Broken Bows and Valentines: 6 Days in Nebraska’s Sand Hills on the Indian Roadmaster

The 2017 Indian Roadmaster has its own 111 locomotive.

The 2017 Indian Roadmaster has its own 111 locomotive.

Throw a dart at the heart of a map of the USA and there’s a good chance you’ll hit Nebraska. But much like my home state of Oregon where everybody thinks it rains all the time, Nebraska is also subject to misconceptions. I’m guilty of it myself. When picturing the state, long stretches of flat grassland broken by green patches of cornfields comes to mind. After six days exploring Nebraska’s Sand Hills region on a 2017 Indian Roadmaster, I learned though much of what I thought was wrong.

Seeing how I’d be living out of saddlebags for the next six days I was grateful to see a Roadmaster waiting for me upon arrival in Denver. With a dinosaur of a laptop and its 17-inch screen, camera equipment, rain gear, and clothes for a week I used just about every inch of storage. As a 270-mile ride to a city I’d never been to lie ahead of me, I punched the address into the fuss-free Ride Command System and got ready to hit the road. But not before one slight detour. I’d picked up the Roadmaster a few blocks from Sports Authority Field at Mile High and couldn’t resist a spin by the stadium for a quick photo op. Luckily I was able to get a few guerilla-style snaps of the bike in front of the stadium entrance before a security guard rolled up and asked me to kindly move my motorcycle off the Mile High sidewalk.

Union Pacific's Bailey Yard below Golden Spike Tower is the largest "Classification Yard" in the world.

Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard below Golden Spike Tower is the largest “Classification Yard” in the world.

On the road to North Platte I quickly became a fan of 75 mph speed limits and cheap gas. I like that eastern Colorado encourages drivers to keep an eye out for bikers thanks to “Check Twice for Motorcycles” signs on top of gas pumps. The stretch is long and straight and the absence of curves reminds me of the run on I-5 through California’s Central Valley. The Roadmaster thunders along at 80 mph with relative ease, the needle on the tach tickling the 3000 rpm mark.

Finally found another biker in Valentine's Sand Hills!

Finally ran into another biker in Valentine’s Sand Hills!

My first day riding through the Sand Hills teaches me some quick lessons. Tractors have the right of way ‘round here. Don’t think I’ve ever seen more tractors on the roads than in Nebraska. We are in an agricultural epicenter after all. Tilling the soil and reaping the harvest is a long-standing tradition in this part of the country. As is ranching, the fields filled with calves chasing mothers and barrel-chested bulls. Railroads are the lifeblood of the region as they connect the East to the West. From our view 100 feet in the air at Golden Spoke Tower, Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard teams with life, an intricate network of rails and hubs, engines and rail cars mixed and matched with NASCAR-like precision. Bailey Yard seemingly stretches as far as the eye can see, the “World’s Largest Classification Yard” processing an average of 139 trains and 14,000 cars through its system every day. Every day. Union Pacific’s history runs deep in these parts. As does Buffalo Bill, the supreme showman who called North Platte home a larger than life figure in this neck of the woods. From the plight of settlers in sod houses captured through the lens of Solomon Butcher to yarns about the daring riders of the Pony Express, veins of the Wild West indeed run deep in these parts.

The legend of Buffalo Bill is strong in these parts.

The legend of Buffalo Bill is strong in these parts.

And while this area of Nebraska is rich in history and rooted in agriculture and ranching, scratch the surface and you’ll find fresh new nuggets of treasure. The micro and craft scene is gaining steam, from Pals Brewing Company in North Platte to Kinkaiders in Broken Bow to Bolo Beer in Valentine. The foodie scene is growing too, from artisan vinegars in Cody to whipped honey butters in Anselmo. Pals brought a taste of their former home state of Wisconsin to its menu in the form of a pizza with kraut, brats, and cheese a half-inch thick while the chef at Kinkaiders transported a bit what she learned in the Portland, Oregon scene to the Sand Hills by pairing her food to beers and creating beer-infused recipes. We discovered a mountain biker’s paradise at Potters Pasture, trails upon trails spidering up and down ridges and through trees in a place whose popularity is growing by word of mouth. We’ve seen a world class golf course carved out of the Sand Hills, the lodge of the Prairie Club rising like a beacon above the rolling mounds. Yes, there’s definitely more going on in these thar hills than first meets the eye.

