Indian Motorcycle to launch three new models?

2017 Indian line-up three new models

Indian Motorcycles is believed to be launching three new models as soon as next week called the Chieftain Elite, Chieftain Limited and Roadmaster Classic.

Here are the clues: The bikes were listed with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) last week and American motorcycle journalists have been invited to an Indian “event” in Southern California next week.

So it sounds like the new models could be unveiled very soon.

Chieftain Elite

The term “Elite” has not been used on any Indian models before.

We expect it could be like Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicles Operation (CVO) models with all the bells and whistles.

However, we don’t expect it will have a bigger engine like the CVOs as the CARB documents don’t specify any engine changes.

All new models are still powered by the same 111-cube Thunder Stroke engine as the rest of the Chief and Roadmaster models.

Chieftain Limited

The term “Limited” is used by Harley on its Ultra Touring model, but there is no reason to believe it will have the same use with Indian.

Perhaps it will be a limited edition with special graphics, like their Jack Daniels models.

Indian Motorcycle Springfield and Chief Vintage Jack Daniels limited edition new models
Indian Motorcycle Springfield and Chief Vintage Jack Daniels limited edition models

Roadmaster Classic

As for the Roadmaster Classic, there are a couple of options.

Harley distinguishes its Road King Classic from the Road King with wire wheels and leather bags, rather than mags and hard panniers.

However, Indian uses the term “Classic” in the Chief range to signify a basic model, so it could be a stripped-down Roadmaster.

Whatever the new models are, we expect to see them unveiled soon.

It usually takes a few months before they arrive in Australia, but we can imagine they will want them here quickly too fill the showrooms as they empty out of Victory stock now that their sister company is ceasing production.

4 Comments

  1. the indian branding was always going to eclipse victory
    i have owned both indians [sv] and harleys for some 45 years .
    and can attest to the fact that unless there is a badge on it your
    average punter would’nt have a clue what it was. So now we have the
    “elites’ as well as the ‘cvo’s’ to give the insufferable snobs of the motorcycle world a way to impress the great unwashed with
    the size of their wallets

  2. I would love to see a dark horse Springfield. Unlikely to happen but I think it would look very nice. I hope Indian pick up the excellent 106cin victory engine and do something with it.

  3. I can’t wait to see the 3 new models .I have just upgraded to a 2017 Roadmaster . It takes a lot of time and money , to design and implement and test the changes necessary for the production of a new model , let alone 3 new models . These bikes were well and truly past the drawing board when the decision was made to cease production of Victory . I see this as a continued commitment by Indian , to expand an already great model range . With increasing sales , the way ahead looks great , bring on a Sports Scout and even a 4 Cylinder Delux model .

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