Buffalo Chip Moto Stampede Giveaway - HARLEY-DAVIDSON STREET ROD vs INDIAN SCOUT

Build your own bike using J&P Cycles parts, which offers everything you need to start building your own custom motorcycle.  Our Indian Scout vs Harley-Davidson Street Rod project is a perfect example of how anyone can use J&P Cycles parts and knowledge to create or finish their own DIY build.  We have broken it down to all the parts used and technique performed.  See below for detailed parts list and video.    Don’t forget to register to win!

The first bike we decided on was a Harley Davidson Street Rod. The bike is a step outside the norm from what we are used to from Milwaukee. It has a performance feel and dare we say “sport” look to it. It performs on the street like you think is should at first look (you can see what we thought in our Roar Tested Review here ) so we didn’t want to try to turn the bike into something it didn’t want to be. It’s clearly a performance oriented canyon carver, so we enhanced those qualities by putting it on a bit of a diet. We started by removing unnecessary plastic pieces, and slimming down the oversized and underperforming lights with sleeker LED lighting from Kuryakyn. Then we carved the tail section into something a bit sexier and relocated the license plate. The ergonomics were improved with dirt track inspired Tracker bars from our buds at Biltwell and slipped on some of their Torker grips for white knuckling though corners. The Mickey Mouse mirrors were replaced with Joker Machine to complete the cockpit redesign. The performance experts from S&S Cycle sent us over a Grand National muffler and mini Teardrop intake to add some punch to our street ripper. The body lines and wheels on the Street Rod are great, but needed some extra pop, so we went with a classic HD racing paint scheme. To really make it scream, we powered coated the wheels bright white to complete the “try me I dare you” attitude. When the smoke cleared all that was left was this lean and mean, very striking, American made street brawler. 

Featured Parts on Harley-Davidson

For the second bike we went with an American made machine and decided to take a different stylistic approach. We chose an Indian Scout, whose performance capabilities we thought were a bit muted by its “grandpa” like styling. We saw a classic American muscle bike hiding underneath all oversized fenders and luggage. We stripped the Scout down to nothing and started with adjusting the stance. Arlen Ness basically invented swagger, so of course we looked to the folks at Ness to add attitude to our Scout. We started by ditching the 16” wheels for a set of 18” billet 7 Valve wheels from Arlen Ness. We opted for a wider 5.5” rear wheel and covered it in some aggressive 180/55/18 Pirelli rubber. To shape the rear fender into something more deserving of a muscle bike and less like a river barge, we pulled out the grinder and shaped it more aggressively. Klockwerks had us covered for the front fender with an Outrider fender that wrapped the front 18” wheel perfectly. The Klockwerks crew also had the perfect solution for handle bars with a short set of Kliphangers that kept the stance aggressive. We slammed a set of Progressive shocks on to drop the ride height a ½ inch and keep the handling on point. The extra power comes from Vance and Hines Grenade exhaust paired with a Arlen Ness Torque Box intake. The beast was then tuned with a Power Commander V with the installed Auto Tune. Kuryakyn rear lighting and foot controls matched up nicely with the Arlen Ness 10 Gauge billet line that really cleaned up the areas previously adorned with bulky factory covers. A classic muscle bike needs a classic paint job so we covered it in heavy red metal flake and slammed the vintage Indian logo on the side with gold leaf and pin striping via our boys over at Copperhead graphics. 

Featured Parts on the Indian Scout

You can win one of these bad ass machines by signing up below, but you’re going to have to choose which of these moto-weapons best fits your personality. If you want a better look, the bikes will be on tour with Geico Motorycles all winter and spring during the International Motorcycle Show series. Make sure to then catch it at the J&P Cycles Sturgis store right before being given away live on the Buffalo Chip stage during the 79th annual Sturgis rally. Sign up to win today and Good Luck!

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