This is the story of a challenge that began at the start of the 20th century. When George M. Hendee would cross swords, wheels and engines against Sieurs Harley and Davidson. The game is still going strong today, everyone advancing their pawns at an accelerating pace.. Faced with the recent H-D Milwaukee Eight engine with 107, 114 and up to 117 ci (CVO), the Indian ThunderStroke twin goes up to 116 ci on the majority of large-caliber models. With 1890 cm3 of displacement, revised cylinder heads and a strongly increased compression ratio, the torque increased to 17.1 mkg. 2020 thus marks a renewal of the course and an assurance of the achievements of the Roadmaster. The road can get longer, this cruiser-GT will love to overcome it. A violin of ingres for him, persevering regularly in his improvements. Let’s review this going back in time…
Demonstrations are regular. Like, for example, when Indian unsheathed the ‘Ride Command’, and later the progress for the PA. The Roadmaster sends out 200 watts of music, into a seriously controlled wave enclosure. The tweeters have been separated from the speakers for clearer sound and a fully customizable dynamic equalizer adjusts frequencies to suit the speed of the bike. As it increases, the EQ adjusts each frequency to its optimal level to compensate for noise from the road, wind and engine..
Here is for the zique. Let’s take a look at leg protection. The streamlined sides are now fitted with a vent responsible for releasing air to the knees. Nothing new, the Harley Glides have had it for a long time – but an appreciable evolution. The pilot will choose the closed position in case of cold or doubtful weather. But when it gets hot, a bit of ventilation will be appreciated.
Hey, about hot, the twin is also thinking of limiting its calorific expenditure. On demand, a system can deactivate the rear cylinder when the motorcycle stops..
And let’s keep the most surprising of 2019 to denounce this chapter. Like the majority of Indian models equipped with the 116 cubic inch big twin, this majestic road has three driving modes. The "Tower" offers progressive acceleration for optimum smoothness of driving; in mode "Standard", the engine response is characterized by a still responsive throttle control and a power delivered in a balanced and progressive manner; side "Sport", mechanics provide instant throttle response and more aggressive power distribution for even more pronounced acceleration.
In 2018, the twin had gained in power. Enough to fuel a cycle that seems to bode well for the brand. Since 2017, the dashboard of the Roadmaster has been thoroughly overhauled. The handset with delicate and classic shapes has given way to an imposing 7-inch screen, touchscreen interface of the ‘Ride Command’. This high-end set controls a whole set of multimedia functions. There is something for all tastes. GPS navigation, audio system, telephone functions, vehicle information, Bluetooth – all the details of ‘Ride Command’ are detailed here ->. 2020 takes the system forward with a more powerful processor, new functions and predictive capability (much like Google’s).
Indian now rhymes with luxury and prestige in the world of custom. Since Victory took matters into its own hands, the brand has posted good sales scores for Premium, sculpted, tempting, imposing models. The rebirth having taken aplomb, Indian had to complete its range with a model of Grand Touring. And since the Chieftain already had the genetics for this type of excursion, Spirit Lake used it as the basis for developing and offering the Roadmaster. 60 years later, this name returns to regain power on the road.
The first Roadmaster of the name wielded its power between 1947 and 1953. Today the proportions have all increased; and not just a little. Of course, the engine remains faithful to the V-twin. The ancestor cubed 1212 cm3, an impressive figure for the time. The offspring of the 21st century announced at its beginning 1811 cm3. How important that its bourrinesque performance is worthy of a diesel boat … Detail or priesthood that is the audacity of this sculptural engine! An expression overflowing with metal, anxious to put all its torque from steel to the road. And muscle, it takes to lift the 400 kilos of history, travel and pleasure. From the Chieftain, the level of American luxury goes up a notch, just to compete with the icon of the segment: the Ultra Limited.
She wants to go far, long; so, she equips herself to take on more luggage. In addition to the Chieftain’s suitcases, there is a majestic top-case padded with leather. A very high-end seat for the passenger, truly pampered on the Roadmaster. The cargo holds are remotely lockable, and the total cargo capacity aboard this Tourer is 143 liters – almost as much as a Honda Goldwing and 12 less than an ex-Victory Cross Country Tour, a freight champion..
Comfort takes on its full dimension on this Rican liner. You are cold ? The (superb) leather saddle is heated, with individual rider / passenger heat adjustment, as are the grips, with 10 levels of adjustment. Panards badly placed? The passenger footrests are adjustable. If I concluded by specifying that the windshield is electric ?
No, because the Indian has other refinements, such as the tire pressure monitoring system, keyless start, Bluetooth, three 12 V sockets, LED lighting, ABS, cruise control, and chrome, full of chrome, everywhere. The Roadmaster is extensively dressed in stock chrome, including the fork, trunk rails, "Highway Bar" front and back, the "fender tips", and many other toppings. Since 2020, the luggage rack has been lightened and redesigned for more style.
With the Roadmaster, Indian is gaining a foothold in an ultra-selective segment. With comfortable visual power, a fat engine cut like a bison, a plethora of equipment and a historic name, this long-distance cruiser is sure to satisfy fans of fine American machines..
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1811 ROADMASTER 2019
Model marketed in
about 170 km / h
The technical aspect
Indian 1890 Roadmaster 2020
- Tank: 20.8 liters
- Width: 1000 mm
- Height: 1491 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,668 mm
- Dry weight: 405 kg
- Operating weight: 420 kg
- Train before
- secondary by belt
- Rear axle
(103.2 x 113 mm)
at 2,900 rpm