Indian Brings Out Its “Buick” Bike
By John Gunnell
Indian motorcycle company has brought out a new model of the modern Indian that might sound like a Buick, but actually revives a model name that Indian itself used in the early post World War II era. Everyone who drives or rides knows that “Roadmaster” means dressy and fancy and the 2015 Indian Roadmaster fills the bill. It’s literally “all dressed up with lots of places to go.”
In fact, the Roadmaster went to South Dakota to make its public debut on August 2 at the 74th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Roadmaster demo rides at Sturgis proceeded more announcements regarding the 2015 line of Indian bikes.
Originally produced from 1947-1953, the Indian Roadmaster was widely recognized as one of America’s most reliable and comfortable touring bikes and the all-new 2015 Roadmaster is designed to take a shot at renewing that honor. In keeping with its legendary namesake, the Roadmaster comes loaded with premium features for comfort, convenience and luxury, including expansive storage capacity and unmatched power and performance.
“It has truly been a privilege and an honor for our team to be a part of motorcycling history in designing and reintroducing the Roadmaster, which has such a legendary reputation as the king of luxury touring bikes,” said Steve Menneto, VP of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “The quality, craftsmanship, performance and standard feature set on this bike is simply unmatched in the luxury touring segment.”
The new Roadmaster was built from the ground up for all-day, two-passenger touring comfort, with expansive, easy-access storage for extended rides in virtually any weather condition. It offers nearly 38 gallons of weatherproof storage, standard dual hard-sided saddlebags and a roomy quick-release, carpet-lined rear trunk (both remote locking), enhanced leg room, adjustable passenger floorboards, a power-adjustable Horizon windscreen, heated Desert Tan genuine leather seats with individual controls, heated grips featuring 10 temperature settings and adjustable airflow lower fairings, high-resolution anti-lock brakes, chrome front and rear highway bars, a tire pressure monitoring system, keyless ignition with remote saddlebag and trunk locks, triple power ports, Pathfinder LED lighting, cruise control and an advanced infotainment system with Pandora® integration and Bluetooth capability for hands-free multi-device connectivity.
The Roadmaster is powered by the Thunder Stroke 111 engine, a 49-degree, air-cooled V-twin power plant mated to a 6-speed overdrive transmission. And like any bike trying to act like a big Buick, it is loaded with chrome. The 2015 Indian Roadmaster is available at a starting MSRP of $26,999 with deliveries expected to begin in September.
The Roadmaster is loaded with features and chrome.
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