2018 Indian Roadmaster Elite First Ride Review

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By Brent Jaswinski

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2018 Indian Roadmaster Elite

Editor Score: 85.5%

Engine 17.5/20
Suspension/Handling 13.5/15
Transmission/Clutch 9.5/10
Brakes 9.0/10
Instruments/Controls 4.5/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 9.5/10
Appearance/Quality 8.0/10
Desirability 7.0/10
Value 7.0/10
Overall Score 85.5/100

Ask any motorcyclist – there’s no one motorcycle that does it all. Some might come close, but ultimately there’s always a better bike for the road ahead. If you’re looking for an adrenaline-pumping, high-speed canyon rip up the twisties, the Indian Roadmaster Elite doesn’t even enter the equation. But if you’ve got miles to crush and distance to cover, the Roadmaster Elite all of a sudden becomes the Rolls Royce of two-wheeled land yachts – the pinnacle of American luxury motorcycle touring.

Recently I had a mission: to get from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, and back, as quickly as possible. Travis Pastrana was recreating three of Evel Knievel’s jumps and making history in the process, which you can read all about here. Door to door, Vegas is 300 miles from my house in Redondo Beach. It’s not that long of a ride, but throw 110+ degree weather into the mix, and 300 miles starts to feel like more, with each passing mile seeming longer than the last. I tried to get an early start to beat the heat, and left my house at 6am, but it was already into the triple digits by 8, and I hadn’t even reached the high desert yet.

According to the famous thermometer in Baker, CA, it was *only* 108 degrees.

Fast forward an hour, and it was 113. It finally peaked at 118 just before the Vegas skyline came into view. Some sick part of me wanted to …read more

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