There’s plenty more to this tale, but we’re saving that for another day. Keep an eye out for a full feature about our adventures in Nebraska’s Sand Hills in a future spread of American Iron Magazine.

2017 American Iron Buyer’s Guide: Tourers & Baggers

In the echelons of motorcycling, tourers sit atop the food chain. These bikes are built for the long haul, doing so in style and comfort. Modern touring motorcycles are loaded with the latest techno gadgetry, sophisticated navigation systems and keyless ignitions, windscreens that adjust at the push of a button and tire pressures displayed on multi-function monitors. Anti-lock brakes, cruise control, and pre-load adjustable suspension are standard fare.

Baggers continue to be a hot commodity as well. Gotta love a bike you can show off at your local bike night, then load up and hit the road to Sturgis. Prized for their versatility, baggers are also a palette for customization, big wheels, boomin’ stereos and bold paint. Seeing how baggers and tourers are on the upper end of the price scale places them in a very competitive segment.
While Harley-Davidson has been a dominant force in the segment, motorcycles produced by its rivals like the Victory Cross Country and Indian Roadmaster have encroached on that domination. Harley though has not rested on its laurels, stealing the American touring and bagger segment headlines for 2017 with the launch of a new engine and suspension package.

2017 Harley Milwaukee-Eight Engine

Harley-Davidson’s big bikes are now powered by the new Milwaukee-Eight engine, standard models receiving the 107 version and its top-shelf CVO models equipped with the 114. The engine’s valvetrain design features four valves per cylinder, dual plugs, and a single camshaft. More efficient and more powerful, American Iron Editor Steve Lita said “I think of this engine as a well-sorted-out Big Twin – it’s better than you ever thought the Big Twin family could perform,” after his first ride on Harley’s new tourers. (Read the full review in American Iron Magazine Issue #342!) Harley also updated suspension on its tourers with dual bending valve technology anchoring the front and hand adjustable emulsion shocks on the rear.

The list of 2017 Harleys receiving the new Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine includes the 2017 Road King, Street Glide, Street Glide Special, Road Glide, Road Glide Special, Electra Glide Ultra Classic, Road Glide Ultra, Ultra Limited, Ultra Limited Low, and both H-D trikes, the Freewheeler and Tri Glide Ultra. The CVO Street Glide and CVO Limited both get the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine, an 1870cc monster.

2017 Harley Tri Glide Ultra

2017 Harley Tri Glide Ultra

With its new Milwaukee-Eight engine and suspension package, Harley’s 2017 Street Glide should continue to be a favorite with Harley loyalists. Other features that make H-D’s bagger with the fork-mounted Batwing fairing an attractive package is its Reflex dual disc linked Brembo brakes, Enforcer wheels, and a Boom! Box 4.3 Radio with 25 watts per channel. The 2017 Street Glide Special gets the upgraded infotainment center, a 6.5-inch touchscreen with integrated GPS and the BOOM! Box 6.5 GT audio system, ABS is standard (a $795 option on the standard Street Glide), a gloss black inner fairing and color-matched fairing skirt.

2017 Harley Street Glide

2017 Harley Street Glide

The other bagger in Harley’s stable, the 2017 Road Glide with its frame-mounted Shark Nose fairing, is offered in three varieties. The base package of the Road Glide is the same as the Street Glide, from the Milwaukee-Eight 107 to the Reflex brakes to the Boom!Box 4.3 Radio. One difference is the Road Glide’s Dual Daymaker Reflector LED Headlamps. The 2017 Road Glide Special includes Harley’s premium 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system and BOOM! Box 6.5 GT audio system, an AM/FM/WB antenna, CVO-style low-profile rear suspension, a gloss black inner fairing, and a black powder coated Milwaukee-Eight 107. The 2017 Road Glide Ultra is set up for long distance road trips thanks to the addition of a Tour-Pak and luggage rack, a two-up touring saddle with passenger back and arm rests, and fairing lowers. Prices for 2017 Road Glides range from $21,299 to $26,299.

