Indian Motorcycles are on the warpath with their new 2016 Indian Springfield they released just 3 weeks ago. Polaris Industries are certainly on the move up with their new model Victory and Indian brands, it wasn’t that long ago they raised a lot of interest with their Victory Octane and Indian Scout bikes, which in turn is reflecting in the increasing of their share price. No doubt their main competitor Harley Davidson are keeping a very close watch on what is coming out of Polaris, and how the bikes compare. Regardless whether you are a Harley, Victory or Indian fan healthy competition is good especially if it improves on a firms quality and customer satisfaction.
This review was made a week before the 2016 Indian Springfield was due to be released and Shawn was amongst the first to be able to give a review along with a short ride. He had to be respectful as this is a bike with zero miles on customer order but he was so impressed with the Springfield I think he is still smiling. Although he wouldn’t wrap the throttle I was impressed how quiet the bike is, and it gives the impression of being a very comfortable long distance cruiser. Amongst the list of optional extras is a heated seat, and heated handlebars.
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The 2016 Indian Springfield specifications are much as would be expected. Engine is 1811cc fuel injected V Twin with a 9.5 ;1 compression ratio, putting out 76.4 hp at 4510 rpm and 119.2 ft lbs torque at 3000 rpm. This engine is the same Thunder Stroke as used in the Roadmaster. Gearbox is 6 speed. Weight with the 5.5 gallon gas tank full is 852 lbs Brakes are ABS with twin 12 inch 4 piston calipers on the front, and single 12 inch 2 piston caliper on the rear. Included is cruise control, tire pressure monitor, quick release windshield and the 2 steel saddlebags.
Price is listed at $20,999 with black paint, and $21,549 with the red paint option.
If you don’t consider this bike has the “wow effect” please tell me why.
Special thanks to Shawn Smoak, and to CycleWorld.com