Nik Heer, 27, and Fabian Witzig, 22, of Switzerland will modify an Indian Scout as a custom/racer and compete in a select number of events, just for the fun of it all. The owners of the Young Guns shop in the village of Rapperswil plan to race at some of the Essenza sprints and in the Punks Peak race at Wheels and Waves this summer.
The young builders have previously turned out creations like the Ducati Pandora and Ferdinand the Sparrow, a streamlined sprinter that was ridden to a world speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats last year. Nik says: “The shape and appearance of Young Guns bikes are always pretty dry and mostly about the function of the machine,” said Heer. “But at the end that makes the bikes look as good as they do. The idea is we can line up our bikes next to pure show bikes and win prizes for their aesthetics but also win races.
“We have been watching Indian Motorcycle become more and more popular in Switzerland, and are thrilled to finally have an Indian Scout in our workshop. We have some amazing ideas in mind to transform this into a real racing machine and Fabian and I are looking forward to sharing each stage of the build over the next three months.”
The duo plans to premier the completed Scout at the Art and Wheels show in Basel on Saturday 13th May. The pair then intend to race the Scout in some of Essenza magazine’s sprint series; at the Caferacer Festival Montlhery in June and then Glemseck 101 in September. They will also be entering the Punks Peak race at the Wheels & Waves festival in Biarritz in June where they have a score to settle:
“We took a tuned and customised Triumph T120 to Punks Peak last year,” Nik explains. “But I revved it too high. We were super pissed off and we can’t wait to go back and win, hopefully this time with our Indian Scout.”