Take a look at the spec sheets and it seems unfair. After all, the Bonneville Bobber and Scout Sixty both get smaller engines and have a lower output than the Street Bob’s mighty Milwaukee-Eight. But in the end, all three of these bikes belong to the same genre. Besides, the performance figures in this segment aren’t as relevant as they would be for sportbikes; it’s more about the bling factor. So let’s take a look at how the Harley-Davidson Street Bob, Triumph Bonneville and the Indian Scout Sixty stack up against each other on paper, shall we?
The 2018 Harley-Davidson Softail range, of which the Street Bob is the entry-level model, features comprehensive mechanical updates including a revised frame, new cycle parts and a new powertrain. At the heart of the Street Bob is a 1745cc Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine, which delivers 144Nm of torque through a six-speed gearbox.
The Scout Sixty is the entry-level model in Indian’s range. True to its American lineage, the Scout Sixty gets a V-twin engine, displacing 999cc and churning out 78bhp and 88Nm of torque. Despite being a modern cruiser, the Scout Sixty gets a five-speed transmission. The Bonneville Bobber, like the rest of Triumph’s modern classic range gets a parallel-twin mill. The engine displaces 1200cc, delivering 76bhp and 106Nm of torque through a six-speed transmission.
The old-school character of these bikes forms an important part of their charm. However in today’s age, customers like to be pampered with electronics and rider aids. And in this aspect, the Bonneville Bobber outdoes the Americans. It gets ride-by-wire with two riding modes, ABS, traction control and a cruise control system. The Street Bob and Scout Sixty on the other hand, have to make do with just ABS.
For the Street Bob’s new frame, Harley-Davidson has retained the classic look of a hardtail chassis. The tubular frame is lighter and more rigid, and has been designed to improve the riding dynamics and ride quality. It rides on new cartridge-type front forks and a rear monoshock. Even the Bonneville Bobber’s tail has been designed to resemble a rigid arm, but it does get a rear monoshock concealed below the seat. Up front, it gets telescopic forks sourced from KYB. The Scout Sixty gets an old-school suspension setup – telescopic front forks and dual springs in the rear.
The Street Bob gets a base price of Rs 11.99 lakhs. Of course, for those who want to customise their Harley-Davidson, sky is the limit. That’s one of the most important advantages of buying a Harley-Davidson. The Indian Scout Sixty, despite being the least powerful of the lot, commands the highest premium. However, the price tag of Rs 12.11 lakhs should also ensure exclusivity. Even the Bonneville Bobber gets a myriad of options for custom motorcycle enthusiasts. And with a price tag of Rs 9.22 lakhs, the Bonneville Bobber offers fantastic value for money. The biggest drawback of the Bonneville Bobber is that it’s available only as a single-seater. Those who like to carry a pillion along will have to wait until Triumph launches the new Speedmaster. All prices are ex-showroom.