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Due to reasons beyond my control, it looks like I’ll probably be selling my Vintage and getting a Scout. I’ve found plenty of new 2019 and 2020 Scouts, and even found a couple new 2018‘s. Looking for some recommendations as to what is good or not for these years. Is one better than the other? What do I need to be concerned with? Any help you can provide is appreciated.
 

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I have a 2016 and I’ll say there really isn't too much to worry about. My clutch cable did partially fail at 15,000 miles. If I got a new Scout I’d just immediately replace it. Without some sort of windscreen at highway speeds, rider fatigue in hands, legs and seat sets in at about the end of a tank of gas (130 miles to fumes). It does not like to start when its low on gas. If I’m around the 100 mile mark I often have to tilt side to side until I hear fluid hit the pump. Mine has spent life outdoors in the south and the only spots to develop rust is on the control arm washer and the rotors around the screws. At colder weather (Sub 40°F) I used to get some belt chirping but when I changed the tires that went away so it may have been too tight from the dealer. Only design I’d change from factory would have been to use a solid 1” bar. Its a one inch with a taper at the grips.

Aside from that, it is very forgiving. Maintenance is incredibly easy and infrequent. I encourage everyone to learn do their own. I LOVE pretty much everything about it really. Can be changed up to anything from a flat track bike to a nice smaller bagger.
 

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I have a 2016 and I’ll say there really isn't too much to worry about. My clutch cable did partially fail at 15,000 miles. If I got a new Scout I’d just immediately replace it. Without some sort of windscreen at highway speeds, rider fatigue in hands, legs and seat sets in at about the end of a tank of gas (130 miles to fumes). It does not like to start when its low on gas. If I’m around the 100 mile mark I often have to tilt side to side until I hear fluid hit the pump. Mine has spent life outdoors in the south and the only spots to develop rust is on the control arm washer and the rotors around the screws. At colder weather (Sub 40°F) I used to get some belt chirping but when I changed the tires that went away so it may have been too tight from the dealer. Only design I’d change from factory would have been to use a solid 1” bar. Its a one inch with a taper at the grips.

Aside from that, it is very forgiving. Maintenance is incredibly easy and infrequent. I encourage everyone to learn do their own. I LOVE pretty much everything about it really. Can be changed up to anything from a flat track bike to a nice smaller bagger.
Thanks for the info, I’m not familiar with the Scouts, so this helps.
 

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Thanks for the info, I’m not familiar with the Scouts, so this helps.
Oh, I’ll add that it is liquid cooled which is far superior in design to air cooled. However, on a hot summer day the fan kicks on at an engine theperature of 206° I believe and radiates that air right up between your legs. Uncomfortable to sit in traffic, but I’ve managed to father two of my four children since owning so can’t be that detrimental. 😉
 

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Scouts have pretty much stayed unchanged since their release. 2017 they upgraded the suspension and mid 2017 they changed front master cylinder which both are easy to do on previous years. 2019 came with usp port for charging electronics. 2020 now come with floating disc brakes. Other than that, you really can't go wrong with any Scout. Some years also came with passenger setup but that's pretty much the only differences
 

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Scouts have pretty much stayed unchanged since their release. 2017 they upgraded the suspension and mid 2017 they changed front master cylinder which both are easy to do on previous years. 2019 came with usp port for charging electronics. 2020 now come with floating disc brakes. Other than that, you really can't go wrong with any Scout. Some years also came with passenger setup but that's pretty much the only differences
Good to know. Thanks.
 

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I’ve read some posts by Scout owners that the Kenda tires were not the best. Has that changed on the newer models?
 

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I’ve read some posts by Scout owners that the Kenda tires were not the best. Has that changed on the newer models?
Not quite sure about tires but that's something easily changed as well if you don't like the stock ones. I run Avon on mine so I actually never rode on the stock tires but don't let tires make a decision on a bike. That's easily upgraded when it's due for a tire change
 

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I’ve read some posts by Scout owners that the Kenda tires were not the best. Has that changed on the newer models?
I want to say they switched to Pirelli Night Dragons. Although the Kendas weren't fantastic, they were by no means worth trading out until their time was up. I used them in heavy rain and colder weather with no issue.
I strongly recommend Dunlop American Elites for replacement though
 

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I have a 19 bobber and I have two complaints. First, it doesn’t like to start when it’s 35 degrees or below. This problem appears to effect all scout models-I think. Maybe not the 60s
There are several posts on here and it appears the battery doesn’t have enough cold cranking amps. Tender or no tender - same issue. I have had no issues with this since the overnight temps stay over 40
Second. Not enough time to ride it

you’ll love it!!
 

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I have a 19 bobber and I have two complaints. First, it doesn’t like to start when it’s 35 degrees or below. This problem appears to effect all scout models-I think. Maybe not the 60s
There are several posts on here and it appears the battery doesn’t have enough cold cranking amps. Tender or no tender - same issue. I have had no issues with this since the overnight temps stay over 40
Second. Not enough time to ride it

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Cold starts won’t be a problem for me. If it’s 35 degrees, I’m not going anywhere on a bike! Problem #2 is easily solved. Thanks for yo reply.
 

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Due to reasons beyond my control, it looks like I’ll probably be selling my Vintage and getting a Scout. I’ve found plenty of new 2019 and 2020 Scouts, and even found a couple new 2018‘s. Looking for some recommendations as to what is good or not for these years. Is one better than the other? What do I need to be concerned with? Any help you can provide is appreciated.
If you get a used, 2017 model or earlier, watch out for bad/flakey/crappy starters that came from the factory up until about May 2017.
There's an "internal recall" by Indian.
A dealership will swap it out for free if it hasn't already been done.
 

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I want to say they switched to Pirelli Night Dragons. Although the Kendas weren't fantastic, they were by no means worth trading out until their time was up. I used them in heavy rain and colder weather with no issue.
I strongly recommend Dunlop American Elites for replacement though
Can confirm that they went with Pirelli Night Dragons on the latest models. Haven't had a chance to try them in the rain but I have already put a few canyon runs in and they have held up very well.
 

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Due to reasons beyond my control, it looks like I’ll probably be selling my Vintage and getting a Scout. I’ve found plenty of new 2019 and 2020 Scouts, and even found a couple new 2018‘s. Looking for some recommendations as to what is good or not for these years. Is one better than the other? What do I need to be concerned with? Any help you can provide is appreciated.
They must have changed some exhaust routing, so it’s hard to find OEM accessories that will fit a 2017.

Point is, if you’re in love with the newer accessories, check compatibility before buying an older model.
 

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If you get a used, 2017 model or earlier, watch out for bad/flakey/crappy starters that came from the factory up until about May 2017.
There's an "internal recall" by Indian.
A dealership will swap it out for free if it hasn't already been done.
Good info to know, so I'm sure I'll be looking at 2018 and newer.
 

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They must have changed some exhaust routing, so it’s hard to find OEM accessories that will fit a 2017.

Point is, if you’re in love with the newer accessories, check compatibility before buying an older model.
Will definitely be looking at 2018 and newer. Thanks
 
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