Indian Motorcycle is known for releasing limited-edition customs such as the Jack Daniels Chieftain Elite.For 2019, the Polaris-owned moto brand is releasing yet another limited-edition model – the Roadmaster Elite.
This new motorcycle is built upon the luxury-touring Roadmaster platform and features every premium feature you can comprehend, along with some custom paint.“The Roadmaster Elite offers the most refined, premium touring experience for riders that demand the best of the best,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director for Indian Motorcycle. “We’ve truly left no stone unturned, packing this bike with style and comfort features that take the touring experience to a new level.”Following are the Fast Facts about the 2019 Indian Roadmaster Elite.1. We typically begin our first looks with the engine and chassis talk, but the Roadmaster Elite’s paint warrants a number one. The paint – Wildfire Red Candy over Black Crystal paint with real 24-karat gold leaf badging – takes nearly 30 hours to complete and is finished by hand.2. The Roadmaster Elite features an upgraded 600-watt PowerBand Audio Plus system. Indian says The high-powered system delivers exceptional sound and clarity from high-output fairing, trunk, and saddlebag speakers that are 50 percent louder than the stock audio system offered on the 2019 Roadmaster. The PowerBand Audio Plus system features an enhanced nine-band dynamic equalizer that auto-adjusts specific frequencies to the optimal level at different vehicle speeds to compensate for road, wind, and engine noise to deliver crystal clear sound quality in every riding condition.3. Additional premium upgrades include:
Leather passenger armrests
Spacious billet aluminum rider and passenger floorboards
Premium touring console
Billet aluminum pinnacle mirrors
4. The Roadmaster Elite is powered by the popular Thunder Stroke 111, which creates 119 ft/lbs of torque.5. The Roadmaster Elite also features the latest in technology, including:
Selectable Ride Modes: Three selectable ride modes, including Tour, Standard and Sport, allow the rider to adjust the bike’s throttle response to fit their riding preferences.
Rear Cylinder Deactivation: When the Thunder Stroke 111 reaches operating temperature and the ambient temperature exceeds 59⁰ F, the rear cylinder will automatically deactivate when the bike is at a standstill, resulting in less engine heat for improved rider comfort in slow-moving or stopped traffic. The rear cylinder instantly reactivates when throttle is applied for a seamless transition to full power. The bike also features redesigned lowers that provide optimal airflow for improved comfort.
6. The Roadmaster Elite also features the Indian Motorcycle Ride Command system. The seven-inch, glove-compatible touchscreen features turn-by-turn navigation, customizable rider information screens, Bluetooth compatibility, and pairs with the Indian Motorcycle Ride Command mobile app for remote accessibility to key vehicle information. Riders can also plan a ride route with up to 100 points on the Ride Command website and wirelessly transfer it to the bike via Bluetooth.7. The 2019 Roadmaster Elite also comes standard with all the premium touring amenities riders expect from an Indian Roadmaster, including:
Full LED lighting
Leather two-up touring seat individually heated for rider and passenger
Push button power windshield
Weatherproof, remote-locking saddlebags
Spacious trunk that fits two full face helmets
Over 37 gallons of storage space
8. Pricing for the ultra-premium Roadmaster Elite begins at $36,999 in the U.S. The bike is available immediately at Indian Motorcycle dealers nationwide.
Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory + Steve ’Stavros’ Parrish
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Our first segment features the new Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory. Senior Editor Nic de Sena brings us his report on the flagship version of Aprilia’s upright middleweight machine. He gives us insight into whether it’s worth spending the extra money on the Factory version, and also of course, whether this sporting Aprilia is really the motorcycle for you.
The next guest segment of Motos and Friends is brought to you by the faster and most technologically advanced, 2023 Suzuki Hayabusa—one of the most iconic sportbikes ever. Check it out in person at your local Suzuki dealer now, or visit suzukicycles.com to learn more.
In this segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with (arguably) one of the most interesting Suzuki race riders of all time. the iconic RG500 alongside teammate double World Champion Barry Sheene. The two were almost as famous for their exploits off-track, as for their success on it. Those were the days! Steve also raced the Isle of Man TT for about ten years where he won 13 Silver Replicas, and got a podium finish. His insight into that particular brand of mayhem are fascinating.
But there’s waaay more to Steve Parrish than his motorcycle racing. He is also the most successful Semi-Truck racer ever, and, little known piece of useless trivia—he’s my birthday twin: 24th February. He is a natural entertainer and you can’t miss his recounting of the world’s most entertaining—and arguably terrifying—double-decker bus ride ever. If any of you were actually on that hell-ride then we’d love to hear from you!