INDIAN SPRINGFIELD (2016-on) Review

Published: 18 April 2016

Could well prove to be American upstart Indian’s best big bike yet

INDIAN SPRINGFIELD  (2016-on)

Could well prove to be American upstart Indian’s best big bike yet

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

Indian’s big twin cruisers came from nowhere to rival Harley for style and ability. This latest variant has the best blend of attributes yet – albeit at a price.

Named after the birthplace of Indian motorcycles in 1901, the Springfield is effectively a blend of two of Indian’s existing big twins – the Chief Vintage with its Harley Road King-style Plexiglas screen and the Chieftain with its twin hard panniers, or ‘bags’. And on the evidence so far it could well prove to be the American upstart’s best big bike yet.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

The tubular steel chassis is basically the same as Indian’s other big twins, too, but with slightly sharper steering geometry than the Vintage (something to do with load carrying, apparently). Though undoubtedly an imposing, large, heavy bike the Springfield’s saddle is pleasingly low and, with much of its weight carried low it’s well balanced and surprisingly manageable. Footboards mean you can move your feet around while the new ‘Buckhorn’ bars have been canted further back to provide additional touring comfort. In short: it’s a natural, comfortable place to be. Overall, considering its size (whether true or not Indians definitely feel slightly larger and more substantial than their Harley equivalents), the Springfield’s handling composure is impressive. Simply: the engine and chassis ‘just do it’, without disappointing in any way. 

Engine 5 out of 5

Like all of reborn Indian’s ‘big twin’ cruisers, the Springfield is based around the impressive and all-new-in-2013, aircooled, 1811cc ‘Thunderstroke’ V-twin. With its massive peak torque available at just 2600rpm, you easily pull away from barely more than idle. Wind it on and stomp through the six gears (a heel-toe ‘change is available as an option) and it putt-putt-putts effortlessly up to 70+ with barely 4500rpm showing. Eighty-plus is just a twist of the wrist away with more to come if required. And if you still want more, a performance kit comprising hotter cams, free-er breathing air filter and louder cans is available which is claimed to boost performance by 10%. 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Quality-wise the Springfield’s a mouth-wateringly gorgeous piece of kit. It’s literally awash with chrome (Indian claim it’s slathered with more than any rival) and generously appointed with stylish art deco touches: those definitively Indian flared mudguards or fenders, for example; or the illuminated Indian ‘headress’ mascot atop the front guard; or the tactile, studded leader saddle even. And while a little early to proclaim on reliability, Indian’s impressive (and industry-leading) five-year warranty should way-lay most fears.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

The Springfield has a hefty price tag, whichever way you look at it – being a couple of grand more than its most basic Harley rivals. But then it’s impressively well-equipped and beautifully finished, too all of which goes a long way to justify it. If you want the most lavish, most glorious, best performing American bagger, this is currently it.

Equipment 4 out of 5

As the Springfield is intended very much as a premium, touring machine it’s specced up with cruise control, adjustable pillion footboards, ABS, tyre pressure monitors and even central locking. Otherwise it’s fairly familiar Indian fare with a single big dial with the digital LCD tacho incorporated. Nothing much to write home about or be surprised by, but lacking nothing of note, either.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their INDIAN SPRINGFIELD (2016-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.

Review your INDIAN SPRINGFIELD (2016-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

17 July 2016 by niafit

It has a cast aluminium frame and not tubular steel as the MCN review says. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Front brake is a little "wooden" feeling.
Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2016
Year discontinued -
New price £19,599
Used price £17,000 to £20,900
Warranty term Five years
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power -
Max torque 102.4 ft-lb
Top speed 115 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Specification
Engine size 1811cc
Engine type Aircooled V-twin
Frame type Tubular steel double cradle
Fuel capacity 20.8 litres
Seat height 660mm
Bike weight 372kg
Front suspension 46mm telescopic forks no adjust
Rear suspension Single rear shock with air preload adjust
Front brake 2 x 300mm discs with four-piston calipers. ABS
Rear brake 300mm single disc with twin-piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 130/90 x 16
Rear tyre size 180/60 x 16

History & Versions

Model history

2016: Indian Springfield launched, basically a big twin cruiser mix of Indian’s Chief Vintage and Chieftain in having Harley Road King style Plexiglass screen with hard panniers.

Other versions

None

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