Ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally kicking off next week, Indian Motorcycle has announced its 2016 model lineup, which includes the Scout and five models on the Chief platform.
2016 Indian Scout (ABS)
Powered by a liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valves-per-cylinder 1,133cc (69ci) 60-degree V-twin that makes a claimed 100 horsepower and 72 lb-ft of torque, the Scout, which was introduced for 2015, represented a return to Indian’s performance roots. With tough, low-profile styling and a 25.3-inch seat height, the compact Scout is muscular yet accessible. It rolls on 16-inch wheels with chunky tires, 130/90-16 front and 150/80-16 rear. New for 2016 is the availability of ABS, on bikes painted Indian Motorcycle Red only. Claimed curb weight for the standard model is just 538 pounds, and ABS adds only 4 pounds more. MSRP for the 2016 Scout is $10,999 for Thunder Black, $11,299 for new Wildfire Red, Thunder Black Smoke or Silver Smoke, and $11,999 for Indian Motorcycle Red with ABS.
Read our 2015 Indian Scout review
2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse
All of the Chief-based models are powered by the air-cooled, 1,811cc (111ci) 49-degree V-twin, which makes a claimed 119 lb-ft of torque. Announced back in February was the newest addition to the Chief line, the Dark Horse, which has a splash of chrome and everything else done up in menacing matte black. Like other Chief models, it has a 6-speed transmission, belt final drive, cruise control, triple-disc brakes with ABS, and keyless ignition. Built to be an aggressive solo ride, the Dark Horse loses the oil cooler, analog fuel gauge and driving lights of the Chief Classic, and it foregoes a passenger seat and pegs/floorboards (they’re available as accessories for two-up riding). The lightest, fastest Chief in the lineup is available in Thunder Black Smoke only for $16,999.
2016 Indian Chief Classic
Returning unchanged except for a new color is the Chief Classic, Indian’s cruiser standard bearer. It is available in new Pearl White only for $17,999.
2016 Indian Chief Vintage
For those who want to travel the open road yet maintain an old-school look, the Chief Vintage adds a quick-release windshield, highway bars and removable Desert Tan leather saddlebags (which match the rider/passenger seats, including a touch of fringe). Available in solid colors, Thunder Black ($20,999) or Indian Motorcycle Red ($21,399), or two-tones, new Star Silver and Thunder Black ($21,999) or Willow Green and Ivory Cream ($21,999).
Read our 2014 Indian Chiefs review
2016 Indian Chieftain
With its Art Deco-inspired hard fairing and saddlebags on proud display, the Chieftain was a big surprise when it was introduced for 2014—the first hard bagger ever made by Indian. It features an excellent electrically adjustable windscreen, remote saddlebag locks and an audio system with AM/FM/weather band, a media player and Pandora compatibility. Available in solid colors, Thunder Black ($22,999), Indian Motorcycle Red ($23,499) or new Silver Smoke ($23,499), or two-tone, Star Silver and Thunder Black ($24,199).
Read our 2014 Indian Chieftain review
2016 Indian Roadmaster
Although it was designed at the same time as the original 2014 Chief lineup, the Roadmaster debuted for 2015. Indian’s luxury tourer adds a large, removable trunk, plush rider and passenger seats with separate heating controls (plus a wrap-around passenger backrest and adjustable passenger floorboards) and removable fairing lowers with storage compartments. Like the Chieftain, it features keyless ignition, cruise control and remote luggage locks. Indian’s flagship is available in solid colors, Thunder Black ($27,999), new Blue Diamond ($28,599), or two-tones, Springfield Blue and Ivory Cream ($29,399), Indian Motorcycle Red and Ivory Cream ($29,399) or new Storm Gray and Thunder Black ($29,399).
Read our 2015 Indian Roadmaster review
2016 Indian Scout (ABS) is just amazing. Surely I would like to ride this monster.
Oooh, the dark horse is so awesome wicked, I gotta get one!