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Scout Custom Series: Land Speed Racing

Scout Custom Series: Land Speed Racing

The legendary Indian Scout name has been a part of many stories throughout history, powering Burt Munro’s dogged pursuit of a world land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

As a tribute to our past and the legendary power of this bike, we present this custom land speed Scout, coined the “Black Bullet.”

The all-custom, all-metal, and all hand-made bike was built by Jeb Scolman – who is responsible for the Spirit of Munro that was built to celebrate the launch of the ThunderStroke111 in 2014.

Jeb was delivered an engine, and the simple instruction to build what he wanted to out of a new 2015 Indian Scout engine. Jeb’s flawless 100% custom metalwork picks up on the designs of pure speed motorcycles from the late 50’s and early 60’s with a fork mounted bullet fairing and the most minimal frame possible. Bikes with this silhouette took to land speed and drag racing tracks across the country.


Speed has a direct relationship with the aerodynamics of a vehicle, so Jeb Scolman went on to explore some of the solutions the early speed freaks used back in the day. The post-war hot rod crowd was using airplane drop tanks for race cars, and the motorcycle racers started to adapt nose cones to help them cut through the wind. As the bike took shape the build team started calling it the “Black Bullet”. The minimal body and stout but seemingly simple frame are wrapped around a 1200cc Indian Scout engine as tightly as possible. This is one small motorcycle!

The all-custom, all-metal, and all hand-made bike features a custom windscreen that wraps around the front of the bike to fair in the headlight. Tight clip-ons and footrests mounted to the rear axle makes for as streamlined a riders position as possible. The minimal seat, controls and shapes all lends themselves to the single mission for exploring this bikes top speed. It was created to be beautiful and fast.

Since “speed” was the keyword, the streamliner design was obviously the only choice. Scolman even revised the engine architecture a bit, casting a custom intake manifold that could be turned sideways, allowing for a tighter engine packaging.

The chromed-out rims introduce a dash of modern looks, and you will observe the missing brakes on the front one. This bike was built to scorch the desert.

The Black Bullet Scout will be on display in Sturgis at the company display on Lazelle St between July 31st and August 8th, and is destined to see the salt. It was built to race and continue the tradition of an Indian Scout ripping across the Bonneville Salt Flats.


Dr. Jack Tequila has two passions, motorcycles and tequila. He resides on a sailboat in the port city Wilmington, NC.From time to time, Dr. Jack will throw a few tidbits and observations our way.

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