While Polaris may have pissed off some Victory owners by calling it quits on what the company claimed was its performance brand, they continue to give current and wannabe Indian Motorcycle owners something to salivate over. The new Indian lineup for 2018 is a case in point.
At the top is the limited edition Roadmaster Elite, a nearly $37,000 touring tour de force featuring custom-inspired two-tone candy paint with real 23K gold leaf badging on the tank and lowers. Premium amenities include the company's Ride Command system, a 300-watt premium audio system, passenger armrests, billet aluminum passenger and driver floorboards, a premium touring console, and pinnacle mirrors. No performance upgrades, though.
Expanding on the Dark Horse theme, Indian is introducing the Springfield Dark Horse – a blacked-out, version of the quick change artist that starts at $20,999. Similar to other Dark Horse models, the Springfield Dark Horse has easily detachable side bags and windshield, and features the matte black paint with gloss black details that was introduced in the original stripped down Dark Horse. What makes the Springfield Dark Horse different than the standard Springfield is the open fender that shows off the new 19” ten-spoke, blacked-out front wheel.
That 19" wheel is also available as standard equipment on the Chieftan, which now comes in at $21,499. That wheel and the open front fender that goes with it can be fitted to any Roadmaster, Roadmaster Classic, Chieftan, and Springfield models going back to 2014.
There's also the Bobber version of the Indian Scout the company announced a couple of weeks ago, but other than and the aforementioned items, the rest of the model year remains untouched other than different color schemes.
Indian said the new models will be available by September so look for them in dealer showrooms by then. But if you happen to be in Sturgis August 5-13, you'll get an early look.