Named after 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 lineup. It features true, authentic American craftsmanship, superior refinement and only the most essential touring features for the ultimate in open road touring without distractions. The Springfield was revealed at the North Turn Resturant in Daytona beach, Florida where the racers of old used to run at breakneck speeds trying to win the famed Daytona 200 race.
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Designed in conjunction with Brian Klock and his inspired team at Klock Werks in Mitchell, S.D., the Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield and Chief Vintage models both feature an array of genuine Indian Motorcycle® accessories and custom accessories, as well as Jack Daniel’s-inspired custom paint and logos, badging, leather saddle and saddlebags. Each fender is inscribed with the names of the seven Master Distillers who have overseen the Jack Daniel’s distilling process over its 150-year history, and an inscription of Jack Daniel’s “Bottles and Throttles Don’t Mix” mantra reminds riders that drinking and riding are meant to be enjoyed separately. Both models also come with a custom-printed Jack Daniel’s whiskey barrel top to commemorate each bike, a two-year unlimited mileage factory warranty and free membership in the Indian Motorcycle® Riders Group™ for one year. Each motorcycle will be hand-painted and built in Indian Motorcycle's Spirt Lake, Iowa plant.
"A bagger with undeniable presence, the 2016 Chieftain Dark Horse offers a ton of matte black, a flicker of chrome, and a wealth of features to roll as one of the most bad-ass American-made V-twin touring bikes on the market. By all but eliminating chrome from the motorcycle, the Dark Horse conveys an aggressive attitude that demands attention for all the right reasons.
Powered by the celebrated Thunder Stroke® 111 engine and built upon the same highly lauded chassis and suspension as the Indian Chieftain, the edgy new Chieftain Dark Horse comes from the factory outfitted with a solo seat and short, tinted power windscreen, yet maintains its spacious hard bags, ABS, electronic cruise control, integrated premium audio system and remote key fob with keyless ignition."
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Indian Motorcycle® raised the bar yet again, redefining premium motorcycles with Ride Command™, motorcycling’s most advanced yet user-friendly infotainment system. Sporting the industry’s largest and brightest touchscreen display, highest resolution and fastest response time, Indian Motorcycle® masterfully fuses state-of-the-art technologies with iconic styling. Fully integrated into the dash for an up-close rider experience, Ride Command® offers an intuitive interface, customizable information displays, glove-compatible two-finger touch capabilities, and easy navigation to points of interest, like gas stations and restaurants. The breakthrough new Ride Command® infotainment system comes standard on the 2017 Chieftain and Roadmaster.
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In mid-February, the Indian Chief Dark Horse was introduced in Chicago in conjunction with the Progressive® International Motorcycle Show (IMS). Despite freezing temperatures, a ride-in was held involving several local riders and several Indian Motorcycle® employees riding the new blacked-out cruiser, which attracted large crowds when displayed at the Chicago IMS.
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In March, Indian Motorcycle® had a tremendous presence at Daytona Bike Week, where the brand provided a new record number of Indian Motorcycle® Demo Rides, hosted an Indian Motorcycle® Riders’ Group Bike Week Party, and celebrated the first Bike Week with the new Indian Motorcycle® Daytona Beach dealership open on Beach Street. The demo rides featured the complete lineup, including the recently introduced Indian Chief Dark Horse.
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In April, Indian Motorcycle® announced a partnership with the United Service Organizations (USO), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting U.S. troops and their families worldwide. Indian Motorcycle® donated $100,000 to the USO to celebrate the partnership, and the USO became the official nonprofit partner of the Indian Motorcycle® Riders’ Group (IMRG) so riders could partner with local USO centers. Indian Motorcycle® supporter and USO Tour veteran Zac Brown and Zac Brown Band also donated concert tickets for troops and their families for select stops on the band’s 2015 tour.
In May, an Indian Scout special military-themed custom created by the team at Klock Werks made its debut. Indian Motorcycle® commissioned the custom to mark the start of the brand’s partnership with the USO. It was displayed at numerous events throughout the year. The bike had matte green paint like that of a vintage military bike, genuine Indian Motorcycle® Accessory saddlebags, a Klock Werks "Klassic" seat kit, leather wraps for the base of the quick-detach windshield, and a custom gun scabbard mount etched with both the USO and Indian Motorcycle® logos.
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Indian Motorcycle® dealers across North America hosted the Great American Summer Cookout on June 13, Dealers provided participants with food, free gifts, the opportunity to donate to the USO, and a chance to register to win a Zac Brown Concert experience.
In November, during the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show the Indian Scout Sixty was revealed. True to the craftsmanship, reliability and legendary agility of the Indian Scout, the new Scout Sixty shares the identical chassis, suspension, brakes and core engine — all mated with a new 60 cubic inch engine. Custom builder Roland Sands joined the party aboard 1 of 5 custom built Hooligan Scout Sixty's at a warehouse down on the Long Beach docks. These 5 bikes are set to race in the upcoming SuperHooligan series co-sponsored by Roland Sands and Indian Motorcycle® at race tracks around the country.
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Indian Motorcycle® accelerated its historic journey toward the official return to professional flat track racing with the public debut of the Indian Scout FTR750 on August 7 at the legendary Buffalo Chip venue in Sturgis, South Dakota. On-hand for the epic, invitation-only event were Bobby Hill and Bill Tuman, two surviving members of the legendary Indian Wrecking Crew, both AMA Hall of Famers, along with hundreds of motorcycle industry dignitaries and members of the press. The Debut of the Indian Scout FTR750 featured the #51 as a nod to Bill Tuman being the last factory racer to win a National on an Indian Motorcycle.
The Indian Scout FTR750 is a clean-sheet design racing machine developed by the Indian Motorcycle® Racing engineering and design teams. The bike is powered by a purpose-developed, high performance 750cc V-Twin engine and features a unique, ultra-light steel frame, large centrally located airbox and sleek lightweight carbon fiber body. Much like the design philosophy behind Indian Motorcycle’s family of production bikes, the design and engineering teams built the FTR750 to artfully combine state-of-the-art technologies with design elements from legendary Indian racing models from history.