2017 Harley Road Glide

2017 Harley Road Glide

Harley’s apex tourer is the 2017 CVO Limited, an Ultra Classic Electra Glide taken to the nth degree in-house. The CVO Limited runs the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine teamed to a Ventilator Elite Air Cleaner and chrome dual exhaust. A dual control heated seat comes standard. It’s decked out in a long list of goodies from H-D’s Airflow Collection (rider and passenger footboard inserts, shifter pegs, brake pedal and cover, highway pegs, heated handgrips with knurled inserts, and shift lever arms), Chrome Slicer wheels, hand-laid graphics and custom-quality paint. The CVO Limited also runs Harley’s top electronic package, from its security system to digital tire pressure monitoring to speed tuning that automatically adjusts the volume, bass and treble of the radio.

2017 Harley CVO Limited

2017 Harley CVO Limited

The big news from Indian Motorcycle Co. for 2017 is the launch of its new infotainment center called the Ride Command System. Indian aimed to make its system bigger, faster, and more customizable than its competitors. The Ride Command System features a 7-inch touchscreen that can be expanded and contracted like a cell phone, a fast processor, and a new navigation system. One of its standout features is the ability to split the large display into two screens and the ability to pick what you want displayed on those screens. The display has also been moved closer to the rider than ever before making it easier to use. The system comes standard on the 2017 Chieftain and Roadmaster.

2017 Indian Ride Command System

2017 Indian Ride Command System

The 2017 Chief Vintage joins Indian’s touring options thanks to a removable windscreen and soft leather saddlebags. The Chief Vintage has heritage styling, from its valanced fenders to the script on the tank to the fringes on its tan leather seat. Dressing the Chief Vintage up in one of the two-tone paint options makes it look even more classic.

2017 Indian Chieftain

2017 Indian Chieftain

Indian’s first hard bagger, the Chieftain, has been a big hit for the company since its 2014 debut. The 2017 Chieftain and its blacked-out version, the 2017 Chieftain Dark Horse, should easily maintain that trend. The Chieftain’s streamliner locomotive-inspired front fairing is distinct, its Thunder Stroke 111 engine is rich in torque, and its suspension is dialed in solidly. In addition to the new Ride Command System and 100 watt audio system, the Chieftains come with power windshields, remote-locking hard saddlebags, and keyless ignition. The 2017 Indian Chieftain lists for $23,999 while the Chieftain Dark Horse is a couple grand cheaper at $21,999.

2017 Indian Roadmaster

2017 Indian Roadmaster

Completing the lineup is Indian’s top-shelf tourer, the 2017 Roadmaster. It’s a regal-looking bike, from its chrome powerplant to its leather seat to its topcase. Between its saddlebags, trunk, and pockets in the fairing and lowers, the Roadmaster offers 37 gallons of storage. Passengers are perched in the same supple leather as riders, they’ve got their own controls for the heated seat, and the rider floorboards are adjustable.

2017 Victory Cross Country

2017 Victory Cross Country

The strength of Victory’s 2017 models is its Cross Country. With a rigid two-piece cast aluminum frame and inverted fork, the Cross Country is one of the best handling baggers out there, a primary contributor to its popularity. The motorcycle has an aggressive, modern look thanks to its frame-mounted fairing whose lines are matched by its saddlebags and a distinctive tank with a spine running its length. The 2017 Cross Country comes with ABS, cruise control, and Bluetooth connectivity as standard features. With 21.3 gallon saddlebags, Victory claims the bike has “more storage capacity than any other bagger.” A competitive price point of $19,499 also works in its favor.

2017 Victory Magnum X-1

2017 Victory Magnum X-1

There’s three other versions of the Cross Country in addition to the base model, the 2017 Magnum, Magnum X-1 and Cross Country Tour. With a 21-inch front hoop, slammed rear, 100 watt, six speaker sound system and stylish paint/graphic combos, the Magnum leans more to the production custom side. The Magnum X-1 takes it a step further with a 200 watt, 10 speaker system, 21-inch Black Billet aluminum wheels, LED headlights and White-Pearl paint with hand-laid electric-red pinstripes. The 2017 Cross Country Tour is road trip ready thanks to a huge topcase, Victory’s collection of vents and deflectors that comprise its Comfort Control System, and a comfortable passenger perch.

