Indian has entered the club-style performance cruiser segment with its 2022 Indian Scout Rogue. While the model’s quarter fairing, mini apes, single seater, 19-inch front wheel and color blackened adhere to the Sons of Anarchy pattern, the Rogue mostly conforms to the standard Scout pattern.
To push the performance boundaries of the variant, longtime Hardnine Choppers collaborator and builder Danny Schneider got his hands on an all-new Rogue. With a background in Freestyle Motocross, the Bern, Switzerland-based customizer was the perfect partner for the project.
“My idea when I first saw the Scout Rogue, I really liked it, was performance racing – that’s where I come from – I really wanted to design it to suit my riding style. hard and we did everything we can with performance parts,” Schneider revealed. “We started with Öhlins front forks and Öhlins rear shock, the suspension is the most important thing for me coming from a motocross environment.”
However, not all components were plug-and-play. Schneider modified the bike’s triple clamps to accept the new front end and adapted the headlight cowl to work with the ProTaper sport handlebar. A set of Roland Sands Design follow-on wheels replace the stock units, but Schneider also had to create custom brackets to accommodate the Beringer calipers and front master cylinder.
Chief Hardnine even turned to Beringer for a matching clutch lever, but the quick Dynojet shifter pretty much makes that addition obsolete. The Rogue can maintain the Scout’s 94 horsepower and 71.5 lb-ft of torque, but the Jekill and Hyde 2-into-1 exhaust unleashes the full roar of the 1,133 V-twin. To save precious pounds, Schneider is went so far as to reduce the primary cowl to its minimum dimensions.
After all that performance preparation, the Hardnine crew have sided with a King of the Baggers-inspired livery to underline the Scout Rogue’s sporting aspirations. Schneider and Indian then presented the project at EICMA 2022, showing all of Europe the personalized potential of the platform.