Indian Motorcycle recently unveiled their fully custom Black Bullet Scout which was made with the sole purpose of hitting the Bonneville Salt Flats. It was designed by Jeb Scolman, the man who built the famed Spirit of Munro in 2014 to celebrate the launch of Indianās Thunder Stroke 111 engine. He was handed a 1200cc Indian Scout engine and given full creative freedom to build the rest of the bike. Drawing inspiration from the 50s and 60s, he designed a bike that silhouettes the motorcycles that took to breaking land speed records and drag racing.
With the post-war race cars using aeroplane drop tanks as bodies, the motorcycles received nose cones for better aerodynamics. Similarly, the Black Bullet Scout features a bullet fairing holding the headlight, mounted to the forks. The rest of the sensationally simple all-metal body is tightly wrapped around the engine with clip-ons and footrests mounted to the rear axle, all designed to make this bike as streamlined as possible. Jeb Scolman didnāt miss a single detail while building this bike and even customised the intake manifold to turn the throttle body to ensure a more tightly packed engine.
The Black Bullet Scout will be on display in Strugis between July 31 and August 8. This motorcycle will fulfil its purpose and hit the Bonneville Salt Flats eventually just like the previous Indian Scouts.
Announcing Indian Motorcycles custom āBlack Bullet Scoutā
| Inspired by pure speed motorcycles from the 1950s and 1960s
Built by hot-rod artisan, Jeb Scolman
2015 Scout engine at its heart
On display at Sturgis Rally
July 14th, 2015 ā We are proud to show off the latest from Indian Motorcycle ā view video here
This custom Indian Scout was built by Jeb Scolman ā the same hot-rod artisan responsible for the Spirit of Munro that was built to celebrate the launch of the ThunderStroke111 in 2014.
Jeb was delivered an engine, and the simple instruction to build what he wanted to out of a new 2015 Indian Scout engine. Jebās flawless 100% custom metalwork picks up on the designs of pure speed motorcycles from the late 50s and early 60s with a fork mounted bullet fairing and the most minimal frame possible. Bikes with this silhouette took to land speed and drag racing tracks across the country.
The post-war hot rod crowd was using airplane drop tanks for race cars, and the motorcycle racers started to adapt nose cones to help them cut through the wind. As the bike took shape we started calling it the āBlack Bulletā. The minimal body and stout but seemingly simple frame are wrapped around a 1200cc Indian Scout engine as tightly as possible. This is one small motorcycle!
The all-custom, all-metal, and all hand-made bike features a custom windscreen that wraps around the front of the bike to fair in the headlight. Tight clip-ons and footrests mounted to the rear axle makes for as streamlined a riders position as possible. The minimal seat, controls and shapes all lens themselves to the single mission f exploring this bikes top speed. It was created to be beautiful and fast. Scolman even cast a custom intake manifold to turn the throttle body sideways and allow for an even tighter engine packaging.
The Black Bullet Scout will be on display in Sturgis at the company display on Lazelle St between July 31st and August 8th, and is destined to see the salt. It was built to race and continue the tradition of an Indian Scout ripping across the Bonneville Salt Flats.