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The ul­ti­mate tourer? In­dian Road­mas­ter buyer’s guide

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Jon Urry MCN GUEST TESTER

What we said then

“The Road­mas­ter achieves what it sets out to do in out-luxo-ing and out­per­form­ing Har­ley-david­son’s Elec­tra Glide. That said, In­di­ans are cur­rently rel­a­tively un­proven and the lat­est Pro­ject Rush­more Har­leys are a vast im­prove­ment, so it’s close.” MCN launch re­port, Novem­ber 2014

But what is it like now?

You can’t make a sub­tle en­trance on the Road­mas­ter. Not only does the 200-Watt mul­ti­func­tion stereo an­nounce your im­pend­ing ar­rival from a con­sid­er­able dis­tance, the bike it­self is a head-turner. The tan leather seats (com­plete with studs), the acres of chrome, the huge 64-litre top­box and pan­niers, this is a ma­chine that screams ‘look at me!’. And you know what, I love its out­ra­geously, over-the-top na­ture.

Bonkers as it is, de­spite its mas­sive street pres­ence the Road­mas­ter doesn’t feel a huge bike when you are on board 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. But , if you want all the crea­ture comforts you have to ex­pect a weight pay­off. And the Road­mas­ter ticks ev­ery lux­ury box! As standard you get ABS, key­less ig­ni­tion, cruise con­trol, an electric screen, re­mote lock­ing lug­gage, tyre pres­sure mon­i­tors, stereo, heated rider and pil­lion seats, heated grips and more.

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. It’s not perfect, the gear­box is clunky and the screen isn’t the best, but for watch­ing the miles slip past in com­fort the Road­mas­ter is an ab­so­lute joy. As a Har­ley al­ter­na­tive the Road­mas­ter can def­i­nitely go head-to­head with an Elec­tra Glide.

Any ob­vi­ous faults?

Show­ing 13,300 miles on its clocks, this 2015 Road­mas­ter has been well looked after. The chrome has no scratches or scrapes and every­thing is im­mac­u­late – as you would ex­pect on a £17,495 used ma­chine! Ac­cord­ing to the dealer, this is a one-owner-from-new bike, which is re­as­sur­ing when you are pay­ing so much.

Or worth­while ex­tras?

There isn’t much you can fit to a Road­mas­ter that isn’t al­ready there, but this bike’s pre­vi­ous owner has added a ‘heel and toe’ gear lever and well as a bizarre mir­ror that sits on the dash and gives a fish-eye view. This bike is be­ing sold with an al­ter­na­tive twin seat and sissy bar to al­low for lug­gage-less rid­ing, which is a nice touch for when you aren’t want­ing to cover huge miles.

Ver­dict

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.

Thanks to: Krazy Horse for the loan of this Road­mas­ter. They have a se­lec­tion of new and used In­di­ans for sale in their Bury St Ed­munds shop. Call them on 01284 749645 or visit on­line at www.krazy­horse.co.uk

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