Custom Indian Scout OutriderKarlee Cobb of Klock Werks Kustoms is not only a gifted custom bike builder, she is the youngest person to set a motorcycle land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats – a feat she accomplished in 2008 when she was just 14.
That background led Indian Motorcycle to turn one of its new Scout models over to Cobb. She then produced one of the first customs based on the Scout after its reveal at Sturgis – a custom Cobb calls the “Outrider.”“She had the biggest grin after test riding the new Scout – so giving Karlee the reins on this project seemed a natural fit,” says Klock Werks owner, Brian Klock.To move the stance towards a bobber, she swapped from the stock 16” rims to an 18″ X 5.5″ rear and chose a 19″x 3″ front; both in one-off contrast cut Reveal Wheels by Performance Machine. The new wheels are shod with set of 180 and 130mm Dunlop tires.Kully Millage of Kully Co. collaborated with Cobb and created a one-off stainless steel pipe for the bike. Millage, from Hartford, SD recently produced winning exhausts for AMA racer Henry Wiles flat track bikes. The intake was modified with a K&N air filter to boost the output of the 69 c.i. V-twin powerplant.The custom-made handlebars for the bike are finished in black powdercoat with bar-end signals and tucked in rear signals from Motogadget. The front fender is a Klock Werks item custom trimmed to fit and the rear fender is an upswept traditional bobber look featuring a “half-frenched” oval taillight that splits the fender surface. A low profile seat pan was fitted to give the feel of being “in” the bike.PPG Paint was done by Brad Smith at The Factory Match shop in Tea, SD and is arranged in various panels of sage, gray, and earth tones to blend with the stock cast frame color and highlight the engineering on the latest generation Scout.“My goal was to build a bike that while is clearly customized, is one that a decent home mechanic could build,” says Cobb of her project she calls Outrider. “I was really blown away by the power and quality of the production Scout – and going a bit old-school yet maintaining the ride-ability of the bike was really important to me. Getting the first Scout to customize inspired the name.“I’ve got a great team of friends and family in and around Klock Werks, and want to thank Indian Motorcycle for the chance to customize this bike.”Cobb’s Outrider will be on display at the New York City International Motorcycle Show and will be seen in the pages of custom bike magazines. For more information on Klock Werks Kustoms, click here.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!