‘It's a solid machine and problems are rare’
“The Roadmaster is in such a high specification as standard, owners don’t really have many options with when it comes to upgrading!
“You get just about every luxury you can possibly think of as standard, so your choices are fairly limited. From the bikes we see coming in to Krazy Horse, Stage 1 kits seem pretty popular, which is a free-flowing air filter and exhausts as well and a new ECU map. This is a common addition to any cruiser as it really enhances the sound as well as the mid-range performance as the standard pipe and filter are quite restrictive.
“A couple of owners go one step further and we have fitted a few cam kits to Roadmasters, which isn’t too big a job.
“The Roadmaster has push rods and three cams – a combined one for both inlets and separate ones for each exhaust. If you go for this Stage 2 option you need to already have a Stage 1 kit fitted to the bike, or fit one, but the altered cams give it a load more grunt and that makes a wonderful tourer even better. Getting to the cams isn’t too tricky, but you are looking at a good day or so and it requires special tools so is a job for an authorised Indian mechanic only.
“The Roadmaster is a bike that gets used and therefore you have to expect it to have a few miles on the clock. They soak up the mileages and as long as it is serviced at the correct intervals you should have no issues. “Check the usual things such as brake pads, tyre life etc but it is a very solid machine and you are unlikely to have any problems other than the usual consumables. And if you do experience any major issues, Indians are covered by a five-year warranty, which is reassuring. “While you can’t really upgrade the Roadmaster in terms of technical specification, the Indian parts and accessories brochure is full of items such as armrests – the sort of accessories that improve the bike’s creature comforts. These are well worth investing in if you are looking at long distance touring and they do add value to a used bike.”
‘Expect a few miles on the clock but you shouldn’t have any major problems’
You'll need a bit of a crawl around to assess the tyres and brake pads/discs
Some go for a bit of tuning so make sure it has been done professionally
CURLY Chief technician at Krazy Horse