Black Hills Beast

THE BLACK Hills Beast, based on a new Indian Scout, was customised to emulate the purpose-built nature of historic hill climb motorcycles by Doug Siddens and Nick Jaquez of

Transforming the look of the Scout started relatively easily with the addition of several new Indian Motorcycle accessories including the 1920 solo saddle seat and a set of the accessory laced wheels. Custom details include an elongated custom swingarm, custom handlebar, custom radiator shroud, and front number plate with an LED headlight. 

The 100-plus horsepower of muscle in the Scout power-plant chewed up the earth via a custom tyre chain designed for maximum grip when charging up a hill.

“Building a hill climber seemed easy enough, but it posed some unique challenges,” said Doug Siddens of “Enthusiasts know what a hill climber looks like — so some of the mods were logical — but scaling them to fit the new Scout was the key and took a lot of work and planning. 

“We settled in on a design quickly,” adds Nick Jaquez of “But none of it would have worked without the assistance of our suppliers and partners in this build. We cranked on it for a month and tossed out a few bits along the way — I do feel like we delivered one hell of a machine — and it was a blast getting it dirty too!”

Additional support for the Indian Scout Black Hills Beast came from Aeromach (floorboards and heel shifter), Dobeck Performance (engine tuning), Fox Shocks (suspension), RPW USA (exhaust), Starr Studios (paint), Ricochet Customs (powder-coating), BTR Moto (swingarm and tyre chain), Zippers performance (chain drive conversion), and Traxxion Dynamics (front suspension).

Indian Motorcycle will continue to play with this gritty work of art as part of the Scout Custom Series with the Wall of Death Scout, and now including the USO Scout and the Black Bullet Scout inspired by land speed racing. For a new video featuring the Black Hills Beast, visit

Black Hills Beast

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