2017 Victory Vision

2017 Victory Vision

The final bike in Victory’s stable is the 2017 Vision. Hard to believe, but the big luxury-tourer is celebrating its 10th anniversary in production. Like the Cross Country, the Vision handles surprisingly well for a bike its size. With upright ergonomics, big floorboards, well-placed handlebars and a big, cushy seat, the Vision is ultra-comfy on long hauls. Heated handgrips and seats, a power adjustable windscreen, linked brakes with ABS, and a huge 29 gallon topcase add to its touring resume.

Find our 2017 Harley, Indian and Victory Bagger & Tourers Buyer’s Guide and other great features like the Perewitz Built Bagger in American Iron Magazine Issue # 345 ! To order a back issue of this or any other issue of American Iron Magazine, visit Greaserag.com.
 
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2017 Indian Motorcycles, New Ride Command System Unveiled

2017 Indian Motorcycle Lineup

Newly expanded family of award-winning premium motorcycles includes cruisers, mid-size cruisers, baggers and touring bikes that encourage our riders to stand apart and ‘Be Legendary’

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced its lineup of Model Year 2017 bikes. The 2017 family carries forth all 2016 models including the recently released Scout Sixty, Indian Springfield, and Chieftain Dark Horse models, while featuring an array of new features, new color choices, awe-inspiring infotainment, and much more.

Ride Command Infotainment System
Indian Motorcycle raises the bar yet again, redefining the premium motorcycle segment with Ride Command, motorcycling’s most advanced yet user-friendly infotainment system. Sporting the industry’s largest and brightest touchscreen display, highest resolution and fastest response time, Indian Motorcycle masterfully fuses state-of-the-art technologies with truly remarkable styling. Fully integrated into the dash for an up-close rider experience, Ride Command offers an intuitive interface, customizable information displays, glove-compatible two-finger touch capabilities, and easy navigation to points of interest, like gas stations and restaurants. The breakthrough new Ride Command infotainment system comes standard on all 2017 Chieftain and Roadmaster models. (Read our 2017 Indian Chieftain & Roadmaster First Ride Review for even more information about the new Ride Command center.)

2017 Indian Motorcycle Ride Command System

2017 Indian Motorcycle Ride Command System

Features include:
– 7-inch display, 800×480 pixels, 2-finger capacitive with swipe and pinch to zoom
– Fastest boot time – ready in about 10 seconds
– 100-watt premium audio system (Chieftain) output (Chieftain), 200-watt Roadmaster, with both touchscreen and handlebar audio controls
– Bluetooth audio, AM/FM/weather band, USB flash drive support with USB song shuffle
– GPS navigation with turn-by-turn directions, points of interest, compass, and more
– Critical information always displayed, like clock, air temperature, compass heading, fuel level and fuel range
– Convenient phone features available through easy Bluetooth pairing, including phonebook download, incoming call notification with name display, voice activated calling, incoming text notification, and more

2017 Indian Scout

2017 Indian Scout

2017 Midsize Lineup
Indian Scout – Riding a landslide of awards, accolades and phenomenal sales success, the ever-classic Indian Scout is back for 2017. This middle-weight cruiser’s weight has been reduced to 538 pounds (dry) and extends its legacy of dominance with perfect balance, precise handling and category-leading power and quickness. With a low 25.3-inch seat height and available extended and reduced reach accessories, the Indian Scout is the perfect bike for riders of many sizes and skill levels. Featuring a liquid-cooled 69 cubic inch V-twin engine, an exhilarating 100 HP of raw power, and starting at $11,299, the 2017 Indian Scout is the thoroughly modern rebirth of an American classic. Available in Ivory Cream, Thunder Black, Silver Smoke and Thunder Black Smoke. Indian Scout featuring ABS is offered in Burgundy Metallic plus a pair of two-tone finishes starting at $12,299.

Scout Sixty – For 2017, the Scout Sixty returns in all its glory, encouraging riders to “Start Your Legend.” With the legendary handling and performance of the Scout, the Scout Sixty is offered at a very attainable $8,999 starting price. Powered by a potent 60 cubic inch engine mated to a silky smooth 5-speed transmission, this mid-size cruiser is arguably the best buy in motorcycling today. Available in Thunder Black and Pearl White. Scout Sixty with ABS is offered in Indian Motorcycle Red starting at $9,999.

