2015 Indian Roadmaster: The Chieftain Gets an Upgrade

Jul 30, 2014 View Comments by

2015 Indian Roadmaster: The Chieftain Gets an UpgradeThe Roadmaster name comes straight from an Indian model produced between 1947 and 1953. That bike had a reputation as a great touring machine. In that same vein, the 2015 Roadmaster builds on the Indian Chieftain, which is already a first-class touring motorcycle. The most noticeable addition to the Chieftain is a large, built-in trunk, which, when combined with the saddlebags, adds up to almost 38-gallons of storage capacity. Another obvious difference is in the Roadmaster’s seat. The heated desert tan colored leather saddle offers individual temperature settings for both rider and passenger. Other luxurious accouterments include, heated grips with 10(!) temperature settings, high-end infotainment system, lower fairing with storage and adjustable airflow, and much more in addition to the Chieftain’s already long list of creature comforts.

As you would expect, the Roadmaster is powered by Indian’s fantastic Thunderstroke 111 engine and is otherwise mechanically identical to the Chieftain. Indian’s new range-topping bike is blessed with plenty of chrome. Of the bike Polaris’ VP of Motorcycles, Steve Menneto, says, “The quality, craftsmanship, performance, and standard feature set on this bike is simply unmatched in the luxury touring segment, and we look forward to sharing the 2015 Roadmaster and other exciting announcements with the global motorcycling community.”

Just like the Indian Chief lineup that preceded it, the new Roadmaster will make its public debut this week at Sturgis. MSRP will be $26,999.


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