There has always been something uniquely satisfying about touring on motorcycles. The tourer style of Indian motorcycles has a great fan following in the US and it seems to be catching up in India too. To cater to this demand, the manufacturer has added the Roadmaster Classic to the lineup. How different is it from the standard Roadmaster?
The 2017 Roadmaster Classic is the latest addition to the Indian's touring range. It is based on the standard Roadmaster.
The huge motorcycle weighs 392kg and is built on the Indian Chieftain platform like the entire Roadmaster range. This tourer has been brought in to give a classic retro feel.
The bike gets retro-styled paint schemes including red over ivory cream, willow green over ivory cream and “thunder black”.
The old-school charm is maintained by the ‘desert tan’ leather seats, leather saddle bags and the chrome teardrop logo on the fuel tank.
The leather saddlebags and the top box can be detached when not needed and have a total capacity of 122 litres. This is a little less than the 142 litres on the standard Roadmaster.
It has no lack of modern features - you get ABS, a tyre pressure monitoring system, heated seats and grips, adjustable floorboards along with LED lights and keyless ignition.
The biggest highlight remains the brand's 'Rider Command' infotainment system. It has a 7-inch touchscreen display showing riding data and has USB and Bluetooth connectivity and satellite navigation.
Like the Roadmaster, the Classic too is powered by a 1,811cc air-cooled 'Thunder-Stroke' V-twin engine belting out 135Nm of peak torque at 2,100rpm.