Indian unveils three finalists from its ‘The Wrench: Scout Bobber Build Off’



Indian Motorcycle has unveiled its final three custom builds from The Wrench: Scout Bobber Build Off. And here they are.

Indian’s national custom motorcycle competition was designed to spotlight non-professional builders who wrench for passion and not pay. The three finalists were chosen earlier this year, and awarded with a 2018 Indian Scout Bobber and a $10,000 build budget to turn their stock motorcycle in to one-off work of custom motorcycle art over the course of three months.

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Reid Wilson, Senior Director for Indian Motorcycle said: “These builders blew us away with their commitment to the program, their build and overall finished product. Each one of them made significant sacrifices and adjustments to their daily lives. They put in countless hours, long nights and a ton of work to meet the deadline. We cannot thank them enough for their time, energy and investment into the program.”

The three finished Scout Bobber custom motorcycles are currently being showcased on – and you’ve got until August 16th to vote for your favourite, before the winner is announced via social media on August 21st.


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PJ Grakauskas – Age 39 | Avon, OH

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be building a custom motorcycle for such a great company with a storied history. It’s an honor and a privilege to represent us little guys working in their small garages and sheds. I am truly humbled by the whole experience. So many thanks need to go out to so many friends and family, but most importantly my supportive wife, Lauren! Looking forward to putting a ton of miles on this fun machine.”

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  • Custom knee indented Scout tank- Raw Iron Choppers (Jesse Srpan)
  • Custom handmade fiberglass molded full fairing with belly pan
  • Custom quick release brackets for full fairing
  • 2007 GSXR front end
  • Cognito Moto offset triple trees (50mm)
  • Cognito Moto front fender
  • Front 18” Sun Rim with stainless spokes wheel with Cognito Moto hub for GSXR setup
  • Rear 18” Sun Rim with stainless spokes laced to Indian Motorcycle accessory available hub
  • Chain conversion (530 Gold)
  • Joker Machine front drive sprocket cover
  • Woodcraft clip-ons with Avon grips
  • Relocated and modified stock foot controls to rear
  • Custom low-profile café style seat with upholstery (New Church Moto)
  • 12” rear Ohlins suspension
  • Custom 2-1 exhaust with SuperTrapp aluminum race muffler
  • Beringer complete brake system front and rear, including Aerotech calipers and master cylinders in gold
  • Pirelli Sport Demon tires
  • Zipper’s intake
  • DynoJet Power Commander
  • Analog Motorcycles rear light and mini LED signals
  • Powder coated bits (6th City Customs in Cleveland)
  • Custom paint and body work (Kacey Elkins of Krossover Kustoms in Lancaster, KY)


Alfredo Juarez – Age 34 | Las Cruces, NM

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“This experience has been amazing inside and out. It’s been a huge blessing for myself and my family. I’m proud of the final product, not only for all the work I’ve put into it, but for all the work my family has put in and the sacrifices they have made to allow me to focus on this over the last three months. My dad’s time and support on this project has allowed my daughter to spend quality time with her grandpa. My wife painted the tank, which she’s never done before, but we had all the confidence considering her creative talents. My family and I are so very thankful for this opportunity and we’d like to thank all those involved on making this dream a reality.”


  • Built 4130 Chromoly 1” OD x 0.095 wall (two piece utilizing stressed member engine design)
  • Troy Fabrication chain tensioner
  • Built 1020 DOM 7/8” OD x 0.120 wall girder front end (built all components)
  • All Balls upper and lower steering bearings
  • Built 1.75” 304 SS exhaust system (open headers) Summit Racing J-bends
  • Modified tank to cover frame tunnel
  • Scout Sixty “Indian” script badges
  • 4.5” Hogworkz Blackout Halo passing light
  • Built copper headlight fairing with mounted speedo
  • Built left and right copper body panels
  • Built 0.125” seat pan
  • Victory CRF450R aluminum hubs (21” front spokes rethreaded and cut to fit 19 rim)
  • Excel 19×2.15” 36H front rim
  • Excel 19×2.15” 32H rear rim
  • Tusk front and rear rotors
  • 5” over rear brake line Earl’s brakes
  • Tires – Dunlop K70 3.50-19 front and rear
  • JTR 816-52 final drive 530 sprocket
  • D.I.D. 530 gold o-ring chain
  • 6061 aluminum spacer/hub adapter
  • Zippers primary 530 sprocket
  • Zippers intake manifold with open element K filter
  • Radiator express CRF450R radiators
  • 2x Spal 4” radiator fans
  • Reversed and inverted handlebars modified to accept stock controls
  • V-Twin – Shorty 1-1/2″ handlebar risers


Christian Newman – Age 36 | Buffalo, NY

“This experience is sort of surreal because it put me outside of my comfort zone and allowed me to work with less of a budgetary constraint, as I always build bikes with my own cash. It’s flattering that I was chosen and I am very thankful. I was a little apprehensive about my build when it first began. I’m not used to using a largely unmodified frame or motor, so I was worried that the bike wouldn’t feel like I’d done anything significant, but I’ve wound up replacing almost every piece on it besides those two major components, so it really feels like mine.”


  • Fender (one-off, custom)
  • Triple trees (one-off, custom)
  • Fork lowers (one-off, custom)
  • Front and rear hubs (one-off, custom)
  • Swingarm (one-off, custom)
  • Sissy bar (one-off, custom)
  • Handlebars (one-off, custom)
  • Cable conversion (one-off, custom)
  • Rear axle and spacers (one-off, custom)
  • Stainless exhaust (one-off, custom)
  • Skidplate/radiator shroud (one-off, custom)
  • Frame inserts (one-off, custom)
  • Grips (one-off, custom)
  • Footpegs and shifter pegs (one-off, custom)
  • Brake distribution T (one-off, custom)
  • Headlight support bracket (one-off, custom)
  • Sprocket guard (one-off, custom)
  • Form stem with fluid pass through (one-off, custom)
  • Mid controls (one-off, custom)
  • Front break lever (one-off, custom)
  • Narrowed tank (one-off, custom)
  • Kustom tech clutch lever
  • RSD front master cylinder
  • Exile internal throttle
  • Weld Racing rear wheel 15 x 3.5
  • Buchanan spokes
  • V-twin drum brake
  • Zippers performance intake
  • Power Commander V
  • Hoosier rear slick 26 x 4.5
  • Mefo front slick 23 x 2.5
  • GMA calipers
  • V-twin rear master cylinder
  • EBC rotors
  • Stainless brake lines
  • Lowbrow custom axles and fork blanks
  • Regatta Garage risers
  • 23 x 1.6 Excell Rim
  • Tomfork nacelle headlight with adjure turn signal mount
  • Hard Drive -2” 29mm fork uppers
  • Lowbrow customs fork tube caps
  • Progressive suspension 11” 413 shocks with covers and caps
  • Chrome 503 o-ring chain
  • ARP hardware

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