By Wade Thiel
It’s the Ultra-Premium Machine for the Ultimate Tour
Indian Motorcycle is known for its big baggers and touring machines. Now the company has a new limited-edition Roadmaster Elite that tops the rest of the lineup with special features and updated look. The model takes the regular Roadmaster up a notch thanks to selectable ride modes, rear cylinder deactivation, Rid Command, and a whole lot more.
Let’s start with the exterior of the motorcycle. Indian appointed the bike with Wildfire Red and Black Crystal livery and real gold badging. You’re looking at a hand-painted design that takes around 30 hours. There are some chrome bumpers and beautiful leather seats for both the rider and passenger.
Now let’s get into the features. The bike gets a new 600-watt audio system, three selectable ride modes (Tour, Standard, and Sport), rear cylinder deactivation at a standstill, 7-inch Ride Command infotainment system you can use with gloves, Billet mirrors and passenger floorboards, leather passenger armrests, and everything else the standard Roadmaster has.
Powering the bike is Indian’s 1,811cc Thunder Stroke 111 engine that pumps out 119 lb-ft of torque. It’s the same engine as is in the regular Roadmaster and is untouched. This is not a bad thing considering its prowess as a touring machine.
When Indian says the bike will be a limited-edition machine, the company means it. Indian will make only 200 of the Roadmaster Elites for the U.S. and Canada. As you might imagine, the upgrades will cost you a pretty penny. Indian will charge $36,999 for the Roadmaster Elite, which is an uptick in price from the standard model by about $6,000.