Rollfast Indian Scout By Bill Dodge

00IndianDodge0IndianDodge28IndianDodgeSince its spectacular introduction spinning on the “Wall Of Death” during the 2014 Sturgis rally, the new Indian Scout – now in 2 engine configurations – keeps being the talk of bikers here in the US and abroad. At time of launch, and whatever were the expectations of each of you, most agreed that the brand new Scout model could be the progeny of its Scout 101 forefather, a very important point for all those who gravitate to the Americana of a vintage cruiser. Journalists like me, and individuals who got right away a chance to demo-ride it, described the new Scout as probably the most sporty, responsive and predictable bike you can buy in the midsize category. A stylish and engineering feat that immediately created impatience among custom builders eager to show their skills on what can become the new modern Indian motorcycle icon.

28bisIndianDodgeLast year, the Indian factory designers and a few custom builders already released thematic (mainly race, hill climb and military) Scout interpretations. But 2016 is the year seeing a bevy of highly customized Scouts built by official Indian dealers (thanks to a competition among them) and by the best pro builders from the US, Europe & Asia. Among them, Bill Dodge from who is currently showing his Rollfast Scout in Daytona, a superb example to where you can take a factory Scout when you want to make it a masterful rolling piece of art in all visible and hidden details. And of course one that you can ride very hard, Bill Dodge style, for those of  you knowing what I mean… Roll fast was built for Jason Foster of Mission City, an Indian Motorcycle in Boerne, Texas.

21bisIndianDodge26IndianDodge24IndianDodge25IndianDodge23IndianDodgeWhen last January introduced me to his Scout creation named Rollfast, and realizing at first glance the amount of work involved, I did’t ask him what he modified, but what he didn’t. His reply was the factory triangle design cast aluminum frame, the engine & tranny. On this project Bill’s job was not about challenging the technology of a reliable electronic fuel injection, of a reliable liquid cooling, of a model already well established as a confidence-inspiring ride for handling and performance. Maybe an unusual approach from a builder like Dodge whose philosophy and reputation has always been to challenge for the best most manufacturers’ work. But a huge compliment to the Indian’s engineers. So, all what you are looking at (except seat, tires and paint) is his own work, hand-formed, bended and machined in his Daytona shop, and amazingly performed in 6 weeks on a 14 h/day, 7-day week schedule…

30IndianDodge31IndianDodge32ndianDodge22bisIndianDodgeI spent a lot of time scanning Bill’s work. His Rollfast Scout got all the lines and details right, never betraying the Scout spirit. First, a great execution and balance of ’ fabricated cast aluminum components, including the tail section (with a great seat from Dual Ballard Leather Works), the primary system, the frame side covers, the radiator 2 covers, the rock guard, foot controls, grips, 5 1/2″ triple tree, bars, speedo housing and mount, key switch cover, the fly by wire mounting bracket, swingarm locks, etc and a multitude of awesome details and brackets, all by themselves pieces of stainless art.

29IndianDodge27IndianDodge22IndianDodgeThe The Rollfast Scout got an improved stance thanks to the bike now cruising – or speeding – on a set of Bill’s proprietary R-9 wheels (21×3” front with Metzler 120/21 tire and 18×5.5” rear in Pirelli 150x70x18 rubber.) Front end is now using GSXR legs (an easy swap with the factory ones, he told me) with a GSXR front brake pinching a Blings disc, with the addition of a steering damper. Taillight and tag bracket are also from Blings. For the driveline the bike went from belt to his own fabricated chain final drive with chain guard. The very cool thin headlight was sourced at Hella.

At first glance, you could think, like me, that the swingarm was extended, but it’s only an optic illusion due to Bill’s tail section redesign. Rear suspension is via adjustable gas-charged, mono-tube performance shocks by FOX (sold by Indian as a direct replacement of the OEM set). Bill bended the high running stainless exhaust, making sure, a rare occurrence on custom made systems, that both pipes are, as it should be, the exact same length (24” to be precise) For paint it was agreed with painter Chad Chambers than this very special Scout should stay in classy bi-color Indian styling.

21IndianDodgeNot surprisingly, The Rollfast was declared Champion in January at the Miami International Motorcycle Show and again National Champion at the IMS J&P Cycles Show in February in Chicago.

