Indian is in the process of recalling 3,341 brand-new 2018 motorcycles – because there’s a chance that they could start on their own.

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We’ve been told that the issue stems from the affected bikes’ right-hand control cluster – which can become corroded over time and cause issues with the electrics. Basically, if the bike’s wireless key is within range, there’s a risk that the motorcycle will initiate a start-up procedure on its own. Crazy stuff.


Indian has offered a list of models which are susceptible to the defect, and here they are:

Indian Chief, Chief Classic, Chief Dark Horse, Chief Vintage, Chieftain, Chieftain Classic, Chieftain Dark Horse, Chieftain Elite, Chieftain Limited, Springfield, and Springfield Dark Horse motorcycles.


Indian is busy notifying affected owners – who’ll be able to take their bike into an Indian dealer and have the right hand combination switch replaced free of charge.

We’re not sure if it’s affecting bikes in the UK, just yet. But if you’re in the USA, and you’ve got your hands on a brand new Indian, it’s worth giving your local dealership a call.

Ross Mowbray
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