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Indian Motorcycle increases engine capacity

Indian Motorcycle has increased engine capacity to up the ante over Harley-Davidson with select Thunderstroke models now having a 116 engine, replacing the 111 (1818cc).

Actually it’s 115ci (1884cc), but it’s still a 20% power boost over the 111.

The “116” was previously an aftermarket upgrade big bore kit, but is now standard in the Springfield Dark Horse, plus all Chieftain and Roadmaster models.

Indian Motorcycle increases engine capacity
2020 Chieftain Elite

It features a new high-flow cylinder head with 168Nm of torque.

The engine capacity move leapfrogs Harley-Davidson’s Milwaukee-Eight 114 (1868cc) engine which is available in select models, such as the new Low Rider S. (We will road test it at the Australian media launch in Sydney next week, attended by Harley boss Matt Levatich.)

However, it’s still short of Harley’s CVO models with the Milwaukee Eight 117-cube (1923cc).

There is no word on the rumoured Indian Challenger models powered by a new liquid-cooled 1770cc engine called the Powerplus.

Aussie rideaway pricing

Model 2020 price 2019 price
Scout Bobber $19,995.00 $19,995.00
Scout Bobber Twenty $21,995.00
Scout $19,995-$20,995 $19,995.00
Scout 100th Ann $22,995.00
Chief Classic Dark Horse (111ci) $30,995.00 $29,995.00
Chief Vintage (111ci) $32,995-$33,995 $32,995.00
Springfield (111ci) $34,995.00 $35,495.00
Springfield Dark Horse (116ci) $36,995.00
Chieftain Limited (116ci) $38,995.00 $37,995.00
Chieftain Dark Horse (116ci) $38,995.00 $37,495.00
Chieftain Elite (116ci) $49,995.00
Roadmaster (116ci) $41,995-$43,995 $40,995.00
Roadmaster Dark Horse (116ci) $41,995.00

Indian Motorcycle Australia and New Zealand marketing manager Chris Gale says the price difference for the same model in the table above is for two-tone or metallic paint options over the single or standard paint.

Engine capacity upgrade

Indian Motorcycle increases engine capacity
2020 Chieftain Elite

The engine upgrade follows the recent announcement of Scout upgrades and two new models, the Bobber Twenty and limited-edition 100th Anniversary.

The Thunder Stroke 116 features rear-cylinder deactivation to keep riders cooler when sitting for long spells at the traffic lights.

Harley had the feature some time ago but dropped it.

RideCommand update

Indian Motorcycle increases engine capacity
2020 Roadmaster Dark Horse RideCommand Infotainment system

Indian has also revamped their very comprehensive RideCommand infotainment system and app.

It now features a quad-core processor which they claim will make it faster to load and respond.

New features include “Google-like” predictive destination search capabilities and customisable 18cm touchscreen.

Roadmaster Dark Horse

Indian Motorcycle increases engine capacity
Roadmaster Dark Horse

The Roadmaster Dark Horse features a streamlined fairing, slammed saddlebags, 19-inch front wheel with an open fender, an extended reach Rogue gunfighter seat, blacked-out engine and matte paint.

Springfield Dark Horse

Indian Motorcycle increases engine capacity
Springfield Dark Horse

This is similar in style to the 2020 Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Springfield Dark Horse launched at Daytona Bike Week.

It features slammed saddlebags, Rogue seat, 12-inch mini apes and blacked-out finishes.

Chieftain Elite

Indian Motorcycle increases engine capacity
2020 Chieftain Elite

The big tourer gets a streamlined fairing, slammed saddlebags and PowerBand Audio Plus system.

It comes in a two-tone Thunder Black Vivid Crystal over Wildfire Candy paint with matching motor highlights and badging, Precision Machined Elite wheels, Pinnacle Mirrors, Select Rider Floorboards, and a Flare Windshield.


Indian Motorcycle increases engine capacity
Chief Dark Horse

Even though they don’t get the engine capacity upgrade, Chief Dark Horse and Chief Vintage now have the same chassis as the Springfield and Springfield Dark Horse to improve handling.

They also now have adjustable rear suspension and a 17-inch front wheel.


Indian Motorcycle increases engine capacity

Indian says the 2020 Roadmaster is lighter but don’t quote figures.

The top box has also been redesigned.


  • Chief Dark Horse: Thunder Black Smoke
  • Chief Vintage: Thunder Black; Willow Green over Ivory Cream
  • Springfield: Thunder Black; Burgundy Metallic over Titanium Metallic
  • Springfield Dark Horse: Thunder Black Smoke; Sagebrush Smoke; White Smoke
  • Chieftain Dark Horse: Thunder Black Smoke; Ruby Smoke; Titanium Smoke
Indian Motorcycle increases engine capacity
Chieftain Dark Horse
  • Chieftain Limited: Thunder Black Pearl; Radar Blue; Thunder Black Pearl with graphics package
  • Chieftain Elite: Thunder Black Vivid Crystal over Wildfire Red Candy
  • Roadmaster: Thunder Black; Burgundy Metallic; Pearl White over Titanium Metallic with black Pinstripe; Titanium Smoke over Thunder Black Smoke with silver pinstripe
  • Roadmaster Dark Horse: Thunder Black Smoke; White Smoke; Ruby Smoke
Indian Motorcycle increases engine capacity
Chieftain Limited


