V-Twin
Some dealers have received a crate... yes, just one.  Indian launch of 3 new models will be staggered to keep the excitement alive.  The first of the 3 models to be launched in February 2017 will be an Indian Roadmaster Classic.

The word is, RM Classic will be a cross between Roadmaster and Vintage.  Weighing in at 20kgs less than standard RM, the RM Classic is said to sport leather bags and leather trunk.  Initially, it was believed to be leather wrapped on existing Roadmaster hard case but seeing as they will be lighter, it is expected to be similar construction to existing Vintage leather bags.  That is, plastic support within the leather outer skin.


Concept Image

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Good news for Vintage owners who were wanting a matching leather trunk, here is your chance! (assuming, you can match the tan leather colour).

It is also rumoured that, Roadmaster Classic will be equipped with wire wheels and whitewall tyres.  It is uncertain if they will be the same wire wheels from Vintage or a revised, heavy duty variety.  When Indian relaunched back in 2014, wire wheels had less weight carrying capacity.  Also, current Indian wire wheels require tubes and cannot have tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS).  It would be great if Indian launches new wire wheels that are tubeless in design.

Only 8 days to the launch date, we will know more soon!  😀
Melbourne, Victoria
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RoadRunner
It doesn't look half bad! 
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V-Twin
Leaked Photograph of 2017.5 Indian Roadmaster Classic.

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The tank badge is consistent with Indian Invitation sent out for later this week.

As expected, Indian stuck with the standard Roadmaster wheel due to weight of this bike.  2017.5 RM Classic repurposed tan leather saddle bags from Vintage model.  However, there is a brand new leather trunk with integrated passenger backrest (meaning, there is a hard case beneath the leather covering).  It also seems to have a 'compartment' on top of the trunk which may house high mount brake light/tail light.

It is uncertain if it locks/unlocks with a press of a button on the dash (and key fob) as saddle bags do not lock.

Also uncertain is the inclusion of Indian's Ride Command GPS.  I guess it all depends on the price tag.


Photo: Thank you D.C.
Melbourne, Victoria
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Matt01
The two rides pictured above both look great.

Tubeless wire rims is something I would love to have on my Vintage 
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V-Twin
Matt01 wrote:
The two rides pictured above both look great.
First picture was just a mockup based on speculations.  The 2nd picture is the leaked photo of the Roadmaster Classic.

Matt01 wrote:
Tubeless wire rims is something I would love to have on my Vintage 
You and me both!!  😀
Melbourne, Victoria
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RoadRunner
I like the look of the trunk. Fits well with the bike.
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CHF007
Lots of leather . No lowers . Very nice

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Matt01
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V-Twin
It appears the news broke overnight.  Lots more photos and details have been revealed.

The Cyril Huze Post reported the following:

"Indian Motorcycle’s newly crafted Roadmaster Classic is designed to bring back the splendor of touring across the open road. The new Roadmaster Classic has eye-catching vintage style, but is blended with cutting-edge technology and comfort. The Roadmaster Classic is rich in leather and luxury featuresIt features: the industry-leading Ride Command infotainment system, along with heated seats and handlebars, ABS, cruise control, TPMS, a power adjustable windshield, adjustable passenger floorboards and keyless ignition. The easily removable leather trunk gives riders the option of a more streamlined look — perfect for shorter trips. It will be on sale in three color schemes; Thunder Black and two-tone paint options of Willow Green over Ivory Cream and Indian Motorcycle Red over Ivory Cream.

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Up front, the bike is adorned with an illuminated Indian Motorcycle headdress atop a valanced fender. There’s a Pathfinder LED headlight and a Horizon touring windscreen that can quickly rise or lower up to four inches with the push of a button. The fuel tank now has a brand new chrome teardrop tank badge and there’s a chrome centre console too.


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The cockpit has a fairing with a color-matched inner dash, a 100-watt premium audio system with chrome speaker grill bezels and a glare-reducing textured black upper dash panel. The bike also has all-chrome hand controls, complete with heated grips and the wiring is routed inside the handlebars. There are front and rear highway bars, spacious adjustable floorboards and chrome lower controls that provide plenty of room to ensure all-day comfort on even the longest of rides. Touring luxury is further enhanced with a plush full-grain genuine Desert Tan leather two-up seat that delivers long-riding comfort and is equipped with individual, dual-mode seat heat controls for the rider and passenger. The saddle is designed for plenty of space for both people and is exceptionally comfortable for the passenger who gets a large backrest and adjustable floorboards. Continue reading ‘The New 2017 Indian Roadmaster Classic. Vintage Styling With Modern Touring Amenities.’

