Indian Black Bullet Scout Exposed – Photo Gallery
Indian Motorcycle is at it again, the manufacturer of Spirit Lake, Iowa, unveiling yet another one-off custom. The latest is named the “Black Bullet Scout,” which is based on an Indian Scout and powered by the Thunder Stroke 111. The custom Scout was designed and built by Jeb Scolman of Jeb’s Metal and Speed in Long Beach, Calif.
Scolman is no stranger to the Indian Motorcycle nation; he also built the Spirit of Munro custom that celebrates both the Thunder Stroke 111 and Burt Munro, who set the under-1000cc land-speed record at Bonneville in 1962, 1966 and 1967 aboard a self-customized 1920 Indian Scout.
Scolman’s Indian Black Bullet Scout takes styling from the late 1950s and early 1960s with a “fork mounted bullet fairing and the most minimal frame possible.”
“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 ‘Black Bullet’,” Indian Motorcycle says. “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 Indian Black Bullet Scout features a minimalist style that not only enhances aesthetics, but helps with speed. To further produce this streamline and minimal styling, Scolman created a custom intake manifold that turns the Thunder Stroke 111’s throttle body sideways, which allows for an even tighter engine look.
And of course, as is tradition with the Indian Scout, the Black Bullet is not just a show bike: “It was built to race and continue the tradition of an Indian Scout ripping across the Bonneville Salt Flats.”
The Indian Black Bullet Scout rolls into the 75th Anniversary of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, where it will be on display on Lazelle Street July 31 – August 8. For a video, visit the Indian Motorcycle Facebook page.
Indian Black Bullet Scout Photo Gallery