  • Stage 1 Slip-On Exhaust in black or chrome;
  • Stage 1 Oval Slip-On Muffler Kit and Stage 1 Performance Air Intake (4 power increase on 111 and 8% on 116);
  • Stage 2 Performance Cams (13% horsepower increase on 111);
  • Thunder Stroke 116 Stage 2 Performance Kit includes cams, higher flowing fuel injectors and throttle body (17% horsepower boost when paired with both Stage 1 accessories);
  • Thunder Stroke 116 Stage 3 Big Bore Kit (20% more horsepower);
  • Headdress Passenger Floorboards;
  • Headdress Rider Floorboards;
  • 12” Quick Release Passenger Sissy Bar;
  • Passenger Backrest Pad; and
  • 12-inch Ape Hanger Handlebars for Chief and Springfield models.

    Indian Motorcycle increases engine capacity
    2020 Springfield

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Indian mark 100th with Scout updates and new models

For 2020, the Indian Scout gets a new model and a limited edition to mark its 100th anniversary, plus better brakes, tyres and a host of accessories for current models.

However, there is no word on updates to the rest of the Indian range nor the expected Challenger models powered by a new liquid-cooled 1770cc engine called the Powerplus.

Indian Challenger Powerplus 100th
Indian Challenger Powerplus V-twin

Pricing will be announced on September 11, says Indian Motorcycle Australia and New Zealand marketing manager Chris Gale.

“We will be selling the 100th Anniversary and Bobber Twenty in Australia and will receive stock later this year. No dates confirmed,” he says.

The Scout Sixty is not returning to Aussie showrooms “any time soon”, he says.

Bobber Twenty

Indian Scout 100th Anniversary
2020 Indian Scout Bobber Twenty

The new Scout is a Bobber Twenty which refers to 1920 and pays homage to the original Scout in its 100th year since it began.

In acknowledgement of its tradition it comes with classic wire wheels, 10-inch ape hanger handlebars and a floating saddle like the original.

Expect a small premium over the standard ride-away Bobber price of $A18,995.

They come in a choice of Thunder Black, Sagebrush Smoke (green) and Burnished Metallic (red).

Scout 100th Anniversary

Indian Scout 100th Anniversary
Limited-edition 2020 Indian Scout 100th Anniversary.

Only 750 limited-edition 100th Anniversary models will be available worldwide.

It is highlighted by the “100th” badge on the engine and features “Indian Motorcycle Red” paint with “Anniversary Gold” trim, a desert tan leather solo seat, black wire wheels, beach bars, a luggage rack and chrome finishes.

Indian Scout 100th Anniversary
Limited-edition 2020 Indian Scout 100th Anniversary

In the US, they cost an extra 28% more than the standard model, so they could be around $A24,000.

Scout updates

Indian Scout 100th Anniversary
2020 Indian Scout Bobber

Scout and Scout Bobber models get upgraded brake callipers, master cylinders and floating rotors.

Bobber now comes with Pirelli MT60RS tyres.

All other Scout models get a new sport seat and passenger pegs.

There will be quite a colour range to choose from.

Indian Scout 100th Anniversary
2020 Indian Scout.


For those who want to convert these competent cruisers into competent tourers, there is a host of accessories.

The most interesting is the colour-matched quick-release bikini fairing with a 5cm windscreen or optional 12cm and 18cm screens.

There is also a solo luggage rack and solo rack bag and new semi-rigid quick-release saddlebags.

Indian Scout 100th Anniversary
2020 Indian Scout.

Other accessories include a new Bobber seat plus bar-end mirrors, smoked turn signal lenses, tinted windshields and various handlebar and foot control options for the standard Scout.

To cap it off are new stage 1 shorty slip-on mufflers and a 2-into-1 full exhaust system.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Benelli 502C is a LAMS urban cruiser

Benelli 502C fits into a category of bike roughly referred to as an urban cruiser suitable for learner and novice riders.

It arrives in Australian showrooms at $9790 ride away with a two-year unlimited kilometre warranty and roadside assistance in gloss black, “Coniac Red” or matte black.

Urban cruiser

If you think we have invented the term “LAMS urban cruiser” check out these competitors:

It’s a popular class and the best seller is the Honda, followed by the Harley and the Kawasaki.

The first of these urban cruisers was the Yamaha Bolt C which is probably also the most stylish … until now.

Benelli’s Italian-designed and Chinese-made model is beautiful.

After all, it seems to be designed along the lines of a small-capacity Ducati Diavel with a similar trellis-style frame, floating seat, remote rear fender, bellypan and stubby twin single-sided mufflers.

It features forward foot controls which are adjustable like the Vulcan S, wide handlebars, moderate-height 750mm seat and distinctive LED headlights.

The Benelli 502C is powered by their in-line 500cc liquid-cooled twin with 35kW Of power at 8500 revs and 45Nm of midrange torque. The engine is mated to six-speed gearbox.