Melbourne, Victoria
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V-Twin
Can anyone figure out what that 'pouch' is sitting on top of the leather trunk? 
Melbourne, Victoria
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Hunter
This is only a guess based on the pictures, but to me it looks more like a pad than a pouch. Kinda like a top rack for the trunk but leather. 
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V-Twin
The Indian Roadmaster Classic will be available in three colour options: Black, Willow Green and Cream, Indian Red and Cream. The Indian Roadmaster Classic will be available in Australia from April and will feature a ride away price of $38,995 for the black colour option and $39,995 for the two tone colour options.

Which will make Roadmaster Classic $2,000 less than standard Roadmaster in Australia.
Melbourne, Victoria
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V-Twin
Yet another surprise!  New gauges on the fuel tank!   I like them!!   It makes the dash appear much less 'Jeep front end'.

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Melbourne, Victoria
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V-Twin
Hunter wrote:
This is only a guess based on the pictures, but to me it looks more like a pad than a pouch. Kinda like a top rack for the trunk but leather. 
We are all guessing mate!   [biggrin]     Even with the photo of open trunk, I am no closer to figuring out what that 'pad' is for?  No high mount brake lights.  Looking at the open trunk picture, it appears the black plastic under the lid has deliberately created a 'tray'.  It does not appear to add any more space from inside the trunk... My best guess is that, it was added for aerodynamics... but I believe it is a little compartment you can access from the top for small stuff like gloves, sunnies, etc.,
Melbourne, Victoria
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V-Twin
Mark Hinchliffe of MotorbikeWriter.com has also reported on RM Classic below.


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The first of three new models to be released by Indian Motorcycle is the new Roadmaster Classic with brown leather seat, panniers and top box.

It will be available in Australia from April and will feature a ride away price of $38,995 for the black colour option and $39,995 for the two-tone options of Willow Green and Cream, or Indian Red and Cream.

The standard Roadmaster costs $39,995, ride away.

The Classic is expected to be followed by a Chieftain Elite and a Chieftain Limited in the next few weeks.

There is speculation that they will include a 21-inch front wheel, short fender and possibly a new full fairing to attract younger buyers who think Indian is a “old man’s bike”.

However, all will still be powered by the same 111-cube Thunder Stroke engine as the rest of the Chief and Roadmaster models.

The Indian Motorcycle online forum leaked photos of the new Roadmaster Classic..."

To Read the Full Article, please visit: https://motorbikewriter.com/indian-launches-roadmaster-classic/
Melbourne, Victoria
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CHF10
Hmmmmmmmmmm.... I like the idea but there's just something about it that is "off" to me. To me it's more of a "Chieftain Vintage" than a Roadmaster. The Roadmaster is meant to be the limousine of the range and this just doesn't seem like that's what this is. The backrest looks wrong without the chrome uprights. I think that's my biggest problem with it... I don't know. I can't fully explain my sentiments properly.
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V-Twin
Kristopher wrote:
Hmmmmmmmmmm.... I like the idea but there's just something about it that is "off" to me. To me it's more of a "Chieftain Vintage" than a Roadmaster.
I can see where you are coming from... I guess only the Roadmaster comes from the factory with a trunk so that is probably why they named it that... I guess Indian could have named it Chieftain Longreach or something I guess.    [biggrin]
Melbourne, Victoria
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CHF10
Without the lowers it also loses some of it's "presence". 
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V-Twin
Kristopher wrote:
Without the lowers it also loses some of it's "presence". 
I hear ya!   [smile]
Melbourne, Victoria
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DrZ
No lowers, no locking bags or trunk, and no rear speakers.  As someone who has owned both a Chieftain and a Roadmaster, I can state the rear speaker add a considerable amount to listening quality.  I like the security of my lockable bags and trunk.  With the bags, trunk, and cubbies in the lowers, I can carry 37 gallons of 'stuff.'  When I am doing a 4kmile (~6500 km) ride, I need storage and security.  The RM Classic drops at least 5 gallons of storage. 
I will stay where I am.
Bike History
2015 Indian Roadmaster , 2014 Indian Chieftain, 2005 Honda Goldwing GL1800, 1999 HD Road King Classic, 1994 HD Fatboy, 1986 HD  Heritage Softail, 1978 HD ElectraGlide, 1972 HD SuperGlide, 1969 HD XLCH Sportster, 1945 HD WLA,  1963 Honda 305 Dream.
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V-Twin
Short video for those who might be interested.

Melbourne, Victoria
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BigTone
WTF. 
  • Bags and trunk are not weatherproof
  • Bags and trunk don’t lock

Not for me thanks....
Cheers,
Tony
St. Kilda  Victoria
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CHF10
No kidding! They're leather. Of course they're not lockable or weather prrof... I've been saying it from the beginning - it's just not the right combo for the sort of bike it is.
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