Little by little, the dark spirit takes hold of the Indian range. The night was first abandoned on the Chief, then spread over the Chieftain. This time, it’s the Springfield that merges into the Dark Horse correlation. And it pleases: barely presented that here is a 2019 which brings many improvements. Two colors, but we will come to this later, engine improvements and styling changes. Already, we welcome the return of the Sioux head on the front fender. Then, the highway bar and the removable windshield are removed. Finally, we discover shiny black tips on parts of the engine, exhausts and saddlebags..
The twin 1811 had very recently won a nice ladle of horses. No question of letting him express himself in the American way but with triple cheese now. The technology of piloting assistance has caught up with the manufacturer, who is proud to offer a Thunderstroke ‘à la carte’. The pilot can now choose between 3 injection maps to let himself be taken on the road. The ‘Tour’ mode for the ride, the ‘Standard’ for the everyday, and the ‘Sport’ mode when it comes to getting a little edgy. More details at the bottom of the sheet.
And that’s not all. Under certain conditions, the rear cylinder can be deactivated, in order to balance less heat during stops. A light sleep – when you accelerate, everything starts up smoothly. A first in the motorcycle industry.
Imposing bagger, this variant is subtly dipped in black. But with a certain conception of the obscure, far from being taciturn. The Dark Horse is an alternation of black in matt paint and shiny elements. This nocturnal whirlwind takes with it the handlebars, the fork, the mirrors, the headlight cowling, the on-board console, the toe clips, the mudguards, the protection bars, the indicators…. almost all. But the engine has the meaning of rebellion; and style effects. Its cylinder head covers and crankcases also succumbed to black. But the cooling fins as well as the exhaust line claim a faith in the light.
A dark one that would suit Darth Vader perfectly. Not just him now: another white and black dress, very stormtrooper, completed the offer. The mood is the same, as white bursts into the night.
The Springfield Dark Horse also took the side of a more airy front end. Here, no traditional skirt to protect the 16-inch wheel, but a flared mudguard (in reference to the Indians of the 20-30s) overhanging a 19-inch large wheel.
An invitation to travel more ethereal than with the big Tourers of the range, in a more pleasant rhythm. It is not so much the engine, which remains the same 1800 as in 3/4 of the firm’s models, as the spirit of this bagger / cruiser that will make the difference. Heavy, the Springfield accuses a copious 386 kilos full tank, but is clearly more refined than the large liners of the manufacturer. Roadmaster at the head, the most statuary production with Indian head, which exceeds 400 kilos and seems as wide as the road. We will then be intoxicated by the big couple of the Thunderstroke 111, with the delicate or fierce caresses of the air.
If the instinct of existence of "Bagger" reminds us of an almost stripped-down Tourer, focused on the essentials, the Springfield subtly reminds us that technology is widely present under the night dress. There’s its cast aluminum frame, injection, ABS, cruise control, tire pressure control, and the keyless start and lock system. Thus adorned, this member of the Dark Horse family (a parallel with Dark Customs?!?) Purposely heads for a long destiny.
– The “Tour” mode offers gradual acceleration for optimum smoothness.
– The “Standard” mode is characterized by a still responsive throttle control and a power delivered in a balanced and progressive manner..
– Finally, the “Sport” mode offers instantaneous throttle response and aggressive power distribution for even more pronounced acceleration..
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1811 SPRINGFIELD Dark Horse 2018
Model marketed in
about 150 km / h
The technical aspect
Indian 1811 SPRINGFIELD Dark Horse 2019
- Tank: 20.8 liters
- Width: 990 mm
- Height: 1,442 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,701 mm
- Dry weight: 371 kg
- Operating weight: 386 kg
- Train before
- Secondary belt drive
- Rear axle
(101 x 113 mm)
at 2,100 rpm