Indian’s new Springfield has just been announced and will arrive in Australian dealerships before the end of the month.
The 2016 Indian Springfield is related to the iconic Indian Chief family, but was developed with a unique chassis to accept hard panniers that significantly increase the load carrying capacity of the bike without sacrificing handling.
The new chassis was designed to handle a wide load range, featuring cartridge forks and an air adjustable rear shock with 113 mm of travel for safely transporting up to 242 kg.
It gives the Indian Springfield great versatility.
The bike can be converted into a classically styled, high performance cruiser in minutes with the quick-release windshield and saddlebags removed, or transformed into a high-capacity touring model with Genuine Indian Motorcycle accessories.
The Springfield comes standard with a windshield that creates a large air pocket for rider and passenger comfort.
In the accessory range for the bike are tall and low windshield options as well.
Other standard features include real leather seating, high-resolution Anti-Lock Brakes, tyre pressure monitoring, electronic cruise control, and a powerful headlight and dual driving lights.
Front and rear highway bars allow mounting of accessories and offer valuable protection from tip-overs, and adjustable passenger floorboards come standard.
The Springfield is powered by the highly regarded Thunder Stroke 111 engine, Indian’s 111cubic inch (1818cc) v-twin that generates in excess of 150Nm of torque.
The 2016 Indian Springfield is available in two colours, Thunder Black and Indian Motorcycle Red.
Australian pricing starts at $33,995, and with that price and specification level it will compete well against the Harley-Davidson Road King.
While the Indian is slightly more expensive, it does have more in the way of standard features and comfort items.