Indian Motorcycle, part of the
US based Polaris Industries, has revealed a new motorcycle for 2016—the Indian
Springfield. The motorcycle is named after the birthplace of Indian Motorcycle
and designed for a pure touring experience. The Indian Springfield features a
removable quick-release windshield and hard, all-weather, remote-locking
saddlebags (also removable).
It means that the Indian
Springfield can be ridden as a fully-loaded touring model or stripped down into
a cruiser by removing the windshield and saddlebags, offering the ultimate
The Indian Springfield carves
out its own niche in the bagger and touring category. On the surface, it
appears closely related to the Indian Chief Vintage (the most iconic-styled
bagger in the Chief line-up), however Springfield was developed with a
completely different, trunk-compatible chassis that allows for carrying higher
Designed for an un-obstructed
view of the road ahead, the Indian Springfield has a model-specific
quick-release windshield that creates a large air pocket for the rider and
Comfort features, such as a
rear buckhorn bar and adjustable passenger floorboards, come as standard along
with the confidence-inspiring Anti-Lock Brakes, a tyre pressure monitoring
system, electronic cruise control, powerful headlight and dual riding lights.
Standard front and rear
highway bars allow for the mounting of accessories and offer protection in a
tip-over scenario. Brightly chromed forks, headlight housing, fender trim,
engine covers, exhaust and handlebars with internal wiring bring the shine
along for the ride.
The tank-mounted gauges help
manage information needed for the long haul including a tyre pressure monitoring
system (TPMS) indicator, cruise control indicator, tachometer, electronic
speedometer with odometer, fuel gauge, dual trip meters, clock and more. The
Indian Springfield is available in Thunder Black and Indian Motorcycle Red.
The motorcycle is powered by
the Thunder Stroke 111 engine which generates 139 Nm of torque to ride any
highway in any weather. It features a left side air intake, parallel pushrod
tubes and down-firing exhausts. With a direct gear-driven primary, a semi-dry
sump oiling system that goes 8,000 km between changes, and a host of low or no
maintenance features, this is one powerplant that increases valuable touring
A few short minutes will allow
the motorcycle to be converted into a sharp handling solo ride. The quick release
windscreen and saddlebags can be removed without tools or leaving behind ugly
The split seat, featuring a
unique stitch pattern, can likewise be trimmed down to create a tight and low
solo look, giving the Indian Springfield a truly dual personality.
The unique chassis was
designed to handle a wide load range. Featuring cartridge forks and an
air-adjustable rear shock with 11.43cm (4.5 inches) of travel, the Indian
Springfield is capable of carrying up to 242kg (533lb) for those trips that
have an endless horizon.
The brakes feature a
semi-floating design and steel braided brake lines to increase performance,
lever feel and confidence. A high-resolution ABS system allows for smoother
deceleration in both wet surface and aggressive braking in high-traction
Touring comfort and
convenience can be further augmented with a full line of accessories including
a tall and low windshield, heated driver and passenger seats, soft lowers and
heated grips to keep riders comfortable in cool temperatures.
The colour-matched accessory
trunk adds 64 litres of capacity and the leather highway bar
wraps provide an element of style to the front of the motorcycle. A
performance exhaust made by Remus is available for a throatier exhaust note.
“The new Indian Springfield
wasn’t designed to fill a space in our lineup; it was built to fill a space in
the hearts of riders who value the rich heritage and fine craftsmanship of
Indian Motorcycle and who want both a pure touring bike and a sleek urban cruiser,”
said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries adding that
“The Springfield’s unmatched versatility will win the hearts of motorcycling
purists around the world.”
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