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The Indian Scout Bobber is one of those bikes that is preferred by most of the custom-motorcycles builders. In the past, we’ve seen numerous modified units based on the Scout Bobber. However, there’s this latest built by Workhorse Speedshop which is very different from the rest of them and it’s called the Appaloosa.

So why Appaloosa?

Brice Hennebert of Workhorse Speedshop explains that he was looking for a name for his latest custom bike. Since the built was so special, it deserved a special name. Brice wanted a name that could link the Workhorse Speedshop, Indian Motorcycle, and speed. As soon as he discovered that the American horse breed Appaloosa was one of the world’s fastest horses, he knew he had the name for an American sprint bike.

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The transformation

Building a custom motorcycle isn’t an easy task. And when you’re dealing with a world-renowned brand, there’s extra pressure to make a flawless product. It took 700 hours of design and fabrication to make the Appaloosa.

Brice was supported with technical expertise and premium components from project partners Akrapovic, Beringer Brakes, MOTOREX, Ohlins, and Vibrant Performance. Perhaps, the most interesting part of the Appaloosa is its streamlined front end.

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If there’s anything on this bike that hasn’t been cut and thrown off, then it’s been left there for a purpose. You can imagine the seriousness of this project by the fact that even the fuel tank has been narrowed to store only 2.5-litres of gas just for the sprint racing.

Without making any internal modifications, the engine power of the Appaloosa has been increased to 130hp with a combination of the Akrapovic exhaust, a racing ECU, Power Commander, direct intake, Nitrous Oxide Injection system and MOTOREX oil. To get the power to the tarmac, the original belt drive has been converted to chain drive and a quickshifter ensures swift and precise gear changes.

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Grand Prix legend and crowd favourite, Randy Mamola
The mission

Appaloosa is the perfect way to mark the 100th anniversary of the Indian Scout. It will be raced by the Grand Prix legend and crowd favourite, Randy Mamola, at the Sultans of Sprint series. Randy will be competing in the Factory Class under race number #19 to celebrate 1919, the year the original Indian Scout was first revealed. In the Factory Class, motorcycles must be four-stroke (air or water cooled) with no limit regarding the engine capacity providing that the tuned bike does not exceed a power-to-weight ratio limit of 0.65bhp/kg.

Sultans of Sprint Championship 2019 schedule-

18 – 19 May – The Reunion Monza, Italy
22 – 23 June – Café Racer Festival Monthléry, France
31 Aug – 1 Sept – Glemseck 101 Leonberg, Germany