Indian Scout (2015+, including Scout Sixty) Maintenance Schedule

This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Indian Scout, one of the most popular motorcycles out of the revitalised Indian brand in recent years.

Indian released the Indian Scout for 2015. It was named after an old, classic line of Indian motorcycles, but the modern Indian doesn’t have much to do with the old other than name.

The Indian Scout is based on a modern (compared to air-cooled cruiser motors, anyway) 1133cc water-cooled DOHC 60-degree V-twin that makes around 75 kW or 100 hp at the crank. It puts power down through a belt drive and six-speed transmission.

The Scout is also available in a smaller-capacity (999.6cc) “Scout Sixty” configuration, which is almost the same motorcycle except for the smaller (lower-power) engine and a few down-graded components, and also a lower price of course. Maintenance for both bikes is the same (they share the same manual).

However, maintenance for the Indian Scout Bobber/Twenty/Sixty is slightly different.

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What you need to service your Indian Scout

Servicing your Indian Scout may seem intimidating if it’s your first bike (it’s a popular choice in the US) but it’s not hard. You should regularly change the oil and filter, and check and adjust the belt tension at a minimum.

Indian recommends they do the more tricky parts of servicing your bike, but those basics are standard fare for many motorcycle owners.

PartIndian Scout spec
Engine Oil Indian recommends “Indian motorcycles Synthetic Blend 15W-60 Engine Oil for your motorcycle”. This is an oil that meets API SM and ILSAC GF-4, and JASO MA specifications and that’s 15W-60 in weight. Your best bet is an Indian Scout Oil Change Kit, which includes an oil filter.
Oil filterChange the oil filter every time you change the oil. An oil filter is included with the oil change kit, or you can separately get a Hiflofiltro part number HF199.
Belt tensionCheck the belt tension regularly with a belt tension tool and adjust if necessary.
Air filterYou need to change the air filter every 10,000 miles (16,000 km). The part number is PL-1115.
Spark plugsChange spark plugs periodically with an NGK MR7F with an 0.030 inch (0.80 mm) gap (you might need a spark plug gapping tool)
CoolantThe Indian Scout has a liquid-cooled engine and needs (fairly universal) 50-50 ethylene glycol pre-mix.
Brake fluidUse Castrol DOT 4. You don’t need clutch fluid luckily (it has a clutch cable).
BatteryDead battery? Replace it with a 12 volt, 13 amp-hour, 245+ CCA maintenance-free AGM, e.g. Yuasa YTX14AH-BS, used in many high-end motorcycles.
Light bulbStandard headlight bulb size HB2 60/55W 12V LL.
Indian Scout maintenance replaceables

Maintenance Schedule for the Indian Scout

This is the maintenance schedule for the Indian Scout, just reformatted slightly to make it easier to read.

The core of the maintenance schedule is to inspect, clean, lubricate, adjust and replace parts as necessary. When inspection reveals the need for replacement parts, Indian recommends you use genuine Indian Motorcycle parts.

Keep all your maintenance logged in the manual!


  • The maintenance schedule goes until 50K miles (80K km) as some items only need very infrequent service (for example, changing the spark plugs, or coolant)
  • If you subject your motorcycle to “extreme use”, inspect and service it more frequently. “Severe use” includes: 1. high-speed operation for extended periods, 2. low-speed operation for extended periods, 3. operation in dusty or otherwise adverse conditions, and 4. operation in cold weather (temperatures below freezing).

Maintenance table key

  • I: Inspect (tighten, clean, adjust, correct or replace if necessary)
  • R: Replace/Rebuild
  • L: Lubricate with proper lubricant as directed
  • P: Perform
  • *: Replace at specified interval, or annually if driven in extreme conditions.
  • **: Replace at specified interval or every 2 years

Engine maintenance

‘000 Miles
(‘000 km)
20 (32)25 (40)30 (48)35 (56)40 (64)45 (72)50 (80)
Engine Oil & Filter* (Indian Scout Oil Change Kit)RRRRRR
Engine CompressionI  I I I I I
Oil Lines/Oil System InspectionIIIIIIIIIIII
Air Filter (PL-1115)IIIRIRIRIRIR
Cooling System/Radiator (Ethylene glycol pre-mix)IIIIIIIIIIIR
Valve Lash Clearance II
Spark Plugs (MR7F)IRI
Indian Scout/Scout Sixty engine maintenance schedule

