Indian Scout Bobber vs Triumph Bobber vs Harley Davidson Forty-Eight: price, specs and features

Indian Scout Bobber vs Triumph Bobber vs Harley Davidson Forty-Eight: price, specs and features 1

Low slung, cruiser motorcycles are adored the world over, especially in the Americas, which is the birthplace of the two largest and oldest motorcycle manufacturers – Harley Davidson and Indian Motorcycle. In the olden days, a motorcycle was stripped to bare minimum bodywork, making it as light as possible that in turn made it go faster. This process was called bob jobs and the motorcycles were called Bobbers. A British rendition of the modern day Bobber is the Triumph Bobber, which was launched in India this year. It is a stripped down version of the Bonneville T120, and while it stands to compete with Harley Davidson Forty-Eight, Indian Motorcycle is set to roll out their competitor to spar with the two – Scout Bobber. The Indian Bobber is expected to launch in India by September this year. Bobbers usually have one seat, since the concept is to keep weight low and the pillion seat is just dead weight. While these motorcycles are brutally beautiful, the average rider in India didn’t take the idea of one seat very well, which reflects in small sales figures of the Triumph Bobber. Bobbers are particularly built for fun, along with unmatchable style. They aren’t meant to serve daily commutes, they’re not for cross-continent travels, they’re not meant for the race track. They are specifically a luxury product. Here’s a look at three of them:


Indian Scout Bobber

There is not much of a difference between the Scout and the Scout Bobber, which carries forward the 1131 cc fuel injected V-twin mated to the same six-speed gearbox. The Bobber delivers 100 hp which is a segment topper and makes 98 Nm of torque.

Triumph Bobber Bonneville

The Bobber gets a high-torque Bonneville 1200cc liquid-cooled engine that delivers 76 bhp and 106 Nm and is paired to a six-speed gearbox. It is the same engine that powers the T120, however, it has been tuned to be more responsive. The Bobber is capable of speeds of up to It has a 9.10-litre fuel tank and it delivers a mileage of about 29 kmpl.

Harley Davidson Forty-Eight

Harley Davidson Forty-Eight is powered by an air-cooled 1202cc V-twin engine that produces 60 bhp and 96 Nm of torque and is paired to a five-speed transmission. The Forty-Eight is capable of a top speed of over 175 kph. However, it delivers a fuel efficiency figure of about 16 kmpl and has an eight-litre fuel tank, which translates into a range of about a pitiful 130 km.


Indian Scout Bobber

Indian Scout Bobber comes with street-tracker handlebars with bar-end mirrors and wider tyres. The low riding stance can be a problem for tall riders, but it is solvable by ape hanger handlebar. The only contrast to the all-black theme on the motorcycle is the saddle-brown seat for one person.

Other considerable changes include a side mounted number plate and turn indicators. These indicators also double up as the rear tail light maintaining the utilitarian aspect in sync with the Bobber motorcycle appeal.

In pictures: Indian Scout Bobber, this stripped-down Scout is coming soon to India

Triumph Bobber

The Bobber gets ride-by-wire throttle and a torque-assist clutch that delivers a considerably smooth set-off and gear shifts. It also gets switchable traction control and ABS. Since, it does not have a rear seat, the LED tail lamp and indicator set up stands out.

It may be a classic looking machine but the features on board are no less than a modern bike. It actually has two riding modes – road and rain for better control and can be easily accessed through a handlebar mounted switch gear. The instrument console is digital, except for the speedo and tacho.

Harley Davidson Forty-Eight

The Forty-Eight gets handlebar-mounted electronic speedometer with odometer, time-of-day clock, dual trip meter, low fuel warning light, low oil pressure light, engine diagnostics readout, LED indicator lights. It weighs 247 kg (dry).

The forward set foot pegs, like on the other two motorcycles, make for a comfortable riding stance. A rider can choose between a straight and low handlebar and an ape hanger handlebar depending upon the requirements.


Triumph Bobber seems to have the upper hand when it comes to pricing. At Rs 9.32 lakh (ex-showroom, pan India), the Bobber Bonneville is a great package all together, along with a long heritage that comes with its name. The Forty-Eight too does not fall short in terms of heritage and is a striking bob job at Rs 9.97 lakh.

The competition will get real when the Scout Bobber is launched in India. However, it is expected to be priced at around Rs 13 lakh, which is considerably higher than the other two.

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About Craig Ballantyne 16273 Articles
I love anything to do with Harley Davidson and have two beautiful children and a beautiful partner. In my spare time i like building websites and love anything to do with the internet.

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