Announcing Indian Motorcycle’s custom “Black Bullet Scout”

  • 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

This custom Indian Scout was built by Jeb Scolman – the same hot-rod artisan responsible for the Spirit of Munro that was built to celebrate the launch of the Thunder Stroke 111 engine in 2014.

Jeb was delivered a new 2015 Indian Scout engine and the simple instruction to build what he wanted. Jeb’s flawless 100% custom metalwork in the Black Bullet Scout 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.

At the time, 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.

  • Black Bullet Scout 1
  • Black Bullet Scout 2
  • Black Bullet Scout 3

As this build took shape we started calling it the “Black Bullet”. 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 Black Bullet has 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 of exploring this bike’s top speed. It was created to be beautiful and fast. Jeb 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 eventually see the salt. It was built to race and continue the tradition of an Indian Scout ripping across the Bonneville Salt Flats.

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