After completing such a project, do you think that Bill Dodge, like most, would be satisfied with 100 hp between his legs? Of course not. So, the next surprise will be how fast he can make it go. I will not tell you more now, but I will soon…

Bill Dodge is exhibiting and riding his Scout all over Daytona during Bike Week. Don’t miss him and Rollfast if you belong to the 75th edition anniversary party. He loves to talk about his bikes and tries to be present as much as possible at his display on Beach Street, just across Carl Speed Shop. . (photography @ Horst Roesler for JeremySumpter)

28 Responses to “Rollfast Indian Scout By Bill Dodge”

  1. 1 Jim Tom Mar 7th, 2016 at 9:03 am

    very cool!

  2. 2 Roger Dahl Mar 7th, 2016 at 9:14 am

    As always, great job by Dodge. Good write up, Cyril.

  3. 3 Brandon Mar 7th, 2016 at 9:15 am

    The type of custom that will help Indian sells a lot of Scouts.

  4. 4 P. Hamilton Mar 7th, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Love this custom Scout. Well done Bill Dodge.

  5. 5 Catamini Mar 7th, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Indian should market a Scout Deluxe and get its inspiration from this one.

  6. 6 Drake Mar 7th, 2016 at 9:23 am

    It is a good idea, instead of trying to hide the radiator, to make it look better. Beautiful work.

  7. 7 chuck Mar 7th, 2016 at 9:46 am

    way to go Bill . Rodent would have given it a thumbs FTW

  8. 8 chuck Mar 7th, 2016 at 11:05 am

    is Bill going to take that to Willies chopper show march 10th

  9. 9 Greeko Mar 7th, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Both pretty and macho Scout. This one looks like it wants to burn rubber, especially when Dodge is seated on it.

  10. 10 highrpm Mar 7th, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    no amount of artistry can lessen the overkill of industrial stampings and radiator.

  11. 11 Dyno Mar 7th, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Great work. Indian should be proud of you.

  12. 12 Dan Martinez Mar 7th, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Probably the new reference in Indian Scout customization.

  13. 13 Roscoe Mar 7th, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Chuck, what do you mean by Rodent ” would have”?

  14. 14 JohnnySpeed Mar 7th, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    I have to agree with highrpm on this one. I appreciate the work and it’s a good try, but that frame and rad are hideous no matter what you do. I keep trying to like these new Indians and I just cant get into them.

  15. 15 Seymour Mar 7th, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Looks like fun. American. Keeps your ass in the seat.

  16. 16 glenn Mar 7th, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Looks like a flat track tire with a street tire

  17. 17 Mar 7th, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Very Nice, very nice, indeed !!!
    Probably would sell a lot of kits …

  18. 18 Mar 7th, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    That’s my boy

  19. 19 Mar 8th, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Fantastic bike by Bill, as always his work is impressive. Great guy as well!!

  20. 20 SIGFREED Mar 8th, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Liked this one from the first time it exposed itself on the Intrawebs.

    It is perhaps a touch too shiny (repeat PERHAPS – have not seen it in the flesh), the architecture though, is on the crest of the g-spot!

    It validates my opinion re the Scout – viz its aesthetic achilles is the FENDERS.

    Make this a kit (as is – i.o.w. not a watered down compromise) and I will buy the Scout and this aesthetic emancipation kit.

    In short: Make the Scout lighter – both physically and aesthetically; boost the performance beyond only pipes (e.g. a 1300cc big bore kit and /or lighter engine rotating parts and -pistons and such); perhaps a bigger rear sprocket (with quick shifter) depending on the gear ratios (have not looked at it – the engine though has a far wider rev range – so you can run up to 7k r/min with each shift easily); and you have a bona fide 21st century INDIAN SCOUT.

  21. 21 Serelaw Mar 8th, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Looks uncomfortable.
    For midgets only

  22. 22 chuck Mar 8th, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Hey Roscoe Rodent passed away in jan. an at Willies show march 10 they are going to have a celebrate of life for Rodent for at show R.I.P. Rodent FTW

  23. 23 Dan Martinez Mar 8th, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Midget? Dodge must be 6 ft tall. Uncomfortable? You must be too old and riding a trike.

  24. 24 Mar 8th, 2016 at 10:21 am

    The radiator looks awful.

  25. 25 Matt W. Mar 8th, 2016 at 10:29 am

    I think Serelaw was referring to the image of Dodge riding the bike himself. His knees are so close to his chest that he can rest his elbows on them. Granted this custom is not designed with comfort in mind but I agree that a rider of a shorter stature would likely find it to be a better fit.

  26. 26 Mar 8th, 2016 at 11:08 am

    …and if somebody did this to a Sportster the readers would be laughing until they peed themselves.

  27. 27 Choppy Mar 8th, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Fabulous fab job by Dodge.

  28. 28 Roscoe Mar 8th, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Chuck, sorry to hear about Rodent. He was a frequent poster here.

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