian's credit, it has chosen to do so in a pretty unique and gearhead-approved manner: By partnering with a custom shop to build a modified bike, and then racing it. The modified Scout Bobber named "Appaloosa" made its first public appearance at The Reunion in Monza last week at the first round of the Sultans of Sprint series.

With its massive aluminum fairing, Appaloosa is specifically built to be a sprint bike, tailor-made to compete in the Sultans of Sprint race series—which, to be fair, is not a straight drag race. The wacky European event is an adrenaline-fueled meeting of creativity and horsepower that rewards horsepower as much as it does style.

Grand Prix legend Randy Mamola, who'll campaign the Workhorse Speedshop racer, is down for the challenge. He says, “I’ve always been a big fan of Indian Motorcycle and I’m really looking forward to racing this amazing creation. It’s great to be part of this project, especially during the Scout’s 100th anniversary. With the Sultans of Sprint being such a unique series, it’s going to be a lot of fun soaking up the atmosphere.”

Randy Mamola
Grand Prix legend Randy Mamola’s the guy who’ll pilot #19 down the track wearing custom leathers created by Alpinestars.Dutchground Media

It's an all-hands-on-deck affair, and Randy will be outfitted in a custom race suit crafted by Alpinestars, which riffs on the racing suits worn by the current Indian Wrecking Crew flat-track teams. The bike will be run in the Factory class with race number #19 to celebrate 1919, the year the original Indian Scout was first revealed. Bikes in the Factory class have to be four-stroke (air- or water-cooled) with no limit regarding engine capacity providing the tuned bike does not exceed a power-to-weight ratio limit of 0.65 bhp/kg.

What started as a 2018 Indian Scout Bobber was completely stripped and rebuilt by Brice Hennebert of Workhorse Speedshop. Hennebert cut and narrowed the original fuel tank which acts as a cover for a new aluminum fuel cell holding just 2.5 liters. He then worked on reconfiguring the riding position to be more amenable for quick starts. A new subframe provides better support for the pilot under hard acceleration while lower clip-on handlebars and drag-style foot controls cant the rider forward to keep weight over the front wheel.

aerodynamic fairing
Workhorse’s race modifications included that massive aerodynamic fairing, Öhlins fork and rear shocks, and an extended swingarm.Operation Panda

Traction is the name of the game here, so to make things extra sticky for Appaloosa when the flag drops, Brice designed and welded an extended aluminum swingarm that’s paired with fully adjustable suspension STX piggyback shocks from Öhlins. Öhlins also chipped in with a Retro 43 fork and a steering damper to work on grip and stability for optimal performance.

With a complete rolling chassis and a rough outline of the aerodynamic fairing, Hennebert then enlisted exhaust specialists Akrapovič, which created a custom titanium exhaust system for maximum power. Incredibly, the Scout's engine power has been increased to 130 hp without making any internal modifications—though it does get a lot of help from the nitrous oxide injection system, racing ECU, direct intake, and a Power Commander. Getting all that power to the tarmac is a chain drive (rather than the stocker’s belt) and a quickshifter to ensure quick and precise gear changes; Beringer Brakes supplied the complete 4D Aerotek braking system to haul the sprinter down from speed. The 4D system features two 230mm discs per caliper for increased power over standard single discs. Beringer also supplied the handlebar controls and buttons, and helped CNC-machine many of the parts designed by Hennebert.

No, 130 hp doesn’t come easy, and Appaloosa was the result of hundreds of hours of collaboration and creativity between several project partners (as well as a helping of nitrous oxide).Dutchground Media

None of this came quickly or easily, with more than 700 hours of design and fabrication by Workhorse and project partners Akrapovič, Beringer Brakes, Motorex, and Öhlins. Even the cooling system was simplified for weight reduction and a cleaner look, using hoses supplied by Vibrant Performance.

Appaloosa will be competing in the remaining two races of the Sultans of Sprint 2019 Championship, at the Café Racer Festival in France this June, as well as Glemseck in Germany this August.Operation Panda

As for the name Appaloosa, Hennebert explains, “I wanted a name that could link Workhorse, Indian Motorcycle, and speed. As soon as I discovered that the American horse breed Appaloosa was one of the world’s fastest horses, I knew I had the name for an American sprint bike. After putting so much into this build, I’m excited to see the reaction to it and I can’t wait to see Randy blast it down the racetrack.”

It sounds like the perfect way to celebrate 100 years.