Chassis maintenance

‘000 Miles
(‘000 km)
20 (32)25 (40)30 (48)35 (56)40 (64)45 (72)50 (80)
Brake Fluid** (Castrol DOT 4)IIIRIRIRIRIR
Brake Lines/Brake PadsIIIIIIIIIIII
Clutch Lever (Mechanical)LILILILILIL
Diagnostic CodesIIIIIIIIIIII
Drive Belt Tension AdjustmentIIIIIIIIIIII
Electrical Equipment/SwitchesIIIIIIIIIIII
Evaporative Emission Control System (if equipped)IIIIIIIIIIII
Front Brake LeverLILILILILIL
Front Fork Oil**I IIRIIRIIRI
Fuel System/Lines/FittingsIIIIIIIIIIII
Fuel FilterRR
Rear Wheel AlignmentIIIIIIIIIIII
Steering BearingsIIIIIIIIIIII
Swingarm/Rear AxleIIIIIIIIIIII
Indian Scout/Scout Sixty chassis maintenance schedule

Tyre sizes and pressures

The Indian Scout ships with the following tyre sizes and recommended pressures.

Tyre specs for Indian Scout:

WheelTyre sizeTyre pressure (cold)Standard tyre
Front130/90-16 67H36 psi (248 kPa)Pirelli Night Dragon
Rear150/80-16 77H40 psi (276 kPa)Pirelli Night Dragon
Tyre sizes and pressures for the Indian Scout

Tyre specs for Indian Scout Sixty

WheelTyre sizeTyre pressure (cold)Standard Tyre
Front130/90-16 72H36 psi (248 kPa)Kenda K673F
Rear150/80-16 71H40 psi (276 kPa)Kenda K673
Tyre sizes and pressures for the Indian Scout Sixty

Recommended tyre pressures are the same for the Scout and Scout Sixty, and the same for a light rider or a heavy one (or one with a passenger).

Of course, recommended tyre pressures are often to minimise tyre wear and associated expense, so find the ideal pressure for your weight and ride style.

About the Indian Scout

The Indian Scout is one of Indian’s new releases since Polaris acquired the ailing company in 2011. The Scout is a hugely successful motorcycle for Indian and a key cornerstone of its revival process.

The basic platform for the Indian Scout is a 1133cc liquid-cooled eight-valve 60-degree V-twin that makes a claimed 94 hp (70kW) at the crank (sometimes reported as 100hp), and 97 Nm (130 ft-lb) at 5,600 rpm. There’s a six-speed transmission and a belt drive.

All that is for a motorcycle that weighs a pretty heavy 254 kg wet — I think of this as “quite a lot more than a similarly-powered Triumph Bonneville T120, but not as much as a much slower Harley-Davidson Iron 883″.

The Scout’s engine is quite fun to use, making this a good transition bike for sportbike riders who want to try a cruiser. Normally, if you’re used to sportbikes, you might be frustrated with bigger cruisers’ inability to rev. The Scout Bobber’s engine does rev nicely to 7K rpm, so while you’re not going to the moon, you won’t feel like it’s “choking” as you might feel on other bikes.

The Indian Scout shares a basic platform with the Indian Scout Bobber, which is the same motorcycle but re-styled to be leaner and sleeker (and a little less comfortable and thus a little less practical).

Maintaining the Indian Scout is quite easy. There’s a belt drive, so you have to check the tension and make adjustments periodically. Valve service intervals are quite wide — every 20,000 miles or 30,000 km, which is in the same territory as other modern Japanese and European water-cooled motorcycles.

The Indian Scout was also released as an Indian Scout Sixty, named for the 60-cubic inch engine that’s slightly lower-power. Has a five-speed transmission and a lower price. Has otherwise the same chassis and ergonomics as the Scout Bobber, and pretty much the same weight.

Manual for the Indian Scout

Indian Scout maintenance schedule from manual
Indian Scout maintenance schedule from manual

The above maintenance schedule was copied from the manual for the Indian Scout, which it shares with the Scout Sixty. You can get the original manual from Indian’s website, here.

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