Indian Motorcycle has just launched the new Indian Springfield, featuring a removable quick-release windshield and hard, all-weather, remote-locking saddlebags. These clip-on touring features mean that the Springfield can be ridden as a fully-loaded tourer or stripped down into a cruiser by removing the windshield and saddlebags.
The bike looks similar to the Indian Chief Vintage, but Indian says that the Springfield was developed with a completely different, trunk-compatible chassis that allows for carrying higher loads.
Let’s be honest, it’s not a total departure from the traditional approach, but the ease of switching between the two looks makes this a more versatile machine than the old-school American cruisers.
Here’s what Indian Motorcycles itself says about the bike:
Designed for an un-obstructed view of the road ahead, the Indian Springfield has a model-specific quick-release windshield that creates a large air pocket for the rider and passenger.
Comfort features, such as a rear buckhorn bar and adjustable passenger floorboards, come as standard along with the confidence-inspiring Anti-Lock Brakes, a tyre pressure monitoring system, electronic cruise control, powerful headlight and dual riding lights.
Standard front and rear highway bars allow for the mounting of accessories and offer protection in a tip-over scenario.
Brightly chromed forks, headlight housing, fender trim, engine covers, exhaust and handlebars with internal wiring bring the shine along for the ride.
The tank-mounted gauges help manage information needed for the long haul including a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) indicator, cruise control indicator, tachometer, electronic speedometer with odometer, fuel gauge, dual trip meters, clock and more.
The Indian Springfield is available in Thunder Black and Indian Motorcycle Red.
Powered by the highly regarded Thunder Stroke 111 engine, the Indian Springfield features 139 Nm of torque to ride any highway in any weather.
Featuring a left side air intake, parallel pushrod tubes and down-firing exhausts, the Thunder Stroke 111 delivers not only the signature style for Indian Motorcycles, but does so with very little maintenance. With a direct gear-driven primary, a semi-dry sump oiling system that goes 8,000 km between changes, and a host of low or no maintenance features, this is one powerplant that increases valuable touring time.
A few short minutes will allow the motorcycle to be converted into a sharp handling solo ride.
The quick release windscreen and saddlebags can be removed without tools or leaving behind ugly mounting hardware.
The split seat, featuring a unique stitch pattern, can likewise be trimmed down to create a tight and low solo look, giving the Indian Springfield a truly dual personality.
The unique chassis was designed to handle a wide load range. Featuring cartridge forks and an air-adjustable rear shock with 11.43cm (4.5 inches) of travel, the Indian Springfield is capable of carrying up to 242kg (533lb) for those trips that have an endless horizon.
The brakes feature a semi-floating design and steel braided brake lines to increase performance, lever feel and confidence. A high-resolution ABS system allows for smoother deceleration in both wet surface and aggressive braking in high-traction scenarios.
Touring comfort and convenience can be further augmented with a full line of accessories including a tall and low windshield, heated driver and passenger seats, soft lowers and heated grips to keep riders comfortable in cool temperatures.
The colour-matched accessory trunk adds 64 litres (17 US gallons ) of capacity and the leather highway bar wraps provide an element of style to the front of the motorcycle.
A performance exhaust made by Remus is available for a throatier exhaust note.
“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.”
The Indian Springfield starts at €27,000 in Thunder Black and in Indian Motorcycle Red.
The Indian Springfield comes with a five-year promotional warranty* (*specific conditions apply) and as with all new Indian Motorcycles, includes free membership in the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group for one year.
Engine type Thunder Stroke 111
Displacement 111cu in / 1811cc
Bore x stroke 3.976” x 4.449” (101 mm x 113 mm)
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Peak torque 138.9 Nm @ 2600 rpm
Transmission 6-speed/constant mesh/foot shift
Primary drive Gear drive wet clutch
Final drive Belt drive, 152 tooth. 2.2:1
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Battery 12 volts / 18 amp/hour, 310 CCA
Charging system 42 amp max output
Cooling system Air
Fuel capacity 5.5 gal / 20.8 litres
Fuel system Electronic fuel injection, closed loop, 54mm bore
Oil capacity 5.5 qts / 5.2 litres
Exhaust Split dual exhaust with crossover
Front Telescopic fork, 46mm diameter, 4.7in / 119mm travel
Rear Single shock with air adjust, 4.5 in / 114mm travel
Dry weight 372kg (818lb)
Ground clearance 142mm (5.6in)
GVWR 630kg (1,385lb)
Length 2583mm (101.7in)
Rake/Trail 25° / 133mm (5.2in)
Seat height 660mm (26in)
Wheelbase 1701mm (67in)
Brake system type Individual front and rear control with ABS
Front braking system Dual 300 mm floating rotor with 4-piston caliper
Rear braking system Single 300 mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper
WHEELS & TYRES
Front tyre Dunlop Elite 3 130/90B16 73H
Front wheel Cast 16” x 3.5” with tyre pressure monitoring
Rear tyre Dunlop Elite 3 180/60R16 80H
Rear wheel Cast 16” x 5” with tyre pressure monitoring