Riding the Indian Scout in the Rain

The first time I ever rode the 2015 Indian Scout was last August in Sturgis, SD, just days after the motorcycle was unveiled to the public. It happened to be raining that day.

So yesterday, while it was raining here in San Diego, I took the Scout for a ride.

And honestly, it didn’t feel any different than riding on dry pavement.

I’ve ridden other bikes in wet weather before, but mostly along highways and interstates where you can go for long distances at a time. But yesterday, I was riding the Scout into downtown San Diego, amid traffic, potholes, pedestrians, and puddles. I’m riding over railroad tracks, going past construction zones, and always watching out for cars racing the red light. It’s the most stressful riding there is.

The Indian Scout, however, doesn’t fight you.

It almost seems to know what you want to do and where to go. Just applying minimal input, the Scout turns left, stops on a dime, and takes off. It makes riding in the rain as effortless as riding on a sunny day.

And thus far, it’s been a perfect motorcycle for riding in the city. It’s light weight, nimble handling, and responsive controls, allows for easier turning, weaving in and out of traffic, and backing up into parking spaces.

On a side note, I was supposed to meet a group of women riders that day for a ride, but they cancelled due to the rain. Maybe they should all get Indian Scouts!


Born and raised in Southern California, I was the daughter of a 1%er. After a 20-year hiatus raising a daughter of my own and being a suburban homemaker, I got back into the motorcycle culture. You can also follow me on my personal biker chick blog, "Sashmouth!" or learn about my marketing business, "Too Much Tina".


  1. I’d be interested to hear how the fit and finish of the bike are holding up. Any rust? Any tiny scratches that could turn to rust?

    Over in the UK, Polaris has earned itself a bad reputation, in particular because of their dropping the ball with one Hammer customer who understands how the internet works (http://youtu.be/uZmgqOvDaXU). His bike was rusted to hell and they failed to respond adequately. So, now all Victorys are perceived as expensive rust buckets.

    With the Scout about to arrive in UK dealers, people are now asking whether Indian bikes will be any different, considering they are both owned by Polaris. I’d be interested to hear whether you’ve seen any areas that might be cause for concern. Especially for someone like me, who generally cleans a bike by throwing a bucket of water on it and walking away.

    • Hmm, so far I haven’t noticed any rust or any paint defects. I’ve kept this Scout garaged while we’ve been in San Diego, and it’s only been in the rain perhaps a couple of days. I suppose the weather is far more wet in the UK. I’ll note that both Victorys and Indians are painted and assembled in the same facility, if that answers anything.

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