Indian Motorcycles expanded its product portfolio in our two-wheeler market by launching the Indian Raodmaster and the Indian Chief Darkhorse. The Indian Roadmaster will be the flagship offering of the American bikemaker and has been priced at Rs 34.95 lakh. The Indian Chief Darkhorse is the cheapest motorcycle under the Chief brand umbrella and will retail for Rs 21.99 lakh (both prices are ex-showroom Delhi). The launch of both the bikes coincided with the Indian Motorcycle dealership in Bengaluru. The new showroom in Bengaluru is the second Indian showroom in the country after the one in Delhi. (Soon a new showroom in) Mumbai will be inaugurated to meet the needs of Indian motorcycle enthusiasts of the Western region.
The Indian Chief Dark Horse is the sixth new offering from the iconic bikemaker after being purchased by Polaris in 2011. The Indian Chief Dark horse as the name suggests sports a matte-black finish on the V-twin motor, headlamp, forks and alloy wheels. The stealth treatment continues onto the renowned valenced fenders, handlebars and the saddle. Chrome is present only in the form of trimmings on the fenders, engine covers, levers and the exhaust pipe has a dual-tone, chrome-black finish that looks sinister. Apart from the blackened out theme, other visual difference between the Indian Chief Classic and the Chief Dark Horse are the missing lights on either side of the headlamp and alloy wheels instead of spoke wheels. The whitewall tyres have also been given the boot in favour of the dark theme.
Powering the bike is the Polaris developed Thunder Stroke 111 powerplant as found on the Indian Chief Classic. The 1,811cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, V-twin engine pushes out 141Nm of peak torque while the Indian-spec motor churns out 139Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed transmission that transmits power to the rear-wheel via belt drive. Despite being the entry-level offering in the Chief portfolio, Indian has been generous on the Chief Dark Horse with respect to features as it is equipped with keyless ignition, ABS and cruise control.
The Roadmaster will offer luxury touring, with unparalleled comfort, styling and performance for the open road and will be the flagship product of the iconic American bikemaker. The 2015 Indian Roadmaster is built upon the iconic Roadmaster name used by Indian Motorcycles in the 1940s, and comes with a host of features like ABS, cruise control, remote locking hard saddle bags, heated rider and passenger seats, heated grips, keyless start and power windshield as standard. Powering the Roadmaster is the same motor as seen on the chief Dark Horse.
The Horizon Power Windshield offers push-button adjustability to customize airflow, provide weather protection and reduce glare. Adjustable floorboards provide passenger riding comfort and leg room comfort. The Roadmaster will be the flagship tourer of Indian Motorcycles and will offer more than 140 litres of weatherproof storage in the convenient saddlebags, roomy trunk, lowers, and fairing including convenient front storage in the lowers that’s easily accessible to the driver while riding.
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