After Indian Motorcycle announced the release of its new 2016 Indian Springfield, our Technical Editor Ken Freund ran it through its paces during the launch.
Named after the birthplace of Indian, the Springfield boasts only the most essential touring features for a ride without distractions. It can be quickly converted into a cruiser or transformed into a high-capacity tourer. While similar to the Chief family, the Springfield was developed with a unique trunk-compatible chassis for higher loading capacity and a touring experience that doesn’t sacrifice handling. Other features include a bespoke quick-release windshield, remote locking hard bags, adjustable passenger floorboards, high-resultion anti-lock brakes, and electronic cruise control.
Powered by a Thunder Stroke 111 engine, the Springfield delivers 119 pound feet of torque (North American models). Its unique new chassis was designed to handle a wide load range, featuring cartridge forks and an air-adjustable rear shock with 4.5 inches of travel for safe transport of up to 533 pounds.
It starts at $20,999 for Thunder Black and $21,549 for Indian Motorcycle Red, but how does it handle on the road? Stay tuned for our review in the upcoming May/June issue!
Photography: Indian Motorcycle
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