On October 15, 2015 we were offered the opportunity to participate in a world-wide Project Scout Dealer Contest of which only 50 dealerships would be entitled to enter on a first come first entered basis. We quickly accepted the challenge and immediately got to work on our Scout theme and description of our carefully chosen theme. After a few drafts, pencil and eraser, and bouncing ideas off each-other on our staff, we decided our theme clearly would be a ‘200 Trail Dragger’ namely, The Jersey Legend 200 Tail Dragger. "The Jersey Legend" is our trade-mark for previous custom builds and adequately represents our dealership, Indian Motorcycle of Northern New Jersey as well as the Indian Motorcycle brand. We are a stand-alone Indian Motorcycle dealership, established and strong since 2009. The Jersey Legend 200 Tail Dragger combines the bad-ass performance of a Scout, it's impressive history (such as The World’s Fastest Indian) and the nostalgic clean-line look and feel of the Indian Motorcycle brand. With that premise in mind, we hit the ground running on a quest to build a New Indian Scout lightweight powerhouse. In the words of our Custom Builder and Dealership Parts & Service Manager Sam Kiley, we introduce to you The Jersey Legend 200 Tail Dragger. The Jersey Legend 200 Tail Dragger was built in-house at Indian Motorcycle of Northern New Jersey (www.indian-nj.com). “When building this Scout, I used several Indian branded parts and accessories, to show off all that we have to offer in customizing with versatility. For starters, the front and rear fenders are from a 2014 Indian Chief. I cut the side skirts off and added side-filler panels to contour the wheels and Frenched-in (recessed) the rear tail light. I modified the factory wire harness cover to accept a Billet head lamp. Polished aluminum accents were made for the lower legs. Front brake line was swapped out from stainless steel to a black brake line, and upper fork tube covers were crafted and powder coated for a cleaner look. Handle bars were modified to fit the factory hand controls along with modified grips and bar-end mirrors. A bullet style gauge cup with an air ride gauge was added for the front and rear suspension. Clutch and Brake levers are old-school style pointed and polished. The factory gas tank went under major surgery. I first cut a 4.5” hole in the center of the tank and fabricated an air scoop that works by sending air directly to the new high flow air filter, maximizing increased performance. A flush mount gas cap was welded into the left side of the tank. To further customize the bike, I had the front and rear Air Ride built to my specifications to lower the bike as much as possible, and have it sit on landing gear so a kick stand is not necessary. 'Execute Black Cut Xquisite' Wheels are traditionally for a custom application but were modified to fit the Scout: 18" x 3.5" up front and 18" x 5.5" in the rear, to fit a 200mm rear tire with matching rotors and pulley. I modified the seat, which is from the 1920 accessory kit, to sit low into the bike. Basically, I only used the seat pan, which is now covered in carefully selected Ostridge leather. Next, the exhaust. Made entirely from scratch which I took 1.75" exhaust tubing and 2" exhaust pipe, and added black heat wrap for the final result.Brackets and mounts were made from scratch to mount Indian Billet Floorboards to factory Forward Controls and Indian accessory toe pegs. All new lighting, custom billet head light, rear billet blinkers and a 1940 Ford tail light were also designed specifically for The Jersey Legend 200 Tail Dragger. The original 2016 Scout Frame was completely disassembled and powder coated.Little can be said on paper to describe this beautiful custom paint scheme. Sporting a seductive hand painted headdress, with Indian silver leaf script atop the sleek black pearl paint with an attitude, The Jersey Legend 200 Tail Dragger has a silver stripe, red pin stripes, entirely covered in Silver Metallic Flake. From all angles the paint looks like it's still wet”.
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