Top Commuter Mods for the Indian Scout Motorcycle

Outfit the Scout for the daily grind.

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Indian Scout: an instant classic.Photo: Brian Hatano

The Indian Scout is a phenomenal revival of the Scout badge: timeless looks, modern tech, and thoughtful design do the legacy proud. It's the sort of bike that makes it easy to grab the keys and go for a ride, which means it's a great bike for the daily commute. As is, there's not much that needs improving, but if you can't leave well enough alone, a few mods can make the morning commute even more of a pleasure.

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Highway Bars from the Indian factory accessory catalog.Photo: Indian

Indian Factory Accessory Highway Bars ($300): Tip-over protection is always a good idea for a daily rider. These highway bars from the factory catalog come in chrome and in black. The bars give the bike that beefed-up cruiser vibe and come in handy for mounting highway pegs.

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Another factory accessory item. The highway pegs are adjustable to suit rider preferences.Photo: Indian

Indian Factory Accessory Infinite Highway Pegs ($300): Highway pegs are nice if your commute involves significant time on the freeway. Plus, there's nothing more satisfying than putting your feet up at the end of a hard day of work.

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Corbin makes several saddles for the Scout, including the Brave, which features a back hump that immediately changes the styling for a custom look.Photo: Brian Hatano

Corbin Brave Seat ($493): There are a ton of really cool seat options for the Scout, but if comfort is the order of the day, it's hard to beat a Corbin. Brian Hatano, MC's Digital Editor and resident cruiser guy, installed one on his long-term Scout and reports that the saddle feels like a sport-touring seat, but offers good support with the wide dished design for which Corbin is known.

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Nitrogen gas-charged shocks are CNC-machined and have an anodized finish.Photo: Brian Hatano

K-Tech RCU Bullit Rear Shocks ($795): While the Scout's stock suspension setup is more capable than many other cruisers, it's still a bit on the soft side. K-Tech's springless shocks have a classic look and, more importantly, improve the bike's road-holding ability. Increased rebound damping alleviates much of the bike's pogoing on rough surfaces, keeping the rider in better control.

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See and be seen.Photo: K-Tech

Eagle Lights LED with Full Halo ($150): If the commute home entails some dusk/night riding, a bright headlight is not a bad idea. In fact, a bright LED can make you more visible during the day as well. Eagle Lights claims their LED headlights illuminate three times the distance of stock lights.

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Subtle fairing from Arlen Ness is available in black or unfinished, ready to receive custom paint.Photo: Arlen Ness

Arlen Ness Fairing ($380): The small fairing from Arlen Ness offers a little wind protection to prevent buffeting at speed. It's by no means a touring screen, but it also doesn't hurt the lines of the bike.