The generous 21-litre tank should allow these urban cruisers to stray far from their urban environs.

Benelli 502C tech specsBenelli 502C urban cruiser

  • Price: $9790 ride away
  • Engine: 500cc in-line twin, 4 stroke, liquid cooled, 4 valves , DOHC
  • Bore x stroke: 69 x 66.8mm
  • Power: 35kW @ 8500rpm
  • Torque: 45Nm @ 5000rpm
  • Emissions: Euro 4, CO2 96g/km
  • Economy: 4.2Lt/100km
  • Transmission: Multidisk wet clutch, 6 speeds
  • Frame: Trestle steel tubes and plates
  • Suspension: Upside-down 41mm forks, 125mm travel; swingarm with central shock absorber, spring preload adjustable, 50mm travel
  • Brakes: twin 280mm floating disks with 4-piston calliper; 240mm disc, piston floating calliper; ABS
  • Tyres: 120/70 – ZR17” M/C 58W; 160/60 – ZR17” M/C 69W
  • Seat: 750mm
  • Wheelbase: 1600mm
  • Wet weight: 217kg
  • Tank: 21Lt
  • Length: 2280mm
  • Width: 940mm
  • Height: 1140mm
  • Warrant: 2 years, unlimited kilometre, roadside assistance
  • Colours: gloss black, “Coniac Red” or matte black.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

BMW set for big 1800cc R18 cruiser?

A third BMW R18 cruiser concept model seems to confirm that the German company is returning to the cruiser market with an 1800cc boxer engine.

In December, a Japanese custom shop wheels out an R18 with a mysterious new BMW engine and last month a second cruiser concept with the engine was rolled out by a Texan custom shop.

Concept R18 cruiser

Now BMW Motorrad has revealed its Concept R18 cruiser at the 90th the Concorso d’Eleganza show at Lake Como in Italy.BMW Concept R8 cruiser

Surely this confirms that BMW will return to the cruiser market it abandoned 15 years ago.

BMW built the R 1200 C cruiser from 1997 to 2004. It was a flop, but in recent years has become a collector and customiser favourite.

BMW R 1200 C R18 cruiser
BMW R 1200 C

Concept R18 cruiser was built for BMW Motorrad by Unique Custom Cycles of Sweden, so it’s not the final version that BMW is expected to release.

This is a simplistic model with minimalist design.

No doubt the Germans will give it some Bavarian hi-tech and quirky design as they did with the R nineT after Roland Sands designed the Concept 90.

The R18 cruiser will be powered by the biggest boxer engine they have produced, believed to be 1798.4cc in an over-square configuration (107 x 100mm) which means the pistons are wider than they are long.

Otherwise, the heads would hang out so far you couldn’t lane filter!

It also means it should rev better than other big-bore cruisers.

Interestingly, it is not liquid cooled, but is likely to be twin spark to meet Euro 5 emissions standards coming in 2020.

Don’t be fooled by the Solex carburettors. They may just be dummies like when Triumph’s Bonnevilles went EFI.BMW Concept R8 cruiser

As for the rest of the Concept R18 and a likely BMW production model, we should regard these words from BMW:

The BMW Motorrad Concept R18 is immediately recognizable as a genuine BMW: boxer engine, cradle frame, exposed universal shaft, and drop-shaped fuel tank with its black paintwork and hand-applied contrast lines interpret typical design icons of BMW Motorrad classics, while displaying confidence along with modern-style linearity.BMW Concept R8 cruiser

Will BMW build it?

The market is ageing and mature riders love their cruisers.

Yet BMW has been reaching out to younger riders over the past 15 years with its adventure models, S 1000 derivatives and trendy R nineT.

But why should they not pay in a sector that continues to attract riders?

Over the years I have asked BMW executives whether they would return to the cruiser market and they have never said they wouldn’t.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Suzuki deal on dark Boulevard M109R

Suzuki Australia is doing a ride-away deal on the 2019 Boulevard M109R which now comes in two new colour schemes with dark accents.

Price is $18,990 ride away, which means a saving on rego and other delivery costs of about $1000.

The new colours are white with blue trim and wheel rims, or black and red.

Dark accents

With the current shift away from chrome, most of the parts from the standard M109R have been swapped from chrome to dark, matte black.

Dark features include rear-view mirrors, drag-style handlebars and switches, clutch and brake levers, tank, clutch, magneto, side and cylinder head covers, brake calipers, side stand and the slash-cut mufflers.2019 Suzuki deal on dark Boulevard M109R

The Black Edition also features clear indicator and tail light lenses.

There has been no change to any mechanicals or performance.

It is still powered by a 109 cubic inch (1786cc), 54-degree, V-twin, liquid-cooled engine producing 92kW @ 6200rpm with 160Nm of torque.  

The massive 240mm low-profile radial rear tyre is the largest used on a Suzuki motorcycle.2019 Suzuki deal on dark Boulevard M109R

The 2019 Suzuki Boulevard M109R Black Edition comes with a two-year unlimited-kilometre warranty.

Suzuki was one of only four companies that registered a sales increase in road bikes last year.

While road bike sales were down 9.6%, Suzuki managed to lift sales by 3.7%.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com