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I did my “5,000 mile inspection” on my Scout Sixty today after getting home from work.

March 28 will be one year I have had my bike . I see keeping this one for a long time . I may add another , but for my work commute and local afternoon/ evening rides , it’s hard to beatthe Scout


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Did you cut that with the paint on it ?also where did you get the struts?
No cutting required (not even a scratch) just removal of the upper and lower fender mounts and running new lights which is a pain. Struts custom made by my somewhat local fabricator in Virginia.
 

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Replaced the thermostat cover on my 2015 First Run Scout. Not the easiest job, but this pesky intermittent leak appears to be gone.
 

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Over the last several months I fitted the new Scout fairing, installed hard saddlebags, and had a custom paint job done based on designs and a theme of my own choosing which resulted in a complete transformation of my scout sixty. Functionality is drastically improved and beyond the graphics I prefer the darker charcoal base paint rather than the factory light silver color. She may not be everyone's cup of tea, but she is mine and I love her ;)

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Wow @dfresh, NICE !
I almost hate to ask, but adding up the cost of those bags and batwing (then the painting) ... You rob a bank ?

Win a lottery ?

Have a warehouse full of masks, respirators ... toilet paper ?

A politician ?



Worshiped my millions ?
 

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Over the last several months I fitted the new Scout fairing, installed hard saddlebags, and had a custom paint job done based on designs and a theme of my own choosing which resulted in a complete transformation of my scout sixty. Functionality is drastically improved and beyond the graphics I prefer the darker charcoal base paint rather than the factory light silver color. She may not be everyone's cup of tea, but she is mine and I love her ;)

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Seriously, ( @dfresh ) having created a "solo touring / bagger" Scout, I'm eager to know many things:

How effective is the Indian Batwing - on the highway, etc ?
Being a "techie" , what are the allowances for mounting technology (including a sound system) into that batwing ?
Are the bags large enough to be usable for taking the laptop to work, clothes for a weekender, etc ?
As I understand it, a passenger pillion is allowed but not any kind of backrest or a two up top case bracket ?

Inquiring minds want to know..
 

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Seriously, ( @dfresh ) having created a "solo touring / bagger" Scout, I'm eager to know many things:

How effective is the Indian Batwing - on the highway, etc ?
Being a "techie" , what are the allowances for mounting technology (including a sound system) into that batwing ?
Are the bags large enough to be usable for taking the laptop to work, clothes for a weekender, etc ?
As I understand it, a passenger pillion is allowed but not any kind of backrest or a two up top case bracket ?

Inquiring minds want to know..
None of the above for your first line of inquiry lol, but hey you can't take it with you when you go right.....

Great questions though.

I've personally found the indian batwing to be very effective and I have well over 1K miles with it now. I did a 400 mile day ride with it (all highway) and didn't feel fatigued at all whereas I have been worn out after taking that same ride previously. I don't get any wind into my body from my waist/navel up to the top of my shoulders even at speeds of 75-85 which allows me to relax more in general, have better posture, and not have to maintain a tighter grip with my hands. For me, longer distance riding (400+ miles) has been a shortcoming of my s60 as I was always so damn tired after due to all the wind resistance. The batwing has competely resolved that issue for me and opened up even more options of what I can do with my bike.

As far a sound system there certainly is room to still install most any type of handlebar mounted speakers. Other than that, it might get a little tricky due to the support framework that is bolted to the inside of the fairing. There definitely is space on both sides for a speaker, but I imagine for now you would have to get something custom fabricated to flush up against the inside of the fairing on each side and secured in some way to house a speaker until perhaps companies start developing some options.

The bags are roomy in my opinion and increased my storage/carrying capacity significantly. The opening of the bags once the lids are lifted are approx 6"x14" and the average spacing inside is 22" in length, 11" in height, and 8" wide. Some interior spots are slightly less or more as it's molded to the bike but those are the averages.

I do have a passenger seat I plan on installing, but haven't gotten around to yet. Despite what the saddlebag manufacture says, I do think a backrest could be an option, but you definitely can't have any type of quick release as the bags bolt directly to the fender with small rubber washers in between the bags and fender to prevent any chafing so spools are not an option. I actually reached out directly to Dean Speed about their backrests as they offer a "slim" version and they told me the slim version is only 1/8" thick. I don't think 1/8" of an inch would be problematic from a functional standpoint and at the most it would perhaps require slightly longer bolts. However, it obviously would create a bit of a gap and I'm not sure how it would look aesthetically with more separation so I'm on the fence if I want to give it a try or not.
 

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Ok, got it.. that seamless fitment IS a major factor in the overall beauty..

A backrest would have to "come off of" the pillon support structure..

What about speakers in those lids ? Any space available/appropriate?
 

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Ok, got it.. that seamless fitment IS a major factor in the overall beauty..

A backrest would have to "come off of" the pillon support structure..

What about speakers in those lids ? Any space available/appropriate?
The lids are good sized so I don't think there would be any issue with mounting a speaker on them.
 

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Changed oil/filter and added a little color to the head dress. Rode for a while since it was in mid eighties
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