It’s that time of year already, Indian Motorcycle announced their 2018 line-up today and there’s some interesting changes to the range. For a quick overview watch the video below and then read the full details further down for more information and lovely glossy images.
Having seen the Indian Motorcycle brand grow exponentially since it’s relaunch in 2013 (2014 for us in the UK), the Polaris owned motorcycle company will be offering 15 models in their 2018 range. That’s pretty damn good going since starting with just three models, the Chief, Chief Vintage and Chieftain 5 years ago.
I’ve already talked about the new Scout Bobber but if you’ve not read that report click here or watch the video below.
Next up Indian have updated the highly popular Scout. For 2018 the 1133cc liquid-cooled machine will see the addition of a pillion seat as standard. The telescopic front forks have also been upgraded to cartridge forks and the own-brand tyres changed to Pirelli’s which should make a difference for those riders who want a sportier ride on their cruiser. The colour options for 2018 include Thunder Black, Burgundy Metallic and Brilliant Blue/White which transfer over from the 2017 line-up but there’s new colours in the form of Metallic Jade and Willow Green/Ivory Cream.
Not much has change for the 2018 Scout Sixty but alongside Thunder Black and Indian Motorcycle Red the MY2018 Sixty see’s the addition of Polished Bronze and Thunder Black/Titanium Metallic (with red pin stripe) to the range.
The MCN 5-star rated Springfield is unchanged for 2018 all bar the addition of a new colour, Metallic Jade/Thunder Black.
The Springfield concept is augmented for 2018 with the launch of the Springfield Dark Horse. What we have come to expect from the Indian Dark Horse versions is black, black and more black! To quote Spinal Tap there is “none more black”! Yet for the 2018 Springfield Dark Horse there’s more as it will feature an open fender that shows off that lovely 19″ ten-spoke wheel, first seen on the Chieftain Elite and Chieftain Limited. It does come with a quick-release windscreen but it looks far meaner with it removed.
There’s a change in the Chief range for 2018 with the Steel Gray being the sole model. Designed to be a basic bike ready for customising.
The Chief Classic also offers just one colour, Burgundy Metallic but I think looks like it would make a brilliant base for some pin-stripping and gold leaf! For 2018 it gains spoke wheels, whitewall tyres and chrome controls.
There’s no change for the Chief Dark Horse for 2018 but the Chief Vintage has some colour changes. These include Thunder Black and Star Silver/Thunder Black which both come with black seats and saddlebags and Indian Motorcycle Red/Ivory Cream and Sky Blue/Pearl White which both come with tan seats and bags. I’m a little in love with the Sky Blue/Pearl White colours!
The Chieftain comes in just one colour scheme for 2018, Steel Gray and like the base Chief is intended for customisation. It also gets the 19″ wheel from the Chieftain Limited.
The classic version of the Chieftain changes its name to the Chieftain Classic and is aimed at customers who value the Indian Motorcycle heritage. It comes in Star Silver, Indian Motorcycle Red and Thunder Black.
The Chieftain Limited gets 5 colour options for 2018 including Thunder Black Pearl, Brilliant Blue, White Smoke, Thunder Black Pearl with Graphics and Bronze Smoke with Graphics.
For 2018 the Chieftain Dark Horse will come with Ride Command and a 19″ front wheel.
Indian Motorcycles take on Harley Davidson’s CVO model with the Roadmaster Elite. A limited run model featuring ultra-premium hand painted two-tone cobalt blue and black colour scheme with real 23k gold leaf badging. It includes an awesome 300-watt premium audio system that will rival pretty much anything on wheels!
The 2018 Roadmaster will come in four colours with the Burgundy Metallic version being the only model with a tan seat. The other colours all have black seats. The Roadmaster Classic is unchanged for 2018.
There’s no word on pricing yet but expect that to be in place ready for the European motorcycle shows that begin in Autumn.