Indian Motorcycle introduces Ride Command touchscreen system
Touch screen infotainment systems have been a common sight on cars. Bikes on the other hand seem to be lacking this feature. Given the space constraints on the motorcycle, basic information is all you expect from the instrument cluster. But this doesn't apply to Indian Motorcycles, of course.
Indian Motorcycles have launched their 2017 Chieftain and Roadmaster motorcycles, with a standard infotainment system. The 7-inch unit has been integrated into the dash and according to Indian, offers the best display in the industry. The Ride Command system can be easily customised to the rider's preference. Ride Command links up through Indian Motorcycle's premium audio system (100 watts on Chieftain and 200 watts on Roadmaster).
The touchscreen is located in close proximity to the rider and offers an intuitive interface, with modes and shortcuts. The touchscreen has two-finger touch capabilities featuring pinch-to-zoom like a smart phone. Best part being that the system can be easily operated while wearing riding gloves.
For quick access there are buttons located below the screen or on the handlebar that are both connected to the touchscreen display. The rider can make use of these controls for audio, to take calls and navigate through screens, all while riding.
Other than the usual navigation and audio system, the rider can also access\: vehicle status (tyre pressure, voltage, oil change), vehicle Info (speed, fuel range, rpm, gear position), and rider data.
Sadly, existing Chieftain and Roadmaster owners cannot get the infotainment system retrofitted on their motorcycles. For prospective buyers who are looking at buying the top-of-the-line Indians, in India, hang on to your chequebooks.