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.
It was bound to happen sooner rather than later. Indian Motorcycle have released their own take on the Bobber concept based on what other bike than the Scout.
There’s nothing really surprising about the route they’ve taken with the concept; cut down the rear fender, remove the front fender and stick on the smallest one possible to satisfy the Eurocrats and safety lobby, black out the wheels, replace the traditional clocks with a blacked-out set, stick on a set of blacked-out tracker bars and replace the headlight for something reminiscent of the Chief Dark Horse. There’s also a new seat to accommodate the new fender. Continue reading “Indian Scout launch new Bobber”→
Indian Motorcycle have said that there will be an influx of new models coming out over the next few years. While the obvious releases will be a road-going version of the FTR750 and a bike that fills the cruiser gap between the Scout and the Dark Horse/Chief Classic, I’m rather taken with the idea of a new Indian Four.
The original machine was ahead of it’s time, a luxury land yacht on two wheels. So with that in mind I took to PhotoShop and quickly came up with some cut and paste design concepts.
“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.
Love your Jack Daniel’s whiskey? Love your Indian Motorcycle? Well these special editions are perfect for you. With yesterdays release of the Indian Springfield comes news that Klock Werks Kustom Cycles have designed, in partnership with Indian Motorcycle and Jack Daniel’s have followed up on their Jack Daniel’s Indian Chief Vintage with a Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield.
Created to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Jack Daniel’s Distillery the extremely limited edition models (only 150 to be produced) are the first production models to feature Jack Daniel’s livery and its “Bottles and Throttles Don’t Mix” responsibility campaign.
There’s plenty of Indian accessories, one-offs and intricate paint work, the best thing to do is take a look through the gallery below:
JD Springfield & Vintage tank & clocks
JD Springfield panniers
JD Springfield & Vintage front fender
“Bottles & Throttles Don’t Mix”
JD Springfield & Vintage
JD Springfield side cover
images courtesy Indian Motorcycle
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