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Indian Motorcycle has released the first episode of Forged: Season Two, a six-part video series featuring three unique interpretations of the all-new 2025 Indian Scout inspired by the stories and personalities that have made the Scout such an icon for more than a century.

Following on from Forged: Season One, which showcased Indian Sport Chief builds from Carey Hart, Powerplant Motorcycles and Barnstorm Cycles, the new season kicks off with series host Roland Sands and his team discussing the inspiration for their project and what makes the all-new Indian Scout such a great base for self-expression.

From Long Beach, California, Sands retired his racing leathers to found Roland Sands Design (RSD) in 2005 becoming a hugely influential figure in the industry whose innovative approach to custom bikes, performance parts, accessories, and apparel saw him inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame in 2023.

With a reputation for high-performance custom motorcycles, RSD turned to the storied racing history of Indian Motorcycle and Ed Kretz to inspire their Forged build. Kretz, most famous for his victory at the inaugural Daytona 200 aboard his Indian Scout, is admired by Sands not only as a fellow racer and builder of many high-performance Indian Motorcycle race bikes but also for his spirit of never giving up, an attitude that earned him the moniker of ‘Iron Man.’

Choosing the new Indian Sport Scout as the basis for their build, the team discusses bringing their Indian FTR racing experience to the project to create a street version of a Super Hooligan racer while keeping it very rideable for everyday use, leading Roland Sands to comment that this is the sort of project that Ed Kretz would be working on today as he was known for riding his race bikes to and from races.

Forged: Season Two highlights how customizers were always in the minds of Indian Motorcycle’s design and engineering teams when developing the all-new Indian Scout. Making the Indian Scout a perfect canvas for self-expression starts by making it easier to work with, the new steel tube frame makes customization a much more approachable prospect than cast or alloy frames and components such as the tank, fenders and subframe can be easily removed and replaced.

“Throughout the development of the Scout, keeping it and clean and creating a package that offers seamless customization was as important to us as the iconic lines of the Scout,” said Ola Stenegärd, Director of Industrial Design at Indian Motorcycle. “It all starts with the steel tube frame designed specifically to open the doors for riders to chop, cut, modify, and make a truly unique machine. The Forged series really excites me as we see what famed builders can do with the canvas we have given them.”

With all three builds to be fully revealed in the second half of the Forged video series, episodes in the coming weeks will introduce projects from Brittney Olsen, a champion American antique motorcycle racer and founder of 20th Century Racing, and in a first for Forged, a project outside of North America being brought to life by renowned Swedish builders, Unique Custom Cycles. Subscribe to the Indian Motorcycle YouTube channel to watch episodes as they are released:

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VIDEO – Forged Season 2: Roland Sands Design | Part 1


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