The rebirth of the Indian Scout and introduction of the Scout Sixty delivered a fresh breed of powerful middleweight cruisers to the industry. And Kuryakyn’s new Sprint collection designed by John Shope of Dirty Bird Concepts takes the aggressively styled platform to a whole ’nother level.
Kuryakyn incorporated the entire Sprint collection, the first to debut under its Signature Series, on an in-house build project that turned an otherwise stock Scout into a pure speed-inspired custom. The “Sprint Scout” debuted in Sturgis, demonstrating the full collection’s ability to cohesively transform the Scout’s appearance.
To start the complete overhaul, Kuryakyn designers stripped the Sprint Scout down to its frame. The rear fender was chopped and sculpted for a racier look that feeds off the tight lines created by the bolt-on Sprint Front Fender, Café Fairing, and Chin Spoiler. Factory belt and countershaft sprocket covers were cut and modified for a rugged semi-exposed appearance. Satin black Kuryakyn Heavy Industry footpegs and mirror, along with a custom engraved derby cover, powder coated factory covers, dirt track-style bars and wrapped head pipes with Crusher Maverick Slip-Ons all contributed to the Sprint Scout’s aggressively styled demeanor. Kuryakyn also incorporated a few prototype parts for the Scout that will soon be in production and available in early 2017.
The Sprint Front Fender, Chin Spoiler and Café Fairing all come fully prepped and ready to paint to fit any custom color scheme, making it easy to match the deep gloss black base applied to the tank and reshaped rear fender. Kuryakyn-red pinstriping and graphics laid down over the black base enhance the smooth-flowing lines and scalloped contours.
Mustang Seats delivered on a one-off handcrafted seat based on an existing pan for the Scout, with custom stitch pattern, color and raised back profile drawn up by Kuryakyn designers. Progressive Suspension also stepped up in support of the project with their high-performance 970 Series Piggyback Reservoir Shocks, and Performance Machine helped finish off the Sprint Scout’s ground-pounding stance with a set of their striking contrast cut Formula wheels.
Kuryakyn, Shope and the Sprint Scout took the Black Hills by storm during the Sturgis Rally. Appearances on the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Wolfman Jack stage, the annual Legends Ride in Deadwood, and a series of meet-and-greets at Indian Motorcycle Sturgis and Kuryakyn’s rally headquarters at Black Hills H-D all led to a hugely successful introduction of the Kuryakyn Signature Series and Sprint collection.
“John is truly a builder who thrives off his ability to think outside the box,” said Kuryakyn President Holger Mohr. “He displays a very hands-on, creative approach when it comes to designing trendsetting new products that push industry progression, and he’s been heavily invested in this partnership in terms of both time and energy. We were thrilled to have him alongside us representing Kuryakyn and the Sprint Scout in Sturgis.”
The Sprint collection by John Shope is the first release in the Kuryakyn Signature Series, which showcases skillfully crafted designs from the world’s top custom bike builders. All products will be produced exclusively by Kuryakyn and available through its worldwide dealer and distributor network.
“I wanted to partner with Kuryakyn because of their ability to go from design to finished product quickly, efficiently and with top-notch quality,” said Shope. “I design a part, hand it off to them and can move on to my next big project knowing they’re going to deliver fast. I thought the Scout deserved a look that represents an aggressive race style, and this build and collection fits the image I had in mind.”
“Stay tuned for a lot more to come from the Kuryakyn Signature Series,” says Mohr. “The Sprint line is only the beginning.”
Get a closer look at the Sprint Scout and Sprint Signature Series by John Shope at these remaining stops on the 2016 Kuryakyn rally circuit:
- Sept. 15 – 18: Delmarva Bike Week in Salisbury, Md.
- Sept. 21 – 24: Bikes Blues & BBQ in Fayetteville, Ark.
- Oct. 13 – 16: Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach, Fla.
- Oct. 19 – 23: Thunder Beach Autumn Rally in Panama City, Fla.