Indian Motorcycle is doing it right – staying focused on its core approach of classically styled bikes with modern technology. The fact they can do so with the introduction of more than one new model a year since it’s latest iteration in 2014 is testament to just how committed they and the parent company, Polaris, is to the success of the brand.
The recently introduced Springfield is yet another example. The name is derived the small town in Massachusetts where the original Indian Motorcycle company was founded. While it resembles the Chief and Chief Classic, the Springfield gives Indian owners more options.
A quick release windshield, and removable hard sidebags and passenger seat means you can switch this bike from cruiser to bagger in a matter of minutes. Add the 17-gallon trunk that comes standard on the mega liner Roadmaster and you’ve got yourself a bike with all of the flexibility you might need from a big V-twin.
The Indian Springfield minus bags and windshield
Indian kept the 111cu-inch power plant that gives the oomph to all but its Scout line, but they did beef up the chassis and suspension on the Springfield over what is standard on the Chief and Chief Classic. That gives the Springfield the ability to haul that trunk and additional weight load in the bags, and brought the overall weight capacity up past 530 pounds.
ABS is standard, as are the front highway bars, rear bag guards, passenger floorboards and real leather on the seats. Indian is also making a wide assortment of accessories that will allow owners to personalize the look and performance of their new Springfield.
Our only beef is that the bike only comes in red and black, but with so much more to like about the way the Springfield looks, we’ll push that nit aside.
While current iterations of Indians are far less than the $30,000-plus range they were sold at by former company owners, these bikes still aren’t cheap. You’ll pay just under $21,000 for the Thunder Black version and just over $21,500 for the more traditional Indian Motorcycle Red. But with so many different ways to set up the Springfield, you can justify it by arguing you’re buying several bikes in one.