On the road though – especially within our cities – you’d need the heightened senses of Spiderman to tell the difference between the Scout and Sixty. Agreed, there’s almost a 150cc difference in capacity between the two, and the Sixty is over 20bhp down on power. But, with less than 10Nm difference in the peak torque output and almost similar low and mid range punch, the Sixty feels just as gutsy and overflowing with torque as the Scout. And with it, is as much fun to filter through traffic and overtake with.
What’s more, the Sixty even with its long wheelbase and lazy steering geometry is surprisingly flickable and well balanced at slow speeds. And once you start rolling, the motorcycle seems to lose half of its near 250kg weight almost instantly. When it comes to cruisers or big bikes in general with poor turning radii, the Sixty, we believe, is by far the easiest to manoeuvre, even around U-turns.
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It also has a light, progressive and linear throttle response. Add to it the low seat height, an easy to reach handlebar and light steering, and you have a big, brawny bike that doesn’t require a club bouncer’s physique to wrestle around. Two things, however, do require effort. The clutch is heavy enough to leave you with an aching wrist and the gearshifts are clunky; the latter require brute force to go up and down the gearbox. And like most liquid cooled big capacity engines, the Scout Sixty’s 1000cc V Twin also gets hot when battling peak hour traffic.
On the highway however, the Sixty is many things. Want to take things easy? Then just short shift to 5th and you can rake in many a miles just cruising effortlessly at 100kmph with hardly a sound or vibration from the Sixty. The Indian is equally effortless to overtake with. Just roll the throttle to the stops from 100kmph in 5th and if you are looking far ahead into the horizon, you’d be doing close to 180kmph without breaking into a sweat. Only, the windblast might be a bit of a bother at this point.
But, it is the way the Scout Sixty handles, that’s most impressive. It is exactly like the Scout. So, the Sixty too loves fast flowing corners. It too dives into corners as if it were a much smaller and lighter bike. And it too has decent cornering clearance; at least around long sweepers. To boot, unlike most cruisers that feel lazy, bendy and disconnected around a series of corners, the Sixty feels alive, sharp (relatively) and way more sorted and stable compared to its brethren.