2017 Cruiser Lineup
Chief Classic – Powered by the proven and award-winning Thunder Stroke 111 engine, the aptly named Chief Classic has set a new benchmark as the classic American cruiser. Its iconic lines, world-class finishes, heritage inspired design, balance, and unrivaled engineering make it the ultimate choice for pure cruiser enthusiasts. The 2017 Chief Classic is available starting at $18,499 and is available in Pearl White and Burgundy Metallic over Thunder Black two-tone.

Chief Dark Horse – Embrace the darkness with the 2017 Indian Chief Dark Horse, the baddest, boldest bike on the road. With the endless power of the award-winning Thunder Stroke 111 engine, end-to-end matte black finish and just a touch of chrome, every other bike on the road seems tame. Featuring ABS, remote key fob for keyless ignition, electronic cruise control, a dry weight of 751 pounds and starting at just $17,499, the Indian Chief Dark Horse has it all – including a seriously bad attitude.

2017 Bagger Lineup
Chief Vintage – The 2017 Chief Vintage is the ultimate retro-vintage bagger, turning heads with its classic styling, iconic soft-sided saddle bags crafted from Desert Tan Genuine Leather – dripping in fringe and Indian Motorcycle nostalgia. Featuring the classic power of the Thunder Stroke 111 engine, the Chief Vintage is offered in Thunder Black and three gorgeous two-tone vintage color schemes. MSRP starting at $19,999.

2017 Indian Chieftain

2017 Indian Chieftain

Chieftain & Chieftain Dark Horse – Indian Motorcycle proudly offers riders an opportunity to “Lead the Pack” with two of America’s most commanding, versatile and awe-inspiring bikes. Both feature the Thunder Stroke 111 engine, TPMS, ABS, fairing with integrated driving lights and power windshield, cruise control, remote locking hard bags, keyless ignition, and much more. The Chieftain Dark Horse, starting at $21,999, is the newest addition to Indian’s bagger family. Sporting a premium 100W audio system and an ominous nose-to-tail matte black finish with minimal chrome for a menacing presence that refuses to be ignored. The Indian Chieftain starts at $23,999 and comes standard with the all-new Ride Command system, blasting out 100W of premium audio and all the infotainment features a rider leading the pack could ever want. The Chieftain is available in Thunder Black Pearl, White Smoke, Silver Smoke, and a pair of two-tone palettes.

Indian Springfield – Named after the birthplace of Indian Motorcycle, the Indian Springfield offers classic styling blended with thoroughly modern technology for a purist’s take on both touring comfort and urban versatility. The Springfield can be quickly converted into a cruiser with the quick-release windshield and saddlebags removed, or transformed into a high-capacity touring model with Genuine Indian Motorcycle accessories. Remote locking hard bags and adjustable passenger floorboards come standard along with genuine leather seating, ABS, TPMS, cruise control, and a powerful headlight and dual driving lights. Indian Springfield is offered in Thunder Black or Indian Motorcycle Red. New for 2017 are stunning Steel Gray/Burgundy Metallic and Blue Sapphire/Star Silver two-tone finishes. Starting at $20,999.

2017 Indian Roadmaster

2017 Indian Roadmaster

2017 Touring Lineup
Indian Roadmaster – The Roadmaster returns for 2017 as the industry’s flagship tourer and the epitome of luxury and comfort. Powered by the rock solid Thunder Stroke 111 engine and offering nearly 38 gallons of storage, Roadmaster is “Your Ultimate Ride.” It offers a wealth of ergonomic luxury and innovations for rider and passenger alike, including a power-adjustable windscreen, heated grips, individually controlled heated seats for driver and passenger, ABS, TPMS, keyless ignition with remote locking storage, electronic cruise control and adjustable passenger floorboards. New for 2017, Roadmaster comes standard with the Ride Command™ infotainment system, delivering a glorious 200W premium audio experience, along with state-of-the-art GPS/Navigation, a 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen display, seamless Bluetooth integration, hands-free calling, a wealth of vehicle information, and more. Offered in Thunder Black, Burgundy Metallic, and three two-tone palettes starting at $28,999.

