Historic Motorcycle Brand Gets New Technology In 2017 Indian Lineup

One of the oldest names in motorcycles released details about its newest models as Indian shared what riders can expect from its 2017 lineup.

If bikers feel the motorcycle media had a reporting frenzy over the last twenty-four hours, it may have something to do with Polaris, the parent company of Indian, Victory and Slingshot releasing details about the new models for the different lines at the same time.

It could be considered as a two-wheeled Christmas of sorts. Clutch and Chrome has its review of the new Slingshot and Victory Motorcycles here and here, respectively.

Looking to Indian Motorcycle, all the 2016 models are returning and are joined by the recently released Scout Sixty, Indian Springfield, and Chieftain Dark Horse models, many of which enjoy new features, new color choices, awe-inspiring infotainment systems and much more.

Indian is quite proud about their new Ride Command Infotainment System calling it ‘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 feels it has masterfully fused state-of-the-art technologies with truly remarkable styling.

Fully integrated into the dash for an up-close rider experience, Ride Command promises an intuitive interface, customizable information displays, glove-compatible two-finger touch capabilities, and easy navigation to points of interest, like gas stations and restaurants.


Interested riders should look for the breakthrough new Ride Command infotainment system on all 2017 Chieftain and Roadmaster models with the best news being it’s included as a standard feature.

Speaking of features, the Ride Command Infotainment Systems are as follows:

  • 7-inch display, 800x480 pixels, 2-finger capacitive with swipe and pinch to zoom
  • Fastest boot time, how quickly it switches on, being ready in about 10 seconds
  • 100-watt premium audio system can be found on the Chieftain, 200-watt on Indian’s Roadmaster with both enjoying touchscreen and handlebar audio controls
  • Bluetooth audio, AM/FM/weather band, USB flash drive support with USB song shuffle
  • GPS navigation with turn-by-turn directions, points of interest, compass, and more
  • Critical information always displayed, like clock, air temperature, compass heading, fuel level and fuel range
  • Convenient phone features available through easy Bluetooth pairing, including phonebook download, incoming call notification with name display, voice activated calling, incoming text notification, and more

2017 Midsize Lineup

Looking first to Indian’s Scout, simply because it’s caught the attention and imagination of many riders, the model has enjoyed a landslide of awards, accolades and phenomenal sales success since its introduction. It rides into the 2017 lineup slimmer and sexier with the ever-classic Indian scout’s dry weight reduced to 538 pounds with the design time promising this will improve the motorcycle’s precise handling and category-leading power and quickness.

With a low 25.3-inch seat height and available extended and reduced reach accessories, Indian considers its Scout is the perfect bike for riders of many sizes and skill levels. Featuring a liquid-cooled 69 cubic inch V-twin engine, an exhilarating 100 HP of raw power and starting at $11,299, the 2017 Indian Scout is the thoroughly modern rebirth of an American classic.

Available in Ivory Cream, Thunder Black, Silver Smoke and Thunder Black Smoke. Indian Scout featuring ABS is offered in Burgundy Metallic plus a pair of two-tone finishes starting at $12,299.


2017 Indian Scout in all its glory and colors - Source Indian Motorcycle

Its slightly smaller sibling, the Scout Sixty doesn’t have many changes for 2017 except being a great place for new riders to enter the past time or be considered as an affordable second motorcycle. Enjoying the legendary handling and performance of the Scout, the Scout Sixty is offered at a very attainable $8,999 starting price. Powered by a potent 60 cubic inch engine mated to a silky smooth 5-speed transmission, this mid-size cruiser is arguably the best buy in motorcycling today.

Available in Thunder Black and Pearl White. Scout Sixty with ABS is offered in Indian Motorcycle Red starting at $9,999.


2017 Indian Scout Sixty - Source Indian Motorcycle

2017 Cruiser Lineup

Indian’s Chief Classic continues its road trip into 2017 powered by the proven and award-winning Thunder Stroke 111 engine.

‘The aptly named Chief Classic has set a new benchmark as the classic American cruiser’ Indian states noting the model’s iconic lines, world-class finishes, heritage inspired design, balance, and unrivaled engineering make it the ultimate choice for pure cruiser enthusiasts.

The 2017 Chief Classic is available starting at $18,499 and is available in Pearl White and Burgundy Metallic over Thunder Black two-tone.


2017 Chief Classic - Source Indian Motorcycle

Riders looking to show their attitude to the world can consider the 2017 Indian Chief Dark Horse which has been designed to be ‘the baddest, boldest bike on the road’. Sporting the award-winning Thunder Stroke 111 engine, it sets its tone with end-to-end matte black finish and just a touch of chrome, leaving every other bike on the road appearing tame.

