A quick glance in my garage will tell you everything you need to know about my passion for Indian Motorcycles. Since their spectacular relaunch in 2013 the Model Range has steadily grown, and so has their following. Like many Indian enthusiasts I am still keen to see the company expand the range beyond the Thunderstroke 111 and Scout platforms, but I am sure it will happen….
This year the Scout Bobber joins the range, and this is one machine I am very keen to see up close. As well as the Bobber, the Indian Scout also receives a new look and improved performance. Now standard are a cartridge fork front suspension and Pirelli tyres, along with passenger accommodations, including a genuine leather passenger pillion and pegs. Scout receives a new colour for 2018, Willow Green over Ivory Cream.
Along with the newly introduced Indian Scout Bobber, headlining the 2018 model year is the ultra-premium Indian Roadmaster Elite and blacked-out, toughed-up Springfield Dark Horse. Also receiving a noticeable upgrade is the Chieftain Dark Horse. Riders will see a 19” ten-spoke blacked-out wheel with an open front fender and the industry-leading Ride Command infotainment system now included standard.
A limited production model, the ultra-premium Roadmaster Elite features custom-inspired two- tone candy paint that takes 30 hours to complete and is finished by hand, with real 23K gold leaf badging on the tank and lowers. The Roadmaster Elite comes standard with a large number of premium amenities, including the industry-leading Ride Command system, a 300-watt premium audio system, passenger armrests, billet aluminum passenger and driver floorboards, a premium touring console, and stylish pinnacle mirrors.
Joining the Roadmaster Elite in 2018 is the Springfield Dark Horse – a blacked-out, toughed-up bagger. Similar to other Dark Horse models, the Springfield Dark Horse features matte black paint with gloss black details. The Springfield Dark Horse features an open fender to showcase the new 19” ten-spoke, blacked-out front wheel. Its quick-release windshield features a blacked-out bracket. The stylish windshield protects riders from the elements, or can be easily removed to give a more mean, slimmed down look.
“The Roadmaster Elite and Springfield Dark Horse are two fantastic motorcycles, with two different attitudes. The Roadmaster Elite packs all the bells and whistles perfect for riders looking for the best of the best, while the Dark Horse brings blacked-out style to the Springfield line,” said Peter Harvey, Country Manager – Indian Motorcycle Australia and New Zealand. “Beyond these two offerings, we have elevated each and every model – listening to our consumers to bring new features and colours they have asked for.”
The Chieftain Limited remains at the head of the pack and adds three new colours, including Thunder Black Pearl with Graphics, Bronze Smoke with Graphics, and White Smoke.
For those looking to add a more modern style, the 10-spoke 19” wheel, in both black and contrast cut, along with an open front fender, are available as accessories for the Roadmaster, Roadmaster Classic, Chieftain, and Springfield motorcycles. The wheel and open fender will fit those models from model year 2014 onwards.
The Indian Chief Classic also receives upgrades, now available with white wall tyres, wire wheels, and full chrome hand controls.
Indian’s iconic Chief Vintage line will be available in Thunder Black and Star Silver over Thunder Black models and feature black genuine leather saddlebags and seats to add to their beautiful styling.
The MY18 Indian Motorcycle range will be available in Australia and New Zealand from October, 2017.