“forging new legends” is the catchphrase for 2017 emea (europe, middle east and africa region) indian motorcycle range.
Indian like to surprise us with new models and I didn’t see this one coming. Granted there are no ‘new – new’ models in the 2017 but there are some significant changes.
Let’s start with the news that will no doubt be grabbing the headlines; Indian’s all-new RIDE COMMAND integrated sat-nav/ride computer/entertainment system. Featured as standard on all 2017 Roadmaster and Chieftain models (excluding the Chieftain Dark Horse) it’s a 7″ (the BIGGEST integral screen on a production motorcycle) touchscreen with customisable split-screens that can be operated with a gloved hand. It’s linked to Indian Motorcycle’s premium audio system which bangs out an impressive 100 watts on the Chieftain and a positively head-thumping 200 watts on the Roadmaster.
The display is customisable allowing you to see any combination of eight different screens that include Vehicle Status, Vehicle Info, Trip 1, Trip 2, Ride Data, Audio, Bluetooth and Map/Navigation. Looking at the videos it looks to be one of the easiest to operate on the market.
The next major change sees the Indian Scout and Scout Sixty receive technical updates including recalibrated rear shocks, improved looks for wiring harness, a redesigned rear header exhaust pipe to give more leg clearance, a swingarm bearing cover and increased steering lock. The Scout Sixty will also be able to be modified to be A2 licence compliant.
In addition the Scout will now be available in a two-tone colour scheme, which to me at least, is reminiscent of the RSD Super Hooligan custom bike.
There are colour changes throughout the rest of the range too, with the Chief Classic being available in a metallic burgundy/black two-tone as well as the pearl white which many have dubbed the Pale Horse. The Roadmaster gets a black seat across most of it’s colour schemes (much needed if you ask me) though the lovely bright metallic blue or ‘Blue Diamond’ is gone. Let’s see a daring bright yellow bike next year hey?
What do you think of the new line-up? Drop me a comment below but in the meanwhile take a look through the gallery.