Passing your motorcycle test has changed from the days when you were able to simply show you could ride around the block, use your brakes successfully with an emergency stop and you’d pass if you didn’t fall off. And understandably so! Riders should be well equipped to take on a variety of road situations, but it shouldn’t mean they are unable to ride the bike of their dreams.
Now, if you pass your motorcycle test but you’re aged between 19-24, then you’re restricted to ride a bike with a power output of no more than 35kW (47bhp) - but there’s no need to settle for a bike that you don’t really want and blend in with the crowd.
Did you know, you can choose from six Indian Motorcycle machines to ride on your A2 licence?
Let’s take a look at some of the choices below…
A name that goes back a century, the Indian Scout is where heritage-inspired design meets modern performance. It was right back in1920 when Indian Motorcycle released the first Indian Scout - a clean-sheet design and a bold departure from earlier model concepts. This fast, reliable, maneuverable bike enticed many people to start riding and was a runaway success - and still is to this day. Take a look at our Scout history by clicking here.
So what can you choose from? All of them…
The Scout line-up offers both classically-styled and modernly-mean designs and you’ll get a low seat height and a lightweight frame, making for an easy, confident rider at every speed. Pirelli tyres provide sure-footed grip whatever the road conditions and the cartridge fork front suspension gives a sporty feel while absorbing any bumps the road may throw at you. When it’s time to slow down you’ll have the precise power of floating rotors for improved braking performance and the confidence to use them from the anti-lock braking system (ABS).
With a 1,000cc (61 cubic inch) V-Twin engine, the Scout Sixty and Scout Bobber Sixty are each approachable and at an attainable price point while riders looking for more low-down punch can opt for the 1,133c (69 cubic inch) V-Twin in the Scout, Scout Bobber and Scout Bobber Twenty. The larger capacity models also come with a USB charging port near the speedometer, a convenient and easy access feature to charge a personal device while riding.
The distinct shape of the Scout Sixty and Scout are anchored in history, blending classic styling with modern tech for plenty of performance and comfort. Iconic elements nod to their rich heritage with classic fleet-sided mudguards and the overall lines and form language as the 1920 original. The Scout also comes from the factory with a sport seat and passenger pegs for convenient two-up riding.
Less is more from with the Scout Bobber Sixty and Scout Bobber. Slammed stance, low-rise handlebars, chopped mudguards, blacked-out and stripped-down. They’re no-frills and all attitude for the aggressive, low profile look that riders love from the Scout Bobber lineup.
In celebration of the Scout’s 100th birthday, the ‘Twenty’ in Scout Bobber Twenty pays homage to the original 1920 Scout, as do several of the bike’s unique features, including wire wheels and a floating saddle. The Scout Bobber Twenty mixes chrome and blacked-out finishes for a meaner, ‘old school’ bobber style with improved ergonomics from the 10-inch Ape Hanger Handlebars.
Making your ride unique to you is one of the joys of Indian Motorcycle ownership and the vast range of genuine accessories allows you to tailor your Scout to meet your own style and riding needs. Options range from style enhancing add-ons to the practical such as reduced and extended reach seats, handlebars and foot controls to achieve the perfect fit through to weather protection and storage solutions to turn your city cruiser into a capable long-haul tourer.
Click here to customise your motorcycle on our online configurator.
But that’s not where the choice ends…
Not a fan of cruisers - what about the FTR 1200?
The FTR 1200 is a highly innovative model inspired by Indian Motorcycle’s long history of successful flat track racing and takes styling cues from the championship-winning FTR750 race bike. The result is a truly unique American motorcycle - there’s nothing else quite like it. So, if you’re looking for something totally different to stand out from the crowd, the FTR 1200 is the bike for you and as Indian Motorcycle’s most-customisable platform to date, with an almost endless combination of stylish and practical options from over 40 accessories, modifying the overall look and feel based on your unique taste and style has never been easier.
Experience an exhilarating riding experience from the progressive, predictable power delivery and flexible low-end punch of the liquid-cooled 1,203cc V-Twin allied to a perfect balance of comfort, control and agility. Riding the FTR 1200 from the ProTaper flat tracker handlebars, a commanding, upright riding position means you get precise cornering and manoeuvrability whether you're commuting, slicing through the city, or escaping to the countryside.
Built around a trellis frame with long-travel inverted front suspension, the fuel tank is strategically located under the seat for a lower centre of gravity centralising weight distribution for greater agility and slow speed stability. The rubber meets the road through Dunlop DT3R tyres with a flat track-inspired tread and impressive, confidence-inspiring stopping power is delivered from the radially mounted dual Brembo ABS brakes for exceptional control.
Not only that but for even more rider comfort, the FTR 1200 comes as standard with cruise control and a USB port to charge your phone or other devices while on the move.
Grab life by the handlebars. The FTR 1200 will make every hour in the saddle worth making time for.
There’s a full range of accessories available too - whether you’re a fan of carbon fibre or want to spec out your bike for a weekend away, there’s plenty to choose from!
Check out the full range on www.indianmotorcycle.co.uk and show us your ride on our social media channels by joining in the conversation on Facebook and Instagram.