The Bobber or “Bob Job,” a style of Indian motorcycle with roots tracing back to stripped-down race bikes of the 1920s, continues to be popular and remains, for lack of a better term, cool.
Both Harley and Indian have modern examples of bobbers available in their stable, with Indian going as far as to flat out name their example the “Scout Bobber.” And what a fine example it is.
Taking this modern Scout classic to the next level of bob job cool is the goal here. Using Indian’s official parts bin, we’ve decided to step it up with their Solo Saddle Seat. This part is offered for the entire Scout line-up and actually comes standard on the new Scout Bobber Twenty.
I went with their tan leather option. The seat’s also available in black, but I thought this classic hide contrasts our flat black Bobber nicely and hints at the vintage cut back style we’re going for.
As far as comfort, well, I’ll be honest, the stock seat provides a little more of that. This seat’s mounted solid to the frame, with no springs, and has a touch less padding than the stock cushion. So you may make a few more stops on long trips, but it’s comfortable enough for everyday riding.
We installed a set of Fox performance shocks on this Scout as well. These shocks smoothed out any disturbance in the force and keeps the bike planted. Well worth looking into when upgrading.
One last thing to mention: If you’re going to install this seat on a Scout Bobber, make sure you also purchase the 1920 Solo Saddle Seat Close-Off. The Bobber has a unique rear fender that requires this additional part.
OK, let’s get started with the install and keep these bob job roots traced back to cool.
• 13mm Socket
• 1/2 open end
• 5mm hex head
• 6mm hex head