Indian Motorcycle has announced a new touchscreen infotainment system for its Chieftain and Roadmaster and some new colours including two-tone available for the first time on the Scout.
There are no other changes to the 2017 models except the Scout and Scout Sixty get new exhaust pipes with improved leg clearance.
Our two main criticisms of the Scout have also been improved – the wide steering radius and the rear shocks. The two-tone paint is not included on the Scout Sixty.
There is no word yet from Indian Motorcycle Australia on which colours we will get, when he models will arrive and whether the Chieftain and Roadmaster will have the new Ride Command system as standard or an option.
While Indian joins Harley in offering a sophisticated touchscreen system, Indian claims their Ride Command system has the largest and brightest touchscreen display, highest resolution and fastest response time.
The 18cm (7”) display is integrated into the dash and has 800×480 pixels resolution.
Riders will be able to use the screen with normal gloves and it will feature two-finger functions as used on most smartphones such as pinch to zoom. There are also handlebar audio controls.
They claim it has the fastest boot time, being ready in about 10 seconds.
It features 100 watts of audio output on the Chieftain and a whopping 200 watts on the Roadmaster.
Other features are Bluetooth, AM/FM and weather band (US), USB flash drive support with USB song shuffle, phonebook download, incoming call notification with name display, voice-activated calling, incoming text notification and more.
The GPS navigation system has turn-by-turn directions, points of interest, nearest fuel stations, etc.
Critical information is always displayed such as clock, air temperature, compass heading, fuel level and fuel range.
The software and maps are also easy to update.
The 2017 lineup will be on display and available for demo rides at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally from August 6-12.
Polaris Industries which owns Indian and Victory motorcycle brands recently announced bike sales had increased 23% in the last quarter, which was half the growth rate from the same time last year.