Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Indian Roadmaster

I have always been intrigued by Indian motorcycles since I was a kid.  My dad always talked about a friend that had an Indian and how amazing the motorcycle was.  He would tell me the "Indian's" were majestic and big and everyone would look at them with envy.  I only saw them in photos and had never seen one until I came to the USA.
Indian motorcycles were originally produced from 1901 to 1953 in Springfield, Massachusetts and the last model came out long before I was born when the company went bankrupt in 1953.  The first one I saw was an oldie but still gracefull model.  Over the years I saw a lot of old models including the large collection at the Motorcyclepedia Museum in Newburgh, New York.  These are some of the models on display.

In 2011 Polaris Industries purchased Indian Motorcycles and in 2013 unveiled their new 111 cubic inches (1.82 L) "Thunder Stroke" engine and three new models.  The Indian Roadmaster is the new standard of comfort in long distance cruising and the most expensive Indian with an MSPR of $27,999.

At the 2014 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Indian introduced their new model Scout, a cruiser with a 1,133 cc liquid-cooled, double overhead camshaft, four valves V-twin engine.  The Scout engine produces 86 hp at 7,730 rpm and 64 pound-feet of torque at 3,320 rpm.  The model has the lines and proportions of the 1928 Scout but designed to work in the modern world with all the latest in engine technology.  The Scout is currently their most affordable model at $11,299.

I would love to do a cross country trip on an Indian Roadmaster with my wife.  I am sure I would enjoy the motorcycle and she would love the comfort of the the back seat and would probably be more into motorcycle touring after experiencing the Indian legend.

Indian Motorcycle company, how about letting me do a long term review of the Indian Roadmaster Indian Red?

Indian Motorcycles


  1. I have a friend whose Dad had an Indian, probably an original. I never saw it. The red, lime green, orange model though ... would your wife (I'm sorry, would anyone) really want to ride that rainbow? You realize, you have to look good too :0D

    1. Oh, I would take the all red one, the last photo on the post :-)

  2. George you crack me up! I love the boldness of your request!
    Give them more of a reason and they just might loan you one. Really put together a proposal and I'll give you the email address of the guy to send it to. He doesn't always say "Yes" to me, but that doesn't mean he wouldn't say "yes" to you! Mostly I get, "NO SASH!" HAHAHA!! But it's the few little yeses that keep me happy!
    Sash - The Rude Biker Chick
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    1. Thanks Sash, I appreciate it and will e-mail you about it. I have a full time job, it would be a dream thing to do though