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!