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2015 Indian Roadmaster First Ride Photo Gallery
Indian revives the Roadmaster moniker for 2015, creating the most comfortable and capable Indian touring mount yet.
Indian introduces a new, decked-out touring mount to its 2015 line, the Roadmaster. See photos in the 2015 Indian Roadmaster First Ride photo gallery and read the full review in the
2015 Indian Roadmaster First Ride
The new Desert Tan seat has more padding than the Chieftain's unit and features high and low heat. The additional padding also adds a half-inch of seat height for more leg room.
The temperature on our ride varied greatly from a muggy summer day nearing 90 degrees to a chilly 62 during the morning blast back to the Wyoming HQ. This gave me time to really experiment with the vents and wind defectors on the lower fairings.
The most obvious addition is the remote locking trunk adorned with a Desert Tan backrest.
The remote locking trunk's 17-gallon capacity is large enough to hold two full-face helmets and is nicely finished inside with an LED light, a 12-volt power port and carpet lining.
The stereo system is the same as the Chieftain with additional speakers at the rear.
The new Horizon windscreen shares the same electric height adjustment with the Chieftain, but the shape has been modified to create a bigger bubble for the rider and passenger.
With the same chassis as the Chieftain, the handling is quicker than the Chief thanks to the steeper rake and shorter wheelbase.
So just as the reintroduction of Indian did justice to the heritage of the brand, the Roadmaster’s return absolutely does justice to the moniker.
Suspension action is plush from the 46mm front fork and air-adjustable rear shock, soaking up the less than perfect pavement nicely.
The comfort and convenience features set it above all others in the line and its performance and ride quality make it an excellent performer in the V-Twin touring segment.
Straight-line stability is superb and when the road goes ‘round the bend it is just as solid.
From the front the Roadmaster and Cheiftain sport the same three light configurations, but the Roadmaster is fitted with LED headlight and fog lights dubbed the Pathfinder.
The Roadmaster is available in three colors: Thunder Black ($26,99), Indian Motorcycle Red ($27,999) and Indian Motorcycle Red with Ivory Cream ($28,199).
While the sound and torque is meaty the engine is very smooth at speed. And it’s one of the best looking engines in any frame.
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