American motorcycle maker, Indian Motorcycle, unveiled the all-new 2015 Indian Roadmaster luxury touring motorcycle. The unveiling took place at the annual Indian Motorcycle dealer meeting. This new motorcycle from the company’s stable will make its public debut on August 2 at the 74th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and will be available for demo rides throughout the weeklong event along with the rest of the 2015 Indian Motorcycle lineup.
The 2015 Indian Roadmaster was originally produced from 1947-1953. The company plans to reclaim the popularity that the motorcycle received during 1947-1953 with the 2015 Roadmaster. The Roadmaster will come loaded with features for comfort, convenience and luxury, including expansive storage capacity and improved power and performance.
Expressing his views on the launch of new Indian Roadmaster, Steve Menneto, VP of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries said, “It has truly been a privilege and an honor for our team to be a part of motorcycling history in designing and reintroducing the Roadmaster, which has such a legendary reputation as the king of luxury touring bikes. The quality, craftsmanship, performance and standard feature set on this bike is simply unmatched in the luxury touring segment, and we look forward to sharing the 2015 Roadmaster and other exciting announcements with the global motorcycling community beginning August 2nd in Sturgis.”
Powering the brand’s new flagship luxury touring bike will be a tried and tested Thunder Stroke 111 49-degree, air-cooled V-twin engine that will be mated to a 6-speed overdrive transmission. The Roadmaster will receive chrome in bulk including the forks, trim, trunk rack, front and rear highway bars, fender tips, and many other components that are options on other brands.
So what the new Roadmaster has to offers? Here is the list:
- Nearly 38 gallons of weatherproof storage
- Standard hard-sided saddlebags and a roomy quick-release, carpet-lined rear trunk —both featuring remote locking for security and convenience
- Enhanced driver leg room and adjustable passenger floorboards
- The Horizon Windscreen featuring power-adjust
- Desert Tan Genuine Leather heated seats with individual controls and high/low settings
- Heated grips featuring 10 temperature settings
- Adjustable airflow lower fairings with storage
- Luxury is Standard
The list of standard premium features will include:
- High-resolution Anti-Lock Brakes
- Chrome front and rear highway bars
- Tire pressure monitoring system
- Keyless ignition with remote saddlebag and trunk locks
- Triple power ports
- Pathfinder LED Lighting throughout
- Electronic cruise control
- Advanced infotainment system offering communication, navigation, and telephone and Pandora® integration
- Bluetooth capability for hands-free multi-device connectivity
- Proven Power and Endless Chrome
Company has put a price tag of USD 26,999 (approximately Rs 16.23 lakh) on the 2015 Indian Roadmaster across North American and is expected to commence deliveries in September. It will be available in Thunder Black, Indian Motorcycle Red, and a two-tone Indian Motorcycle Red/Ivory Cream paint scheme.
Will Indian Motorcycles bring this model to India? Well, let’s hope it does. But before that we hope that the company begins local manufacturing and assembly to save import taxes and keep the prices low.