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.
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In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams takes the smallest BMW ADV bike on an urban adventure in Los Angeles. The BMW G 310 GS is a full size motorcycle with a modest engine, so of course we wonder if it is a little too underpowered and might struggle. Don put it through its paces and gives us his take.
In the second segment, Neale Bayly and Kiran Ridley have returned from the Ukraine to Paris where Kiran is based.
Kiran is an award winning photojournalist, and as an accomplished documentarian, he has covered stories as diverse as drug smuggling around the Mexican border, to the devastation of the Australian Bush Fires, to the tragedy of the Mediterranean migration crisis. Neale and Kiran reminisce about their motorcycle adventure in the Ukraine, and their observations and experiences with the incredibly resilient people of Ukraine, who have been put through such brutal hardship.