Following the release of the Scout Sixty that targets newbies and those looking for something smaller and snappier, Indian Motorcycle has unveiled a new bagger – the 2016 Indian Springfield.Marketed as the “pure, essential touring machine,” the new motorcycle gets its name from Indian Motorcycle’s 1901 birthplace, Springfield, Ill.
Based on the popular Indian Chief, the Springfield arrives with a quick-release windshield and all-weather, remote-locking saddlebags.“The new Indian Springfield wasn’t designed to fill a space in our lineup,” says Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries.“It was built to fill a space in the hearts of riders who value the rich heritage and fine craftsmanship of Indian Motorcycle, and who want both a pure touring bike and a sleek urban cruiser. The Springfield’s unmatched versatility will win the hearts of motorcycling purists around the world.”Besides the removable hard bags and windscreen that protects both rider and passenger from airflow and the elements, the Springfield features other comforts, such as a chrome buck-horn handlebar, adjustable rider and passenger floorboards, and cruise control. Other stock amenities include a tire-pressure monitoring system, dual-driving lights, powerful headlight, highway bars, internal wiring, anti-lock brakes, and loads of chrome on the forks, headlight housing, engine covers, exhaust and fender trim.The 818-lbs. (dry) Springfield is powered by the Thunder Stroke 111 engine, which delivers 119 ft/lbs of torque, and is mated to a six-speed transmission.Indian says the Springfield’s unique new chassis is “designed to handle a wide load range,” featuring 46mm cartridge forks and an air adjustable rear shock with 4.5 inches of travel for safely transporting up to 533 lbs. (rider and passenger) in style.”The 2016 Indian Springfield is available in two colors at the following prices: $20,999 for Thunder Black, and $21,549 for Indian Motorcycle Red.Indian says touring comfort can be further enhanced with a full line of accessories including a tall and low windshield, heated driver and passenger seats, soft lowers, a 17-gallon accessory trunk and heated grips to keep riders comfortable in cool temperatures.For additional information, visit Indian Motorcycle.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!