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2019 Indian Chief, Springfield and Roadmaster launched
Indian Motorcycle has launched the 2019 Chief, Springfield and the Roadmaster. So, what are the changes? Err, there aren’t any visual changes but there are some major mechanical changes on these motorcycles which you need to know.
For example, the riding modes. The 2019 Indian Chief, Springfield and the Roadmaster are now equipped with three riding modes – Tour, Standard and Sport. But, the most important update which these three cruisers have received is this: rear cylinder deactivation. How does the rear cylinder deactivation work? Well, when the motorcycle is static, the rear cylinder will automatically deactivate and it will activate only when you twist the throttle. This system makes sure that there is less heat produced by the monstrous 1800cc engines. And oh, from now on, all motorcycle powered by the Thunder Stroke 111 engine will be equipped with rear cylinder deactivation.
Indian has also upgraded the sound system; the dynamic equaliser can now automatically adjust the output of the frequencies at different speeds. The three high-end cruisers are powered by the same 1811cc powerplant and it produces a peak torque of 151Nm at 3,000rpm. The motor is mated to a six-speed transmission. The cruisers are equipped with a telescopic fork up front and a mono-shock at the rear. Twin 300mm discs at the front and a single 300mm disc at the rear take care of the braking duties.
Indian is known to be quite generous when it comes to fitting their motorcycles with all sorts of tech wizardry. The high-end cruisers are equipped with LED lights, ABS, adjustable passenger floorboards, cruise control and keyless ignition.