Experience the 2017 Lineup at the 76th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Sturgis attendees are cordially invited to view the entire new 2017 lineup at the Indian Motorcycle Factory display on Lazelle St. throughout the rally, or to experience them firsthand with a Factory Demo Ride at 2100 Whitewood Service Road (I-90 at Exit 30) from August 6 – August 12 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. The entire family of 2017 models will be available for demo rides, including a selection of accessorized models.

2017 Indian Chieftain & Roadmaster First Ride Review

2017 Indian Motorcycle Ride Command System

The Indian Motorcycle Ride Command System features a 7-inch capacitor touchscreen teamed to a fast processor. (Barry Hathaway Photos Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle Co.) 

Biggest. Fastest. Most Customizable.

These words are running through my head as I sit roadside pushing buttons on the Indian Roadmaster’s new infotainment system trying to decide what I want to see on the display of my split screens. Seeing how a 5,000 foot climb to the Blue Ridge Parkway lies before me, I opt for the digital compass that has an altimeter so I can chart my ascension for the left half. On the right I run the motorcycle’s navigation system so I can chart my course through these marvelous ribbons of asphalt in the Appalachians. I bump the volume up a couple of notches on the music I’m streaming through Wi-Fi to set the tone for a spirited ride up the mountain. Welcome to the 21st Century Indian tourers.

During the presentation of its 2017 heavyweight motorcycles, Polaris’ President-Motorcycles Steve Menneto said that while Chieftain and Roadmaster sales were good, the bikes lacked one essential part consumers wanted. That missing part was a multi-functional, state-of-the-art infotainment system. Count us among those who scratched their heads wondering why Indian’s touring motorcycles didn’t come with nav as a standard feature. Now we know why. Indian was already in the process of developing it, and just like its motorcycles, the company doesn’t rush to launch something until they’ve got it right. In order to one-up its competitors, the Indian Motorcycle Ride Command System reportedly has the “biggest screen, fastest processor, and is the most customizable.”

To assess these claims, let’s peek at some of the primary features of the Indian Motorcycle Ride Command System and Harley’s Boom! Box Infotainment System. The Indian features a 7-inch capacitor touchscreen with an 800 X 480 pixel resolution while Harley’s Boom! Box is offered with either a 4.3-inch or 6.5-inch high resolution touchscreen. Both systems can be linked via Bluetooth and have voice activation, the Indian featuring “Voice Activated Call” and “Voice Activated Siri or OK Google” through a headset while voice-operated commands of H-D’s 6.5-inch Boom! Box system controls “mobile phone functions, media, radio tuner, navigation, and help.” Navigation comes standard for both Indian tourers while Harley’s navigation system comes standard only on models with the Boom! Box 6.5GR system. The Indian audio system is 50 watts-per-channel (100 watts on Chieftain; 200 watts on Roadmaster) while audio output on the Harleys is 25 watts-per-channel through either a two-channel or four-channel system.

2017 Indian Motorcycles 7-inch touchscreen

The 7-inch touchscreen of the 2017 Indian heavyweight motorcycles is mounted close to the rider and the fairing has been stretched a tad to accommodate it.

While the two systems are definitely comparable, what sets the Indian apart is its ability to customize screens and the amount of features it offers. There are eight screen options total, including Vehicle Status (tire pressure, voltage, engine hours, oil change), Vehicle Info (speed, fuel range, RPM, gear position), Trip 1 (fuel range, miles, average fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy time, average speed), Trip 2 (fuel range, miles, average fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy time, average speed), Ride Data (heading, moving time, stop time, altitude, altitude change), Audio, Bluetooth and Map/Navigation. The 7-inch digital display is flanked by two analog dials, a speedo and tach, each with small digital windows at the bottom of the dials. The tach window includes a gear indicator and an odometer, while the speedo has a digital fuel gauge. Radio controls can be accessed either from the display or through the pad on the left control housing on the handlebar. There is also two finger triggers on the back of the control housings to accept and decline navigation functions displayed on the screen, green on the right for accept and red on left for decline. The screen can also be turned off altogether if riders just want to kick back and enjoy the ride.

Look for the full ride review of the 2017 Indian Chieftain and Roadmaster in an upcoming issue of American Iron Magazine.