Featuring ABS, remote key fob for keyless ignition, electronic cruise control, a dry weight of 751 pounds and starting at just $17,499, the Indian Chief Dark Horse throws in the bad attitude at no additional cost.


2017 Chief Dark Horse - Source Indian Motorcycle

Some will say the bagger is enjoying a resurgence, others will claim they never went out of fashion. Regardless, this popular style of motorcycle can be found in the Indian lineup with its very own segment.

Looking first to the 2017 Chief Vintage, called the ‘ultimate retro-vintage bagger’, Indian promises this 2017 model will turn heads with its classic styling, iconic soft-sided saddle bags crafted from Desert Tan Genuine Leather, all dripping in fringe and Indian Motorcycle nostalgia. Featuring the classic power of the Thunder Stroke 111 engine, the Chief Vintage is offered in Thunder Black and three gorgeous two-tone vintage color schemes. MSRP starting at $19,999.

 Indian’s Chieftain and Chieftain Dark Horse are being considered as two of America’s most commanding, versatile and awe-inspiring bikes. Both feature the Thunder Stroke 111 engine, TPMS, ABS, fairing with integrated driving lights and power windshield, cruise control, remote locking hard bags, keyless ignition and much more.

The Chieftain Dark Horse, starting at $21,999, is the newest addition to Indian’s bagger family. Sporting a premium 100W audio system and an ominous nose-to-tail matte black finish with minimal chrome those who like their rides dark and menacing.

The Indian Chieftain starts at $23,999 and is one of the first models in this overview that enjoys the all-new Ride Command system as standard, allowing bikers to blast out 100W of premium audio wherever they go and enjoy all the infotainment features a rider leading the pack could ever want. The Chieftain is available in Thunder Black Pearl, White Smoke, Silver Smoke, and a pair of two-tone palettes.


Indian’s 2017 Chieftain and Chieftain Dark Horse - Source Indian Motorcycle

Causing a stir a Daytona Bike week, the Indian Springfield was named after the birthplace of Indian Motorcycle taking the stakes that much higher. With this in mind, the Indian Springfield offers classic styling blended with thoroughly modern technology for a purist’s take on both touring comfort and urban versatility.

The Springfield can be quickly converted into a cruiser with the quick-release windshield and saddlebags removed, or transformed into a high-capacity touring model with Genuine Indian Motorcycle accessories. Remote locking hard bags and adjustable passenger floorboards come standard along with genuine leather seating, ABS, TPMS, cruise control, and a powerful headlight and dual driving lights. Indian Springfield is offered in Thunder Black or Indian Motorcycle Red.

New for 2017 are stunning Steel Gray/Burgundy Metallic and Blue Sapphire/Star Silver two-tone finishes with the MSRP starting at $20,999.


2017 Indian Springfield - Source Indian Motorcycle

Wrapping up the overview of Indian’s 2017 offerings are the touring motorcycles.

Its Indian Roadmaster returns for 2017 with a grand statement as the motorcycle manufacturer notes this model is ‘the industry’s flagship tourer and the epitome of luxury and comfort’. Backing up this claim is its rock solid Thunder Stroke 111 engine and nearly 38 gallons of storage.

The Roadmaster also offers a wealth of ergonomic luxury and innovations for rider and passenger alike, including a power-adjustable windscreen, heated grips, individually controlled heated seats for driver and passenger, ABS, TPMS, keyless ignition with remote locking storage, electronic cruise control and adjustable passenger floorboards.

New for 2017, the Ride Command infotainment system in included with the Roadmaster as a standard feature, delivering a powerful 200W premium audio experience, along with state-of-the-art GPS/Navigation, a 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen display, seamless Bluetooth integration, hands-free calling, a wealth of vehicle information and more.

Offered in Thunder Black, Burgundy Metallic, and three two-tone palettes starting at $28,999.


Indian Roadmaster - Source Indian Motorcycle

All of the 2017 Indian lineup as well as the new motorcycles from Victory and Slingshot can be found at the 76th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

It’s an open invitation from Indian for anyone finding themselves in Sturgis to view the entire new 2017 lineup at the Indian Motorcycle Factory display on Lazelle St. throughout the rally, or to experience them firsthand with a Factory Demo Ride at 2100 Whitewood Service Road, I-90 at Exit 30, from August 6 - August 12 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.

The entire family of 2017 models will be available for demo rides, including a selection of accessorized models.

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