Launched: Indian Springfield
Named after the birthplace of Indian Motorcycle in 1901, the Springfield currently slots in between the Chief Vintage and the Chieftain on Indian Motorcycle's list of baggers. One look at the bike will justify its positioning on that list because it is a blend of both motorcycles. The Springfield sports the same chromed embellished face of the Vintage, with that large quick-release Plexiglas windscreen and the hard twin panniers of the Chieftain.The Springfield, as with most of Indian's creations, looks absolutely stunning with some fine attention to detail. Indian claim it's slathered with more chrome than any of its rivals, and it certainly goes to show. Stylish art deco touches like the flared fenders, studded leather saddle, large footboards, buckhorn bars, and the illuminated Indian 'headress' mascot atop the front guard all reflect distinctive Indian touches which make the bike captivatingly gorgeous.The Springfield is powered by the same beautifully-finned, air-cooled Thunderstroke 1811cc V-Twin power mill, that does duty in the Chieftain, Chief Vintage and the Roadmaster. The motor develops a peak torque of 139Nm at 3,000rpm while the 20.8-litre tank and relaxed riding position affirms its long-haul credibility. In addition to the Springfield being based on a slightly modified version of the tubular steel chassis of its tourer siblings, and has a sharper steering geometry than the Vintage which increases precision in turn with an altered rake angle that shortens the wheelbase. The chassis is also designed to be trunk compatible, which allows for additional luggage space, should you opt for the extra kit, while not affecting the motorcycles dynamics.The Springfield is priced at Rs. 31.08 lakh (ex-showroom, Gurgaon), and what you get for that price is a classic-style motorcycle whose list of standard features includes keyless ignition, ABS, a tyre pressure monitoring system, cruise control, quick-release windshield and saddlebags, and remote locking. The list of additional accessories include, a couple of differently sized windshield, heated seats, heated grips and a 64.4-litre trunk accessory (same as the Roadmaster).And if the Springfield's performance doesn't float your boat, Indian has made available some extras which include hotter stage-2 cams, a better breathing air filter and louder cans which are claimed to up performance by 10 per cent.