INDIAN ROADMASTER (2014-on) Review

Published: 14 November 2014

Achieves what it set out to in out-luxo-ing and out-performing Harley’s Electra Glide

INDIAN ROADMASTER  (2014-on)

Achieves what it set out to in out-luxo-ing and out-performing Harley’s Electra Glide

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Roadmaster is a great option if you want a full-dress tourer but aren't keen on taking the traditional Harley route. Indian's bikes are getting better and better and the level of build quality is extremely high. Tourers such as this aren't everyone's cup of tea, and they are certainly pricey, but you get what you pay for back in terms of luxury, comfort and equipment.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Despite its massive street presence the Roadmaster doesn't feel a huge bike when you are onboard because, unlike a stretched out traditional cruiser, the riding position is quite short and upright. But it is heavy at 418kg and this really shows when paddling around and getting the bike off its sidestand. Once rolling the low centre of gravity makes the weight disappear and it is surprisingly nimble for such a behemoth. Low-speed control is excellent and once you get up to speed it chugs along completely unflustered while you are cosseted in one of the most relaxing spaces on any motorcycle.

Engine 4 out of 5

The Thunderstroke motor ticks all the boxes for this sort of engine, delivering lots of lumpy grunt, shading the Harley in terms of sheer performance and looking great to boot.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Build quality is simply fabulous: paint and chrome you could swim in; the badging and detailing you can’t resist running you fingers over; the whole ‘owning’ experience majestic. Jury’s still out on reliability, though…

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

Difficult. It’s certainly not cheap, nor even cheaper than the established Harley rival, but it’s also a thing of true wonder and beautifully equipped and finished. We doubt anyone will be dissappointed…

Insurance group: 17 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 5 out of 5

A whole raft of goodies have been ladled onto the base Chieftain, namely frame-mounted fairing lowers, a vast, 64-litre top box to match the panniers (and incorporating a pillion backrest) and a new 200w multifunction stereo. On top of those basics are a whole host of detail improvements: those fancy, genuine tan leather seats are updated and included individual heat settings (which, thankfully, it wasn’t necessary to test in Sturgis); there are 10-way adjustable heated grips (ditto); an improved ‘Horizon’ electrically adjustable screen and improved ergonomics with adjustable pillion footboards. Standard equipment is just as impressive: keyless starting; central locking; tyre pressure monitoring; cruise control, LED lights; ABS, the works.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their INDIAN ROADMASTER (2014-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Roadmaster 2016

16 January 2017 by Peth

Overall it is excellent. Handles well for a big bike but is a little jittery at very low speeds. Will do approx. 140 miles on a full tank. Screen completely protects you from the wind. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Handles better than expected and stops assuredly. You are issued with a pump to adjust the rear suspension and I like mine quite firm.
Engine
4 out of 5
As it is air cooled 1800 it can get a bit hot on your legs.The engine delivers smoothly and there is plenty of grunt even when fully laden.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Excellent build quality.No corrosion and no breakdowns I have had the software updated once and I have just received a factory recall but this was initiated after a problem with a Polaris Quad bike.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Adrian Flux insurance limited mileage £450 per year.garaged with ground anchor. All of the comparison sites were quoting £7500 as they do not know what it is.
Equipment
4 out of 5
I have a Garmin satnav which will not pair and support is only for Iphones. Stereo is awesome and the is aux support for mp3 player/usb stick but the control buttons can be awkward. Mirror arms are a bit close to the grips so knuckle protectors on gloves rub.It is definitely worth spending the extra £1000 ish for the slip on exhausts as they make a much more pleasing noise.
Buying experience

Freedom Motorcycles in March are awesome.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £21,999
Used price £21,000 to £24,400
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost £250
Performance
Max power 100 bhp
Max torque 102.4 ft-lb
Top speed 137 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 226 miles
Specification
Engine size 1811cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled V-twin, five gears
Frame type Aluminium trellis
Fuel capacity 21 litres
Seat height 673mm
Bike weight 418kg
Front suspension 46mm telescopic forks, no adjust
Rear suspension Single shock, preload adjust
Front brake 2 x 300mm discs, four-piston calipers, ABS
Rear brake 300mm disc with twin piston caliper, ABS
Front tyre size 130/90 x 16
Rear tyre size 180/60 x 16

History & Versions

Model history

2014: Model introduced

Other versions

None

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