Indian's Springfield is Latest Salvo Against Harley-Davidson – Fox Business

3 March 2016 | 1:38 pm

Indian Motorcycle has taken the wraps off a new addition to its lineup: the Springfield.

The Springfield is the latest model from Indian to blend modern technology with the brand’s heritage, a key component to Indian’s strategy for winning over Harley-Davidson (HOG) customers. In creating the 2016 Springfield, Indian combined classic styling with push-button start, remote-locking saddlebags and Indian’s Thunder Stroke 111 engine, among other features.

The new touring bike also offers an easy riding experience and versatility that Indian believes will attract both longtime bikers and newcomers. Owners can convert the Springfield into a high-performance cruiser within minutes, Indian said. The Springfield has a quick-release windscreen, and the saddlebags can be removed as well.

“It’s really a different bike when you ride it,” said Steve Menneto, vice president of motorcycles at Polaris Industries (PII), Indian’s parent company. “What makes the Springfield versatile is the center of gravity is very low. It’s very easy to ride. It’s different than a cruiser because it’s on a touring chassis, but it’s not loaded down with added weight.”

Giving owners even more customization, the Springfield can be equipped with a 17-gallon accessory trunk.

Menneto expects motorcycle buyers to see value in the Springfield’s price point, which puts the bike above the Chief Vintage and below the Chieftain. Prices start at $20,999 for Thunder Black, or $21,549 for Indian Motorcycle Red.

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