It’s what many Indian Motorcycle riders have been waiting for; a hard-bagger with the practicality of the Chieftain but with the styling of the Vintage. And now, it is here, the Indian Springfield. Being based on the Chieftain/Roadmaster chassis with its narrower 25° (opposed to 29° for other Chief models) rake and tour-biased set up it’s more like a ‘naked’ Chieftain than Vintage with hard luggage – and I think that’s a good thing!
Priced from £19,599 in the UK it’s actually £400 cheaper than the slightly more ‘bling’ Vintage, which is priced from £19,999. It’s perfect for those who want the practicality of the Chieftain but also want the classic looks sans-batwing fairing. Unlike the Chief Classic, Vintage and Dark Horse, the Springfield will be compatible with Indian’s trunk/top box which is currently an option on the Chieftain and comes as standard on the Roadmaster. This will open up the Springfield as a genuine tourer giving 64 litres of luggage capacity and the ability to carry up to 242kg (533lbs) for, as Indian say; “those trips that have an endless horizon”.
Another handy feature included is a tyre-pressure monitoring system, previously only available on the Roadmaster & Cheiftain. The bike can also go from modern/classic tourer to street cruiser in a matter on minutes with quick-release (with remote central locking) panniers, windshield and rear pillion seat.
It should also be possible to turn the Springfield into something closely resembling the Classic in very little time, though colour options at time of press are limited to Indian Red and Thunder Black.
With the Springfield combining the classic looks with Chieftain-ness practicality I for one am looking forward to taking one for a ride!
All images courtesty Indian Motorcycle.
From Indian Motorcycles:
Simplicity and versatility are hallmarks of minimalist touring powerhouse that converts to lean urban cruiser in minutes, featuring class-leading power, handling and comfort
Engine type Thunder Stroke 111
Displacement 111cu in / 1811cc
Bore x stroke 3.976” x 4.449” (101 mm x 113 mm)
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Peak Torque 138.9 Nm @ 2600 rpm
Transmission 6-speed/constant mesh/foot shift
Primary drive Gear drive wet clutch
Final drive Belt drive, 152 tooth. 2.2:1
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Battery 12 volts / 18 amp/hour, 310 CCA
Charging system 42 amp max output
Cooling system Air
Fuel capacity 5.5 gal / 20.8 litres
Fuel system Electronic fuel injection, closed loop, 54mm bore
Oil capacity 5.5 qts / 5.2 litres
Exhaust Split dual exhaust with crossover
Front Telescopic fork, 46mm diameter, 4.7in / 119mm travel
Rear Single shock with air adjust, 4.5 in / 114mm travel
Dry weight 372kg (818lb)
Ground clearance 142mm (5.6in)
GVWR 630kg (1,385lb)
Length 2583mm (101.7in)
Rake/Trail 25° / 133mm (5.2in)
Seat height 660mm (26in)
Wheelbase 1701mm (67in)
Brake system type Individual front and rear control with ABS
Front braking system Dual 300 mm floating rotor with 4-piston caliper
Rear braking system Single 300 mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper
WHEELS & TYRES
Front tyre Dunlop Elite 3 130/90B16 73H
Front wheel Cast 16” x 3.5” with tyre pressure monitoring
Rear tyre Dunlop Elite 3 180/60R16 80H
Rear wheel Cast 16” x 5” with tyre pressure monitoring
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