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Karlee Cobb’s Kustom Indian Scout "Outrider”Web Exclusive
If you are interested in motorcycles and are from South Dakota, chances are you are familiar with the name Klock Werks. You know, Custom Motorcycle builder Brian Klock and developer of the patented Klock Werks Flare™ Windshield. If you are familiar with the name Klock Werks, chances are you are familiar with the name Karlee Cobb. The youngest daughter of Klock Werks Co-Owner Laura Klock, Karlee has grown up around motorcycles and has come into her own light in the motorbike world when she set land speed records on the Bonneville salt flats, becoming the youngest land speed record holder in 2008 at only 14 years old, going 109.867mph on her Buell Blast. Growing up in an environment of custom motorcycles, everyone knew it wouldn’t be long before Karlee got the itch to design her own “Kustom” ride.
Indian Motorcycle was ready to introduce its new base line model, the Scout, in 2015. Indian wasn’t only interested in showcasing the impeccable stock chassis Scout, but they also wanted to inspire people to grab this bike and make it their own. Indian knew this chassis was a great starting point for people to outfit to their exact ideals for the perfect custom they have always wanted. Indian handed over a few brand new 2015 Scouts to several builders, one of them being Karlee to let her and the team at Klock Werks take the Scout to a direction they saw fit. Probably the first thing to stand out on Karlee’s Scout named “Outrider” is the color scheme she chose. Organic tan’s and greens help show off the flowing lines of the bike, all the while maintaining the “tough” stance as it sits. “Earthy” would be a good word to describe the color palatte for Karlee’s ride. The paint was trusted to Brad Smith of The Factory Match.com in Tea, South Dakota and Brad delivered a flawless finish as he always does for Klock Werks Kustoms.
The next thing to catch your eye is the custom exhaust. Not only the looks, but the way it sounds, it’s got this meaty rumble to it that catches your attention. Karlee chose Kully Millage of Kully Co. out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota to build the perfect exhaust for the bike, and he did just that. The exposed welds are flawless and the satin finish just helps bring this bike together staying in that earthy color palatte. The exhaust is no doubt one of the many details that will turn your head. The Outrider has a great stance atop a set of Performance Machine Wheels. The Wheels totally enhance that “tough” look that give this bike such a great looking profile. The rear sports an 18”x5.5”, and up front is a 19”x3”. Karlee chose one-off contrast cut Reveal PM wheels and had them wrapped in Dunlop rubber.
Of course it would only make sense that Karlee chose parts for this build that Klock Werks manufacturers, which is why it sports a Klock Werks front fender that wraps nicely around the front wheel. The Outrider Front Fender hugs the tire and is a direct bolt-on replacement complete with built in mounting tabs threaded to match factory hardware. Making installation that much easier. The rear fender is also perfectly named the "Outrider. It is a direct bolt-on replacement fender giving the bike an instant bobber style, using stock mounting locations and hardware. The fender actually comes complete with bolt-in taillight/license plate mount, and is designed for use with up to a 180 rear tire.
One of the other “Kool” features on the Outrider is the front radiator guard. I love the look this gives this bike, it’s such a simple accent, but it also has a dual purpose. The cool honeycomb aluminum mesh screen will protect the radiator on the Scout by guarding the rad against some road debris. The look is cool as hell. Karlee originally built the bike with a different set of bars, but mid-build changed to a set of Klock Werks Klip Hanger style bars that she says are super comfortable and just make this bike that much more fun to ride. Most will look at the seat and think it’s got to be uncomfortable, but Karlee swears it’s just perfect for her and sits her down into the bike. She also loves her small Biltwell tool roll you will find stashed under the seat.
Karlee got to take this bike around to several IMS shows in the beginning of 2015 and also had it on display at the invitation only Handbuilt show down in Texas. I think she had the most fun when she rode this bike on part of the Hot Bike Tour which actually stopped in her hometown of Mitchell, SD on Thursday September 9th.
If you are in the area stop by Klock Werks shop for a tour, say Hi to Karlee and the gang and check out her Outrider Scout in person. Tell ‘em Sara sent ya in!
By Sara Liberte