Indian Motorcycle has revealed the “Black Hills Beast” built by Doug Siddens and Nick Jaquez of in Sturgis to a strong reception. Based on a 2015 Indian Scout, the Black Hills Beast was customized to represent a modern day interpretation of hill climbers of yore.

Some of the customization work can be copied directly by other Scout owners, as the 1920 solo saddle and accessory laced wheels come right out of the Indian accessories catalog. However, from there, the longer swingarm, handlebar, radiator shrouds and front number plate with LED headlight are all one-off custom pieces. To add to the authenticity, a custom tire chain was designed to give maximum grip when climbing a hill.

“Building a hill climber seemed easy enough, but it posed some unique challenges,” Says Doug Siddens of in an Indian press release. “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 are very proud of the result and the reception that the bike got at such an important Sturgis milestone, the 75th anniversary. ”

“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!”

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