Remember earlier this year when Indian announced the finalists for its oddly named “The Wrench” build-off? Of course you don’t. I’m a fan of Indian Motorcycle and it had pretty much slipped my mind amid excitement for the forthcoming FTR 1200, so I can’t imagine the casual observer would remember.
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This week however, my memory was jogged thanks to an email drawing attention to a series of videos that give a little insight into each of the builders and their motivations. The three amateurs – Alfredo Juarez, PJ Grakauskas, and Christian Newman – were chosen from a group of 12 semi-finalists back in April and given US $10,000 to transform an Indian Scout Bobber.
Alfredo Juarez’s design has a low, nouveau board tracker feel; Newman’s vision transforms the Scout Bobber into something that is indistinguishable from every chopper ever made; and Grakauskas’ design turns the bike into a fully faired race machine befitting of its amazing engine.
The completed bikes are set to be unveiled late next month, just in time to make their way to August’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, where their designs will be put to a public vote. Considering the typical Sturgis attendee, I’d expect Newman’s 80s-style chopper to take the prize there. The winner will walk away with another $10,000 and a feature on Hot Bike magazine. Presumably all the builders get to keep the bikes they worked on.