Maryborough's Gillian Kerr is is one in only five people in Australia to own a new  Indian 101 Scout.
Maryborough's Gillian Kerr is is one in only five people in Australia to own a new Indian 101 Scout. Eliza Wheeler

M'boro woman first in nation to order new Indian motorcycle

THE FIRST Indian 101 Scout motorbike made since the 1930s has made its way into Maryborough.

Proud owner Gillian Kerr was the first in Australia to order the 90 horsepower beauty and is one in only five to own a new 101 Scout.

Mrs Kerr said she went to great lengths to order and buy the bike.

"When we heard that they might be releasing a new Scout, I would jump on the internet at 3am to see if they had released it yet." she said.

"When they did release it I ordered mine so early I ended up being the first person in Australia to order the bike since the 1950s."

Gillian's love of Indian motorbikes started when she was 18 and rode one through Scandinavia while living in Europe.

"I've been in love with Indians ever since," she said.

"A couple of years ago my husband bought one and he's fallen in love with them as well."

Unfortunately for Gillian her husband Robbie's Indian is too big and heavy for her to ride solo; however she said the 101 Scout suits her perfectly.

"It's a fabulous ladies' bike," she said.

"It's easy to manoeuvre and guys love it too because it's got so much power.

"The seat is really comfortable and the whole bike is really well balanced."

After officially buying the bike at 5pm on Monday, Mrs Kerr couldn't wait to have a test ride, sacrificing a good night's sleep for a late-night ride.

"Around 11[pm] I took it for a test run around our property," she said.

"That was probably the first time the new Scout has been ridden in Australia."

Mr and Mrs Kerr plan to take their bikes on a road trip all around the country.

Gillian said she could not wait to stretch the Scout's legs.

"We're hoping to put the bikes in an altered horse float and take them all over Australia," she said.

"We want to get on the Great Ocean Road first and cruise up and down the highway.

Mrs Kerr is planning to buy a much older version of her 101 Scout soon, an original 1929 model.



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