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Indian Motorcycle 1920 Solo Rider Saddle Seat

Indian Motorcycle 1920 Solo Rider Saddle Seat

Going Solo with an Indian Motorcycle Scout Bobber

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.

Indian Motorcycle 1920 Solo Rider Saddle Seat

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.

Indian Motorcycle 1920 Solo Rider Saddle Seat

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.

Tools Needed
• 13mm Socket
• 1/2 open end
• 5mm hex head
• 6mm hex head

Indian Motorcycle 1920 Solo Rider Saddle Seat
1. Remove the stock seat by grabbing the front and simply pilling straight up. No tools are required for this step.
Indian Motorcycle 1920 Solo Rider Saddle Seat
2. Peel back rubber flap at the base of the tank and remove the four tank mount bolts using a 13mm socket.
Indian Motorcycle 1920 Solo Rider Saddle Seat
3. Lift the tank slightly and remove the rubber flap at the base of the tank. Be careful not to unplug the two EVAP lines (Arrows).
Indian Motorcycle 1920 Solo Rider Saddle Seat
4. Remove the stock seat post using a 1/2″ open-end wrench.
Indian Motorcycle 1920 Solo Rider Saddle Seat
5. Locate the mounting hole just below the rear fender and install the Bobber closeout mounting bracket finger tight, tabs down, and rubber bumpers against the frame. Level bracket to line up with the bottom of the fender.
Indian Motorcycle 1920 Solo Rider Saddle Seat
6. Tighten Bobber mounting closeout bracket in place using a 6mm hex head.
Indian Motorcycle 1920 Solo Rider Saddle Seat
7. Slightly lift the tank, again making sure not to unplug the EVAP lines and slide the Bobber closeout into place.
Indian Motorcycle 1920 Solo Rider Saddle Seat
8. Add a washer to the stock seatpost and reinstall using a 1/2″ open-end. Washer is included in the Solo seat kit.
Indian Motorcycle 1920 Solo Rider Saddle Seat
9. Install the two rear closeout mounting bolts to the mounting bracket using the two provided 6mm hex head bolts.
Indian Motorcycle 1920 Solo Rider Saddle Seat
10. Insert seat mount bracket and tighten in place using two short 6mm bolts in front and two long 6mm bolts in the rear of the bracket. Bolts provided with the kit. This will also reattach the tank to the frame.
Indian Motorcycle 1920 Solo Rider Saddle Seat
11. Slide the new solo seat on the seat mount, making sure the tongue hooks into the front of the mount and all seat pan mount holes align.
Indian Motorcycle 1920 Solo Rider Saddle Seat
12. Tighten the new solo seat in place using the two provided 6mm mounting bolts.
Indian Motorcycle 1920 Solo Rider Saddle Seat
13. Push small provided plastic plugs into open holes on the under side of the solo seat mount. RC

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