Never ones to shy away from putting even more kit on their range of touring motorcycles, Indian Motorcycles have given its Roadmaster touring bike a retro bagger makeover for 2017.
The Roadmaster Classic takes the Roadmaster as a base, but now gets even more kit to make the massive touring cruiser into the new 2017 Roadmaster Classic.
With new leather saddlebags, a new leather boot (or trunk if you’re American…), the Roadmaster Classic takes the iconic style of old Indians but combines it with modern technology. And tassles, don’t forget the tassles.
The heated passenger seat comes in brown leather along with a heated pillion seat.
If you want a more stripped-down look when not touring, the 64.5 litre rear boot can be easily removed. The saddlebags hold 60.5 litres each and again, can be easily removed if required.
Modern features on the new Roadmaster Classic include keyless ignition, new LED ‘Pathfinder’ headlight and a full infotainment system to control everything from music to sat nav through a full-colour 7-inch screen. There’s ABS and cruise control too.
The infotainment system is so clever in fact, that Indian say it can be split in to three different display screens to show different information to the rider, and the touch screen can be operated with gloves on.
A powerful 100-watt music system means you can listen to your favourite tunes when kicking back on the chrome footboards through an array of built-in speakers.
The motor is the same basic air and oil-cooled lump as all big Indians – a 1811cc V-twin putting out a claimed 119ft-lb of torque at low revs. It uses fly-by-wire throttle technology to create a seamless link between the rider’s throttle openings and the motor.
As we’ve come to expect from the big Indians, the detailing of the motor, the old-fashioned style of the long push rod tubes, the finned cylinder heads, and the general finish of the bike is exquisite.
In terms of the chassis there’s air suspension which is adjustable depending on the load the rider is carrying, and it runs on fat Dunlop Elite 3 tyres.
Twin four-piston calipers grip twin 300mm discs at the front, with a single 2-piston caliper on a 300mm disc at the rear.
The Roadmaster Classic weighs in at 392kg dry.
It will be available in three paint schemes – Thunder Black, Willow Green with Ivory Cream, or Indian Motorcycle Red with Ivory Cream.
No UK prices are yet available.