2018 Indian Springfield

All dressed up and somewhere to go

2018 Indian Springfield
2018 Indian SpringfieldCRS

Taking its name from the Massachusetts town where Indian motorcycles were founded in 1901, the Springfield is all about combining the brand’s 117-year-old past with the present. The second most affordable Indian bagger (after the Chief Vintage), the Springfield provides just what’s essential for touring—and nothing more. A large detachable fork-mounted windshield reduces wind blast to the torso and helmet, remote-locking and quick-release hard side bags provide ample weatherproof storage, dual seats add versatility, and stout 16-inch wheels and tires have a high load-carrying capacity.

Like other Indians, the Springfield marries its retro styling with modern tech such as an aluminum frame with a quick 25-degree steering-head angle, a six-speed gearbox to go with its torquey fuel-injected 111ci V-twin engine, and low-maintenance belt final drive. All fueled up, the Springfield weighs a claimed even 850 pounds, so the 1,385-pound GVWR means you can add 535 pounds’ worth of rider, passenger, and luggage. Safety features include triple front lights—the headlight and a pair of “driving” lights—plus crash bars and triple disc brakes with ABS.

Likes: Maximum torque is produced at a low 3,000 rpm—just right for relaxed touring.

Dislikes: Like so many cruisers, the Springfield could afford to lose some weight.

Verdict: Easily convertible from tourer to cruiser, the Springfield is two bikes in one.

2018 Indian Springfield Specs and Pricing