THE PURE, ESSENTIAL TOURING MACHINE
Simplicity and versatility are hallmarks of minimalist touring powerhouse that converts to lean urban cruiser in minutes, featuring class leading power, handling and comfort.
MINNEAPOLIS (March 3, 2016) — Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced the new 2016 Indian Springfield™. Named after the birthplace of Indian Motorcycle and designed for a pure riding experience, the Indian Springfield is a soulful and versatile new addition to the 2016 lineup. It features true, authentic American craftsmanship, superior refinement and only the most essential touring features for the ultimate in open road touring without distractions.
Inspired by the rich heritage of Indian Motorcycle, the Indian Springfield offers classic styling blended with thoroughly modern technology for a purist’s take on both touring comfort and urban versatility.
The Indian Springfield can be quickly converted into a cruiser with the quick-release windshield and saddlebags removed, or transformed into a high-capacity touring model with Genuine Indian Motorcycle accessories. While maintaining the style and luxury for which Indian Motorcycle is renowned, the Indian Springfield makes its own distinctive mark in the bagger and touring category. While related to the iconic Indian Chief family, the multifaceted Indian Springfield hard bagger was developed with a unique new trunk-compatible chassis for higher loading capacity and a premium touring experience without sacrificing handling prowess.
Designed for an unobstructed view of the road ahead, the Indian Springfield sports a bespoke quick-release windshield that creates a large air pocket for rider and passenger comfort. Other comfort features such as remote locking hard bags and adjustable passenger floorboards come standard along with real leather seating, high-resolution Anti-Lock Brakes, tire pressure monitoring, electronic cruise control, and a powerful headlight and dual driving lights. Standard front and rear highway bars allow mounting of accessories and offer valuable protection from tip-overs. Brightly chromed forks, headlight housing, fender trim, engine covers, exhaust and handlebars with internal wiring bring the shine along for the ride.
“The new Indian Springfield wasn’t designed to fill a space in our lineup; it was built to fill a space in the hearts of riders who value the rich heritage and fine craftsmanship of Indian Motorcycle, and who want both a pure touring bike and a sleek urban cruiser,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “The Springfield’s unmatched versatility will win the hearts of motorcycling purists around the world.”
Powered by the highly regarded Thunder Stroke® 111 engine, the Indian Springfield delivers 119 ft./lbs. of torque (North American models) to conquer any highway in any weather. Its unique new chassis was designed to handle a wide load range, featuring cartridge forks and an air adjustable rear shock with 4.5 inches of travel for safely transporting up to 533 lbs. in style. Touring comfort can be further enhanced with a full line of accessories including a tall and low windshield, heated driver and passenger seats, soft lowers, a 17-gallon accessory trunk and heated grips to keep riders comfortable in cool temperatures. Yet in minutes its quick-release windscreen and saddlebags can be removed creating a classically styled, high performance cruiser. The split seat, featuring a unique stitch and stud pattern, can likewise be trimmed down to create a tight and low solo look, giving the Indian Springfield a truly customizable personality.
The 2016 Indian Springfield starts at $20,999 in Thunder Black and $21,549 for Indian Motorcycle® Red. It comes with a two-year unlimited mileage factory warranty and, as with all new Indian Motorcycles, includes free membership in the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group™ for one year. For more information, visit www.IndianMotorcycle.com.
Insights from Ray Seidel
The 2016 Indian Springfield is something for the rider who wants an Indian Vintage with locking hard bags, or someone who wants a Chieftain but with better visibility of the road ahead. Unlike the Vintage or Chieftain, the Springfield comes with rear highway bars and passenger floorboards right out of the box. It also shares the Chieftain’s 25° rake compared to the Vintage 29° for an easier to handle bike.
A quick giveaway that this is the “Springfield” edition is to look at the tank badge. Gone is the tiny “Indian” badge used on Chiefs since the 2008 Kings Mountain period, replaced with the larger badge used by Indian in Springfield, Mass back in 1947, an acknowledgement to the model name. A colorful piece of trivia on these badges (pun intended) is that the coloring between the letters “Indian” from 1947-50 could be either black, or red. Looking at bikes during that period and trying to figure what criteria was used to choose which color badge would go on any particularly colored bike would be hopeless, but we got the answer. We checked with Bob Stark (whose family has been in the Indian business since 1918) who told us that when the assembly line worker reached into the box, whatever color came out, that’s what went on the bike! During the period of 1951-53 badges went to black only when the motors became the largest in the world at 80 cubic inches and a “googie” art styled decal was placed below it.
During the Gilroy period of 1999-2003, the same style badge was used, but no effort was made to add color between the letters, just a plain and simple double stick badge was applied. If you prefer the look of the historic, larger sized Indian badge, you can order some from your dealer at $42 a pop.