EMEA dealers taking part in Project Scout press release [EMEA]

Indian Motorcycle is pleased to announce that eleven dealers in Europe will be entering the ‘Project Scout: Build a legend’ competition.

The global bike build-off is increasing excitement and interest in the customising opportunities that an Indian Scout offers.

The eleven European dealers will go up against other Indian Motorcycle dealers from around the world, facing strong competition in particular from those based in the United States, where the dealer network is extremely passionate about bike customisation.

Out of the eleven dealers in Europe, two are from Switzerland, three from Germany, one from Austria, four from France and one from Portugal – and all of them will have their own unique take on how an Indian Scout can be customised.

Dealers have to submit photos of their #ProjectScout by a deadline of Friday January 8 2016 – meaning they have just a few weeks of building time left.

Dario Baraggia, Indian Motorcycle brand manager EMEA said: “I am looking forward to seeing our eleven dealers’ interpretations of Scout in this global contest against other Indian Motorcycle dealers. The differing bike themes announced by the dealers shows just how versatile the Scout is and how easy it is to customise, helped in part by the large range of 200+ original accessories available for the bike.”

Here’s a look some of the bike themes that the dealers will be working on over the Christmas and New Year holidays:

Arrigoni Sport GmbH (Switzerland)
Bike theme: I am legend No.1
Explanation of theme: “Low-racer, Bobber-style, Top-chop, caged exhaust.”
Bike builder: Falk Dirla (the chief mechanic at Arrigoni Sport)

PM American Cycles AG (Switzerland)
Bike theme: PM Scout LE* (limited edition)
Explanation of theme: “Clean Bike, good rideable, soft modification.”
Bike builder: Patrick Meyer (Chief Engineer and owner)

Bikehouse Schermbeck (Germany)
Bike theme: Twister
Explanation of theme: “Born to lead the curves.”
Bike builder: Michael Naumann

Die Bike Schmiede Süd GmbH (Germany)
Bike theme: Drag styler
Explanation of theme: “Flat, wise, aggressive.”
Bike builder: Bodo Hayen

Iwan-Bikes (Germany)
Bike theme: HotRod Heritage
Explanation of theme: “A tribute to the heritage of the young and wild HotRod generation.”
Bike builder: Bernhard “Bernie” Peintner

Styrian Motor Cycle (Austria)
Bike theme: Spirt of freedom
Explanation of theme: “The freedom to build a custom bike.”
Bike builder: Markus Krasser

V-Twin Garage (France)
Bike theme: Cafe Racer
Explanation of theme: “Very compact and low.”
Bike builder: Charly Abraham

Premium Motorcycles (France)
Bike theme: Bobber style dirt track neo-rétro
Explanation of bike theme: “Aggressive off-road bobber.”
Bike builder: Eric Salin

Indian Motorcycle MFC Etoile Paris (France)
Bike theme: Tank Machine
Explanation of bike theme: “Clean and light look. Elegantly designed.”
Bike builder: Clement

Duynes Motors Indian Nord de Franc (France)
Bike theme: Scout 1937
Explanation of bike theme: “Vintage painting, gold striping, minimal seat.”
Bike builder: Jerome Caux

Motostrada (Portugal)
Bike theme: Street bobber
Explanation of bike theme: “Bobber style, sporty look, for daily use.”
Bike builder: Motostrada

On Monday January 18, a voting website will go live showing all of the #ProjectScout bikes. Indian Motorcycle fans can then go online and vote for their favourite one up until February 19.

On February 20 the three Indian Scouts with the most votes will be announced and the builders of these Scouts will be flown to 75th Daytona Bike Week in Florida, USA (from March 4 to March 14) where a panel of judges will decide the ultimate winner.

Party goers at Daytona Bike Week will also get chance to vote for their ‘Fan Favourite’.

Stay tuned to Indian Motorcycle’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels for contest updates and regular progress reports on each custom build project.


Interviews with some of the Project Scout bike builders mentioned here are possible – please email Dan Tye at press@indianmotorcycle.media with your request.

Project Scout: Build a Legend is giving selected dealers a high-profile forum to showcase their passion for Indian Motorcycle and their team’s talent by building a custom Indian Scout.

There are no rules or restrictions on the bike theme, cost or build style, but entrants must use an Indian Scout model and a minimum of three genuine Indian Scout accessories from the current catalogue of more than 200 items.

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