2022 Indian Scout Rogue Review [9 Fast Facts: Cruiser Motorcycle]
The 2022 Indian Scout Rogue is the American V-twin brand’s latest addition to its nascent family of mid-size Scout cruisers, adopting a club-style look to separate it from the pack. Beyond the plethora of blacked-out components, the Scout Rogue’s handful of relatively minor changes have a noticeable positive impact on ride position and handling. We’ve been hanging out with the Scout Rogue at some of our favorite spots around the Ventura coast and on the illustrious California State Route 33 to bring you the highlights.
- A 69ci V-twin is a modern take on the classic American V-twin engine. The Scout powertrain deviates from the American V-twin tradition by providing much more than just one-dimensional low torque and has done so since its inception in 2015. While respectable low-end thrust is available on demand, it is overshadowed by how this peppy twin-cylinder mill revs up and lets you sample its 100 horsepower and manageable 72 lb-ft of torque at 5900 rpm. Subverting other stereotypes is its comfort when wringing. The motor winds smoothly through its wide midrange and beyond, where it gives no sign of giving up ghosting or excessively vibrating. There’s enough rumble and body roll for a touch of personality that never overpowers its refined character, while a modest exhaust noise adds to this machine’s panache.
- The six-speed gearbox keeps the gentleman theme in play. Shifting gears on the Scout Rogue is a hearty experience, not your typical farm fanfare familiar to the cruiser class. Selecting a gear feels confident, positioning itself efficiently, which is accommodating enough for new riders. However, the cable-clutch’s relatively heavy pull seems at odds with the engine’s welcoming towable power and user-friendly gear changes. While not a problem in veteran hands, freshly trained riders might find it a pain to slip the clutch in traffic.
- The mini-ape handlebar transforms the rider’s triangle on the Scout Rogue, creating a more relaxed and upright seating position. The handholds are taller and closer to the rider, pairing well with the ultra-low 25.6-inch solo seat and not-too-forward controls. In addition, the saddle offers more lumbar support when accelerating. After a full day in the saddle, my five-foot-ten frame was no worse for wear. The same can’t usually be said of cruisers with lower handlebars that articulate my body at the waist. As aesthetically pleasing as the quarter fairing is, the benefits of wind protection are apparent and appreciated at highway speeds.
- Dig out the quarter fairing and want one for your Scout or Scout Bobber? You can get one as an official accessory. Spruce up your Scout or Scout Bobber with the Rogue Fairing, as it is an official accessory. Rogue owners can also get a matching color, if they wish.
- A new 19-inch cast-aluminum front wheel woke up the handling. Ditching the big front tire and smaller 16-inch wheel added some pep to the Scout Rogue’s ride, allowing the excellent aluminum chassis to strut around town or through the canyons. As nimble as it gets and offering the kind of stability that only a long wheelbase can provide, a narrow 29-degree maximum lean angle is the only thing that keeps the Rogue’s chassis from being great. Spirited riders will customize their footpegs and exhaust shields against the asphalt with capable cornering, though you’re likely to scrape hard parts if you push too hard. It’s best to remember the key word “cruise”, despite the Rogue’s reward in twisty sections.
- The base suspension is bolt-on to the Scout Rogue. Featuring the same non-adjustable suspenders as the other Scout models, the Rogue’s fork works well when cornering and soaking up whatever comes through its stern, though it may reside on the more comfortable side of the spectrum. Alas, suspension travel is usually the first casualty on low-seat bikes, and the twin shocks use a stiffer setup to compensate for the small two inches of wheel travel, translating the sharp hits to the rider, although the updated seat hides things better than other scout offerings. Of course, fully adjustable accessory piggyback reservoir shocks add a full inch of travel, superior damping and a burst of extra ride height for improved ride quality for $830. At this MSRP, and with a chassis as amiable as this, we shouldn’t have to spend extra parts on comfort.
- There’s more to the brakes than meets the eye, and ABS is a $900 option. A dual-piston caliper and 298mm rotor up front can haul this 545-pound machine to a stop quickly, delivering plenty of feel, too. At the rear, a single-piston caliper and matching 298mm rotor are perfect for parking maneuvers or for reducing speed when needed. Our test units featured ABS, which costs quite a bit of money, but the benefits speak for themselves.
- Aesthetics are a point of pride in the V-twin world, and the Scout Rogue is no exception for Indian. Every piece and bob is meticulously tooled or finished, and, with the Rogue, everything is draped in inky black for a mean vibe. There are few complaints in this regard, except for the analog clock, which has a small, hard-to-read LCD display and lacks a fuel gauge – the trip meter and low fuel warning light will have to do the trick. ‘affair.
- The 2022 Indian Scout Rogue expands the CV of the Scout platform. The Scout Rogue is a variation on a theme, and the designers have struck a nice balance with the Rogue in that its updates allow it to cover more ground and do so comfortably than some of its compatriots. A finger wiggle should always be directed at the twin short-throw shocks, while the mini-monkeys increase comfort for taller riders who might not be fans of the classic clamshell riding position. If that’s not enough, the 19-inch wheel allows the proven chassis to charm us more in all scenarios. All around, it’s a worthy addition to the Scout line that could soak up the limelight for those interested in a well-rounded cruiser.
Photograph by Barry HathawayDRIVING STYLE
- Helmet: Arai Regent-X
- Jacket: Spidi Originals Enduro
- Pants: Spidi Pathfinder Cargo
- Gloves: Spidi Clubber
- Boots: Spidi X-Village
2022 Indian Scout Rogue SpecificationsENGINE
- Type: 60 degree V-twin
- Displacement: 69ci
- Bore x Stroke: 3.898″ x 2.898″
- Maximum power: 100 horsepower at 8100 rpm
- Maximum Torque: 72 ft-lbs at 6,000 rpm
- Compression ratio: 10.7:1
- Valvetrain: DOHC; 4vpc
- Fueling: EFI with 54mm throttle body
- Cooling: Liquid
- Transmission: 6 speed
- Clutch: Wet multiplate
- Final Drive: Belt
- Front suspension; travel: 41mm non-adjustable fork; 4.7 inches
- Rear suspension; Travel: Non-adjustable shocks; 2.0 inch
- Wheels: Cast Black
- Front wheel: 19 x 3.5
- Rear wheel: 16 x 3.5
- Tires: Metzeler Cruisetec
- Front tire: 130/90 x 19
- Rear tire: 150/80 x 16
- Front brake: 298 mm floating disc with 2-piston caliper
- Rear brake: 298 mm floating disc with single-piston caliper
- ABS: optional
- Wheelbase: 62 inches
- Rake: 29 degrees
- Trail: 4.7 inches
- Seat height: 25.6 inches
- Fuel capacity: 3.3 gallons
- Curb weight: N/A
2022 Indian Scout Rogue colors and prices
- Metallic Black: $11,499 MSRP
- Black Metallic (ABS): $12,399
- Black Smoke (ABS): $12,899
- Mugwort Smoke (ABS): $12,899
- Storm Blue (ABS): $12,899
- Stealth Gray (ABS): $13,399
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