The guy that did my leather mods assures the leather on my 2017 road master and all the indians he's worked is genuine leather.
He believes its buffalo and is what is called corrected grain leather, which means they use leather that may have flaws and they treat it to correct the grain and at the same time its treated to make it water resistant. Pour water on it and it beads, the leather he used to customise is full grain leather and if not treated with ie,Dubbin, Neatsfoot oil, water will damage it. But it can still called real leather, and it's definitely not reconstituted leather, he showed me the difference.
Types of Leather
I know owners of 2018 Indians and it's still leather. Full Grain or Top Grain Leather – ( ” the best ” ) ... Corrected or Embossed Grain – ( ” 2nd best ” , full grain) ... This is what Indian Use Split Suede – ( “functional and inexpensive leather hides” ) ... Nubuck Sueded Grain – ( “look but don't touch – very sensitive leather”) ... Reconstituted, Bonded or Fibre Leather – ( “Recycled, particle board” )
all the leather accessories I have purchased from the Indian Dealer leather e.g Tassels etc are all corrected full grain leather.
Believe It or not if you will, but I know what I have is the real deal. When you buy shoes that are labeled genuine leather thats reconstituted leather. My 2C
Growing Older is inevitable, Growing up is Optional. BK AUS 1 68223 IMRG AU 101125 Current ride/s 2017 Indian Roadmaster-Willow Green/Ivory--Wicked Willow Stage 3 BB 116 Freedom Racing slip on and Indian Fishtails. Lots of Leather. 2000 ST1100 - AnaSTasia Past rides irrelevant. except Suzuki RG500