Indian Motorcycle has announced its NEW Chief, Springfield and Roadmaster models for 2019 – and they’ve been updated with new technology to help improve the riding experience.

Developed in response to feedback from riders, the new technology aims to improve performance and comfort, while offers riders more customisability. First off, there are new selectable ride modes which allow you to choose between three individual Ride Modes on the fl. Tour, Standard or Sport. The throttle map for each Ride Mode was designed with a specific application in mind. “Tour” mode features a smooth throttle response for relaxed cruising. “Standard” mode features a crisp throttle response and well-balanced power delivery for responsive passing power and predictable, slow-speed handling. And finally, “Sport” mode features an instant throttle response and aggressive power delivery for purposeful acceleration.


The second thing Indian has done to help improve rider comfort (on all Thunder Stroke 111 models at least) is add Rear Cylinder Deactivation. That means, that when the engine reaches operating temperature and the ambient temperature exceeds 15ºC, the rear cylinder will automatically deactivate when the bike is at a standstill, resulting in less engine heat for improved comfort in slow-moving or stopped traffic. The rear cylinder instantly reactivates when throttle is applied for a seamless transition to full power.


That’s not all, there’s also improved airflow on Roadmaster models. More specifically, the lower fairings on the 2019 Roadmaster have been redesigned to provide more airflow to the rider. Plus, the redesigned airflow vent can actually be adjusted – between open and closed depending on the level of ventilation or weather protection you’re after. In a nice touch, the new lower fairings can even be retrofitted to bikes from past model years.


Indian has updated its stock audio system too. The tweeters have been separated from the mid-range speakers to optimise sound output and clarity. A customisable, dynamic equaliser now adjusts specific frequencies at different vehicle speeds to provide peak performance at all times. As speed increases, the equaliser automatically adjusts each frequency to the optimal level to compensate for road, wind and engine noise. Indian claims the result is crystal clear, 100-watt premium audio at all speeds.


Steve Menneto, President of Indian Motorcycle said: “These enhancements for 2019 showcase our commitment to listening to riders and continuously improving their experience with our products. We are laser-focused on delivering a best-in-class riding experience, and these new technologies represent a focus on quality that will continue long into the future of Indian Motorcycle.”

That’s not all – for 2019 the Chief Dark Horse and Springfield Dark Horse will receive a few styling updates. They now come with premium gloss black finishes on the engine including the primary, valve, and cam covers, push-rod tubes, as well as on the exhaust and saddlebag hinges.

The Springfield Dark Horse is offered in two colours – Thunder Black Smoke and a new White Smoke option. Plus it comes with the iconic Indian headdress on the front fender and a 19” contrast-cut wheel. The front highway bars and windshield were also removed to punctuate its sleek, streamlined stance.

The bikes won’t be available until October at the earliest, but for more information on the 2019 Chief, Springfield and Roadmaster models, visit:


Ross Mowbray

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