2016 Indian Springfield
Described as being "The Pure, Essential Touring Machine", Indian Motorcycle has announced an addition to its 2016 line-up - the Indian 'Springfield'.
The company says that "simplicity and versatility are the hallmarks of this minimalist touring powerhouse that converts to lean urban cruiser in minutes, featuring class-leading power, handling and comfort."
Named for the birthplace of Indian Motorcycle and designed for a "pure riding experience", the Indian Springfield is a "soulful and versatile new addition to the 2016 line-up. It features true, authentic American craftsmanship, superior refinement and only the most essential touring features for the ultimate in open road touring without distractions."
Designed to be quickly converted into a cruiser with the quick-release windshield and saddlebags removed, or transformed into a high-capacity touring model with Genuine Indian Motorcycle accessories, "the Indian Springfield makes its own distinctive mark in the bagger and touring category. While related to the iconic Indian® Chief® family, the multi-faceted Indian Springfield hard bagger was developed with a unique new trunk-compatible chassis for higher loading capacity and a premium touring experience without sacrificing handling prowess."
"The new Indian Springfield wasn’t designed to fill a space in our line-up; 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," said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. "The Springfield’s unmatched versatility will win the hearts of motorcycling purists around the world."
Powered by the 119 ft./lbs. of torque Thunder Stroke 111 engine, its new chassis concept was designed to handle a wide load range - cartridge forks and an air-adjustable rear shock with 4.5 inches of travel are said to mean that it can carry up to 533 lbs. The new model starts at $20,999, including a two-year unlimited mileage factory warranty and one year of free membership in the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group.