In the meantime, be sure to check out plenty more custom and classic motorcycle features, tech stories, events and more in past issues of  American Iron Magazine

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INDIAN MOTORCYCLE RIDE COMMAND SYSTEM SPECS & FEATURES 
SPECIFICATIONS
Screen Size: 7”
Pixel Count: 800×480
Number of Buttons: 5
Brightness: 1000 Nit’s
Touch Screen: Two-Finger Capacitive
Glove Touch Screen: Swipe and Pinch to Zoom

NAVIGATION
Maps: (turn by turn with 3D birds eye view)
Point of Interest List
Point of Interest Search
Address Search
Audible Route Notifications
Show List of Nearby Gas Stations Upon Low Fuel Indication
Compass

CRITICAL INFORMATION
(ALWAYS DISPLAYED IN HEADER)
Clock from GPS
Consumer Adjustable Clock
Ambient Air Temperature

OTHER
Customizable Information Displays
Vehicle Information (From CANbus)
Trip Information
TPMS Display
Output power per channel (RMS), 50W (External Amp)
Display User Interface Customization (Main Screen Field Data Selection)

RADIO/AUDIO
Radio Control from display
Radio Control from handlebars
AM, FM & Weatherband
iPod Control over USB (no old iPods with 32 pin connector)
Songs from USB flash drive
USB Song Shuffle
Bluetooth Audio
Album Art

BLUETOOTH
Driver Smartphone Bluetooth Capable
Driver Bluetooth Headset

PHONE FEATURES*
Phonebook Download (Bluetooth )
Incoming Call Notification
Incoming Call Friendly Name Display
Place a call from phonebook
Dial a number to call
Voice Activated Call (with headset)
Voice Activated Siri or “OK Google” (with headset)
Incoming Driver Text Notification
Incoming Driver Text Friendly Name Display
Send a quick text from driver device (Android only)
* Smartphone must support this feature

2017 Indian Chieftain bagger

It’s easy to see why the Chieftain bagger is a big seller for Indian Motorcycle Co.

2017 INDIAN CHIEFTAIN SPECS 

ENGINE – THUNDER STROKE 111
Engine Type: 49˚ V-Twin
Transmission: 6-speed/constant mesh/foot shift
Battery: 12 volts / 18 amp/hour, 310 CCA
Bore x Stroke: 3.976”x 4.449” (101mm x 113mm)
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Compression Ratio: 9.5 : 1
Cooling System: Air / Oil
Displacement: 111 cubic-inch / 1811cc
Exhaust: Split dual exhaust with crossover
Final Drive: Belt, 152 tooth
Fuel Capacity: 5.5 gal / 20.8 ltr
Fuel System: Electronic fuel injection, closed loop/54mm bore
Oil Capacity: 5.5 qts / 5.20 ltr
Primary Drive: Gear drive wet clutch
Torque (claimed): 119.2 ft-lbs at 3000 rpm

SUSPENSION
Front: Telescopic fork, 46mm diameter, 4.7 in. / 119mm travel
Rear: Single shock 4.5 in. / 114mm travel, air adjustable

CHASSIS
Dry Weight: 828 lbs / 376 kg
Ground Clearance: 5.6 in / 142mm
GVWR: 1,385 lbs / 630 kg
Length: 101.2 in. / 2571mm
Rake/Trail: 25° / 5.9 in. / 150mm
Seat Height: 26 in. / 660mm
Wheelbase: 65.7 in. / 1668mm

BRAKES
Brake System Type: Individual front and rear control with ABS
Front: Dual 300mm floating rotor with 4-piston calipers
Rear: Single 300mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper

WHEELS & TIRES
Front Tire: Dunlop Elite 3, 130/90B16 73H
Front Wheel: Cast 16” x 3.5” with tire pressure monitoring
Rear Tire: Dunlop Elite 3 180/60R16 80H
Rear Wheel: Cast 16” x 5.0” with tire pressure monitoring

2017 CHIEFTAIN COLORS & MSRP
Thunder Black Pearl $23,999
Silver Smoke $24,499
White Smoke $24,499
Wildfire Red over Thunder Black $25,199
Star Silver over Thunder Black $25,199

2017 ROADMASTER COLOR & MSRP
Thunder Black $28,999
Burgundy Metallic $29,599
Willow Green over Ivory Cream $30,399
Thunder Black over Ivory Cream $30,399
Steel Gray over Thunder Black $30,399 US

*Does not include California emissions.