1811cc Thunder stroke 111 air-cooled engine with integrated oil
Length x Width x Height
2566mm X 1000mm X 1491mm
Single Shock w/Air adjust/ (114mm)
Telescopic Fork/(119 mm)
Brakes Front //
Single / 300mm Floating Rotor / 2 Piston Caliper // Dual / 300mm
Floating Rotor / 4 Piston Caliper
Dunlop Elite 3 130/90B16 73H
Dunlop Elite 3 Multi-Compound 180/60R16 80H
Gross Weight GVWR (Kgs)
Fuel Tank capacity
Price (ex-showroom Delhi)
Rs. 37 lakh
Heavy Metal, that’s what the Indian Roadmaster, the massive 1811 cc
engine tourer motorcycle is all about. It is best ridden by a man the size of
either Khali or Magnus Samuelsson. For record’s sake, Khali is 7ft 1 inch tall
and weighs approximately 157 kgs, while Samuelsson is 6ft 7 inches tall and
weighs 156 kilos.
One early morning when I was handed over the bike by a man around my
size, I was relieved that this motorcycle can be ridden by ordinary mortals
too. The bike has a massive girth and to seat oneself on the motorcycle is an
exercise that needs to be done with caution. This bike is surely not meant for
anyone and everybody who is keen to go on a long tour. You have got to meet
certain physical conditions to ride it. Ideally you should be around the six feet height (I am a couple
of inches shorter), needs to be a regular when it comes to pumping iron, should
have adequate physical stamina and has to be a very responsible biker.
The Indian Roadmaster is like the Airbus A380 of the motorcycle
world. No matter how much of an atheist you are, you have got to say a short
prayer before riding this motorcycle.
The bike looks mighty and handsome with its two-up seat, lots of
chrome and the valanced front fender with the ubiquitous Indian head marker
light and a chrome luggage rack at the back, mounted on the trunk..
The 2566mm long, 1000mm wide and 1491mm high Indian Roadmaster is
powered by Indian Motorcycle’s proven Thunder stroke 111 engine family. The air
cooled 1811cc engine (with integrated oil cooler) generates a peak torque of 138.9Nm
@2600rpm and enough power (the company has not given the power output figures) to
propel the massive frame forward. Getting on to the saddle is the first thing
you need to do carefully, lest you trip and go sliding down with the
motorcycle. One must remember, the bike weights around 630 kilos, hence it’s
not easy handling and picking the Heavy Metal once it tilts to one side.
The bike comes with a keyless feature. Starting the bike (the key
can be tucked away safely in your jacket) with the aid of a power button that
is mounted on to the petrol tank and pressing the switch on the right handle
bar, is perhaps the easiest task. Once the gear is shifted upwards, the
Roadmaster makes its way like a turbocharged elephant. The engine is mated to a
six-speed transmission. On hitting the highway, there is no stopping this big machine
as it confidently eats up the road at a rapid pace. One can also rely on ABS
with single, 300mm floating rotor , 2 piston caliper front brakes and the rear
dual, 300mm floating rotor, 4 piston caliper brakes to bring the machine to a
halt. The motorcycle rides on 16 inches Dunlop tyres. The machine has a ground clearance
Being a tourer, the Indian Roadmaster comes with a fuel tank
capacity of 20.8 litres and loads of storage space, approximately 142 litres in
total. There is storage space in the saddle bags, in the trunk and around the
front fairings. LED technology comes with all its lights that include the headlight,
fog lights, turn signals, tail light trunk, tail light, trunk interior light,
and war bonnet fender light. The fairing mounted instrument cluster features electronic
speedometer, tachometer, and fuel gauge with odometer, dual trip meters with
distance and time, instantaneous and average fuel economy; fuel range;
real-time clock; compass; ambient air temperature; gear position display; front
and rear tyre pressure; engine hours of operation; engine oil life percentage;
average speed; battery voltage; radio information display; vehicle trouble code
readout; and 15 LED telltale indicators.
Features like cruise control come handy when you take the motorcycle
on some very long highways with sparse traffic. The windshield height can be
adjusted electronically with a switch near the left handle grip. There is also
a 200Watt stereo that can play your radio music and also integrate you smart
phone through Bluetooth. A high point of this motorcycle is the generous space
for the pillion rider. The pillion rider has the comfort of a large seat with neat
hand rests. With adjustable foot boards to boot, the pillion rider can actually
go off to sleep and still be assured that he or she will not fall of the moving
The Indian Roadmaster has been built with one and only one
purpose--- to ride on the highway to nowhere. Yes, this bike may be
frustratingly difficult to handle on narrow roads and tight corners. But give
it a broad road and enough shoulder space; it can bring the thrill to your riding.
Inter-state travelling can be best on this bike. It has enough power and torque
to stay abreast with all kinds of traffic and even when trucks and buses travel
along its side you need not get intimidated because the bike with is mammoth
size is well planted on the road. But there was a major drawback to the
motorcycle we tested. The heat generated by the engine and the subsequent
heating up of the exhaust at the mouth of the engine was unbearable. Apart from
this heat issue, everything else about the bike is exciting. Ideally best to
ride on a winter day, this tourer has all the right attributes to make your
long journey very fulfilling!
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